Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 could be as powerful as the GeForce RTX 3090; GeForce RTX 4080 slated to be about 30% faster ↺
So far, most of the leaks surrounding Nvidia's Ada Lovelace-based RTX 4000 series of graphics cards have focused mostly on the top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4090 Ti. The former allegedly scored 19,000 points in the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark, according to seasoned leaker @kopite7kimi, who has now leaked the scores of its younger siblings, the GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4070. Kopite7kimi says that the above tests were conducted on actual hardware and are not estimates.
The AD103-based GeForce RTX 4080 scores 15,000 in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme, making it over 50% faster than its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 3080. The improved 4 nm GPU, combined with 16 GB of 21 Gbps VRAM on a 256-bit bus, and 10,240 CUDA cores give the Ada Lovelace card a significant edge over its Ampere counterpart. It is also 30% faster than the flagship GeForce RTX 3090. However, it could be a tad pricey now that US$2,000 graphics cards are normalized. Besides, fab space on TSMC's cutting-edge 4 nm node comes at a premium and Nvidia will undoubtedly unload some of that burden on its customers.
The AD104-based GeForce RTX 4070 nets around 10,000 points in the 3D Mark Time Spy Extreme benchmark. That is about as powerful as the GeForce RTX 3090 and 50% faster than the GeForce RTX 3070. It manages to trade blows with Ampere's best with 7,168 CUDA cores, 10 GB of 18 Gbps memory on a 160-bit bus and an approximate TGP of 300 Watts. Then again, similar claims were made about the GeForce RTX 3070 before its launch, so it's best to wait for the card to be launched before jumping to conclusions.
However, if a previous report is accurate, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4070 might not be released in 2022 at all and hit shelves sometime in Q1, 2023. Plummeting graphics card prices plus excess inventory leaves Nvidia no choice other than to get rid of its existing Ampere stock before pushing out anything new.