Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti 16GB graphics cards have been spotted on the EEC website
Does the RTX 3070 Ti really need a 16GB model?
Published: 17th January 2022 | Source: @momomo_us - Twitter |
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.
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.