GPT-4o – The Newest Generative AI Model: Differences From GPT-4 Turbo and Upgrade Guide

OpenAI announced a new flagship generative AI model on Monday that they call GPT-4o — the “o” stands for “omni,” referring to the model’s ability to handle text, speech, and video, and with it came a number of improvements. It’s overall a better model than GPT-4, GPT-4 Turbo. Let’s find out the reasons in this article.

Outstanding Features of GPT-4o Compared to GPT-4 Turbo

1. Data Processing Speed

While GPT-4 Turbo offers improved speed and cost efficiency over standard GPT-4, it de-emphasizes real-time processing speed across multiple methods. Previously, some other generative AI models such as Google’s Gemini completely outperformed ChatGPT in terms of output speed and were similar to Anthropic’s Claude 3. GPT-4 Turbo of course possesses many other advantages that make users approach and use it, but the speed and quality of answers are the biggest disadvantages that Open AI needs to overcome.

In the above video, GPT-4o generated its 2.668-word answer in less than 15 seconds. A similar response would require over 30 seconds of generation under GPT-4 Turbo at times. It’s shockingly fast, and alone is enough to question whether ChatGPT is the king of LLMs yet again.

2. Multimodal Capabilities

GPT-4 Turbo: While GPT-4 Turbo supports multimodal capabilities, including vision and text, its focus is more on enhancing efficiency and performance rather than integrating audio processing.

GPT-4o: This model is designed to handle and integrate audio, vision, and text inputs seamlessly. It can process and reason across these different types of data in real time, making it highly versatile for various applications such as real-time transcription, image analysis, and audio processing. This helps GPT-4o significantly enhance the user experience by providing feedback in a more natural and intimate way, making interactions with users softer and more pleasant.

The ability to process and understand different forms of data, including text, images, and audio, expands the model’s scope of application.

ChatGPT’s ability to identify and analyze images on the new model has been significantly improved

However, at this time, voice is not part of the GPT-4o API for all customers. OpenAI, citing abuse risks, said it plans to roll out support for GPT-4o’s new audio processing capabilities to “a small group of trusted partners” in the coming weeks.

3. Multilingual Capability

GPT-4o supports more languages than GPT-4 Turbo due to being trained on a richer multilingual dataset (about 50 languages – according to Open AI). GPT-4o works more efficiently with many different languages, including less common ones such as: Korean, Russian, Arabic, etc.

Better translation capabilities: GPT-4o significantly improves language translation, providing more accurate and natural translations.

4. Application Scenarios

GPT-4 Turbo: This model is more geared towards applications requiring fast, cost-effective text generation and processing, with additional capabilities for handling images but not as advanced in audio integration. Examples: Chatbots, customer service platforms, and content creation tools.

GPT-4o: Its real-time multimodal reasoning makes it suitable for more interactive and integrative applications such as virtual assistants that need to understand and respond to spoken commands, recognize and interpret visual data, and generate relevant text-based responses all at once. Examples: Advanced virtual assistants, real-time transcription and translation services, and interactive educational tools.

5. Cost-Effectiveness (More Than 50%)

GPT-4o is 50% cheaper than GPT-4 Turbo, coming in at $5/M input and $15/M output tokens), said Open AI.

6. Performance and Efficiency

GPT-4 Turbo is optimized for speed and cost-efficiency in handling large-scale text tasks, with enhanced performance compared to the original GPT-4.

GPT-4o is designed for comprehensive understanding and integration of multiple data types, which may be more resource-intensive. With a deeper understanding of semantics and grammar, GPT-4o can answer complex questions with greater accuracy, and even provide suggestions related to the user’s question.

These differences highlight the advanced functionality of GPT-4o compared to GPT-4 Turbo, making GPT-4o a powerful tool for applications that require simultaneous processing of audio, video, and text data.

How to Upgrade To GPT-4o – The Open AI’s New AI Model

ChatGPT Free Tier

Users on the Free tier will have defaulted to GPT-4o with a limit on the number of messages they can send using GPT-4o, which will vary based on current usage and demand. When unavailable, Free tier users will be switched back to GPT-3.5.

Free users also receive limited access to messages using advanced tools, such as:

  • Data analysis
  • File Uploads
  • Browse
  • Discovering and using GPTs
  • Vision

GPT-4o has advanced vision capabilities, which increases accuracy in understanding the images you share.

ChatGPT Plus and Team

ChatGPT Plus and Team subscribers have GPT-4 and GPT-4o access on with a larger usage cap.

ChatGPT Plus and Team users will be able to select GPT-4o from the drop-down menu at the top of the page:

As of May 13th 2024, Plus users will be able to send up to 80 messages every 3 hours on GPT-4o and up to 40 messages every 3 hours on GPT-4.

The GPT-4 and GPT-4o message caps for a user in a ChatGPT Team workspace is higher than that of ChatGPT Plus.

Please note that unused messages do not accumulate (i.e. if you wait 6 hours, you will not have 80 messages available to use for the next 3 hours on GPT-4).

ChatGPT Enterprise

ChatGPT Enterprise customers will have access to GPT-4o soon. The ChatGPT Enterprise plan is designed specifically to meet the needs of large enterprises, with unlimited, high-speed access to GPT-4o and GPT-4. New conversations on a ChatGPT Enterprise account will default to GPT-4o. ChatGPT Enterprise users will be able to select other models from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

ChatGPT Enterprise also offers enterprise-grade security and privacy, longer context windows for processing longer inputs, unlimited, high speed access to advanced tools like data analysis, customization options, and much more.

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GPT-4o has many superior features compared to GPT-4 Turbo, especially the points that are considered “disadvantages” compared to other competitors such as response speed, multimedia response capabilities, and the ability to ability to understand and produce natural language. When ChatGPT first launched in November 2022, it kicked off a wave of research and testing of innovative AI products that is still going strong today. Startups like Anthropic, as well as tech giants like Google and Microsoft, have launched their own next-generation AI chat tools. Although the AI race is not new, it is becoming more and more fierce. People are applying AI to operate their work in a “smart” way.

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Source: Open AI, Cafebiz