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The Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti might be released soon, but Team Green needs a holiday miracle

An Italian vendor has advertised the RTX 4070 Ti from Nvidia with a January 5 release date.

If this is the case, then the release of the third Lovelace graphics card is less than a month away (though, of course, we should treat any such leak with suspicion).

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this forecast, but it does lend credence to earlier rumours that the RTX 4070 Ti will go on sale on January 5.

According to the French technology blog Cowcotland, the store in issue is Drako, and the card in question is an Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF. But the Italian store has removed the listing within the last hour, thus the link is now broken.

There is additional talk from Cowcotland that the RTX 4070 Ti will be unveiled on January 4, the day before it goes on sale. The new Lovelace GPU is expected to be announced at Nvidia’s GeForce showcase at CES 2023 on January 3. (indeed, if it is unveiled).

The release of the RTX 4070 Ti is drawing closer

It’s worth noting that Drako’s product listing title said “O12G, 16GB GDDR6X,” yet the GPU specifications listed 12GB of VRAM. As we’ve covered before, the RTX 4070 Ti is effectively a disguised version of the lower-tier RTX 4080 that was supposed to exist but was ultimately scrapped. This 12GB is the same as what was supposed to be in that card. Of fact, the ’12G’ in the product’s name also refers to 12 Gigabytes, thus the 16GB listing was likely a typo.

The now-removed product item didn’t include any further specifications, and when asked about the number of CUDA Cores, the store simply said, “to be revealed,” leaving us in the dark. We aren’t totally in the dark, though; rumours suggest the RTX 4070 Ti will have 7,680 CUDA Cores, a 192-bit memory bus, and a thermal design power (TDP) of 285W.

The Italian store may have just estimated the date of January 5 as a placeholder, maybe after hearing the rumoured date via the grapevine. We just don’t know, however a recent discovery of a file for numerous Gigabyte variants of the card does hint the RTX 4070 Ti isn’t far off.

As this appears to be a relaunch of the RTX 4080’s lower-tier spin, or at least that’s the general consensus for obvious reasons, it stands to reason that the 4070 Ti’s release will be pretty speedy. The following month will tell…

The pricing will be a major consideration that was left out of the original description. A suggested retail price of $699 in the United States (and similar pricing worldwide) is being discussed, but we’re not holding out much hope that this will ever happen. Nvidia’s most likely asking price is $749, maybe $799, but it should be cheaper than the $899 RTX 4080 12GB that was ‘unlaunched’ by Team Green’s GPU division (following a less than positive reception, shall we say).

Overpricing might leave the way open for AMD’s incoming RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX graphics cards, which are scheduled for release on December 13, but potentially not in large quantities until the end of the month if reports on the Team Red side are true.

This means that the RTX 4070 Ti and 4080 will be competing directly with AMD’s upcoming RDNA 3 GPUs, so Nvidia may want to use this as a chance to price more competitively and win back some gamers’ goodwill before the holiday season ends.

Nvidia is losing goodwill fast, what with the cable melting scandal surrounding the RTX 4090 and the exorbitant prices for third-party custom models of the RTX 4080. There have been over 50 documented incidences of cable melting with the RTX 4090.