Colorful launches GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with GA102 graphics chip
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Colorful launches GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with GA102 graphics chip – same frequencies, but higher power consumption

Colorful has started releasing GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Vulcan OC, RTX 3070 Ti iGame Advanced OC and RTX 3070 Ti iGame Ultra White OC graphics cards based on non-standard NVIDIA GA102-150 GPU for this model. The original GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is based on the NVIDIA GA104-400 chip. Updated versions based on the GA102 chip have a “V2” in the title.

    Image source: VideoCardz

Image source: VideoCardz

Colorful isn’t the first company to decide to use an older processor for a lower-end graphics card. Zotac used to do the same thing. Remember that the NVIDIA GA104-400 graphics chip has 6144 CUDA cores, 192 texture units and 96 raster units. In the updated GeForce RTX 3070 Ti based on the GA102-150, the number of active CUDA cores and other blocks is the same, that is, some elements on the chip are disabled.

    GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Vulkan OC.  Image source: Bunt

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Vulkan OC. Image source: Bunt

The original GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Vulcan OC model was initially very close to older models based on the GA104 chip. This means the accelerator used the older GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card’s circuit board, featured an upgraded 18-phase (14+4) VRM power subsystem, and also featured three 8-pin connectors for additional power supplies.

    GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Vulcan OC based on GA102 and based on GA104.  Image source: Bunt

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Vulcan OC based on GA102 and based on GA104. Image source: Bunt

The updated version of the iGame Vulcan OC based on the GA102-150 has four to 22 more VRM phases. At the same time, the maximum power consumption has also increased. The TDP is now 400 W instead of 310 W. At the same time, the characteristics of the GPU itself have not changed. The card originally had a processor overclocked to a frequency of 1860 MHz. The updated version for the chip has the same factory overclock value.

    GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Ultra White.  Image source: Bunt

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Ultra White. Image source: Bunt

The main changes affected the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Ultra White model. The updated version has been moved to the board from the GeForce RTX 3080. Therefore, she received three 8-pin connectors for additional power supply. The original version of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Ultra White had two such connectors. In addition, the manufacturer slightly modified the cooling system in the updated GeForce RTX 3070 Ti iGame Ultra White model, adding several additional heat pipes. The power consumption of the graphics card has also increased – from the initial 310 watts to 370 watts.

    GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Advanced OC.  Image source: Bunt

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Advanced OC. Image source: Bunt

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Advanced OC version on the GA104 GPU has not been released yet. Therefore there is no comparison to the model based on the GA102. What is clear, however, is that the card also received a PCB from the older GeForce RTX 3080.

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