Nvidia is launching a graphics card specifically for China to comply with US export controls. In a product page on the Chinese version of Nvidia’s website, the chipmaker introduces the RTX 4090D: a GPU that’s less powerful than the flagship RTX 4090 it sells elsewhere.
The RTX 4090D has fewer CUDA cores than its RTX 4090 counterpart, topping out at 14,592 as opposed to 16,384. It also has a slightly lower power draw at 425W instead of 450W. Although most of the other specs remain the same between the two versions of the chips, the RTX 4090D is still around “5% slower in gaming and creating,” a Nvidia spokesperson tells Reuters.
“The GeForce RTX 4090 D has been designed to fully comply with U.S. government export controls,” an Nvidia spokesperson says in a statement to Reuters, adding that the company “extensively engaged with the U.S. government” when developing the chip. Nvidia didn’t immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment.
The RTX 4090D will be available in China starting in January for ￥12,999 (~$1,836 USD). Its release may help quell the increasing demand for powerful graphics cards in China, which has reportedly led some factories in the country to dismantle and repurpose the banned RTX 4090 for AI.