In the run-up to the Nvidia GTC event on September 20, there were a lot of rumors and leaks, especially about the Nvidia RTX 4090, which is set to make its official debut. The latest leak, first revealed by weibo (opens in new tab) and reported by Wccftech (opens in new tab)is the Lenovo Legion GeForce RTX 4090 model, which can feature a massive triple-slot design that measures 14 inches.
The pictures also seem to show the length of the OEM which is quite impressive in size. The triple slot is a design choice also seen on the RTX 3080 Ti. Lenovo has released two other models with similar overall designs, the RTX 3090 Ti and the RX 6900 XT.
There are also previously leaked photos of the board pictured inside the Lenovo Legion Gaming PC, showing how it cools. According to Wccftech, the three-fan cooler on the board pushes air through the heatsink, and as the heatsink and backplate extend beyond the PCB, air is pushed through the backplate cutout. We can also see in another photo the large amount of heat pipes attached to the heat sink and what could be a vapor chamber.
Is the RTX 4090 worth it?
These leaks are painting a clearer picture of the RTX 4090, and no matter what model it looks like this is going to be a power-hungry graphics card.
But what’s the point of such a powerful (and power-hungry) card? The reality is that most PC games aren’t strong enough to outperform an RTX 3060, let alone harness the power of a 3090 or any of the 4000 series.
It could be argued that the upcoming Lovelace cards, which include the 4090, could reduce the price of the previous generation, but that would have happened over time anyway, as the main cause of the inflated price – falling cryptocurrency values, especially Ethereum, meaning more cards on the market and less being bought by cryptocurrency miners – is not an issue now.
Considering how much power the 4090 should use, at least 650W of power and possibly more when overclocked, PC manufacturers will have to build around this card. Not to mention the size, which will also affect the overall build.
And the worst part of it is whether the specs and benchmarks are worth the power cost which, according to leaks so far, doesn’t seem to be the case. Of course, this is all conjecture based on rumours, so take all of this with a grain of salt.