Nvidia are prepping a custom RTX 4090 D (Dragon) GPU for the Chinese market

To comply with US export restrictions, Nvidia is creating a custom RTX 4090 D (Dragon) GPU for China

New US export restrictions have banned Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card shipments to China. These restrictions reduce China’s access to high-end AI and computing products. Now, it looks like Nvidia are creating a new, lower-end, RTX 4090 SKU to comply with the US’ export restrictions. This new GPU is reportedly called the RTX 4090 D (Dragon), and it is said to launch in early 2024.

WCCFTECH has reported that specifically designed this new graphics card to comply with US export restrictions. As such, this graphics card is only to be shipped to nations that are under US export restrictions. So don’t expect Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 4090 D graphics card to become available in the US or Europe.

Nvidia are reportedly planning to sell these new D (Dragon) series graphics cards at the same price as their existing RTX 4090 graphics cards. While these graphics cards will deliver lower performance levels, they will not ship with discounted prices.

With Nvidia’s new RTX 4090 model releasing in 2024, it makes sense that Nvidia has opted to give the graphics card the D (Dragon) name. 2024 will be the year of the Dragon, and Nvidia may release their new graphics card around Chinese new year to capitalise on this.

Currently, it is unknown how the performance of Nvidia’s new RTX 4090 model will be lower to comply with the US’ export restrictions. Nvidia could do this by disabling CUDA cores, lowering their new model’s power limit, or by lowering GPU clock speeds. We will know more when Nvidia officially reveals their new RTX 4090 model.

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