Will the Green Team’s mid-range graphics card outperform the high-end RTX 3090? Here’s what we know about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU.
The Nvidia RTX 4070 is not the best graphics card in specs, but it could be a winning solution if you’re looking to balance price and performance. Like the GeForce RTX 3070, this next-generation GPU from the green team is a mid-range gaming PC and could even turn your rig into a ray-tracing powerhouse without costing as much as the RTX 4080.
While you may find it tough to get your hands on an Nvidia RTX 4070 on launch day, the component shortages that hampered the cost and availability of the current generation RTX 3070 may be a thing of the past. However, Nvidia has reportedly invested $10 billion to secure RTX 4000 components to tackle the inventory shortage and ended up with many chips it may not need. And since TSMC will manufacture the green team’s next-generation GPUs rather than Samsung, the computing giant is looking to improve its manufacturing process.
If your machine still has a GeForce GTX graphics card, or you’re waiting for an RTX update, you’re probably considering jumping straight to Nvidia’s next-generation contender. To help you make your next gaming machine move, we’ve compiled everything we know about the RTX 4070 release date rumours, potential specs, and what we think it will benchmark before the GPU arrives. This is information courtesy of Moore’s Law is Dead, and Digitimes Is.
Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU
Speculation on the Price of the Nvidia RTX 4070
The RTX 4070 does not yet have a price tag, but it should cost less than Nvidia’s RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 graphics cards. Predicting the price of the next generation RTX is not easy, especially after two years of rising manufacturing costs and inflation. Nevertheless, GPUs are starting to get cheaper again, so the RTX 4070 at US$499 could match the MSRP of the RTX 3070 and RTX 2070.
Nvidia RTX 4070 Release Date Rumors
As usual, Nvidia is keeping the RTX 4000 release date under wraps, but some rumours point to an October 2022 launch. However, Moore’s Law Is Dead reports that Nvidia may delay the RTX 4070 until December 2022 to focus on getting rid of the RTX 3000 GPU inventory, so we are very lucky that there is no delay.
While one should take the arrival of the next generation of GPUs with a generous grain of salt when predicting their arrival, the company tends to release a new graphics card every two years, and the RTX 3000 series debuted in 2020, which, if the company is still marching at its release date rhythm, means that a successor may soon be on the horizon This means that a successor may be on the way shortly.
Rumors about Nvidia RTX 4070 Specs
Nvidia is keeping its next-generation GPUs under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped specs for the RTX 4070 from leaking to the outside world: according to leaks relayed by Digitimes, the RTX 4000 GPU will use the TSMC 5nm process instead of the 8nm node. This should allow Nvidia to use more transistors than the RTX 3070, thus increasing the graphics card’s capabilities by 10.
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According to Moore’s Law Is Dead, both the RTX 4070 and RTX 4080 will have 16GB of VRAM, but the former will not use GDDR6X memory. Instead, the Lovelace GPU will use the same GDDR6 modules as the RTX 3070, which may not be as fast as its higher-specification counterpart.
A recent leak by Kopite7kimi suggests that the RTX 4070 will feature 10GB GDDR6 VRAM, 7,168 CUDA cores, and a 160-bit memory bus. This is a noticeable downgrade compared to previously leaked specs, but insiders say the change will not decrease MSRP.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is also apparently present, and the “full fat” AD104 chip is said to hold up against the RTX 3090 Ti. This product has 12GB GDDR6X memory but requires a power supply of up to 400W.
Nvidia RTX 4070 Benchmark Rumors
We hope that RTX 4070 benchmarks and reviews will eventually reveal the graphics card’s power. Still, for now, we’ll have to make do with leaks and whispers: according to Moore’s Law is Dead, the RTX 4070’s AD103 GPU is 10 to 30% faster than the RTX 3090 and up to 50% faster when handling intense workloads such as ray tracing. This means that intermediate chips could trump current high-end cards, but remember that these metrics are hypothetical and based on early numbers.
The RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 are likely greedy power requirements, but the RTX 4070 may be easier to satisfy. This graphics card will likely still use the same 12-pin PCIe 5.0 power connector, but its comparative RTX 3090 performance could be matched with a similar 350W TDP. Thus, if you use the best power supply for the RTX 3000 card, you probably will not need a new PSU for the RTX 4070 upgrade.