Nvidia announces $499 RTX 3070 that outpaces the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti

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Nvidia has announced the RTX 3070 (opens in new tab), a $499 graphics card that is faster than a 2080 Ti for far less cash.

With 20 shader TFLOPS, 40 RT TFLOPS, and 163 Tensor TFLOPS, the RTX 3070 is specced for high-end gaming. That's courtesy of the Ampere graphics architecture (opens in new tab), and a whopping 5,888 CUDA cores. It's also equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory.

That's a touch less than the RTX 2080 Ti, which comes with 11GB of GDDR6 memory. However, according to Nvidia, that won't hamper its performance. The chipmaker reports performance somewhere in the ballpark of the RTX 2080 Ti, and significantly faster than the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Super.

You can check out the full RTX 3070 design above, complete with new 12-pin power connector (opens in new tab).

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30-Series confirmed specs
Graphics Card NameRTX 3090RTX 3080RTX 3070
GPU NameAmpere GA102-300 Ampere GA102-200Ampere GA104-300
Process NodeSamsung 8NSamsung 8NSamsung 8N
CUDA Cores1049687045888
Boost Clock1700 MHz 1710 MHz1730 MHz
Memory Capacity24 GB GDDR6X 10 GB GDDR6X 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus384-bit320-bit 256-bit
Bandwidth936 GB/s 760 GB/s 512 GB/s
Memory Speed19.5 Gbps19 Gbps16 Gbps
Release dateSeptember 24September 17October

The RTX 3070 will be available for $499 this October, which is a little later than the RTX 3080 (opens in new tab) and RTX 3090—announced for September 17 and September 24 respectively.

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.