Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti may rival the 3090 Ti for half the price

The rumored specs of Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti have just leaked and it looks like it’s going to be a beast of a graphics card.

If the specs prove true, the RTX 4070 Ti may be powerful enough to match the current-gen flagship RTX 3090 Ti, but it’s also expected to cost a lot less than the $1,999 GPU.

As I mentioned before, there is an AD104 SKU with a 400W limit.
PG141-SKU331
a full-fat AD104 with 7680FP32
21 Gbps 12G GDDR6X
It can easily match RTX 3090 Ti.

— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) August 1, 2022

This tantalizing news comes from a fairly reliable source: Kopite7kimi, a well-known leaker in the GPU space. However, it’s best not to take it for granted and assume that everything is subject to change, especially when you consider that Nvidia may only release one GPU this year, and if it does, it won’t be the rumored RTX 4070. T be.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about the exciting stuff — the specs of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, the successor to the RTX 3070 Ti. The latter had proven to be one of the best graphics cards of this generation, and it seems that its successor could follow that same path and prove to be even better than previously expected.

Kopite7kimi is talking about an AD104 GPU based on the PG141-SKU331 PCB. The card uses the full AD104 GPU core, meaning it is the RTX 4070 Ti and not the base RTX 4070 that is expected to include a stripped-down version of AD104. This would unlock a much higher power limit of 400 watts, and with it a lot of potential performance.

The card is expected to ship with 7,680 cores or 60 streaming multiprocessors (SMs). The leaker predicts a ton of memory for this GPU, with 12 GB of GDDR6X memory clocked at 21 Gbps over a 192-bit bus. While Kopite didn’t mention that in their tweet, Wccftech notes that other rumors about the RTX 4070 Ti imply it will also have a massive 48MB L2 cache and 160 render output units (ROPs).

These specs mark a huge increase over the RTX 3070 Ti, with a 25% increase in the number of cores and a cache that is 12 times larger. Unfortunately, Kopite7kimi hasn’t talked about clock speeds for this GPU, but something in the 2GHz-2.8GHz range seems like a safe prediction.

Now let’s compare these specs to the current generation flagship, the RTX 3090 Ti. The $1,999 flagship has a higher core count of 10,752, with 24GB of GDDR6X memory over a 384-bit bus. However, it has a drastically smaller L2 cache (6 MB) and fewer ROPs (112). If the RTX 4070 Ti can match or come close to the RTX 3090 Ti in performance, it’s enough for the next-gen card to be a winner here.

We still don’t know how Nvidia will price the new graphics cards. With the current situation in the world, plus an oversupply of RTX 30 series GPUs lying around, there are rumors that list prices are quite high. However, assuming that the RTX 4070 Ti will be priced in the $600-$700 range, which seems reasonable, it will still be a much better value than the RTX 3090 Ti.

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