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Nvidia Plans Launch of Slower RTX 4090 in China to Adhere to US Restrictions

Explore Nvidia's tailored RTX 4090D GPU, created to meet US export regulations in China. How does it differ, and its impact on the tech market?

Nvidia's RTX 4090D: Tailored Graphics Card for China Amid Export Controls

Nvidia unveils the RTX 4090D, a specialized graphics card exclusively designed for China, aligning with stringent US export controls. Positioned on the Chinese version of Nvidia's website, this GPU stands as a modified version of its flagship RTX 4090, adhering to specific regulatory requirements.

Distinguishing itself from its counterpart, the RTX 4090D showcases a reduction in CUDA cores, dropping to 14,592 from the RTX 4090's 16,384, and a slight power draw decrease to 425W from 450W. Despite similar specifications in other areas, Nvidia's spokesperson, Benjamin Berraondo, notes a marginal performance difference, stating that the RTX 4090D operates approximately 5% slower in gaming and creative tasks.

The launch of this GPU aligns with the US's tightened export restrictions on high-end chips bound for China. These regulations not only prohibit the sale of previously developed H800 and A800 AI GPUs but also restrict the availability of the RTX 4090 in the Chinese market.

Berraondo highlights Nvidia's commitment to compliance, affirming that the RTX 4090D was meticulously crafted to adhere to US government export controls. He mentions the extensive collaboration with US authorities during the chip's development phase.

Scheduled for release in January, the RTX 4090D will hit the Chinese market at ¥12,999 (~$1,836 USD). Anticipated to address the surging demand for potent graphics cards in China, its arrival aims to counteract reports of factories repurposing banned RTX 4090 units for AI applications.

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