The performance of NVIDIA’s new flagship graphics card is sky-high. And it is both when using DLSS 3 and when dispensing with this image reconstruction technology. This affirmation does not leave any loophole through which the slightest subjectivity can sneak in; in fact, the figures that this graphic monster has thrown in our analysis reflect with absolute clarity his tremendous computing power.
The high price of this graphics card places it out of the reach of most gamers, but this reality should not mask that currently, and until the imminent graphics cards with AMD RDNA 3 architecture arrive, the GeForce RTX 4090 is the fastest. And with a lot of difference. However, she is not comfortable only with games and content creation; it’s also a beast at cracking passwords.
Eight GeForce RTX 4090s can crack 8-character passwords in 48 minutes
Sam Croley is a cybersecurity expert. On his Twitter account @Chick3nman512 frequently publishes very interesting tweets in which he exposes the result of penetration tests carried out to identify vulnerabilities and assess the strength of a computer system or network. However, it is also one of the developers of ‘hashcat’an open source tool designed to “recover” passwords.
This software has been developed by Croley, Jens Steube, and other programmers as a research tool, but it is clear that it can be, and is certainly being, used to attack passwords and compromise systems. After all, the same thing happens with this software as with many other computer tools: those responsible for its effects are the people who use it for pernicious purposes, and not the programmers who developed it.
Sam Croley has used ‘hashcat’ to test the performance of the GeForce RTX 4090 when pitted against this tool’s algorithms
In any case, Croley has used it to test the ability of the GeForce RTX 4090 when faced with the password cracking algorithms of ‘hashcat’, and the result is surprising: the hardware of the new flagship graphics processor by NVIDIA multiply by two or more the performance of the also very capable GeForce RTX 3090 in all the algorithms used by this tool.
First @hashcat benchmarks on the new @nvidia RTX 4090! Coming in at an insane >2x uplift over the 3090 for nearly every algorithm. Easily capable of setting records: 300GH/s NTLM and 200kh/s bcrypt w/ OC! Thanks to blazer for the run. Full benchmarks here: https://t.co/Bftucib7P9 pic.twitter.com/KHV5yCUkV4
— Chick3nman 🐔 (@Chick3nman512) October 14, 2022
It is very reasonable to expect that the RTX 4090 will clearly outperform both the RTX 3090 Ti and the RTX 3090 in this usage scenario, but what this researcher did not seem to realize is that it would double its performance. However, this is not all. According to his tests, a cluster made up of eight GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards has the necessary brute force to break an 8-character password in 48 minutes.
This result is shocking, and, at the same time, worrying, since this is undoubtedly the password length most used by users. And, in addition, the ‘hashcat’ algorithms use a very wide range of techniques in which the RTX 4090 has proven to be very effective, such as dictionary attacks, rule-based attacks or brute force attacks, among other types. of threats. This reminds us how important it is that let’s pamper our passwords combining uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. And, if possible, it’s also a good idea to have them longer than eight characters.