Nvidia RTX 4070 – release date, price, specs, and benchmark rumours

Will the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU outperform the high-end RTX 3090? Here's everything we know so far about the green team's mid-range graphics card

RTX 4070: Nvidia graphics card with green night sky backdrop

The Nvidia RTX 4070 won’t be the top GPU in terms of specs. Yet, if you’re looking to balance price and performance, it could be an affordable graphics card gateway to next-gen gaming PC features like DLSS 3, Frame Generation, and ray tracing.

Just like the GeForce RTX 3070, the green team’s best graphics card contender should pair nicely with mid-range gaming PCs, and it might even transform your rig into a ray tracing powerhouse without costing as much as the RTX 4080. It could even end up in the best gaming laptop, when the 4000 series eventually goes portable.

To help you make your next gaming machine move, we’ve compiled everything we know about RTX 4070 rumours, including its potential release date, price, specs, and benchmark estimates.

RTX 4070: Nvidia GeForce promotional image for graphics cards with GPU in centre and reflective backdrop

Nvidia RTX 4070 price speculation

The RTX 4070 hasn’t got a price tag yet, but it’ll likely cost less than the Nvidia RTX 4080, which starts at $1,199 USD / £1,269 GBP. Since the RTX 3070 released at $499, we would its MSRP to fall somewhere between $549 – $699 USD. But with the RTX 4090 costing $1,599 USD / £1,679 GBP, it could go even higher.

Nvidia RTX 4070 release date rumours

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and 4090 are official and will release throughout October and November. We still don’t know if or when the RTX 4070 will release, however, as Nvidia keeps hush on its mid-range card.

Moore’s Law is Dead has heard that some cards might be delayed until later in the year, while sources close to Wccftech hint that we might need to wait until 2023. In the meantime, you should take any next-gen GPU arrival guestimates with a hearty grain of salt.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti may also be a thing, and recent leaks hint that the “full fat” AD104 GPU could arrive on January 5. The gaming PC giant appears to be releasing cards from the top down, with both facts adding clout to MLID’s delay claims.

RTX 4070: Nvidia GPU and PCB with chip and logo in centre

Nvidia RTX 4070 specs rumours

It’s a safe bet that the Nvidia RTX 4070 will come with the latest Deep Learning Super Sampling, as Nvidia DLSS 3.0 only works on GeForce RTX 4000 GPUs. Aside from that, team green seems to be keeping its next-gen GPU under wraps.

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Early leaks suggest that the RTX 4070 will pack RTX 3090 Ti levels of performance, paired with clock speeds that outpace the RTX 4090. Now that the RTX 4070 Ti is seemingly a thing, the above may no longer be the case, but Nvidia is notorious for changing its mind at the last minute.

New whispers claim that the RTX 4070 shares specs with the RTX 3070, as it’ll pack 5,888 CUDA cores. In addition, the mid-range RTX 4000 card now apparently rocks 12GB GDDR6X VRAM, just like the cancelled RTX 4080 model.

Thanks to Moore’s Law is Dead, we now have RTX 4070 renders that provide a glimpse at the GPU’s cooling situation. According to the YouTuber, the graphics card looks like a more compact version of the RTX 3080, but wields a slightly larger fan.

Images of the RTX 4070 Ti GPU are making the rounds online, and the chip is apparently half the size of Nvidia’s AD104. A scaled-back version of the AD104 will likely dwell within the eventual RTX 4070, but it looks like we’ll get the full-fat Ti variant before that happens.

RTX 4070: Nvidia GeForce graphics card at an angle on black backdrop

Nvidia RTX 4070 benchmark rumours

Expect RTX 4070 benchmarks and reviews will eventually reveal the graphics card’s abilities, but we’ll need to make do with leaks and whispers for now. Moore’s Law is Dead says the RTX 4070’s AD103 GPU is 10-30% faster than the RTX 3090, and up to 50% quicker when dealing with intense workloads like ray tracing. This means the mid-tier chip could trump current high-end cards, but keep in mind that these metrics are hypothetical and based on early figures.

The graphics card will likely still use the same 12-pin PCIe 5.0 power connector, but its comparative RTX 3090 performance might be matched with a similar 350W TDP. So, if your rig’s using one of the best power supplies for RTX 3000 cards, your RTX 4070 upgrade probably won’t require a shiny new PSU.

Fresh RTX 4000 gaming laptop leaks indicate that a mobile 8GB RTX 4070 could be on the way, and it’ll apparently offer a 45% performance increase over the RTX 3070. That’s great news for anything looking to boost fps while avoiding RTX 4080 pricing, but you should take these figures with a grain of salt for now.

If our Nvidia RTX 4080 review is anything to go by, the entire Lovelace lineup should pack an incredible gaming PC punch. Naturally, we’ll be pitting the RTX 4070 against its sibling sometime next year, so watch this space for comparative benchmarks and frame rate stats.