We, like many others, are eagerly anticipating Nvidia’s upcoming GTC event on September 20th, where the company is widely expected to reveal its next generation of graphics cards. The recent photo leak of the Zotac RTX 4090 has certainly piqued people’s interest ahead of this event.
Photographs taken in the wild of finished graphics cards lined up on a clean sheet and pallet of detailed, newly printed packaging lend credence to the photographs.
With the recent QbitLeaks scandal, however, we learned that even photographs can’t be trusted. In addition, QbitLeaks said they leaked a render of the new RTX 4090, but since we live in an era where digital image manipulation is so advanced, you can’t really believe your lying eyes.
This was most certainly the case with a second leak that surfaced around two weeks ago and claimed to show the brand new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 encased in anti-static plastic. The style of the font used for the RTX 4080 branding on the card was noticed by one Twitter user, which was something I had also noticed at first glance.
The font style of the numbers is different from the lettering, unlike the Nvidia Ampere reference cards. They are the same font, but slimmer, like the letters are in boldface while the numbers are not.
This would make us very suspicious of the photos, but something has just appeared that lends the leaked photo of the RTX 3080 a little more credibility.
The introduction of Lovelace’s new logo might be a dead giveaway
Neither image stands on its own as proof; yet, a stack of Zotac retail packaging isn’t something you’d print off just to prank Twitter (or the kind of attention to detail that most fakes exhibit).
Even yet, when you put the card and its box together, you can’t help but notice that the fonts used for the numbers and letters are similar. In particular, Nvidia is responsible for the considerably reduced font size on the card and the package.
Both the official reference card and the third-party card used the same typeface style on the RTX 3000 series. Since both the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 images differ somewhat from their predecessors in the same way, I have much greater faith in their veracity.
What does this mean, then?
These two leaks are the strongest evidence yet that Nvidia will unveil the GeForce RTX 4000 series of graphics cards on September 20 and begin distributing them shortly thereafter (possibly in October or early November).
What’s more, it’d prove the RTX 4080 will be every bit as chonky as everyone’s been saying it will be. We can’t say if that would make it as big as an RTX 3090 Ti, but it may. To be sure, the only reason for a card that big would be if you needed it to support a powerful cooling solution to handle all that power, but if this is the case, it does mean that other aspects of recent rumours, namely that the RTX 4080 will rival the RTX 3090 Ti in performance, are likely to be more or less in line with what we’re getting.
It’s too early to tell, but if the rumours are true, Nvidia Lovelace will be a release so massive that it will quickly displace every single one of the graphics cards now on our best-of list.