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NVIDIA’s RTX 4000 series GPU launch brought more than a few surprises.
One was the massive GPU power consumption that led to its problems. Another was the eye-popping inclusion of two RTX 4080 GPU models with different specs, a strategy Team Green hadn’t seen before.
It wasn’t long before the reduced-performance option was withdrawn, but rumors are now rife that the once-removed GPU will return with what many believe to be its rightful title… the NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti.
Rumors suggest that the RTX 4070 Ti will replace the RTX 4080 12GB
We’ll cap this with the warning that this is a rumour, although the rumor comes from a respected and reputable leaker kopite7kimi on Twitter. This account often leaks graphics card, hardware, and performance information and is often accurate in its disclosures.
Now, kopite7kimi has tweeted that the RTX 4080 12GB version, which launched alongside the RTX 4080 16GB and RTX 4090 in early 2022, will be relaunched as the NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti.
NVIDIA’s “Ti” branded GPUs are often the middle ground between GPU versions, offering more performance than the original model but not quite as much performance as the next level. For example, there’s the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti, and the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti.
When NVIDIA launched its new 4000-series GPU generation, more than a few eyebrows were raised with the revelation that there would be two RTX 4080 models, especially considering their respective spec sheets.
- RTX4080 16GB: 9,728 CUDA cores, 2.21 GHz base clock, 2.52 GHz boost clock, 113 RT-TFLOPs, TDP of 320 W
- RTX4080 12GB: 7,680 CUDA cores, 2.31 GHz base clock, 2.61 GHz boost clock, 92 RT-TFLOPs, TDP of 285 W
The performance difference between the two cards is significant and is the main reason so many were confused by NVIDIA’s initial decision to launch the second model, branded “4080”.
How much will the rumored NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti cost?
Well, there’s a question. The “original” RTX 4080 12GB should launch for $899 (the 16GB version will launch for $1,199). But since NVIDIA’s original announcement, AMD has rolled out its new Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs, once again changing the GPU hardware landscape.
While no third-party testing has been done for AMD’s new GPUs (neither for NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 GPUs, both models), the RX 7900 XTX and XT GPUs seem to offer at least comparable performance – but prices start at 899 U.S. dollar.
AMD’s new entrants to the GPU market are effectively forcing NVIDIA to do so, and it’s hard to imagine it launching the $899 RTX 4070 Ti. Consumers will not respond; it will be dead on arrival.
It’s a tricky time for NVIDIA and its 12GB RTX 4080 GPU
The fiddling around launching the RTX 4080 GPU could haunt NVIDIA, at least in the short term. The company had AMD behind it and launched its new GPUs ahead of its closest competitors.
However, miscommunication, strange decisions and expensive prices immediately allowed AMD to reclaim the difference. And that’s without getting even a single GPU into the hands of consumers.
How it all plays out remains to be seen, but if the AMD 7000-series GPUs offer better performance than the RTX 4000-series at a significant discount, you can guess where gamers will be headed with their next new GPU.
According to kopite7kimi, the “new” RTX 4070 Ti GPUs will launch in early 2023.
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