The never-ending saga of GPU leaks continues, and this time, it’s Moore’s Law is Dead who has come forward with the speculated pricing and full specifications for Nvidia’s highly anticipated RTX 40 Super GPUs. While these leaks should be taken with a grain of salt, they do present an interesting framework for assessing the potential impact of these Super GPUs on the existing RTX 40 lineup.
At the pinnacle of the rumored Super GPU lineup is the RTX 4080 Super. Contrary to expectations, it appears that Nvidia will be sticking with the existing AD103 die for this iteration instead of introducing the AD102 monster found in the RTX 4090. The RTX 4080 Super is expected to offer 10,240 cores, a 256-bit memory bus, and 16GB of GDDR6X memory, surpassing the regular RTX 4080’s 9,728 cores. Intriguingly, the leaked pricing suggests that the RTX 4080 Super will retail for $999, a significant $200 less than its predecessor’s launch price.
Next on the roster is the somewhat peculiar-sounding RTX 4070 Ti Super. This particular GPU gravitates towards the AD103 chip, departing from its non-Super counterpart’s use of the AD104 chip. The result is a boost in cores from 7,680 to 8,448 and an upgrade in memory bandwidth from a 192-bit bus with 12GB to a 256-bit bus with 16GB. In essence, the RTX 4070 Ti Super can be likened to a trimmed-down version of the RTX 4080. While the price range is estimated to be around $799 and potentially up to $849, it remains to be seen how consumers will respond to this incremental upgrade.
Completing the trio of rumored Super GPUs is the RTX 4070 Super. This GPU retains the AD104 chip, boasting a 192-bit bus and 12GB of memory. However, it packs a punch with a notable increase in core count, jumping from 5,888 cores in the non-Super variant to 7,168 cores in the Super version. It is expected to offer a more affordable option for consumers who desire near RTX 4070 Ti performance without breaking the bank.
Though these leaks offer a glimpse into the next generation of Nvidia GPUs, the predicted performance gains may disappoint some enthusiasts. The RTX 4080 Super is rumored to provide a modest 6-9% performance boost, which may be imperceptible to most users. However, the reduced launch price of the RTX 4080 Super may compensate for its underwhelming performance gains. On the other hand, the RTX 4070 Ti Super is expected to deliver up to a 22% performance increase, seemingly justifying its place in the lineup. Meanwhile, the RTX 4070 Super aims to offer competitive performance similar to the RTX 4070 Ti at a more affordable price point.
As the RTX 40 Super GPUs pave their way to the market, one cannot overlook the potential consequences for the pricing of existing RTX 40 cards. Currently, consumers can acquire an RTX 4070 for as low as $550. With the release of the RTX 4070 Super and an estimated price tag of $599, it is likely that the pricing for the non-Super variant will continue to decrease. The introduction of these new Super GPUs may bring about a welcome reduction in the cost of existing RTX 40 cards, making them more accessible to a broader consumer base.
While the leaked information on the speculated pricing and specifications of Nvidia’s RTX 40 Super GPUs should be regarded with skepticism, they provide valuable insight into the potential direction of the industry. As technology enthusiasts eagerly wait for Nvidia’s CES keynote presentation, only time will tell how accurate these leaks are. Regardless, the introduction of these Super GPUs has the potential to shake up the market and redefine the pricing landscape for existing RTX 40 cards.