March 2, 2024

Nvidia launched the cell variations of its RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics playing cards again in early 2023. Nevertheless, we at the moment are seeing GPUs meant for laptops being repurposed as desktop items!

This was noticed on Goofish (a China-based on-line retailer). It seems that firms have been discovered promoting laptop computer variations of Nvidia GPUs, the RTX 4090M & RTX 4080M, however for desktops.

The ‘new’ RTX 4090M graphics card for desktops options 16GB GDDR6 reminiscence. Many desktop RTX 4090s have been repurposed within the hundreds to allegedly empower the AI computing infrastructure of China. This comes after US sanctions banned the sale of a number of highly effective Nvidia GPUs within the nation. Aside from the China-exclusive RTX 4090 D, PC players from the nation may purchase the RTX 4090 M now.

This repurposed RTX 4080M prices 2800 to 3000 CN¥, which is round $400 within the US. The RTX 4090M is proven to be listed at 13800 CN¥, which comes at a staggering value of ($1900+). It seems to be like this RTX 4090M, whereas being primarily based on a laptop computer GPU, is someway costlier than the desktop variant. Even the brand new RTX 4090 D for China prices 800 CN¥ much less, making it a significantly better deal.

rtx 4080m and rtx 4090m laptop gpu repurposed as desktop graphics card and selling in china marketplace goofish
Supply: Goofish, by way of Videocardz

It’s fairly a bizarre rendition of what was beforehand a laptop computer GPU. There are some benefits to purchasing a card like this, nevertheless it’s most likely not price it. This laptop computer RTX 4090M consumes approach much less energy, solely needing a twin fan to maintain issues cool. We have now beforehand witnessed particular Chinese language firms like these changing laptop computer GPUs into fully-fledged desktop playing cards, on the previous-gen RTX 20/30 Sequence.

Nevertheless, the efficiency of those cell RTX 40 graphics playing cards can be decrease. The CUDA core rely and VRAM each have been lowered. The RTX 4080M, as proven within the Goofish itemizing, has 12GB GDDR6 VRAM capability as in comparison with 16GB on the precise desktop RTX 4080.

The Nvidia branding on these playing cards, as placed on the followers, additionally seems to be fairly fishy. It is because these should not precise GPUs made by an official AIB associate of Nvidia. Official manufacturers embrace MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, and extra. It’s fairly laborious to evaluate whether or not or not the producer’s guarantee is supplied, however we assume not.

Even for players in China, shopping for these GPUs is healthier for hobbyists who particularly search a card made like this. Most PC players needs to be wanting on the RTX 4070 as a substitute of this RTX 4080M or 4090M GPU. Nvidia additionally launched a less expensive RTX 4080 Tremendous, together with different up to date fashions, at CES 2024.

What are your ideas on the RTX 4090M and RTX 4080M laptop computer GPUs being bought as desktop playing cards in China? Tell us within the feedback beneath.

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