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Nvidia Unveils China-Compliant Gaming Chip: The RTX 4090 D

Nvidia, unleashed a edition of its high-tech gaming chip, crafted to align with stringent U.S. export controls at China
By Josefina Dipaolo
January 2, 2024

In a strategic move to navigate U.S. export controls, Nvidia, the U.S. chipmaking giant, has unveiled the GeForce RTX 4090 D, a modified gaming chip tailored to meet regulatory requirements targeting China. Packed with promises of enhanced performance, efficiency, and AI-driven graphics, the chip is set to hit the Chinese market in January, marking Nvidia's official foray into China since the recent regulatory hurdles.

Navigating the complex landscape of export controls, Nvidia has meticulously crafted the RTX 4090 D, ensuring full compliance with U.S. government regulations. This launch comes in the wake of the Biden Administration's October export rules, which obstructed the sale of two AI chips, A800 and H800, and the high-end gaming chip RTX 4090, previously tailored for the Chinese market. The GeForce RTX 4090 D emerges as a strategic response to overcome these regulatory challenges.

With a price tag of 12,999 yuan ($1,842), the RTX 4090 D positions itself as a premium offering, albeit at a 5% sacrifice in gaming and creative speed compared to its banned predecessor. As Nvidia seeks to maintain its dominance in China's $7 billion AI chip market, the launch of the RTX 4090 D is a crucial chess move in response to evolving trade dynamics. This chip not only symbolizes Nvidia's adaptability but also sets the stage for a dynamic competition in China's tech landscape, with domestic players eyeing opportunities amidst shifting global trade winds.

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