The RTX 4070 is one of the most hotly-anticipated graphics card launches, and we currently expect the GPU to release in early 2023. With everything from clock speeds, a potential release date and early benchmarks leaking out, you can find everything you need to know right here.
Though The RTX 4080 and 4090 are indeed some of the most hotly-anticipated GPUs on the market, they are not one of the cards that most people will end up with. In the Steam Hardware Survey, you can see that the most popular cards are actually the XX60 variant, closely followed by the XX70 series.
This is because they often produce one of the best price-to-performance ratios of graphics cards in the entire stack. With reported GPU power requirements skyrocketing, many people might choose to go for a lower-end card that doesn’t use quite as much power as its bigger brothers.
The RTX 4070 is set to be on a brand-new platform, which Nvidia has reportedly paid TSMC $10 million to book. However recent developments have shown that Nvidia will be facing weaker demand, and wishes to cut orders for the new 4000-series cards, according to Digitimes.
Nvidia RTX 4070 release date rumors
We’re currently expecting the Nvidia RTX 4070 to release in early 2023. This estimation comes significantly later than we initially anticipated, after an update from leaker and insider Greymon55.
Sources from a new update from Moore’s Law is Dead state that there’s still a chance that we might see the RTX 4070 launch this year, but until we get more information, we’re sticking by the more conservative 2023 estimation until proven otherwise. Dates will shift around, but the earliest we could potentially see a 4070 would be during very late 2022, but we’re still earmarking that as being quite unlikely.
Our initial estimations pegged the GPU for release slightly earlier, according to Kopite7Kimi. However, as per a recent video from Moore’s Law is Dead and the latest information from Greymon55, we could be seeing the cards released later, starting with the RTX 4090.
Chinese suppliers are reportedly due to receive the first RTX 40-series chips around August. However, this report does not state what chips the suppliers will be shipped, and therefore we cannot say with certainty that the AD104, which the RTX 4070 is going to be based on, is included in that particular crop.
We expect that the RTX 4070 will be arriving at suppliers slightly later, as it’s likely that only the RTX 4090 will be arriving, to begin with. This is after a delay which now put the RTX 4080 and 4070’s release into 2023. So, the RTX 4090 will be coming first, according to all of the information that we currently have.
After that, Nvidia will move down the stack to the RTX 4080, then 4070. This is also due to an oversupply of current-generation cards, which have just received a price cut.
It’s very possible that the length of this delay could be extended even further and by proxy mean that the release of the RTX 4070 slides into 2023. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as Nvidia announces its future plans regarding its next-generation graphics cards.
Nvidia RTX 4070 price rumors
We estimate the Nvidia RTX 4070 will be priced around $600, though there is no official pricing. Our estimate is based on Nvidia’s previous pricing structure for the RTX 3070, which launched at $499. However, factors like a rise in materials costs in addition to inflation could cause this baseline MSRP to rise significantly, especially if it possesses a large jump in performance.
Therefore, it’s possible that we may see a pricepoint as high as $600, due to a price hike in the cost of silicon wafers. This is due to the sheer demand of silicon wafers.
Nvidia RTX 4070 specs and benchmarks
The RTX 4070 is expected to be an incredibly powerful graphics card, we hope to see it perform about as well as an RTX 3080, however that remains to be seen. Leaks point toward the RTX 4070 being powered on the AD104-275 chip, which is the second step down from the full-fat AD102 wafer. However, we’re expecting that the chip will still deliver excellent gaming performance.
Kopite7Kimi detailed their most recent update to the RTX 4000-series’ specifications a couple of weeks ago.
Nvidia RTX 4070 rumored specifications
- 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM
- 7680 CUDA cores (+17% more than the RTX 3070)
- 76 Ray Tracing Cores
- 304 Tensor cores
- 160-bit bus width
- 21GBps memory bandwidth
- 285W TDP
- Base clock: 2310Mhz
- Boost clock: 2610 Mhz
- Maximum clock: 2800Mhz
Kopite7Kimi has highlighted that the power consumption of the RTX 4070 might be slightly lower than originally anticipated, this means that we have slashed the original 300w estimation down slightly, and you can now expect to have this GPU running at 285W.
In addition to this is an update to what we can expect from the clockspeed of the card itself, meaning that you could potentially see an incredibly powerful card that trades blows with the RTX 3090 Ti, which is being deeply discounted by Nvidia at the moment.
The latest RTX 4070 specifications show that the card has received a slight spec bump compared to earlier leaks, we’re now seeing additional CUDA cores and VRAM available on the card, which should help it in terms of raster and ray traced performance.
Additionally, there is a good bet that the Nvidia designs will be using the new PCI 5.0 power connector. These power ports debuted on the RTX 3000 Founders Edition cards.
Luckily, being a slightly cut-down chip, you won’t have to rush off to buy a new power supply, at least, we don’t think. Because the higher-end chips run much faster and demand much more power, there is a good chance that if you have a 750W power supply, or above, you’ll be just fine.
With regards to performance, early reports from Moore’s Law is Dead suggested that the RTX 4070 could approach RTX 3090 speeds, but we remain skeptical about this assertion. It was made a good while ago, and since then numerous plans could have changed, and we saw a minor decrease in the reported specifications.
However, Moore’s Law is Dead also reports that Ray Tracing performance is once again significantly improved, potentially making the technology even more accessible to gamers.
We’d say to expect RTX 3080-like performance from the RTX 4070, as it’s the simplest apples-to-apples generational shift that you can expect without going into making some pretty wild lofty claims, though YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead still suggests that we might see RTX 3090-like performance.
RTX 4070 rumored benchmarks
With the revised specifications on the RTX 4070, Kopite7Kimi claims that the RTX 4070 will manage to achieve a score of 11,000 in Time Spy Extreme. This puts the card in direct running against the RTX 3090 Ti, meaning that pure performance is going to look incredible on this particular card.
Earlier leaks suggested the RTX 4070 will manage to achieve a Time Spy Extreme score of 10,000. Its predecessor, the RTX 3070 only managed to achieve around 7,000. This represents around a 35% jump in performance, which is no small feat, and puts the RTX 4070 in direct comparison with the RTX 3090.
This is looking extremely promising for the RTX 4070, as it will be a much more attainable and mainstream card than the likes of the RTX 4080, or even the RTX 4090. There’s very little doubt that this will be the best price-to-performance option for the upcoming cards.
How much VRAM will the RTX 4070 have?
Right now according to the latest leaks from Kopite7Kimi, the RTX 4070 will have 12GB of DGGR6X, this is a 2GB increase on the previously reported VRAM, due to a spec bump. This will be clocked at 21Gbps on a 160-bit bus. Though the bus width will potentially have changed, too.
Why is the RTX 4070 so power hungry?
According to the latest leaks, the RTX 4070 will manage to have a 300w TDP. This is much higher than the RTX 3070’s 220W TDP. Though,you will be getting yourself a much faster card.
We know that Nvidia is pushing power with Lovelace to potentially increase clock speeds, which will in turn power the higher core counts and faster clockspeeds. The 40-series may still be attempting to get the edge on power past AMD, so are looking to boost power to the systems for an overall performance boost to keep their current power crown.
These details are all subject to change however, so be sure to take all of this with a pinch of salt.