The RTX 4-series from Nvidia, which includes the $1,599 flagship RTX 4090 and the somewhat more inexpensive 4080, is the company's newest line of graphics cards.
PC users who have been deprived of the GPU market by cryptocurrency miners for years now have an interesting choice
Choice between their long-awaited older cards and the sparkling (and pricey) new ones thanks to the update.
The 4-series is a major improvement over the 3-series, which dominated the crypto mining sector
and a few other computation-intensive applications and was thus frequently purchased in large quantities by bots and other dubious enterprises.
This had the consequence of effectively eliminating availability and driving up the cost of the potent cards.
It was a chance that Nvidia's steadfast competitor AMD seized, highlighting pricing, efficiency (more power for your dollar), and the availability of their GPUs.
Over the past two years, perhaps more individuals have converted to AMD out of anger with the market than out of a desire to save a little power and money.
However, Nvidia is back and going after the big fish with its next-gen GPUs, which are now without a doubt by far the most potent ones available.
Although AMD will soon make its next-generation appearance, Nvidia often retains the title of "fastest card, but at what cost?"
The GPU has evolved from a device for maintaining high frame rates in computer games to a processing powerhouse for well-known, computation-intensive applications that consume CPUs and earlier GPUs.