Manufacturers can use the fastest Ampere GPU even on cheaper VGAs

The development codenamed GA102 can now also be sold generally as GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.

Last week, we reported that manufacturers serving the VGA market had accumulated stifling inventory. NVIDIA is trying to get rid of its own stock in several ways, and one of the latest steps is that partners can now sell GA102 GPUs, i.e. the top of solutions based on the Ampere architecture, as GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The latter product basically uses a GA104 GPU, but the GA102 can be parameterized so that the number of active processors and the width of the memory bus are the same as the smaller brother, and the clock signals can always be played with.

From now on, manufacturers are generally allowed to sell their GeForce RTX 3070 Ti VGA with a GA102 GPU with identical parameters instead of GA104. This means that the latter cannot be slower, all parameters affecting performance must copy the original graphics controller. However, it may differ in one thing, namely consumption. While the TDP frame for a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti designed according to a reference recommendation is 290 watts, this can be increased to approximately 380 watts in the case of the GA102 version. With factory tuning, of course, these values ​​may differ, but we learned from the manufacturing partners that the energy demand of new models with the GA102 version can be a maximum of one third higher than the GA104 editions. If two 8-pin power connectors are not enough, it is possible to use a third one, and you can also optionally switch to the new 12+4-pin connector. However, it is important to point out that these are only options, the stakeholders can even resolve that the consumption of the GA102 and GA104 editions are close to each other.

In addition to the above, manufacturers must indicate in some form on the box of GeForce RTX 3070 Ti VGAs based on the GA102 GPU that it is a new edition. According to our information, it is sufficient to use a simple sticker, which shows, for example, a version number, that a change has taken place. This means that already manufactured boxes can still be used, which is a very important factor for NVIDIA’s partners.


Source: Hírek és cikkek – PROHARDVER! by prohardver.hu.

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