The next generation of NVIDIA graphics cards in September and nearly 850 watts of power?

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According to recent information, this new generation would also be particularly power-hungry.

Year after year, new graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA promise ever more beautiful and realistic video games. They promise dizzying performance, but they also clearly ignore the issue of energy savings. It's true that they are generally more efficient than the previous generation, but the power consumption is clearly increasing from one generation to the next, and if we are to believe the increasingly insistent rumors, NVIDIA's Lovelace architecture is not going to change the situation.

This Lovelace architecture could arrive as early as September and replace the current Ampere which is the basis of the GeForce RTX 3000 series. Logically, observers and specialists expect NVIDIA to use a GeForce RTX 4000 series type of nomenclature for this new generation, which could therefore reach new heights in terms of performance, but also - and perhaps above all - in terms of energy consumption. For the most powerful model, designed around the AD102 GPU, one of the specialists of the "anticipated" information - Greymoon55 - it would be question of a TGP of more than 800 Watts! There is even talk of a chip capable of reaching 850 Watts at peak. All this is obviously far ahead of the more powerful GeForce RTX 3090.

Another well-informed user, kopite7kimi, confirms these details while indicating that they are not yet definitive. This is quite logical insofar as NVIDIA itself has not yet officially communicated about this new generation of graphics cards and things are obviously bound to change. However, it should be remembered that with the RTX 3000 generation, NVIDIA introduced a new power supply connector that only anticipated the release of the official PCI Express 5.0 connector, which is capable of supplying up to 600 Watts per port. According to other rumors, the GeForce RTX 4090 - a potential next-generation high-end card - could feature two of these connectors.

It wouldn't be a matter of gobbling up 1200 Watts on a single graphics card, but it might be necessary to ensure the supply of 850 Watts to a card that rumors have estimated to be capable of 81 TFLOPs of computing power. When you consider that the already monstrous GeForce RTX 3090 - practically the best on the consumer market - is limited to 36 TFLOPs, the progress of the Lovelace generation seems impressive.