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Nvidia Adjusts RTX 4090 for Chinese Market Following US Export Controls.

In order to comply with US export rules, Nvidia is launching a graphics card exclusively for the Chinese market. Nvidia presents the RTX 4090D, a GPU that isn’t as potent as the flagship RTX 4090 that it sells internationally, on a product page on its Chinese website.

With a maximum of 14,592 CUDA cores compared to 16,384 on the RTX 4090, the RTX 4090D has fewer CUDA cores than its counterpart. Moreover, its power consumption is marginally lower at 425W as opposed to 450W. The Nvidia representative Benjamin Berraondo stated in an email that the RTX 4090D is still approximately “5% slower in gaming and creating,” despite the fact that the majority of the other specifications are unchanged between the two chips.

Following the US’s tightening of export restrictions on high-end semiconductors transported to China, Nvidia released the GPU. The new regulations prohibit Nvidia from offering the RTX 4090 for sale in China, in addition to the less potent H800 and A800 AI GPUs that the company created for the Chinese market.

Nvidia worked closely with U.S. officials throughout the development of the GeForce RTX 4090 D to ensure complete compliance with export regulations.

Beginning in January, the RTX 4090D will retail for ¥12,999 (~$1,836 USD) in China. The revelation of this could potentially mitigate China’s growing need for powerful graphics cards, as some Chinese firms have apparently been breaking apart and repurposing the outlawed RTX 4090 for artificial intelligence.

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