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These leaked specs for Nvidia’s next flagship GPU make the RTX 4090 pale in comparison

RTX 5090 may even exceed expectations
Last Updated on May 9, 2024
These leaked specs for Nvidia's next flagship GPU make the RTX 4090 pale in comparison
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Right now it’s safe to say that the RTX 4090 is the best graphics card for gaming on the planet, and nothing has really come close enough to challenge it. That means that Nvidia has to one-up themselves, and if these new leaked specs are anything to go by, we can’t wait for the 5090 release date.

It looks like we could be in store for quite the performance uplift, though we obviously can’t know for sure until made official. The majority of specs are being improved to really make the 5090 stand above the rest and we can only imagine what kind of price tag Nvidia will put on it – especially considering rival AMD is rumored to focus more on the mid-range.

Leaked specs show the difference between 5090 & 4090

In our RTX 4090 review, we say that the GPU offers “leading 4K gaming performance”, but the leaked specs below should exactly how much of a difference the next generation could make. The 50 series is slated for release towards the end of 2024, though the 5080 is rumored to arrive first.

RTX 5090 leaked specs (source: Dexerto)

Based on what we can see from the table above, sourced from Dexerto, the 5090 is seeing improvements in a wide number of specs. So we can expect to be a real powerhouse for 4K gaming and ray tracing, as you’d expect. The large boost in memory bandwidth may also be backed up by more VRAM, though this has yet to be leaked. A massive increase in CUDA cores will prove to be a big difference maker for machine learning, as Nvidia further looks to boost their effective AI chip monopoly.

Should I wait for the next gen?

If you want the best of the best, you should definitely wait for the 50 series to drop. It will be coming roughly two years after the 40 series released with the introduction of the RTX 4090. Considering the value of the current flagship is still high and generally higher than MSRP for partner cards, there isn’t too much reason to buy one right now. It makes sense to see how the 5090 is priced before making a decision.

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