Nvidia’s rumored RTX 40 Super graphics cards may maintain same power usage.
Nvidia’s upcoming RTX Super graphics card refreshes could potentially have the same power usage as their existing counterparts, according to a recent speculation by leaker Kopite7kimi.
In a tweet, Kopite7kimi stated that the Super refreshes will maintain the same power consumption as the non-super models.
However, there is an exception with the lowest-end refresh, the RTX 4070 Super, which is rumored to have a 220W power consumption compared to the 200W of the vanilla RTX 4070.
For the purported RTX 4070 Ti Super and RTX 4080 Super, they are expected to have the same maximum power drain as the existing RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 4080, which are 285W and 320W respectively.
While the potential increase in power usage for the RTX 4070 Super may disappoint some enthusiasts, it’s important to note that performance isn’t solely determined by clock speeds. Other upgrades such as process optimizations, increased VRAM, and core count boosts may contribute to overall performance improvements.
According to previous rumors from Kopite7kimi, the RTX 4070 Super could see a 22% increase in cores compared to the RTX 4070, while the RTX 4070 Ti Super might see a 10% gain in cores over the existing Ti model.
However, the rumored RTX 4080 Super may be the weakest variant in terms of performance upgrades. As it is rumored to replace the base RTX 4080, it might only offer a 5% increase in CUDA cores. This, combined with the absence of VRAM boosts and limited movement in clock speeds, raises questions about its competitiveness.
It’s possible that Nvidia’s strategy with the RTX Super refreshes is to address the reported poor sales of the RTX 4080. The alleged pricing of the RTX 4080 Super could make it an attractive value proposition if the rumors are accurate.
It’s important to keep in mind that these leaks represent speculation, and Nvidia has yet to finalize the power consumption, clock speeds, core loadouts, and model names of the upcoming graphics cards. The market landscape and competition, particularly from AMD, may also influence Nvidia’s decisions as it approaches the launch in early 2024.