The Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti has been confirmed as the next GPU in Nvidia's new Lovelace generation, launching on January 5 with a starting price of $799. We're not as excited as we usually would be, though. Why are we concerned about this upcoming graphics card? Well, it's been quite a saga.
See, after Nvidia revealed its opening salvo of Lovelace cards, with the flagship RTX 4090 leading the charge, people began to get suspicious of the two RTX 4080 models that were scheduled to release shortly after. It transpired that the RTX 4080 16GB was the 'true' 4080, while its 12GB cousin was quietly using a less powerful GPU chip in addition to having less VRAM.
After no small amount of upset from gamers and journalists alike, Nvidia announced a U-turn, saying that it would 'unlaunch' the RTX 4080 12GB and rename it for a re-release later down the line. Team Green was surprisingly humble over the whole affair, committing to refunding its manufacturing partners for rebranding costs and generally admitting that the card was poorly named, something that could cause consumer confusion.
We now know that the 12GB 4080 will be making a return under a new name: the RTX 4070 Ti, a more appropriate title for a graphics card using the AD104 GPU chip (rather than the AD103 chip found in the actual RTX 4080).
We can also expect to see the regular RTX 4070 in the near future, which will use a cut-down version of the same AD104 board. As of Nvidia's reveal at CES 2023, it looks like we won't be seeing the 4070 just yet.
Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti: Cut to the chase
- What is it? Nvidia's rebranded RTX 4080 12GB graphics card
- When will it be available? January 5, 2023
- What will it cost? $799
Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Release date
Although many of us expected to see the RTX 4070 alongside its 4070 Ti sibling, we're only getting the latter card this month. Recent speculation correctly pinged the released date as January 5, which was confirmed during Nvidia's reveal showcase at CES 2023.
This show was scheduled before the RTX 4080 12GB unlaunching debacle, though, so Nvidia has no doubt been scrambling to get the rebranded RTX 4070 Ti ready to go!
Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti: Price
Pricing on the RTX 4070 Ti has been confirmed at $799/£799 (around AU$1,185) - a hundred dollars less than the canceled card it used to be, the RTX 4080 12GB, which was slated to retail at $899/£899 (around AU$1310). It's a relief to see, even if $799 is still pricey for an ostensibly midrange graphics card.
The release of AMD's aggressively priced Radeon RX 7900 XTX may have spurred Nvidia to drop the price somewhat, so we're not overly shocked to see this MSRP for the 4070 Ti. However, it's still $200 steeper than the previous-gen RTX 3070 Ti's launch price.
Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti: Specs
The full specs of the RTX 4070 Ti have already been leaked, and Nvidia's reveal livestream confirmed these specs. As mentioned above, this card will run on the AD104 GPU die, which will have 7,680 CUDA cores, 240 tensor cores, and 60 streaming multiprocessors.
Surprising nobody, this GPU will have the same 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM that the original RTX 4080 12GB would've used, which has a speed of 21Gbps and a memory bandwidth of 504 GB/s. The boost clock of the RTX 4070 Ti is 2,610MHz.
Lastly, we've got our power requirements to consider. Unlike the existing Lovelace cards, the RTX 4070 Ti will have a (relatively!) sensible 285W TDP, which means that you hopefully won't need to upgrade your PSU to use this graphics card.