NVIDIA Possibly Working On ‘RTX 4090 D’ To Comply With US Sanctions Against China

With the US imposed sanctions on China having a major effect on NVIDIA’s high end GPUs, many Chinese companies have turned to rebranding older graphics cards and even modding more memory transforming them into AI focused cards. Of course this is nothing to do with NVIDIA themselves, but it seems as though they have some plans to get around the ban in the form of a less powerful RTX 4090 D.

RTX 4090 D

Information shared by WCCFtech has led to the rumour that NVIDIA may be working on an RTX 4090 D graphics card, the D suspected to stand for “Dragon”. This card is said to have been designed exclusively for the Chinese market and will feature reduced performance to meet the regulations set by the US.

There isn’t much in terms of any specific details on the performance, however a known hardware leaker, MEGAsizeGPU has claimed that the 4090D will use the AD102-250 chip as opposed to the AD102-300-A1 chip. The RTX 4090 currently sits above the 4800 Total Processing Performance rating for the sanctions so this one should fall under that.

If this truly is something NVIDIA is working on, Chinese gamers should be feeling a bit relieved as the sanctions have led to some severe shortages seeing prices as high as around $8000. However I imagine these cards could simply fall to the same scalping problems, at least NVIDIA will be able to make their money from the Chinese market.

Jakob Aylesbury

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