NVIDIA is on the warpath with another cutdown GA102 card, featuring 7,424 CUDA cores and GDDR6X VRAM, to add to its RTX 30 arsenal
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NVIDIA may have aparently cancelled the 20 GB RTX 3080 and 16 GB 3070, but the company may have another GPU in the pipeline after all. NVIDIA still has the RTX 3070 to come on October 29, but this other card is rumoured to sit between the performance of the current entry-level Ampere card and the RTX 3080. Brought to our attention by @kopite7kimi, Videocardz speculates that the card may be the return of the also reputedly scrapped RTX 3070 Ti.
According to @kopite7kimi, NVIDIA has built the card on its GA102 GPU, the one that it uses on the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. However, the card will use a cutdown version of the GA102 called the GA102-150. Presumably, the GPU will retain the 628 mm² die size of the GA102 in the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, along with the 28.3 billion transistors that both cards have.
The GA102-150 will feature 7,424 CUDA cores though, thought to be a 70% utilisation of the GPU. Videocardz believes that this should correlate to 232 Tensor cores and 58 RT cores, although @kopite7kimi did not mention this. The card will also have a 320-bit memory bus and GDDR6X VRAM, so 10 GB would seem a likely candidate to distinguish it from the RTX 3070 while not usurping the RTX 3080.
Please keep in mind that this GA102-150 card may not come to fruition. However, @kopite7kimi has a good reputation for delivering accurate NVIDIA leaks, so we would not rule this one out yet either. Ultimately, a bridge between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 may be a smart move by NVIDIA, considering leaked RX 6000 performance data.