TECH NEWS – Production of two GPUs may be paused to allow the long-rumored Super variants to come to the fore.
We are less than two months away from Nvidia announcing the Super models of its GeForce RTX 4000 graphics cards. Aside from the fact that we’ve been hearing about them for months, Videocardz has now reported that Nvidia has stopped mass production of the GeForce RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 Ti, according to Board Channels, an aggregation service. These are the two most powerful models below the RTX 4090 (which is in a separate price and performance category). They will be replaced by the RTX 4080 Super, RTX 4070 Super, and the very silly-sounding RTX 4070 Ti Super, and will be unveiled by “the green company” at CES 2024 in January.
So this could be the product lineup next year: RTX 4090, 4080 Super, 4070 Ti Super, 4070 Super, 4070, 4060 Ti, and RTX 4060. So the production of the base model RTX 4070 will not be stopped and now Asus, Gigabyte or Zotac for example are working to clear the stock. There are no rumors about the RTX 4060 Super, which is strange because the RTX 4060 Ti uses the AD106 GPU with two disabled SM blocks, which opens the door for a more powerful RTX 4060 to replace the Ti version.
The RTX 4060 uses a full AD107 GPU, so there would be an opportunity for a cheaper card, the RTX 4050, which doesn’t exist in desktop format, and with the interest in competitors (such as the Intel Arc A750) in the sub-$200 price range, it’s probably not worth it for Nvidia to make cheaper cards – especially since the company makes a ton of money on AI cards. But even AMD isn’t inclined to replace the RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6400, so it’s as if two of the three players in the market simply don’t want to make budget cards!
No wonder people are looking for used workstation cards…