Its not insane at all. There's a huge market for these cards in AI these days, and that market wants the biggest, most powerful things they can get.That's insane. Why does it feel like GPU's are evolving backwards. In this era of inflation the last thing you want is more power hungry appliances.
I'm going to stick to my 1080 Ti for a few more years, aside from RTX which doesn't interest me it still handles everything at 1440P very well.
Are the new gen PCIE connectors going to transfer power? Adding more cabling to a GPU is just going backwards.
The power draw reductions from processes aren't keeping up remotely well with the amount of transistors on offer, so you get this. Happy with the pricing too. So, shrug.
They're then also - almost accidentally in a way - the fastest possible GPU's avaliable for gaming, so get marketed that way too. But that isn't really why the 4090 at least exists in the form it does.