To comply with US export controls, Nvidia is launching a graphics card specifically for China. Nvidia introduces the RTX 4090D on a product page on the Chinese version of its website: a GPU that is less powerful than the flagship RTX 4090 it sells elsewhere.
The RTX 4090D has fewer CUDA cores than the RTX 4090, with a maximum of 14,592 instead of 16,384. It also has a slightly lower power draw (425W vs. 450W). Although most other specifications remain the same between the two chips, the RTX 4090D is still “5% slower in gaming and creating,” according to Nvidia spokesperson Benjamin Berraondo.
After the United States tightened export restrictions on high-end chips shipped to China, Nvidia launched the GPU. The new restrictions prevent Nvidia from selling the less powerful H800 and A800 AI GPUs it developed for the Chinese market and from selling the RTX 4090 in the country.
“The GeForce RTX 4090 D has been designed to fully comply with U.S. government export controls,” Berraondo said, adding that the company “extensively engaged with the U.S. government” in the chip’s development.
The RTX 4090D will be available in China beginning in January for a price of 12,999 RMB ($1,836 USD). Its release may help to alleviate China’s rising demand for powerful graphics cards, which has reportedly led some Chinese factories to dismantle and repurpose the banned RTX 4090 for AI.