Nvidia may be preparing a new spin on the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, going by the latest leaks related to Team Green’s graphics card.
This was circulated on Twitter by a prominent leaker @harukaze5719 (as highlighted by Wccftech (opens in new tab)), who saw a new RTX 3070 Ti version listed by Gigabyte with EEC (opens in new tab) (Eurasian Economic Commission).
GV-N307TGAMING OC ST-16GDGV-N307TGAMING OC ST-8GDGV-N3070GAMING OC ST-8GDGV-N306TGAMING OC ST-8GDGV-N3060GAMING OC ST-12GDhttps://t.co/YaZRx1VrPoSeptember 17, 2022
In a bunch of listings for a few other cards – mainly current models, but there may be a twist on that, we’ll come back to that later – there’s one for ‘GV-N307T GAMING OC ST-16GD’, which translates to Does a Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC graphics card with 16GB of VRAM.
As you may be aware, the current RTX 3070 Ti version is limited to 8GB of video RAM—the same amount as the RTX 3070—so this potential refresh on the graphics card is doubling up on a major memory upgrade.
Interestingly, we’ve seen Gigabyte file the RTX 3070 Ti 16GB version with EEC before, right at the beginning of the year. Obviously that never happened, but it looks like the plan may be back in the cards…
Analysis: More evidence of how Nvidia’s ‘layering’ strategy might work?
Previous EEC filings underscore why we should always have reasonable doubts about such leaks. Just because a graphics card model shows up in the EEC—something that typically happens when the product is nearing release—doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily hit shelves. Sometimes there are speculative filings with the organization, placeholder entries that don’t succeed, as we saw with the previous 3070 Ti 16GB from Gigabyte.
That doesn’t mean it won’t be this time round, and the big ‘though’ here is that we’ve heard chatter on the grapes recently about a refresh of the RTX 3070 Ti that uses the GA102 GPU (higher). does. end chip which is the engine of the RTX 3080 and 3090), rather than the GA104 which currently drives the RTX 3070 Ti.
And when rumors support each other like this, they tend to gain a bit more credibility – though we’re still very cautious on that. It’s also worth noting that a previous rumor suggests that the new spin on the RTX 3070 Ti could be limited to one region, probably (China maybe). Also, previous leaks didn’t mention increased VRAM (though we could also get a version with double the VRAM and that new GA102 chip).
That last rumor also led to the notion that Nvidia is preparing not only an RTX 3070 Ti version, but an RTX 3060 with 8GB of VRAM (instead of 12GB). Now, the EEC filing from Gigabyte doesn’t show this alleged refresh — a new 3060 card is listed, but with 12GB nonetheless. So, build what you will, but there was also talk of an RTX 3060 Ti with faster GDDR6X memory – in this case 8GB, which is the standard loadout with current graphics cards – and a newer RTX 3060 Ti model listed here. , So it might be the version with the aforementioned paid-up VRAM.
Ultimately, we can’t be sure about any of this, but what we can say is that rumors are increasingly pointing to Nvidia offering at least one or two new additions to its existing Ampere graphics cards. version (possibly as of next month) out.
This appears to be part of the overall near-future GPU rollout strategy for Team Green, as the company has said it intends to layer current-gen offerings with next-gen ones. And with the high-end RTX 4000 graphics cards coming first, likely the RTX 4090 and 4080, it makes sense that the RTX 3070 and 3060 would be a layered refresh to tide things over until their loveless successors arrive, perhaps. Not until 2023.
The RTX 4060 certainly isn’t expected until next year, and the more we hear, the more we’re thinking this could be the case with the RTX 4070, with Nvidia considering rolling out two completely different versions of the RTX 4080. done, one of which could in theory be in exchange for 4070. Sure, that would be an odd move, but we won’t have to wait long to find out if it’s true – Nvidia’s big reveal for the next generation of Loveless GPUs is now only days away.