Remember the 12GB RTX 4080? It's back!

Nvidia held their GeForce Beyond stream earlier today as part of CES 2023. During the presentation the company announced the fourth RTX 40-series desktop GPU, which will be the third 40-series card released.

Today, the "unlaunched" 12GB RTX 4080 was brought back as the newly announced 12GB RTX 4070 Ti. This card is again built on the new Ada Lovelace architecture. The RTX 4070 Ti ships with 7,680 CUDA cores, a 2.61GHz clock, and 12GB of memory. Though only given the "xx70" designation, Nvidia's presentation pitted it up against last generation's top of the line RTX 3090 Ti in their benchmark showings.

Graph showing relative performance of the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti vs the RTX 3090 Ti. The 4070 Ti is overall better performing vs the 3090 across a handful of games.

As you can see from the vague and slightly misleading slide from Nvidia, the RTX 4070 Ti performs a bit better than the flagship RTX 3090 Ti. The slide does not seem to say what resolution the games were run at, nor graphical settings, nor much of anything else in the way of actual information. Then you also need to factor in that they have Cyberpunk 2077 included on this slide, showing a near 3x performance boost of the 4070 Ti over the 3090 Ti. The 4070 Ti is using frame generation with DLSS 3, a feature that isn't officially available in the 30-series of cards.

Just wait for third-party benchmarks and testing to see what the real verdict is on these cards.

The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is the fourth card announced in the 40-series. There is the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080 available on the market. This 4070 Ti was previously the 12GB RTX 4080 which was announced at the same time as the 16GB RTX 4080 but then later "unlaunched" by Nvidia so that they could release it with a different name now.

The good news is that thanks to the "unlaunch," Nvidia lowered the price of this hardware by $100 from the originally planned $899 to $799 for the 4070 Ti. The card reportedly goes on sale starting January 5 at retailers.

The bad news is that Nvidia is launching the 4070 Ti without a Founders Edition. Meaning that the only 4070 Ti cards that will be available on January 5th are ones from Nvidia partners. That is to say: Good luck actually finding a 4070 Ti at anywhere near the suggested retail price of $799. It's just another giant middle finger from Nvidia.