A New Variant Of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 With AD103 GPU Spotted

Few weeks ago, speculation arose indicating that NVIDIA was planning to unveil additional versions of the RTX 4070 and 4060 series. These versions were said to incorporate non-standard GPU variants, often employing larger dies with significantly reduced core counts. This strategy of repurposing larger GPUs for mid-range models has been fairly prevalent, particularly with cards distributed in the Asian market.

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By utilizing larger GPUs for mid-range models, NVIDIA has found a way to sell GPUs that might not otherwise match the specifications of the official cut-down variants. For example, in the case of the AD103 GPU, it boasts 80 Stream Multiprocessors, yet only 76 are utilized for the original RTX 4080 and 66 for the RTX 4070 Ti. Now, NVIDIA is promoting the full 80 SM variant as the RTX 4080 SUPER. Interestingly, this high-end GPU has been integrated into the RTX 4070 non-SUPER model, which originally features only 46 SMs, thus necessitating 36 to be disabled on the AD103 core.

TechPowerUP has confirmed that such models are already available on the market, and one of their readers has contacted them about the AD103-powered RTX 4070 Ventus 3X E model from MSI. Interestingly, this card is not equipped with the standard AD104 GPU but with the new AD103-175 instead.

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Regardless, GPU-Z will be updated to accommodate these new variants, so buyers of such cards shouldn’t be surprised if their card comes with a new GPU. Although NVIDIA hasn’t made a public announcement about this, the fact that these SKUs are listed in the drivers suggests that sales of these non-standard versions will likely be restricted to specific countries, primarily China.

Source: TechPowerUp