NVIDIA RTX 4090 D ‘Dragon’ to Beat US Sanctions in China Reportedly Coming

All hardware enthusiasts and high-end PC gamers in China can breathe a sigh of relief! A new report indicates that Nvidia may be looking forward to launching one slightly nervous version of its flagship GPU RTX 4090, which was banned in China.

Why did US sanctions affect RTX 4090 availability in China? You see, the RTX 4090 is quite powerful And can be used for AI computers. The Biden-led US administration does not want several countries (including China) to flourish in AI innovation.

So a game Graphics Card is banned in China because it is too powerful. It looks like Nvidia has a trick up its sleeve to solve this problem. A new report via tech media outlet WCCFTech claims Nvidia is bringing its flagship gaming GPU back to China! As we said, this new GPU is expected to have a nerfed version and fully comply with U.S. sanctions.

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After US sanctions, many RTX 4090 units were ‘converted’ into dedicated AI computer graphics cards | Image courtesy: Baidu & Chiphell Forums

It could be called Nvidia Geforce RTX 4090 D, where the D stands for ‘Dragon,’ as stated in the report. This label will be clearly stated in the new sales boxes. This will be one Exclusive GPU for China and there will be no price reductions – the expectation is that there will be CN¥12,999, which is equivalent to ~$1834 in the US. Besides, RTX 4090 was launched last year with a suggested retail price of $1599, and the US market is seeing prices go up to $2000 (in wake of the sanctions). The existing AIB brand partners (such as Colorful, Asus etc.) will reportedly sell this new Nvidia RTX 4090 D ‘Dragon’ GPU.

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The report states that Nvidia is coming RTX4090D focuses on the consumer segment And not the AI ​​space. Let’s talk about performance now. Unfortunately we could see it lower performance about the new RTX 4090 variant for China due to the limitation of AI computers. But the VRAM benefits will hopefully still true. The RTX 4090 features an impressive 24GB of GDDR6X video memory.

The RTX 4090 D that is being launched (exclusively) for China should basically have a lower number when it comes to the Total Processing Performance (TPP). This is a benchmark that the US government uses to determine whether or not a graphics card can be exported to China. Hopefully we’ll hear official news on this matter soon. Take things with a grain of salt for now because things can change.

However, there is a hardware leak on X (formerly Twitter), known as @MEGAsizeGPU recently responded to this topic. He named the internal GPU processor expected to be used in the new China-exclusive RTX 4090 D ‘Dragon’. Additionally, this X user also replied to a message asking about the specs of this GPU. He said that the detailed specifications of the RTX 4090 D are there have not been still confirmed.

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What does 102-250 AD you mean here? The original Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU uses the internally AD102-300 chip. The RTX 4080, on the other hand, uses the 103-300 AD chip. Essentially, the RTX 4090 D’s internal GPU chip will be slightly off (lower) to fall under US sanctions requirements for a ‘legal GPU’ that can be exported to China.

How much performance loss do you think Nvidia’s China-exclusive RTX 4080 D ‘Dragon’ will receive? Doesn’t this remind you of the mining frenzy when Nvidia released LHR variants to ensure that gamers could actually buy a decent graphics card without miners buying them all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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