Previously, due to US sanctions, NVIDIA had released special versions of its products for China only in the computing accelerator segment. However, the USA banned the delivery of the GeForce RTX 4090 gaming graphics card to China this fall. According to rumors, NVIDIA will develop a new version of the graphics accelerator specifically for China, taking into account the new requirements of the American authorities.
This idea originated on the pages of the social network X distribute Editor of the news source WCCFTech, citing his own knowledgeable sources. According to him, the “anti-sanctions” version of the GeForce RTX 4090 will receive the letter “D” in the designation, which symbolizes the coming Year of the Dragon in China (from English). Dragons). The new local product will be based on the AD102 graphics processor, the characteristics of which are limited compared to the original GeForce RTX 4090, so the resulting graphics card meets the requirements of American export restrictions.
Such modifications usually involve reducing the number of active functional blocks or reducing frequencies, but the specific parameters of the modifications have not yet been specified. If NVIDIA can slow down the GeForce RTX 4090 in computing tasks without severely impacting gaming performance, that would be a huge success for the company, which wants to continue shipping its most powerful products to China. Interestingly, the “stripped down” version of the GeForce RTX 4090 will return to the Chinese market at the same recommended price, the equivalent of $1,599. Since there are no legal alternatives, Chinese consumers simply cannot expect price concessions.
Let us recall that the ban on the supply of the original GeForce RTX 4090 to China was due, among other things, to the activities of local underground companies that used components of video cards of this model to create homemade computing accelerators used by local developers of artificial intelligence systems. Now, if the rumors are to be believed, NVIDIA will try to meet the needs of Chinese gamers while fully complying with the requirements of US export control regulations.