RTX 4070 breaks when it goes on the market: Can you buy it in seconds?
Nvidia officially launched the GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card on April 13, 2023, starting at 4,799 yuan.
However, on the day of the release, the quotations of some models of RTX 4070 graphics cards by some dealers were already lower than the “Official Suggested Retail Price of Nvidia”.
In recent days, the price of some models of RTX 4070 graphics cards has dropped to 4389 yuan.
So is now a good time to get an RTX 4070 graphics card?
The name is 4070, but it is actually 4060
In terms of specifications, the number of CUDA cores of the RTX 4070 is about 35.9% of that of the RTX 4090. And the AD102 used by the RTX 4090 is not the full blood version, the AD102 CUDA core number of the full blood version is about 18432. That is to say, the number of CUDA cores of the RTX 4070 is about 31.9% of the full blood version AD102.
Referring to the CUDA core scale of the previous generation RTX 30 series graphics card, it is not difficult to find that the number of CUDA cores of RTX3060 is about 54.8% of that of RTX 3090 Ti, and the number of CUDA cores of RTX 3060 is about 33% of that of RTX 3090 Ti. That is to say, the number of CUDA cores like RTX 4070, in the past naming method, is also a “60-level” graphics card, or it should be called “RTX 4060”.
Although the RTX 4070 has “shrunk” in terms of specifications, it is not polite at all in terms of price.
Referring to the price of the previous generation of RTX 30 series graphics cards, the initial price of RTX 4070 is between RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 Ti. So in terms of selling price, the RTX 4070 has indeed reached the level of a “level 70” graphics card. In contrast, the RTX 4090 has 1.56 times as many CUDA cores as the RTX 3090, but the release price is only about 8.3% more expensive than the RTX 3090, which makes the RTX 4090 the most cost-effective Nvidia graphics card.
RTX 4070 Boost
Although the specifications of the RTX 4070 graphics card are “slightly shabby”, thanks to the addition of new processes and new technologies, the actual performance is still acceptable.
The previous generation of RTX 30 series graphics cards used Samsung’s 8N NVIDIA custom process, while this generation of RTX 40 series graphics cards uses TSMC’s 4N process (note: not N4). Therefore, even if the chip size does not change much, the performance can be improved by using the new process.
The RTX 4070 has approximately 35.8 billion transistors and a chip area of 294.5 square millimeters. The number of RTX 3070 transistors is only 17.4 billion, but the area has reached 392.5 square millimeters. It can also be seen that the improvement of the new process is still very large, and the new process can pack more transistors in a smaller chip area.
For gamers, the performance of RTX 4070 is very close to that of RTX 3080, while the power consumption is also greatly reduced. The total power consumption of the RTX 4070 graphics card is 200W, and the average power consumption when playing games is 186W. The RTX 3080 has two memory versions, and the power consumption of the graphics card is 350W/320W respectively.
This is actually where many players complain. After all, RTX 3080 is a graphics card released in 2020, and now the price of the graphics card has been reduced a lot. But now the RTX 4070 is more expensive, and its performance has not significantly surpassed the RTX 3080. So buying an RTX 4070 will give people a feeling of “spending more money just to save power”.
However, “power saving” is also meaningful. The power consumption of the graphics card is low, and the heat generation is small, which means that the graphics card can use a smaller radiator. The “small cooler version” of the RTX 4070 can fit into many small form factor cases.
In addition to the new technology, the RTX 4070 graphics card is also supported by new technologies such as DLSS 3. A brief description of DLSS 3 is: “DLSS 3 can use AI to rebuild seven-eighths of the display pixels. Compared with no DLSS, the game performance has increased by 4 times.”
Specifically: GeForce RTX 4070 is 2.6 times faster than RTX 2070 SUPER and 1.4 times faster than GeForce RTX 3080 when using DLSS 3. DLSS 3 can greatly improve the performance of GPU.
But the bad news is that DLSS 3 technology must be supported by both the graphics card and the game to be useful. For example, if I use the new RTX 4070 graphics card to play some games that do not support DLSS 3, then there will be no such improvement effect. When the RTX 4070 was released, there were already 30 games that supported DLSS 3. After the number of games that support DLSS 3 increases in the future, you should be able to clearly appreciate this advantage.
1. It is enough to understand the RTX 4070 graphics card as “4060”. The RTX 4070 is closer to the previous “60-level” graphics card in various aspects. Of course, except for the price.
2. For those who have a graphics card budget of about 4,000 and do not plan to use second-hand graphics cards, RTX 4070 is indeed one of the few choices.
3. There is actually no problem with the performance of the RTX 4070 graphics card. Many people complain about its price. So when the RTX 4070 drops to around 4,000 yuan, you can still consider buying it.