Gigabyte has seemingly revealed the memory configurations for Nvidia's upcoming GeForce RTX 4060 and GeForce RTX 4070 graphics cards via its Gigabyte Control Center software. There aren't any surprises, as the Ada Lovelace-based add-in-boards will carry 8GB and 12GB of memory, respectively, according to VideoCardz.
Version 23.03.02.01 Gigabyte's Control Center app adds support for the Gigabyte RTX 4070 Aero OC 12GB (GV-N4070AERO OC-12G) and the Gigabyte RTX 4060 Gaming OC 8GB (GV-N4060GAMING OC-8GD) products, revealing their memory capacities. The memory type (GDDR6X or GDDR6) isn't confirmed yet, though rumors pin the 4070 with GDDR6X and the 4060 with regular GDDR6.
We were already pretty sure that Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4070 would have the same 192-bit 12GB GDDR6X memory subsystem as the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, since the two products are based on the same AD104 GPU. The key difference seems to be using fewer active CUDA cores on the 4070. Will the GeForce RTX 4070 end up in our list of the best graphics cards? We'll have to wait and see. Here are the tentative specs.
|Header Cell - Column 0||GPU||FP32 CUDA Cores||Memory Configuration||TBP||MSRP|
|GeForce RTX 4090 Ti||AD102||18176 (?)||24GB 384-bit 24 GT/s GDDR6X (?)||600W (?)||?|
|GeForce RTX 4090||AD102||16384||24GB 384-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X||450W||$1,599|
|GeForce RTX 4080||AD103||9728||16GB 256-bit 22.4 GT/s GDDR6X||320W||$1,199|
|GeForce RTX 4070 Ti||AD104||7680||12GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X||285W||$799|
|GeForce RTX 4070||AD104||5888 (?)||12GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X (?)||250W (?)||<$650?|
|GeForce RTX 4060 Ti||AD106||4352 (?)||8GB 128-bit 18 GT/s GDDR6 (?)||160W (?)||<$500?|
|GeForce RTX 3070||GA104||5888||8GB 256-bit 14 GT/s GDDR6||220W||$499|
In many ways, 8GB of GDDR6 memory on Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4060 can be considered as a downgrade from the GeForce RTX 3060, which carries 12GB of GDDR6 memory. Nvidia's AD107 and AD106 graphics processors that power the company's GeForce RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti products only feature a 128-bit memory interface (according to unofficial information), so it would only be possible to use these these GPUs with 8GB or 16GB of memory — and the latter option may not be exactly feasible for cost reasons, as it would require using memory on both sides of the PCB in "clamshell" mode (similar to the RTX 3090).
Nvidia is expected to launch its GeForce RTX 4070 with 12GB of memory on April 13, 2023. The product will be positioned below the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti that has been on the market for a couple of months now, but it is unclear how much Nvidia plans to charge for its vanilla GeForce RTX 4070. Given the specs, performance will be quite a bit lower than the 4070 Ti, suggesting the price would need to be under $650 to make much sense, and even that would likely be too high.
Plans for the RTX 4060 and 4060 Ti are even less clear. Last week we saw images of an alleged GeForce RTX 4060 Founders Edition board, which may be considered as a confirmation that Nvidia is working on this product. Yet, it remains to be seen when the GeForce RTX 4060 will hit the shelves and at what price. With the outgoing 3060 and 3060 Ti sitting at $329 and $399, respectively, we imagine $499 would be about the highest price most potential buyers would be willing to consider.
Is it 3 generations? I bet it's 3 generations.
The entire industry got borked by crypto and covid during the 3k series.
The 4k series got borked from being designed and priced based on expectations that crypto would go on.
The 5k series will likely get borked by its goals likely set on many of the same assumptions that borked the 4k series and could be too far along development to correct.
The 6k series should be the one where Nvidia will be forced to admit its unrealistic expectations have crashed and burned, though it may still try its hands at inflated prices for the performance it delivers one more time, albeit not as brazenly.
So the 7k series is where I would expect Nvidia to have mostly cleansed itself of covid-crypto greedflation and return to more normal greed.
If we count inclusively from the moment greedflation set in to the moment it is mostly gone, that would be five generations (3k through 7k) for me.
I quit watching his junk a long time ago. He spends way too much time crowing about the very few things he gets correct and never again mentioning the preponderance of stuff that he's whiffed on. As you say, he just throws everything he can out there. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.
Just make up your own rumors in your head. You'll likely be right about as often as he is.
So, I'm calling that as 5-6 years, and 3 generations until they take any action to acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of gamers are not tech-influencer millionaires.
Or, Nvidia will just continue to not care about gamers and go-all in on big data, workstations, "content creation", and prosumer AI.