Images of what are believed to be production-ready Zotac RTX 4090 graphics cards and enclosures have appeared on Chinese social media site Baidu. (opens in a new tab) Either these images are world-class photoshop knockoffs or the RTX 4090 is very close to an official release.

Two words immediately come to mind when looking at the cards. Huge and sinuous. The rear plate and end of the fairing feature an unusual, almost aerodynamic design that is sure to cause some debate. Personally, I think it looks great. It appears to be a three-slot+ card, or in fact a four-slot card.

Although the map is very large, it seems that the worst power consumption rumors (opens in a new tab) does not occur. Assuming it comes with a 450W TDP, the 4090 is definitely a hungry card, but it’s the same as the 3090 Ti, and we know those triple+ slot coolers are capable of keeping them cool . The Zotac has what appears to be a large cooling surface, with plenty of cutouts and room for hot air to vent out the side.

The power connector(s) are not visible. It is likely that the card uses the new 16-pin PCIe 5.0 connector (opens in a new tab), probably positioned above the word GeForce on the side of the card. Will it include one? Or two? These small cutouts don’t seem to be big enough to accommodate the minimum of three 8-pin power connectors that this board would need.

Looking at the box unfortunately the resolution is too low to make out the specs, although we have a pretty good idea (opens in a new tab) of what they already are. We can however see the features of Zotac. These include IceStorm 3.0 cooler, Spectra 2.0 RGB lighting, dual BIOS, zero fan RPM mode, and support for Zotac’s Firestorm GPU tuning application.

Zotac RTX 4090 AMP Extreme Airo case

(Image credit: Baidu)

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang is expected to announce the RTX 40 series during a keynote at GTC 2022 on September 20. Nvidia teases something called Project Beyond (opens in a new tab)and since it’s Nvidia’s GeForce social media channels (opens in a new tab)this is definitely a consumer ad.

Expectations are very high (opens in a new tab). Rumors of 100% performance gains are surely overly optimistic, but even a 50% gain over the RTX 3090 would be a fantastic achievement and represent one of the biggest cross-generation performance jumps we’ve seen for a GPU. The hype is real for this one.

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