Nvidia may be readying a new spin on the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, following the latest leak about Team Green’s graphics cards.
This one was aired by prominent leaker @harukaze5719 on Twitter (as highlighted by Wccftech (opens in new tab)), who spotted a new Gigabyte-listed RTX 3070 Ti variant with the 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
Among the listings of some other cards – mostly existing models, but there might be a twist on this, we’ll come back to that later – there’s one for a ‘GV-N307T GAMING OC ST-16GD’, which translates to a Gigabyte RTX graphics card 3070 Ti Gaming OC with 16GB of VRAM.
As you may know, the RTX 3070 Ti version that currently exists is limited to 8GB of video RAM – the same amount as the RTX 3070 – so this possible graphics card upgrade is doubling that, a major memory upgrade.
Interestingly, we saw Gigabyte previously file a 16GB RTX 3070 Ti version with EEC earlier this year. Obviously that never happened, but it looks like the plan might be back in the cards…
Analysis: More evidence on how Nvidia’s ‘layering’ strategy might work?
This earlier EEC filing underlines why we should always be properly skeptical of leaks like this. Just because a graphics card model appears in the CEE – something that normally happens when the product is close to launch – doesn’t mean it will necessarily hit shelves. Sometimes speculative filings are made with the organization, placeholder entries that don’t materialize, as we saw with Gigabyte’s previous 3070 Ti 16GB.
That doesn’t mean it won’t happen this time around, of course, and the big ‘however’ here is that we recently heard rumors about an upgrade to the RTX 3070 Ti that uses the GA102 GPU (the highest end chip, which is the RTX engine 3080 and 3090) instead of the GA104 that powers the RTX 3070 Ti today.
And when rumors support each other like that, they gain a little more credibility – although we’re still being very cautious about that. It’s also worth noting that the previous rumor suggests that the new spin on the RTX 3070 Ti might be limited to one region, perhaps (perhaps China). Also, the previous leak didn’t mention the increase in VRAM either (although we might even get a version with doubled VRAM and the new GA102 chip).
That latest rumor also pushed the notion that Nvidia is preparing not just an RTX 3070 Ti variant, but an RTX 3060 with 8GB of VRAM (instead of 12GB). Now, Gigabyte’s EEC filing doesn’t show this supposed update – there’s a new 3060 card listed, but still 12GB. So make it what you want, but there’s also been talk of an RTX 3060 Ti with faster GDDR6X memory – 8GB in this case, which is the default load with the current graphics card – and a new RTX 3060 Ti model is listed here. . So maybe it’s a version with the aforementioned improved VRAM.
Ultimately, we can’t be sure about any of this, but what we can say is that rumors increasingly point to Nvidia at least releasing one or two new versions of its existing Ampere graphics cards (possibly next month). .
This appears to be part of the overall near-future GPU launch strategy for Team Green, as the company has said it intends to overlap current-gen offerings with the next-gen. And with the high-end RTX 4000 graphics cards coming first, probably the RTX 4090 and 4080, it makes sense that the RTX 3070 and 3060 are the layered upgrades to balance things out until their Lovelace successors appear, perhaps not until 2023.
The RTX 4060 is certainly not expected until next year, and the more we hear, the more we think this might be the case for the RTX 4070, with Nvidia reportedly considering releasing two quite different versions of the RTX 4080, one of which could be instead. of the 4070 in theory. Admittedly, that would be a strange move, but we won’t have long to wait to find out if it’s true – Nvidia’s big reveal for next-gen Lovelace GPUs is just days away.