Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti might be the cheapest 40 series graphics card yet

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Nvidia 4080 12GB (Image: Nvidia)
Nvidia 4080 12GB (Image: Nvidia)

The upcoming Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti graphics card has seen its price, release date, and specifications leaked ahead of the official launch.

If you were hoping for a cheaper 40 series card – I know I certainly am! – then you're in luck. A slide from an internal Nvidia presentation has made its way onto the internet, along with more details from the official site that were seemingly posted early. So now we have the price, release date and specs for Nvidia's latest graphics card, which – if the leaks are accurate – is set to drop on Thursday, January 5. Given that the Nvidia CES 2023 keynote is taking place today, the date doesn't seem too far fetched.

On the price front, it looks like the RTX 4070 Ti will come in at $799 (via videocardz). That's around £666 / AU$1,186 as a straight conversion, but with Nvidia's relatively sporadic regional pricing, and products rarely being sold at simple conversation rates, this can be hard to predict.

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The leaked specs appeared just a few days prior, over the new year's weekend. Nvidia seemingly posted the RTX 4070 Ti specs early on its website, which drummed up a lot of hype for the card. The page was quickly taken down but lucky for us, some people were able to grab screenshots.

It features 7680 cuda cores, a 2.61GHz boost clock and 12GB of GDDR6X memory – making the specs identical to that of the original RTX 4080 12GB, which was unlaunched by Nvidia back in October. The community wasn't happy that the RTX 4080 12GB was being released as part of the 4080 series, given the massive specs discrepancy between it and the 16GB version. So repackaging it as the 4070 Ti is a smart move, and should smooth ruffled feathers.

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The change in name also comes with a change in price, as the RTX 4070 Ti is set to be $100 cheaper than it was going to be when it held its previous name. And $400 cheaper than the RTX 4080. Although this information has come directly from Nvidia, the GPU's announcement hasn't officially happened just yet, so there may still be last-minute changes to the price. Although it's doubtful this close to the keynote.

Can we finally upgrade without breaking the bank?

If the RTX 4070 Ti really does bring the level of power to the table that Nvidia is claiming, then it'll be an absolute bargain at just $799. However, based on specifications alone, it won't overpower its predecessor, the RTX 3090 Ti. On the leaked slide it does state that the card will be 'faster than RTX 3090 Ti' but since there's no explanation as to how, we'll just have to wait and see with this one.

When it was first released, the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti retailed for a whopping $1,999 with some retailers and resellers listing it for even higher than this. If the new RTX 4070 Ti graphics card is able to top its performance at less than half of the retail price, it'll offer PC gamers the chance to upgrade their rig without having to dip into their savings too much!

I will say, if the performance doesn't completely overtake that of the RTX 3090 Ti, I'm still willing to spend $1,200 less to get my hands on a card that even comes close.

This lower price point could be in response to the affordable AMD Radeon RX 7900 series, announced just last month. The RX 7900 XTX comes in at just $999, while the RX 7900 XT costs just $899. These prices had me over the moon, so as an Nvidia fan, seeing it follow suit is a big relief – to me, and my wallet.

The 12GB edition of the RTX 4080 was going to retail for $899 so the fact that the same card under a different name may release for $100 less is a great sign for the rest of the 40 series cards – which we're hoping to see soon.

Jasmine Mannan

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