NVIDIA has enhanced its RTX 40 series graphics cards, introducing Super variants of the RTX 4080, 4070 Ti, and 4070 models. The company has discontinued standard versions of some cards, while setting the stage for the improved Super editions to take the lead in performance and value.
Details on the Super Upgrades
The GeForce RTX 4080 Super, which supersedes the original RTX 4080, has been announced with a reduction in price at $999—$200 less than the initial launch price of its predecessor. It continues to utilize the AD103 chip and is equipped with the same 16GB of GDDR6X memory.
Nevertheless, it now boasts a bump in shader cores, contributing to an overall boost in performance, with a reported 52 TFLOPS of shader performance.
NVIDIA confirms that the new card retains other specifications like the 320W TDP, support for AV1 encoding, and compatibility with DLSS 3.5, an AI upscaling technology that enhances image quality in real-time. The physical design remains consistent with the original RTX 40 series models, including the Founders Edition and forthcoming versions from partnered AIB manufacturers.
Availability and Pricing
Succeeding the RTX 4070 Ti, the 4070 Ti Super will hit the market with enhanced memory capabilities, featuring a wider 256-bit memory bus and 16GB of GDDR6X memory, retaining the original price point of $799. This model is specifically marketed towards Quad HD gaming enthusiasts looking for top-tier performance.
Contrasting the discontinued 4080 and 4070 Ti, the standard RTX 4070 will continue to be available alongside its Super variant. The RTX 4070 Super will carry a price tag of $599, which is $50 more than the current 4070 model. It comes with the AD104 GPU, an increased core count of 7,168—up 20% from the original—and 12GB of GDDR6X memory. The upgraded GPUs are set to become available through a wide network of OEMs, including industry names like ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI, among others.
Users will not see discounts on the older models as they are phased out, which traditionally occurred with the introduction of new series cards. NVIDIA's new lineup portends strategic shifts to maintain the appeal of their high-end graphics options in a competitive market, ensuring that their products are both up to date and accessible to a range of consumers.