Nvidia’s RTX 4090 graphics card appeared in some leaked renders a few days ago, but it turns out they’re fake – and indeed, the Twitter account that shared them is a complete work of fiction.
So what’s the story here? The account in question, @QbitLeaks, posted the renders that were flagged by various tech sites (we found it via KitGuru (opens in new tab)); check out one of them below.
Of course, any leak can be fabricated, and that’s something we should always keep in mind – hence our ever-present warnings about being properly skeptical – with one of the commentators on the Twitter thread above making accusations of it being a revealing work of Photoshop. And they were right.
It turns out that all this was a ‘social experiment (opens in new tab)‘ by @QbitLeaks, basically seeing how easy it would be to invent leaks, keep a stream of them coming in, and have them picked up by the media at large (which it certainly did in some cases).
The fake leaker – flaker? – clarified in another tweet (opens in new tab) that these purported RTX 4090 renders were “actually based on unpublished information from the kitty” and “this is the realest thing on this entire account”, adding that: “Everything else was done in a group chat ”.
Review: Rumbled by a well-known YouTuber
The Kitty mentioned in that latest tweet is Twitter-based hardware leaker @KittyYYuko (formerly KittyCorgi), who recently posted leaked photos that allegedly were Nvidia’s RTX 4080 (not 4090, note).
The manufactured RTX 4090 copies an obvious important detail from @KittyYYuko’s photo, namely the larger fan that overlaps the metal edge of the card. That doesn’t mean @KittyYYuko’s RTX 4080 photo is fake, but we were already skeptical about it, as we pointed out when we first reported the leak – and it makes us a little more cautious, it has to be said.
Still, @QbitLeaks calls Kitty’s apparent information the “most real thing” they’ve posted, but can we trust that comment? Who knows, but what we can say is that this is why extreme care needs to be taken with information shared by leakers who don’t have a well-established track record. Indeed, a lot of caution should still be exercised, even with leakers like @KittyYYuko who have been spreading rumors for a long time and have a reputation as such.
The @QbitLeaks Twitter account has only been around since July 2022, so only for a few months, which is a red flag right off the bat. Apparently, another well-known leaker, YouTuber Moore’s Law is dead, rumbled the fake account, and @QbitLeaks will close its doors following Nvidia’s GTC developer conference later this month.
That’s where Nvidia is expected to release the RTX 4090, if the rumor is correct, and in that case we can be sure given the volume of leaks around this particular prediction – from various sources – that it’s a pretty strong possibility. Nothing is certain when it comes to rumors, mind you, and even existing plans that are genuine when leaked can be later changed by a company on short notice. In fact, the most cynical may note that some of the spill that emerges is purposefully leaked to gauge reactions and perhaps make changes based on that.