Nvidia will rebadge its cancelled GeForce RTX 4080 12GB graphics card to GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, based on a well known leaker with good observe report. The transfer is a logical one, however it now stays to be seen when precisely this Ada Lovelace product is about to hit the market, how a lot it’s going to value, and the place it ranks among the many greatest graphics playing cards.
When Nvidia formally introduced its GeForce RTX 4080 12GB this September, it was a reasonably odd graphics card from the beginning. The board carried Nvidia’s AD104 in its full configuration, that includes 7680 CUDA cores and a 192-bit reminiscence interface. Regardless of its RTX 4080 mannequin quantity, it was about 30% slower in comparison with the RTX 4080 16GB, based on Nvidia’s personal benchmark outcomes.
Following extreme criticism from the neighborhood, Nvidia cancelled the 4080 12GB with out revealing the destiny of the fully-fledged AD104 GPU. Apparently, the product will now be known as the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, based on @kopite7kimi, who tends to have correct info. Nonetheless, he is not an official supply so his info ought to be taken with a pinch of salt and maybe a splash of pepper.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-Sequence Specs
|GPU||FP32 CUDA Cores||Reminiscence Configuration||TBP|
|GeForce RTX 4090||AD102||16384||24GB 384-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X||450W|
|GeForce RTX 4080||AD103||9728||16GB 256-bit 22.4 GT/s GDDR6X||320W|
|GeForce RTX 4070 Ti||AD104||7680||12GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X||285W|
|GeForce RTX 4070||AD104||7168 (?)||10GB 160-bit GDDR6?||?|
The RTX 4070 Ti appears to be a correct title for a product enabled by the AD104 in all of its glory, however the query of when Nvidia will roll it out stays. Usually, Ti-class merchandise observe common vanilla graphics playing cards as a refresh, however there are additionally circumstances the place Nvidia has launched Ti and non-Ti elements concurrently (RTX 2080 Ti and 2080; RTX 3060 Ti). More often than not, the Ti elements come later (for instance, the 1080 Ti, 1070 Ti, 3090 Ti, 3080 Ti, and 3070 Ti).
Relying on what Nvidia decides to do, we may see RTX 4070 Ti and the vanilla RTX 4070 launch on the identical time, or a minimum of shut collectively. However as we have seen from the unlaunching of the 4080 12GB, there isn’t any clear rhyme or cause to how Nvidia will proceed.
It is a protected wager that the vanilla GeForce RTX 4070 will not use the complete AD104 GPU, and there are rumors that it could even include 10GB of reminiscence that includes a 160-bit interface. Efficiency-wise, such a product ought to simply beat Nvidia’s RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti and can probably match and even go away the RTX 3080-series fashions in its wake, however that may require some artistic benchmarking (i.e., DLSS3).
Whereas Nvidia presumably deliberate to launch the RTX 4080 12GB this yr, we do not know if the identical holds for the rebadged RTX 4070 Ti, and we have extensively suspected its RTX 4070 will not arrive till January 2023. It is doable the corporate will velocity up the launch of its RTX 4070, or it could merely launch the Ti mannequin forward of the vanilla mannequin. Each choices have their execs and cons.
Launching a GeForce RTX 4070 Ti mannequin at $899 this yr and preserving the vanilla RTX 4070 mannequin underneath wraps will allow Nvidia to fulfill its gross sales and common promoting costs (ASPs) objectives that it set when it introduced the RTX 4080 12GB. Nonetheless, given the upcoming AMD RX 7900 XT that is set to reach on December 13, additionally priced at $899 however with apparently a lot better specs than AD104, we will not assist however assume the RTX 4070 Ti should come down in value.
Alternatively, launching a vanilla RTX 4070 forward of the Ti mannequin would permit Nvidia to undercut AMD’s pricing whereas nonetheless leaving room for the next tier providing. The MSRP of such a component will naturally be considerably decrease than $899, which suggests decrease ASPs for Nvidia.
We do not know which path Nvidia will take, or if it’d even do one thing else solely. We’ll quickly see how the RTX 4080 fares when it arrives subsequent week and joins our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, at which level we’ll want to attend for AMD’s RDNA 3 launch in December to see the place the playing cards fall. For now, the rebadging of the RTX 4080 12GB because the RTX 4070 Ti raises extra questions than solutions.