We have just received the news that Nvidia is going to release three different versions of its hotly-anticipated RTX 4070 graphics card, which vary by the GPU video memory. It looks like we’ll be getting 10GB, 12GB, and 16GB models of the card.
However, for those who came in late, this is pretty much what Nvidia did with its RTX 4080. The card was announced alongside the flagship RTX 4090, and there would’ve been two flavors: a full-fat 16GB model, and a cheaper 12GB model.
However, the memory was different and the 12GB model actually had a completely different GPU at its core. Of course, this was noticed and gamers complained. Nvidia was forced to pull the RTX 4080 12GB completely and re-launching it as the RTX 4070 Ti.
The leak about three model's coming out together suggests that Nvidia is about to repeat the mess. The story comes from Gigabyte’s website, where a game bundle information page prematurely listed the three models, but it only specifies the VRAM differences: no news here as to whether these cards will contain any other sneaky hidden differences.
Even if it’s only the memory that differs between the three RTX 4070 variants, that’s still an unnecessary level of differentiation that alienates consumers and doesn’t really benefit anyone.