The specifications of NVIDIA’s midrange Lovelace GPU have become clearer. The RTX 4070 will reportedly leverage 12GB of high-speed GDDR6X memory clocked at 21Gbps alongside the full-fat AD104 die. Featuring 7,680 FP32 cores across 60 SMs, 30 TPCs, and 5 GPCs, we’re possibly looking at at least 35-40 TFLOPs of single-precision performance. Since we’re talking about the fully enabled die, the L2 cache should also be untouched at 48MB.
|GPU||GA102||AD102||RTX 4090||AD103||RTX 4080||AD104||RTX 4070|
|Arch||Ampere||Ada Lovelace||Ada Lovelace||Ada Lovelace|
|Process||Sam 8nm LPP||TSMC 5nm||TSMC 5nm||TSMC 5nm|
|TP||37.6||~100 TFLOPs?||90 TFLOPs?||~50 TFLOPs||47 TFLOPs?||~35 TFLOPs||35 TFLOPs?|
|Memory||24GB GDDR6X||24GB GDDR6X||16GB GDDR6X||12GB GDDR6X|
|Launch||Sep 2020||Sept 22?||Sept 22?||Sept 22?|
The RTX 4070 will be the first RTX x70 card to feature GDDR6X memory, a technology NVIDIA has limited to the $500+ segments. However, at the same time, the bus width has also been reduced to 160-bit keeping the bandwidth largely the same. The TGP is also a very respectable 300W, 80W more than its predecessor, the RTX 3070. Keep in mind that we’re looking at RTX 3090 to 3090 Ti levels of performance in a $400-500 SKU here, so this is nothing to scoff at.
It’s unclear whether the RTX 4070 will launch this year or early next year but going by leaks and rumors, a CES 2023 release is highly probable.