As we edge closer to the alleged announcement period for both NVIDIA and AMD’s next-generation graphics card, the rumour mill has clearly been churning in overdrive and spitting out all manners of whispers and plumbing issues. The latest set of rumours now suggest that NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 series will be using the company’s GA104 GPU architecture.
While this is still unverified, many who are familiar with NVIDIA’s naming convention will say that this is par for the course. For context, NVIDIA typically labels the potency of its GPU architecture with a set of numbers. Usually from 100 to 108, with the GPU code at the front which, in this case, is GA.
SKU0 GA104-400 PG141/142 GDDR6X/6 8GB 3072=3070Ti
SKU10 GA104-300 GDDR6 2944=3070 https://t.co/p3mfchajfR
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) July 7, 2020
If the GPU number is between 100 or 102, it means the card is an enthusiast-level GPU and traditionally reserved for NVIDIA’s “Ti” lineup, as well as other versions its top-tier cards. Case in point, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti uses a GP102, while the current GeForce RTX 2080 Ti uses the TU102 GPU. GPUs with the numbers 104 or 106 denote a high-end or mid-range performer, while cards carrying GPUs with the codes 107 and 108 are normally reserved for the brand’s entry-level offerings.
Specs-wise, the RTX 3070 may just ship out with 6GB GDDR6 memory and 2944 CUDA cores, while the RTX 3070 Ti will have 8GB GDDR6X and 3072 CUDA cores. Additionally, a second tweet by kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) suggests that the RTX 3070’s power envelope falls will be set at 220W, while the RTX 3070 Ti’s is 250W.
On another note, there’s a rumour that suggests that the new GeForce RTX 30 series will feature a completely new power connector, exclusive to the Founders Edition. It’s an odd, if not highly suspect rumour, but not unwarranted. Especially if previously leaked images of the card’s design and cooling solution are anything to go by.
Once again, these are just rumours and hearsay at this stage and as it stands, NVIDIA has not commented on its upcoming cards, nor will it as per its “We do not comment on rumours and unreleased products” clause. So, take them with a very liberal sprinkling of salt.