Nvidia is introducing three RTX 40-series Super cards this month that offer more performance at price points that are similar or better than existing cards. Pricing of the RTX 40-series has been a sticking point for gamers, particularly for the RTX 4080. Nvidia is replacing this GPU with the RTX 4080 Super and cutting the price to $999 when it launches on January 31st.
The $200 price cut will put a lot of pressure on AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XT ($899) and XTX ($999) cards. Before the RTX 4080 Super launches, there’s also the RTX 4070 Super on January 17th priced at $599 and the RTX 4070 Ti Super, with some interesting changes, on January 24th at $799. Nvidia is also phasing out the RTX 4070 Ti but keeping the RTX 4070 around at a lower $549 price point.
RTX 4080 Super
The RTX 4080 Super ships with Nvidia’s full AD103 chip, so it’s not cut down like the RTX 4080 before it. There are more CUDA cores and faster memory at 736GB/s of bandwidth, and it ships with the same 16GB of G6X and can draw up to 320 watts of power.
Nvidia is aiming the RTX 4080 Super at existing RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 2080 Super owners, rather than RTX 40-series adopters. The performance bump over an RTX 4080 should be between 1 and 5 percent, depending on the games, so essentially, it’s RTX 4080-level performance (or better) for $200 less.
RTX 4070 Ti Super
The RTX 4070 Ti Super looks like it could be the most interesting card out of the trio of RTX 40-series Super GPUs. Nvidia is increasing the memory to 16GB of G6X, and it’s being upgraded to the 256-bit memory bus found on the RTX 4080 / 4090 cards instead of the 192-bit bus on the original RTX 4070 Ti.
Combined with more CUDA cores, this feels like a bigger upgrade than the RTX 4080 Super changes. While it will remain at $799, you’re getting more memory and performance. Nvidia says you should see around 10 percent more performance with the RTX 4070 Ti Super compared to the original RTX 4070 Ti.
Nvidia hasn’t had to sacrifice more power consumption to offer this improved performance, either. The RTX 4070 Ti Super will ship with the same up to 285 watts of power draw as the original, but there won’t be a Founders Edition variant of this card.
RTX 4070 Super
Nvidia claims the new RTX 4070 Super will be faster than an RTX 3090 while using less power at up to a 220-watt draw. That’s only 20 watts more than the original RTX 4070, which was able to offer similar performance to the RTX 3080 at 1440p. While it remains on the same 192-bit memory bus and 12GB of G6X memory, Nvidia is bumping the CUDA core count to give it a performance boost.
The RTX 4070 Super will ship on January 17th at the same $599 price point as the original, which might make it a more tempting upgrade for existing RTX 3070 or 2070 owners. Nvidia also claims there will be around a 15 percent performance increase from the original RTX 4070 to the RTX 4070 Super.
Both the RTX 4080 Super and RTX 4070 Super will be available in Founders Edition cards from Nvidia. They look mostly identical to the original variants, but Nvidia has opted for a slightly darker shade of alloy frame to make these cards stand out. If you’re not interested in Nvidia’s own Founders Editions, then there will be plenty of options from third-party manufacturers like Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, PNY, and many more.