It seems that a new benchmark spotted on the userbench database by the people at Wccftech that sports performance numbers that fits snugly within the scores of both the RTX 2070 and 2080. While this by no means mean that we would be seeing a new product in their RTX line-up from Nvidia anytime soon, it does mean that a new card is potentially in the works.
Feeling the Heat?
This is interesting as Nvidia currently has no reason to fill the price and performance bracket between both cards. Perhaps we are seeing history repeating itself again with this one as we’ve seen from the previous generation GPUs where the 1070Ti was launched in late 2017 to combat the Vega 56 at the $400 USD price point. This might be a pre-emptive strike against AMD as they are gearing to launch their Navi GPU sometime this year for the low and mid-range market.
I think what is more telling from this is that, if the above were true, Nvidia is expecting the competition to bring about 2070Ti levels of performance for presumably the highest-end mid-range card that Navi has to offer; a performance number that allows gamers to comfortably achieve high fps at 1440p. Nvidia might be leveraging this potentially new card to be first to market and gaining market share that way.
This could mean that potentially, AMD could be bringing 1080 levels of performance to a lower price, which is great news for people as we are just that one little step closer to bringing the 4k60 experience to the mid-range which would be incredible.
Here is a recap on the current specs of the RTX 2080 and 2070:
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080|
|Architecture||Turing GPU (TU106)||Turing GPU (TU106)|
|Process||12nm FNN||12nm FNN|
|Transistors||10.6 Billion||13.6 Billion|
|CUDA Cores||2304 Cores||2944 Cores|
|GigaRays||6 Giga Rays/s||8 Giga Rays/s|
|Cache||4Mb L2 Cache||4Mb L2 Cache|
|Memory||8Gb GDDR6||8Gb GDDR6|
| Memory |
|MSRP||$499 USD||$699 USD|
Whatever it is, it’ll be an interesting time for consumers going forward as we head on to a new GPU launch that will hopefully see AMD closing the gap and competing on even terms again.