THE Nvidia revealed the new video cards of the RTX 4000 line with very salty values. But it’s good to get used to it: in an interview, the company’s CEO, Jensen Huang, decreed the end of the Moore’s Law, the famous remark by Intel’s co-founder. The executive also speculated that semiconductor prices should not fall.
The statement came from a question and answer session after the launch of the new RTX 4080 and RTX 4090. When asked about the values of the new GPUs by Gordon Ung of PCWorldHuang got straight to the point: “Moore’s Law is dead”.
In case you weren’t aware, Moore’s Law is one of the most well-known maxims in the tech world. In 1965, Gordon Moore speculated that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every year. Afterwards, the observation was revised for an evolution every two years and started to deal with “computational power”.
Further on, the Nvidia CEO justified his statement. “A 12-inch wafer is much more expensive these days,” he said. “The idea that the chip price will go down is a story of the past.”
GeForce RTX 4080 and 4090 start at $899
The statement came to light due to the launch of the new GPUs with the Ada Lovelace architecture. The video cards were presented on Tuesday (20), highlighting the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 which has 24 GB of GDDR6X memory and costs US$ 1,599 (about R$ 8,240 in direct conversion). The GeForce RTX 4080, in turn, has 12 GB and 16 GB editions and prices start at US$ 899 (R$ 4,635).
Huang gave more explanation about the values of the releases during the Q&A session. For the Executive, the improvements in the processing power of the new cards justify the price increase. “[Comparando] the performance of Nvidia’s $899 GPU or $1,599 GPU a year ago, two years ago at the same price, our performance with Ada Lovelace is monumentally better.”
O Ars Technica, however, noted that this comparison does not make much sense. In the review, the site pointed out that, in fact, the RTX 4090 is only $100 more expensive than the RTX 3090 released in 2020. But when you factor in inflation, the two-year-old model would cost $1,699, not $1,499, giving the new GPU a head start.
The biggest difference is found in the more affordable options. In this case, the RTX 4080 hit the market for $899 and $1,199, which is actually above the RTX 3080 graphics cards announced in 2020 at $699 and $799. Adjusting for inflation, older GPUs would cost $799 and $899, according to the website.
With information: Ars Technica and Digital Trends