Nvidia’s RTX 40 series refresh appears to be just around the corner, and the rumor mill is full of new updates on what we can expect. Today we heard more about what could happen to some of Nvidia’s current best graphics cards when their newer counterparts are released. It looks like Nvidia is sticking to the one GPU that is good value and replacing the two that aren’t.
According to Board Channels, a website that frequently posts leaks about upcoming PC hardware releases, Nvidia has big plans for all three Super cards. The RTX 4080 Super and RTX 4070 Ti Super are rumored to replace the existing RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 Ti. However, the RTX 4070 would remain and it would be joined by the RTX 4070 Super as an alternative instead of replacement.
Current reports indicate that Nvidia will soon begin shipping the RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 Ti, phasing them out in favor of their Super versions. If the rumors about these cards turn out to be true, it makes a lot of sense. With the RTX 4080 Super and RTX 4070 Ti Super offering minimal upgrades in terms of CUDA core counts, they won’t make a game-changing difference in performance. Nvidia would end up with two nearly identical GPUs on the market in either case, and price would decide which one would actually sell.
The RTX 4070 Super, however, is likely in another league compared to the RTX 4070. VideoCardz estimates that the new GPU will boast a 22% increase in CUDA core counts, with the Super version offering 7,168 cores while the base 4070 contains 5,888. The difference in cores between the 4070 Ti and 4070 Ti Super is minimal in comparison, rumored to be 8,448 versus 7,680. However, the RTX 4070 Ti Super can deliver 16 GB of VRAM on a 256-bit memory bus, which is a much-needed upgrade.
If these reports are verified, we will slowly start to see the RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 Ti disappear from the market instead of seeing major price adjustments on these cards. This leads me to worry that the new Super versions won’t launch at lower prices after all. It’s just as likely that we’ll pay similar prices to the non-Super versions currently, but in return we’ll get slightly better performance.
The RTX 4070, if it sticks around, could see a price adjustment – seeing it drop to $500 is a possibility. The RTX 4070 Super could replace the current RTX 4070 Ti in terms of price and perhaps be a little cheaper. For the RTX 4080 Super not to be as terrible a value as the existing 4080, it would still have to be discounted – but will that happen? Only time will tell. Nvidia is rumored to unveil the new GPUs at CES 2024.