Nvidia's plans to boost its RTX 4000 GPUs

Nvidia's rumored RTX 4070 Ti has been the subject of even more leaks, again from a graphics card maker. This time around we were treated to spilled images of the PNY cards and full specs of the 4070 Ti, which will ease those worried about recent talk of a huge reduction in CUDA Core count.

This latest rumor from VideoCardz (opens in a new tab), and let's remember, it's just a rumor, even though it's backed up by a bunch of images of PNY's RTX 4070 Ti models, it shows their Verto cards, which have identical specs to the of Colorful. Previous leak: 2310 MHz base clock, 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM (192-bit bus).

What the PNY leak further tells us is that the boost clock is 2610 MHz, and we get that crucial CUDA Core load, which is 7680.

This is the exact same spec as the canceled RTX 4080 12GB, down to the finest detail, including the exact same clock rates, to put it another way, this again underscores that Nvidia placed the RTX 4070 Ti badge at the bottom. discontinued. RTX 4080 level graphics card.

Analysis: Encouraging signs: just cross our fingers for prices

It's not like it wasn't planned, but what we're also planning is that Nvidia might shake things up a bit somewhere, just to show that they've at least done something to fix it and make it a slightly different GPU than the one you unceremoniously got. he boots You know, adjust the clock speed just a little bit, maybe.

Or, as some have suggested, drop the CUDA cores a bit, or even a lot, because as we mentioned at the beginning, there was a recent rumor that the 4070 Ti would drop the core count to 5.888 cores, a huge drop from 7.680. cores. . Now, that doesn't mean it can't happen, maybe the previous rumor is correct. But this new one is heavier, coming from a retailer, with a bunch of pictures to give it more substance; although we must remain cautious about either possibility.

What could be the case is that the leaker who pitched the 5888 core idea has heard some information that it actually relates to the RTX 4070, the standard version, but here we are in the territory of pure conjecture.

If you're thinking: why would Nvidia need to tweak the RTX 4070 Ti to be any different than the banned 4080GB 12? Well, it's mainly related to the price. The previous thinking was that if Nvidia releases the 4070 Ti a bit lower than the €899 price of the 4080GB 12, then people will be asking: why the hell did the latter come up with that asking price? So if the 4070 Ti is pretty much the same card?

What it sounds like Nvidia could do instead is lower the price of the existing 4080GB RTX 16, which is necessary for a number of reasons, one of which is to fuel falling sales, and to better compete with the newly released. AMD RX 7900 XTX, which (mostly) outperforms the RTX 4080 at a lower price (for gamers, ray tracing aside, anyway). Since the 4080GB 16 costs less, a lower price for the 4070 Ti over the canceled 4080GB 12 obviously makes sense, even though it's the same spec.

Clearly Nvidia needs to do something to counter the strong initial impression made by the 7900 XTX and make the RTX 4080 more competitive, and then bringing in some upper-midrange ammunition in the form of a more affordable 4070 Ti seems like a likely plan. . Then again, in the GPU world, sometimes meaning goes out the window, so we'll just have to wait and see. The rumored release date for the RTX 4070 Ti is January 5th, so in theory the graphics card is only a few weeks away.

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