We just finished watching Nvidia’s big showcase at CES 2023, and we’re happy to report that Team Green is working on a new graphics card – one that won’t burn a hole in your pocket (or computer case) like the RTX 4090.
Yes, the hotly anticipated RTX 4070 Ti is here, ready to deliver massive 4K gaming performance at a relatively slim (but still quite high) $799 price tag. It will be released in two days, on January 5.
As predicted, this GPU appears to have the same specs as the canceled RTX 4080 12GB, which is no surprise considering Nvidia has publicly admitted that the card was misnamed.
This is in line with the revealed specifications of the 4070 Ti: the card will use the AD104 GPU, which has 7,680 CUDA cores, 240 tensor cores and 60 ray tracing cores. It will feature the same 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM that the original 12GB RTX 4080 would have used, and the GPU will have a 2610MHz boost clock. This puts it well beyond the flagship card of the previous generation, the RTX 3090 Ti.
When it comes to power requirements, the RTX 4070 Ti has a relatively conservative TDP of 285W, meaning many gamers will likely get away without having to replace their PSU to use this card. Existing Nvidia Lovelace cards have shown good energy efficiency under less intensive loads, which will hopefully be the case here as well.
Analysis: A much-needed entry into the current generation of GPUs – but we can go further
As this is one of Nvidia’s Lovelace GPUs, the RTX 4070 Ti will be packed with all the amazing goodies the new generation of graphics cards can boast of. The biggest highlight here is DLSS 3, an enhanced form of Nvidia’s AI-powered upscaling technology that can now use full frame generation to boost frame rates by up to double. Nvidia wanted to present its new possibilities during the live broadcast from CES.
Improved ray tracing and deep learning features are on par with the course, and existing software like Nvidia’s latency-lowering Reflex will perform even better on the new hardware. It’s good to see the entry barrier lowered with more mid-range cards, but Team Green needs to go further: we need the RTX 4060, guys!
Let’s face it: $799 is barely “average” in the current economic climate. By comparison, this is $200 more expensive than the previous generation RTX 3070 Ti. The most powerful GPU in the top ten most used cards Steam Hardware Survey December 2022 was the RTX 3070, which already accounted for only 2.72% of users at the time – something that shows how most gamers still use affordable hardware.
Still, it’s good to see Nvidia not committing to the inflated $899 list price for the RTX 4080 12GB that would eventually become this GPU. This is just the beginning – and of course we can expect lower prices for the RTX 4070 and 4060 when they finally arrive.
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