In full swing of the fashion for mining cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum using a GPU, we knew that NVIDIA was preparing to launch a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, GeForce RTX 3080 12GB and a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB. Of these, one leak was not fulfilled, specifically that of an RTX 3070 Ti with 16 GB of VRAM. Now, almost a year later, we know that this graphics card really existed. Confirmation comes through the leak of a prototype of this model.
The canceled NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB was essentially going to offer the same specs as the RTX 3070 Ti 8GB. With the obvious caveat of including a larger memory capacity and an increase in frequencies. Of course, NVIDIA was going to use cheaper memory chips such as the GDDR6 instead of GDDR6X, but in full mining fashion, with a shortage of GPUs, it is clear that this was not a problem.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB Specifications
Like the original model, this GPU arrived making use of 6,144 CUDA Coresexcept that it reached a Base frequency of 1,590 MHz and Turbo of 1,800 MHz. This represents a slight overclock of 25 and 30 MHz respectively, compared to the RTX 3070 Ti 8GB. We see the biggest cut in memory. NVIDIA decided to replace the GDDR6X chips with GDDR6. This translates into offering a bandwidth of 512GB/s compared to the 608 GB/s of the original model.
Was at the beginning of March when we talked about what this graph it had been canceled. This chart was going to be advertised on December 17, 2021 to hit the market on January 11. The real reasons were never known, but most likely of all it is related to the beginning of the decline of the cryptocurrency market.
Despite its leak, no performance tests
While this graphics card is fully functional with current drivers, whoever revealed the existence of this GPU did not offer any proof of performance. In any case, seeing how his memory has been capped, well it is less powerful than the original model that finally did reach the market.
Finally, it was also speculated that the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB had been designed for compete with the 16GB Intel Arc A770. Of course, the Intel GPU was delayed in reaching the market for almost half a year. Regardless if it was for cryptocurrency or protecting itself from Intel, it’s a GPU that really didn’t have a niche in the market. That is why really not even NVIDIA came to announce it in society.