Nvidia RTX 4070 coming in April
Rumor mill: The next entry in Nvidia’s powerful yet crushing Ada Lovelace series, the RTX 4070 looks set to arrive this April. The tech giant reportedly revealed to its partners plans to launch the card in two months, but never gave an exact date.
Videocards writes that it received embargo documents from Nvidia disclosing release information for the RTX 4070. The embargo information is listed as TBD (TBD), but the date of receipt on the shelf, which is the actual launch, is listed as April.
The RTX 4070 is of course the little brother of the recently released RTX 4070 Ti (formerly RTX 4080 12GB). Like its sibling, the card is likely to be based on the AD104 GPU and equipped with 12GB of GDDR6X memory.
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Being a less powerful non-Ti version, the RTX 4070 GPU will be downsized to 5888 cuda cores and clocked from 1920 to 2475 MHz. In comparison, the RTX 4070 Ti has 7680 cuda cores and runs at 2310 to 2610 MHz. As such, the upcoming card is expected to offer 29 teraflops of peak FP32 performance, compared to the 40 teraflops found in the RTX 4070 Ti.
The performance drop means the RTX 4070’s power consumption is expected to be less than the Ti version, with its total board power (TBP) of 200W, 85W lower than Lovelace’s latest entry.
This brings us to the most important price. The RTX 4070 Ti launched for a suggested retail price of $799, though it’s hard to find one at that price. As we noted in our review of the card, it should cost no more than $700. Nvidia has received a lot of justified criticism of its pricing strategy for the Ada Lovelace series, so it will be interesting to see how much, if any, it has listened to the RTX 4070. As a reminder, the RTX 3060 Ti launched at a $400 MSRP, while the vanilla RTX 3060 was $330.
After the RTX 4070, there could be an RTX 4060. According to supposed tests, the latter card can compete with the RTX 3070 Ti in terms of performance. The Ampere RTX 4060 equivalent is skyrocketing in the Steam GPU charts, but Nvidia will need to price the successor competitively if it wants to repeat that success.