Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti 16GB graphics cards have been spotted on the EEC website

Does the RTX 3070 Ti really need a 16GB model?

Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti 16GB graphics cards have been spotted on the EEC website

It looks like Nvidia's planning RTX 3070 Ti models that feature more VRAM

Ever since the RTX 3070 launched, people have been complaining about the GPU's 8GB frame buffer. Simply put, some games run better with graphics cards that feature more VRAM at 4K, with DOOM Eternal being a prime example. Beyond that, those who are looking at the RTX 3070 Ti as a video editing or workstation graphics card also see utility in a RTX 3070 model with a larger frame buffer. 

A lot of time has passed since Nvidia launched their original RTX 3070 graphics card, with their Ti model offering users a bandwidth upgrade with GDDR6X memory. Now, 2GB GDDR6X chips are available from Micron, and it looks like Nvidia's planning to start releasing 16GB RTX 3070 Ti GPUs, offering users a 2x increase in VRAM capacity. 

Thanks to @Momomo_us on Twitter, we can see that Gigabyte's working on multiple new Geforce RTX series graphics cards, including RTX 3090 Ti models and a 16GB RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC graphics card.

Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti 16GB graphics cards have been spotted on the EEC website

Why would Nvidia launch 16GB RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards?

Currently, AMD's Radeon RX 6800/6900 series graphics cards offer gamers large 16GB frame buffers, and Intel's rumoured ARC Alchemist gaming flagship is also due to launch with a large 16GB frame buffer. Simply put, Nvidia's competition knows that VRAM requirements are rising, and graphics cards that target 4K Ultra settings will need more than 8GB of VRAM moving forward.

Nvidia needs a 16GB RTX 3070 Ti to answer the industry's call for 4K capable graphics cards with more VRAM. Beyond that, Nvidia should allow their competitors to benefit from their lack of a 16GB RTX 3070 Ti model.

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17-01-2022, 13:04:59

Avet
You missed the most important reason. Miners loooove memory. Every single refreshed model has one and only priority... Mining. 2060 12GB is hard proof of that.

And that 4K gaming needs more memory... Pfff... 3070 Ti is NOT a 4K gaming class card.


Edit: Also people who are buying 4K 144Hz+ gaming monitors for north of a 1000$ do not pair them with 3070 Ti.Quote

17-01-2022, 13:31:32

Gothmoth
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
You missed the most important reason. Miners loooove memory. Every single refreshed model has one and only priority... Mining. 2060 12GB is hard proof of that.

And that 4K gaming needs more memory... Pfff... 3070 Ti is NOT a 4K gaming class card.



i mostly agree with you. probably that is the reason.
or just a reason to produce yet another card and reset MSRP.


thought i need memory not for gaming but for GPU rendering.
but i know i am in a minority.Quote

17-01-2022, 16:28:39

Avet
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Originally Posted by Gothmoth View Post
i mostly agree with you. probably that is the reason.
or just a reason to produce yet another card and reset MSRP.


thought i need memory not for gaming but for GPU rendering.
but i know i am in a minority.

Yes. Rendering is a valid reason. It will allow you to render bigger projects without crashing. But Nvidia doesn't want you to use 3070Ti for rendering. It is a GAMING card. You need Quadro for rendering, or whatever they are called now.Quote

17-01-2022, 17:02:33

AlienALX
Most of this is just peeing the highest. They want to eradicate any reason for AMD to have a "one up". Even though AMD cards don't support hardware accelerated ray tracing or etc due to the difference Nvidia still see it as peeing on their patch.

I doubt many will get a 3090Ti, even if they want one and would pay the bonkers price. Same goes for this. It's simply to one up AMD on everything throughout their product stack. RT and DL and etc have simply not been the trump card Nvidia thought they would be, and many reviewers refused to solely focus on it as Nvidia had asked them to.

So Rasterization is still very much a thing, and AMD beat Nvidia at every level with regards to VRAM. Which as we know now was a mistake, given that 8/10gb is not enough on a mid high end or high end card.

This all takes me back to the Titan Black. It was incredibly short lived, and only really done because the 780Ti was 3gb and AMD's 290x was 4gb. So Nvidia released the 6gb Titan black and it was available for about 3 months before they moved to the 970 and 980 and then onto the Ti.Quote

17-01-2022, 17:30:04

Dawelio
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
So Rasterization is still very much a thing, and AMD beat Nvidia at every level with regards to VRAM. Which as we know now was a mistake, given that 8/10gb is not enough on a mid high end or high end card.

What do you mean by this really? How is 10GB not enough on a 3080 for example? Isn't it dependent on which resolution you play on?...Quote
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