Gigabyte Launches Three New RTX 4090 D Graphics Cards: Identical Design, Zero Overclocking

On the evening of December 28, 2023, Nvidia officially unveiled the GeForce RTX 4090 D, where the “D” in the model symbolizes “Dragon,” coinciding with 2024 being the Year of the Dragon in the traditional Chinese zodiac. This launch represents Nvidia’s strategic move to comply with the new export controls imposed by the United States government on cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) chips, tailored specifically for the Chinese mainland market as a compliant version to replace the flagship product GeForce RTX 4090, which has been added to the restricted list.

Several of Nvidia’s partners in mainland China have already released the GeForce RTX 4090 D graphics card, although the top market-share manufacturers have yet to announce their products. According to VideoCardz, Gigabyte is set to introduce three RTX 4090 D models: the RTX 4090 D AERO 24, RTX 4090 D WINDFORCE 24GB, and RTX 4090 D GAMING. These models feature essentially the same design and will not include factory overclocking settings.

The RTX 4090 D is equipped with the AD102-250 GPU. Its CUDA core count is reduced from 16384 in the RTX 4090 to 14592, Tensor cores from 512 to 456, and RT cores from 128 to 114. Its base frequency is slightly higher than the RTX 4090’s 2235 MHz, reaching 2280 MHz, while the boost frequency remains the same at 2520 MHz. The new product still features 24GB of GDDR6X memory, with a 384-bit width and a rate of 21 Gbps. With these reduced specifications, the overall power consumption of the RTX 4090 D is lower than that of the RTX 4090, decreasing from 450W to 425W. All RTX 4090 D units will not offer any factory overclocking settings, with manufacturers currently providing a maximum software overclocking of 15 MHz.

In addition to the Chinese mainland market, the RTX 4090 D might also be available in other restricted countries/regions.