NVIDIA Readies GeForce RTX 4090 D for China to Comply with U.S. Export Controls

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2023/11/29 23:44:25 (permalink)
NVIDIA is giving final touches to the new GeForce RTX 4090 D, a graphics card SKU specific to the Chinese market, aimed squarely at gamers. The card fills the void for gamers shopping in the enthusiast segment, as all inventory of the regular RTX 4090 has been bought up by Chinese companies to accelerate AI, and controls are in place that prevent NVIDIA from selling the card in its current form in the Chinese market.

What sets this SKU apart is that it is designed to comply with U.S. export controls of GPUs that have the dual use as a high compute-density AI accelerator. In other words, its performance with AI will be artificially limited. This is being done by lowering the card's TPP (total processing performance), which could mean that it ends up slower than the regular RTX 4090. This is somewhat similar in concept to LHR (lite hash rate) GPUs NVIDIA designed for gamers as their regular GPUs were being heaped up by crypto currency miners, although LHR wasn't created due to government policy, but in response to market demand. The RTX 4090 D is expected to retail for RMB 13,000, which is similar to the baseline price of the RTX 4090.
So it will be slower yet cost almost the same. 

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    Re: NVIDIA Readies GeForce RTX 4090 D for China to Comply with U.S. Export Controls 2023/12/01 18:48:19 (permalink)
    I guess the D stands for 4090 Dumbed-Down ...although I suppose then it would be 4090 DD, which opens up an entirely different can of worms.


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    Re: NVIDIA Readies GeForce RTX 4090 D for China to Comply with U.S. Export Controls 2023/12/06 08:36:24 (permalink)
    scummy tactics by Nvidia just to get around a restriction and keep that green flowing....
    they probably included directions in the box to fully restore the cards back to original form

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    Re: NVIDIA Readies GeForce RTX 4090 D for China to Comply with U.S. Export Controls 2023/12/07 08:03:55 (permalink)
    I more or less really view this as nvidia doing what intel does with its none K and K/KF/KS cpu's. They have chips that didn't make the cut for the AI order for clocks. So instead of disabling cuda cores and turning it into a 4080 losing more money they sell it as a no frills base clock locked 4090D. 


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