The leaked Nvidia RTX 2070 specs mean it could own the mainstream GPU market

We’re just a few hours away from Nvidia’s big pre-Gamescom reveal of the new RTX 2080 graphics card, and with all the specs for the big graphics cards already leaked, we’re finally seeing some movement on the more affordable end of the Turing line-up of GPUs, the RTX 2070.

The RTX 2070 has been rumoured, though not confirmed, by perennial leakers Videocardz, with a TU104 GPU cut down to the tune of 18 SMs to the RTX 2080’s 23. That gives the more modest card a CUDA core count of 2,304 compared with the 2,944 cores packed into the TU104 silicon of the RTX 2080.

That’s slightly less of a cut than when Nvidia took the knife to the GP104 GPU shared by both the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. The upcoming RTX 2070 has less than 22% fewer cores inside it than the RTX 2080 while the chip inside the GTX 1070 was a full 25% weaker than its larger GTX 1080 sibling. Even if Nvidia drops the pace of the GDDR6 memory array on the RTX 1070, it’s still going to have some juice behind it.

In terms of that memory layout, the latest rumours peg the RTX 2070 as coming with the same 8GB GDDR6 VRAM as the RTX 2080, running along an aggregated 256-bit memory bus. It’s expected to be running the memory slower, potentially at 12Gbps as opposed to 14Gbps, but that will still give it some serious bandwidth to play with.

With potential gaming performance 8% higher than the GTX 1080 being bandied around, the RTX 2070 could be a tasty GPU. If it’s priced right…

2080 Ti
1080 Ti
GPU TU102 TU104 TU104 GP102 GP104
CUDA cores 4,352 2,944 2,304 3,584 2,560
Memory bus 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit 256-bit
Memory bandwidth 616GB/s 448GB/s 384GB/s 484GB/s 320GB/s
Base clock 1,350MHz 1,515MHz TBD 1,480MHz 1,607MHz
Boost clock 1,545MHz 1,710MHz TBD 1,582MHz 1,733MHz
TDP 285W 285W TBD 250W 180W

It’s being suggested that we’re unlikely to hear too much about the RTX 2070 at the pre-Gamescom event tonight, but you can watch the full GeForce Gaming Celebration livestream right here. Instead it’s expected that the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti will be the stars of the show, with the more mainstream RTX 2070 likely to follow a month or so later on, potentially when the non-reference partner boards start to appear.

It’s a very different Nvidia launch than we’ve previously seen, with the ultra-enthusiast cards coming out at the very beginning of a generation. And maybe that’s because Nvidia doesn’t really see a lot of challenge in the high-end space, with the AMD Navi GPU generation only likely to try and compete at the mainstream level, and Intel around two years away from getting anything that will even function as a discrete graphics card.

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