Nvidia, a key player in the tech industry, recently announced a series of updates at CES 2024, focusing on its desktop GPU lineup. While the company maintained a somewhat subdued tone, it introduced revamped “Super” versions of the RTX 4070, 4070 Ti, and 4080 graphics cards, presenting users with enticing options for upgrading their gaming experiences.
The New Super Models: A Closer Look
The three newly introduced GeForce graphics cards are the RTX 4070 Super, priced at $600, the RTX 4070 Ti Super at $800, and the high-end RTX 4080 Super, available at $1,000. Notably, the Super variants of the 4070 Ti and 4080 replace their non-Super predecessors, while the standard 4070 continues to be available with a starting price of $550. The release of the Founder’s Edition cards for the 4070 Ti and 4080 adds an extra layer of choice for consumers.
Key Specifications and Features:
1. Performance Insights
While the Super versions don’t promise significant performance leaps over their predecessors, they leverage existing core GPU chipsets by enabling more cores and slightly higher frequencies.
2. Power and Connectivity
An interesting point of distinction is the power usage, with the RTX 4070 Super requiring more power (220 watts) compared to the standard 4070 (200 watts). This necessitates a choice between a single eight-pin connection or two connections, the latter being an overclocking option. The availability of the RTX 4070 caters to price-sensitive buyers in this popular price range.
3. Release Schedule
The releases of these graphics cards are staggered, with each card expected to ship by the end of January 2024. The Founder’s Editions for the RTX 4070 Super, RTX 4080 Super, and partner cards for the RTX 4070 Ti Super are among the offerings.
4. Notable Changes
The RTX 4070 Ti Super stands out with a memory upgrade from 12GB to 16GB, offering potential benefits such as minimized video memory bottlenecks and enhanced capabilities for tasks like video editing and generative AI calculations.
Additional Announcements and Offerings
Apart from the graphics card updates, Nvidia revealed other exciting developments:
1. RTX Video HDR
Introducing an auto HDR feature, similar to Windows, that automatically adjusts the tonal range of standard-definition videos, expanding them into a larger HDR tonal range.
2. RTX Remix
The cloud-based tool for modding old games with features like resolution upscaling and ray tracing is set to enter open beta later this month.
3. GeForce Now Enhancements
Nvidia aims to entice users to its GeForce Now cloud-gaming service with a new Day Pass for Priority and Ultimate tiers, allowing users to try out these tiers at a daily rate.
These announcements showcase Nvidia’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of gaming and graphics capabilities, offering users enhanced experiences and a glimpse into the future of GPU technology.