Take the largest pinch of salt your thumb and index finger can muster before reading this, but rumours have emerged that Nvidia is preparing a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to go toe-to-toe with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The news comes by way of Chinese sources, reporting that Nvidia has a graphics card ready to sandwich in between the GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce GTX 1080.
Built on the same GP104 GPU used for the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will allegedly have 2304 CUDA Cores along with 8GB GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory interface.
While a number of sites are reporting this I do have to express some considerable doubts over its veracity. Nvidia has never released an x70 Ti graphics card and with good reason - the performance and price delta between GeForce GTX x70 and x80 is just too slim to make it worthwhile.
Right now I can get a GeForce GTX 1080 for $520, cheaper than some AIB partner models of the GeForce GTX 1070. The cheapest GeForce GTX 1070 I can see on Amazon right now is $414 for the Zotac Mini, and $100 wiggle room at the high-end just doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Performance-wise the GeForce GTX 1080 is obviously faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 but the end result is a 10-20% FPS advantage. Is there really a need for a graphics card 5% faster than a GTX 1070 and 5% slower than a GTX 1080? Not really. Who knows though, perhaps Nvidia really is crazy enough.
The only other logical conclusion I can come to is that Nvidia may be planning on a GeForce GTX 1070 price drop to bring it down nearer to the GTX 1060. This could well work, particularly as a leveraged pricing strategy. The new and more expensive GeForce GTX 1070 Ti could essentially act as the trojan horse to boost GeForce GTX 1070 sales. Up against the 1070 Ti, it could make the GTX 1070 look like fantastic value. Again, total speculation, but somehow we've got make sense of this rumour.
Would you be interested in a graphics card that sat between Nvidia's GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080? Or is splitting the difference just not really worth it?