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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 runs at up to 2850MHz buffered around 50°C in Cyberpunk 2077, DLSS 3 cuts GPU wattage by 25%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 runs at up to 2850MHz buffered around 50°C in Cyberpunk 2077, DLSS 3 cuts GPU wattage by 25%

The flagship of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 رسومات Graphics Card Show off some big numbers in a brief gaming demo featuring Cyberpunk 2077 and DLSS 3.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Demoed in Cyberpunk 2077: 2x Boost with DLSS 3, 2.85 GHz Clocks at Stock, temps around 50C, reduced wattage

The demo that was shown was using an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition graphics card that we did Fully detailed here. The card was paired with an Intel Core i9-12900K system and ran Cyberpunk 2077 at 1440p using Ultra Ray Tracing and Psycho (or maximum) settings. At native resolution, without DLSS and Reflex, the game ran at an average of 59 fps (49 fps 1% low) while looking at a fixed frame and 72-75 ms latency.

At these settings, the GPU was running at over 2.8GHz, averaging around 2810-2850MHz (min/max), and at 100%, temperatures held steady between 50-55°C. That’s a difference of 330MHz versus the reference boost clock of 2520MHz (+13% boost) and the impressive part is that no overclocking is included! This was all happening in stock. This is just one game and we can see higher clock speeds in other games. The card has since been mentioned To run over 3 GHz with overclocking.

But now we have to talk about performance with DLSS 3 Enabled. The game was using a pre-release version of DLSS 3, so performance and settings will vary in the final version. Once the DLSS 3 setup is turned on, the DLSS Frame Generation setup is also enabled. This was using the Quality preset and again we saw full GPU usage with clocks over 2.8GHz but temperatures were closer to 50°C than 55°C this time (keep that in mind). The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 got a performance boost to an average of 170 fps (119 fps 1% low) with DLSS 3 enabled and an average latency of 53.00 ms. This is a 2x improvement in FPS and a 30% improvement in latency versus disabling DLSS.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 in Cyberpunk 2077 (DLSS 3 disabled):


NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 in Cyberpunk 2077 (DLSS 3 enabled):


But that’s not all, using the latest PCAT tool that comes with PCIe 5.0 16-Pin (12VPHWR) power plug support, NVIDIA has also provided wattage numbers with DLSS disabled and enabled. With DLSS 3 disabled, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card consumed an average of 461 watts with a performance per watt (Frames/Joule) of 0.135 points. Once DLSS 3 was enabled, the GPU saw its wattage drop to 348W, or a 25% drop. This also increased the performance per watt to 0.513, an increase of 3.8 times.

Offer NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 1440P (Maximum Settings + Ultra RT + Psycho) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
DLSS 3 disabled (original) Enabled (Quality) disabled (original) Enabled (DLSS Quality 2)
FPS (average) 59.9 170.7 35.8 61.9
fps (1% low) 49.3 119.6
FPS (min) 40.6 91.2
Latency (medium) 75.4 milliseconds 53.5 ms
gag watch 2800-2850MHz (Stock) 2800-2850MHz (Stock) 2000-2050 MHz 2000-2050 MHz
GPU Temps 50-57 c 50-53 c 70-75°C 70-75°C
GPU Power 461.3 W 348.9 W 454.2 W 409.2 W
PCAT Perf/Watt (FPS/Joule) 0.135 0.513 0.079 0.152

Modernization: We also have added performance results from the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti with DLSS enabled and disabled. We’re running a custom MSI SUPRIM X build which features a higher factory OC so performance should be slightly better than the FE variant. The stock card recorded an average of 37.2 fps at the original 1440p at the same settings and the same scene. The card consumes 452 watts of power and operates around 75 degrees Celsius. With Quality enabled in DLSS 2, we saw an increase to 61fps (+64% increase) and power draw also decreased to 409W (10% decrease). Below is the result.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Ultra Quality + Psycho RT (original 1440p):

  • MSI RTX 3090 TI SUPRIM X (original store 1440p) – 37fps/455W Power/~75°C
  • NVIDIA RTX 4090 FE (Native Store 1440p) – 60fps/461W Power/~55°C
  • RTX 4090 vs. RTX 3090 Ti = + 62% faster

Cyberpunk 2077 Ultra Quality + Psycho RT (DLSS 1440p):

  • MSI RTX 3090 Ti SUPRIM X (DLSS 2 1440p) – 61fps / 409W Power / 74°C
  • NVIDIA RTX 4090 FE (DLSS 3 1440p) – 170fps/348W Power/~50°C
  • RTX 4090 vs. RTX 3090 Ti = + 178% faster
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Power numbers are a very big problem and one of the reasons this happens is that the load of the FP32 cores is transferred to the tensor cores that run the DLSS algorithms. These cores are specialized for these conversations, and instead of massively forcing the entire GPU resulting in higher power draw, tensor cores can process data faster and more efficiently while reducing power consumption. DLSS 3 could be a game changer in energy efficiency and performance efficiency, and we really can’t wait to test that out for ourselves when we get our review samples.

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