Although Nvidia’s RTX 30 series cards were very well received back in 2020, the company is now gearing up to release its RTX 40 series, which rumors say will be hitting shelves in September this year.
And while we already know that Nvidia’s next-gen flagship card the GeForce RTX 4090 could be the fastest graphics card ever when its released later this year, it seems that the company will also have a very strong offering in the mid-range segment.
This is because leaks have revealed that the GeForce RTX 4070 (the successor to Nvidia’s current RTX 3070 card) will be something of a beast, outperforming the GeForce RTX 3090 as was recently reported on TweakTown.
Actually, the card could be up to 30 % faster than the RTX 3090, and also offer ray tracing performance “2-3 tiers” better than Nvidia’s current flagship card.
This is something that could make the RTX 4070 the card to get when it launches this year, even if it will apparently only boast a 256-bit memory bus (vs the 384-bit memory bus in the RTX 3090).
The card however, will likely come fitted with the latest GDDR7 memory, giving it a performance boost over the RTX 3090. It will also pack more CUDA cores than the current flagship (10,752 vs 10,496) if this leak is to be believed, explaining its performance edge over the top Ampere card.
So those who are now shopping for a new video card might want to wait until Nvidia releases its new RTX 40 series (which are based on the new Lovelace architecture), especially taking into account that cards like the GeForce RTX 3070 are selling way above their manufacturer’s suggested retail price or MSRP given the limited stock due to the ongoing pandemic, and that the new batch of RTX 40 series cards on the horizon will perform much better and likely be available at a lower price if the supply situation improves.
There’s also the fact that Intel will be entering the graphics card market (maybe in May) with its Intel Arc video cards, with the top-of-the-line card expected to perform at least as well as a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. These will likely also be more plentiful and be available at a lower price too, another reason to delay purchasing a video card now if you can wait. AMD is also gunning for Nvidia’s crown and will be putting out its new line of video cards based on their RDNA 3 architecture later this year.
So it looks like this could be an exciting year for anyone shopping for a new PC video card, so it would be a great thing if Nvidia’s RTX 4070 and rival offerings turn out to be as good as everyone is expecting when they arrive later in 2022.
GeForce series 30 graphics card (Nvidia Corporation)