Nvidia RTX 5090 and RTX 5080 may launch earlier than expected after all

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A new rumor has been circulating that the upcoming Blackwell-based RTX 5090 and RTX 5080 could be released as early as Q3 2024 as theorized by credible sources.

According to prominent hardware leaker, Moore’s Law is Dead via YouTube, its sources have reportedly claimed that Nvidia could be ‘rushing’ its leading Blackwell GPU options out to get ahead of AMD’s RDNA 4 launch window. While we’ve previously reported that the RTX 5090 and RTX 5080 could launch at the end of the year, this new information alleges that we may not have to wait until Q4 2024 (October to December) but that September could be on the cards.

A specific quote from one of MLID’s sources claims: ‘We [AIB] are starting to gear up for a Q4 2024, or possibly even late Q3 launch for the RTX 5090 and RTX 5080’. As its primary source, it seems far from confident that a September release could happen but doesn’t rule out the possibility. It may be safer to assume that this GPU generation will follow the Ada launch, as the RTX 40 series started rolling out in mid-October 2022 with the RTX 4090 and in mid-November with the RTX 4080.

However, we’re in mid-April now, meaning that could mean a wait of just five months for the high-end Blackwell cards to debut. This is consistent with the launch window of Ampere from 2020 as the RTX 30 series debuted in mid-September of that year, undercutting AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series by two months which followed in November. We could see this happen again as Team Green looks to reclaim a lead from Team Red following Ada’s more lukewarm comparative reception.

The next major computing event, Computex in June, could shed further light on things. Nvidia previously announced its RTX 40 Super series at CES 2024 at the beginning of January, with the cards debuting later that month. Following this trend, Team Green would have a massive inbuilt audience to reveal the next generation. While this is unconfirmed, it seems plausible as that gives the company the latter half of the year to make any formal announcements via pricing and availability.

Aleksha McLoughlin is Hardware and News Editor for PC Guide and she oversees buying guides, reviews, news, and features on site. She was previously Hardware and Affiliates Editor at VideoGamer.