NVIDIA 3070 Ti Positioned Between RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 To Compete With AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics Cards?

NVIDIA could be readying a new Graphics Card variant belonging to the Ampere-based NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series. Perhaps branded as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, the Graphics Cards seems to have specifications that lie in between GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080.

Recent leaks indicate AMD’s new Radeon RX 6000 Series of Graphics Cards are quite powerful. These new Big Navi, Navi 2x, or RDNA 2-based Graphics Cards match well with the entry-level NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card, and even seem to beat NVIDIA’s flagship Graphics Card from last year, the 2080 Ti. Hence, quite likely unsure if the GeForce RTX 3070 would beat AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series SKUs, NVIDIA is rumored to be designing a new RTX 30-series SKU positioned between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti To Beat AMD ‘Big Navi’ Radeon RX 6000 Series?

Serial tipster Kopite7kimi, who has correctly predicted NVIDIA Ampere Gaming specifications months in advance, now claims NVIDIA is preparing a new GA102 GPU. Incidentally, this is not a 16 GB variant of the RTX 3070, but rather a new SKU based on the 8 nm “GA102” silicon.

If the claims are accurate, the new NVIDIA Graphics Card, based on the more powerful GA102 GPU, would have 7424 CUDA cores. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 packs 5888 CUDA Cores, while the RTX 3080 packs 8704 CUDA Cores. Simple math indicates the mystery NVIDIA Graphics Card would have 1536 CUDA Cores more than RTX 3070 and 1280 fewer than RTX 3080.

The SKU is allegedly based on the GA102 with the ASIC code “GA102-150-KD-A1.” The GPU would feature a 320-bit wide memory interface. The tipster hasn’t indicated the type of VRAM. Hence it is not immediately clear if the new mystery NVIDIA GPU would have 10GB of GDDR6X or the conventional GDDR6. Incidentally, the GeForce RTX 3070 has GDDR6, while the RTX 3080 has GDDR6X.

NVIDIA Playing Safe After AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Product Launch?

NVIDIA had recently canceled its plans to launch GeForce RTX 3080 20GB and RTX 3070 16GB variants. Although the company hasn’t offered any reason, it might have responded to AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 Series product launch. This is because both the SKUs were to offer doubled VRAM compared to the models already announced. They were to compete directly against AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6900 series. These AMD Graphics Cards pack 16GB VRAM.

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Merely throwing double the amount of VRAM might have escalated costs and caused NVIDIA to miss the desired cost-performance targets. Hence, instead of embedding more VRAM, NVIDIA might have decided to build a new Graphics Card with a more powerful GPU. Placing the new mystery NVIDIA Graphics Card in between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 would mean the pricing would also lie between $500 and $700.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.