NVIDIA has just announced that the retail launch of its GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card has been pushed back to the end of October. The announcement comes just weeks after the launch of the GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards which had severely limited quantities at launch and to make sure that it isn't the case with the RTX 3070, NVIDIA has updated its schedule.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Retail Launch Now A Day After AMD's Radeon RX 6000 Series Unveil
As per the latest schedule, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 would now be available for retail on the 29th of October. This is almost a 2 weeks delay compared to the previous launch day of 15th. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 specifications and prices remain unchanged but it looks like users who were planning to get the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card on launch should now just wait to see what competition has to offer as AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series would be unveiled just a day prior to the retail launch.
Following is NVIDIA's official statement regarding the GeForce RTX 3070's availability update:
Production of GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards are ramping quickly. We’ve heard from many of you that there should be more cards available on launch day. To help make that happen, we are updating the availability date to Thursday, October 29th.
We know this may be disappointing to those eager to purchase a GeForce RTX 3070 as soon as possible, however this shift will help our global partners get more graphics cards into the hands of gamers on launch day.
The GeForce RTX 3070 delivers incredible performance and features, including NVIDIA Reflex and Broadcast, for $499. Across a variety of ray-traced and rasterized DirectX and Vulkan titles, the GeForce RTX 3070 delivers similar or faster performance than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (which sold for twice the price) and is on average 60% faster than the original GeForce RTX 2070. via NVIDIA
In the latest performance metrics, NVIDIA shows that the GeForce RTX 3070 trades blows with the RTX 2080 Ti while being 60% faster on average than the GeForce RTX 3070. In some gaming titles, the GeForce RTX 3070 is a good bit ahead of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Also what's really interesting here is that NVIDIA is showcasing the performance of its GeForce RTX 3070 in several professional and content creation applications which is something that NVIDIA hasn't done before for its **70 tier graphics cards. The games were once again measured at 1440p resolution with an Intel Core i9 CPU at the highest possible settings (RTX / DLSS enabled).
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card Specifications - GA104 GPU & 8 GB GDDR6 Memory
At the heart of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card lies the GA104 GPU. The GA104 is one of the many Ampere GPUs that we will be getting on the gaming segment. The GA104 GPU is the second-fastest Ampere chip in the stack. The GPU is based on Samsung's 8nm (N8) process node. The GPU measures at 392.5mm2 and features 17.4 Billion transistors which are almost 93% of the transistors featured on the TU102 GPU. At the same time, the GA104 GPU is almost half the size of the TU102 GPU which is an insane amount of density.
For the GeForce RTX 3070, NVIDIA has enabled a total of 46 SM units on its flagship which results in a total of 5888 CUDA cores. In addition to the CUDA cores, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3070 also comes packed with next-generation RT (Ray-Tracing) cores, Tensor cores, and brand new SM or streaming multi-processor units.
In terms of memory, the GeForce RTX 3070 features 8 GB of GDDR6 memory. The GeForce RTX 3070 comes with memory at speeds of 14 Gbps. That along with a full uncut bus interface of 256-bit will deliver a cumulative bandwidth of 448 Gbps. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 will be powered by a single 12-pin Micro-Fit 3.0 connector. As for pricing, the Founders Edition will hit retail at $499 US while custom models would cost either the same or come at a premium price point.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series 'Ampere' Graphics Card Specifications:
|Graphics Card Name||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090|
|GPU Name||Ampere GA106-300||Ampere GA104-200||Ampere GA104-300||Ampere GA102-200||Ampere GA102-300|
|Process Node||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm|
|Transistors||TBC||17.4 Billion||17.4 Billion||28 Billion||28 Billion|
|TMUs / ROPs||112 / 64||152 / 80||184 / 96||272 / 96||328 / 112|
|Tensor / RT Cores||112 / 28||152 / 38||184 / 46||272 / 68||328 / 82|
|Base Clock||1320 MHz||1410 MHz||1500 MHz||1440 MHz||1400 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1780 MHz||1665 MHz||1730 MHz||1710 MHz||1700 MHz|
|FP32 Compute||13 TFLOPs||16 TFLOPs||20 TFLOPs||30 TFLOPs||36 TFLOPs|
|RT TFLOPs||25 TFLOPs||32 TFLOPs||40 TFLOPs||58 TFLOPs||69 TFLOPs|
|Tensor-TOPs||101 TOPs||192 TOPs||163 TOPs||238 TOPs||285 TOPs|
|Memory Capacity||12 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||10 GB GDDR6X||24 GB GDDR6X|
|Memory Speed||16 Gbps||14 Gbps||14 Gbps||19 Gbps||19.5 Gbps|
|Bandwidth||384 Gbps||448 Gbps||448 Gbps||760 Gbps||936 Gbps|
|Price (MSRP / FE)||$329 US||$399 US||$499 US||$699 US||$1499 US|
|Launch (Availability)||25th February 2021||2nd December 2020||29th October 2020||17th September 2020||24th September 2020|