The rumour mill is gathering pace as we approach Computex 2023. Mainstream GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia are on the horizon, and the latest rumour reveals Nvidia could be planning 8GB and 16GB variants of its forthcoming RTX 4060 Ti.
According to @Zed__Wang on Twitter, Nvidia is making the unusual decision to couple the same GPU with different amounts of memory, leading to potential confusion throughout the stack. Team Green looks set to offer more VRAM (16GB) on an RTX 4060 Ti than the faster RTX 4070 Ti (12GB).
As weird as this may sound, it’s not the first time Nvidia has opted to shuffle VRAM configurations. As recently as the RTX 30 Series, we had an RTX 3060 12GB boasting an extra 4GB of memory over the otherwise superior RTX 3070 8GB. To be clear, in both cases the faster GPU should still offer higher performance as long as the memory pool isn’t fully saturated.
Additionally, the source claims Nvidia is scheduling the release and shelf availability of RTX 4060 Ti 8GB models for May, whereas the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB plus RTX 4060 8GB cards will be pushed back to July.
As for now, RTX 4060 Ti is said to feature 4,352 CUDA cores alongside a 128-bit bus totalling 288GB/s of memory bandwidth while using a PCIe 4.0 x8 interface and consuming somewhere in the region of 160W.
VRAM has been a hot topic in recent months, with a number of high-profile titles struggling to maintain fluidity with 8GB of memory or less. AMD opted to fan those flames by recommending at least 16GB, and Nvidia’s reaction suggests memory concerns are being taken seriously.
Those opting for a 16GB variant will of course pay a premium for the sake of future proofing against high-quality textures/resolutions, but on the flip side 8GB models may push the value angle. Either way, we can’t wait to get benchmarking what should be a competent line of affordable GPUs.