We just watched Nvidia’s big demo at CES 2023, and we’re happy to report that Team Green is working on a new GPU – one that won’t burn a hole in your pocket (or your PC case) like the RTX 4090.
Yes, the highly-anticipated RTX 4070 Ti is ready, delivering strong 4K gaming performance for a relatively low (but still pretty high) $799.It will be released in just two days, at January 5.
As expected, this GPU appears to have the same specs as the canceled RTX 4080 12GB, which isn’t surprising given Nvidia’s public acknowledgment that the card was misnamed.
This is in line with the leaked specs of the 4070 Ti: the card will use the AD104 GPU chip, which has 7,680 CUDA cores, 240 tensor cores, and 60 ray tracing cores. It will pack the same 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM as the original RTX 4080 12GB, and the GPU will have a boost clock of 2,610MHz. That puts it well ahead of the previous generation flagship card, the RTX 3090 Ti.
In terms of power requirements, the RTX 4070 Ti has a relatively conservative 285W TDP, which means that many gamers may be able to use this card without a PSU upgrade. Nvidia’s existing Lovelace cards show good energy efficiency under less-intensive loads, and hopefully that will be the case here as well.
Analysis: The current generation of GPUs is a much-needed entry—but we can go further
Since it’s one of Nvidia’s Lovelace GPUs, the RTX 4070 Ti will come with all the awesome goodies a new generation of graphics cards have. The big draw here is DLSS 3, an upgraded form of Nvidia’s AI-powered upscaling technology that can now double frame rates using full frame generation. Nvidia is keen to show off its new features during its live CES event.
Upgraded ray tracing and deep learning capabilities complement the course, and existing software, such as the latency-reducing Nvidia Reflex, will perform even better on the new hardware. Lowering the barrier to entry with more mid-range cards is a good thing, but Team Green needs to go further: we need the RTX 4060, folks!
Let’s face it: $799 is barely “mid-range” in the current economy. For reference, that’s $200 more than the previous-gen RTX 3070 Ti. The Most Powerful GPUs Among the Top 10 Most Used Graphics Cards Steam December 2022 Hardware Survey It was the RTX 3070, which accounted for only 2.72% of users even then – which shows that most gamers are still using affordable hardware.
Still, it’s nice to see that Nvidia isn’t committing to what will end up being this GPU, with an MSRP of up to $899 for the RTX 4080 12GB. This is a start – we can naturally expect lower prices for the RTX 4070 and 4060 cards when they finally arrive.
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