Nvidia, the world-famous US technology company, has surely been busy this year, as it launched two new graphics cards which are part of its new RTX 40 series line-up.
However, the now available GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080 aren’t exactly the cheapest cards in the world, so many PC gamers are eagerly awaiting the launch of more affordable options in Nvidia’s RTX 40 series of GPUs.
One such option is the GeForce RTX 4070, as Nvidia’s ‘70’ series cards have been the go to option for gamers and enthusiasts looking for an upper mid-range solution to play games and do other stuff besides that like streaming.
And while more recent news about Nvidia’s RTX 40 series has focused on the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, another rumor from famous Twitter leaker kopite7kimi reveals that its sibling the GeForce RTX 4070 could have better specs than expected.
According to the leaker (who might be a mole inside Nvidia or maybe someone with connections inside Jensen Huang’s technology juggernaut) the Geforce RTX 4070 will have a wider memory bus (192 bit vs 160 bit) than was previously rumored, and also more memory (12 GB vs 10 GB), making it a more attractive deal as its memory bandwidth would match that of the Ti card.
Some updates of RTX 4070:
12G 21Gbps GDDR6X
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) December 9, 2022
There’s a caveat, though, and this is that the number of CUDA cores (individual processors handling graphics-related tasks) has apparently been reduced to 5888 from 7168. The power consumption will be 250 W according to the leaker, only 35 W less than that of the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti card.
This means that the non-Ti GeForce RTX 4070 might not be quite as powerful as was previously rumored – it supposedly could be a match for the RTX 3090 – but perhaps the extra memory bandwidth might make up for the reduced number of CUDA cores.
Either way, it’s likely we won’t have to wait that long to find out what the RTX 4070 is truly capable of. The Ti version of the card is rumored to ship in early January, and almost certainly to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and Nvidia might use the opportunity to introduce the vanilla GeForce RTX 4070 (and maybe other cards in the RTX 40 series like the RTX 4060 Ti) too.
As for pricing, here’s hoping that Jensen Huang’s company doesn’t make the same mistake it did with the GeForce RTX 4080 and market an overpriced RTX 4070. The RTX 4070 Ti has identical specs to the “unlaunched” GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB, and that was going to be priced at $899 US dollars. It’s likely that the rebranded RTX 4070 Ti will ship for less than that, say $799 US dollars, so maybe the non-Ti version can hit the market at $699 US dollars or less. This however would be a big markup over its RTX 30 series counterpart, the GeForce RTX 3070, which has an MSRP of $499 US dollars.
As stated earlier the GeForce RTX 4070 could make its debut at CES 2023 in early January together with the Ti version (which almost certainly will show up in early 2023), or maybe Nvidia decides to postpone the launch in order to clear up excess stock of last generation RTX 30 series cards. Here’s hoping, though, that that’s not the case, and that we can see the GeForce RTX 4070 in stores sooner rather than later.
GeForce RTX 30 series card (Nvidia Corporation)