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Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti graphics card could soon get a big upgrade

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Nvidia could be preparing a new spin on the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti going by the latest leak concerning Team Green’s graphics cards.

This one was aired by prominent leaker @harukaze5719 on Twitter (as highlighted by Wccftech (opens in new tab)), who spotted a new RTX 3070 Ti variant listed by Gigabyte with the EEC (opens in new tab) (Eurasian Economic Commission).

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Among of bunch of listings for some other cards – mainly existing models, but there could be a twist on that, we’ll come back to that later – there’s one for a ‘GV-N307T GAMING OC ST-16GD’, which translates to a Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC graphics card with 16GB of VRAM.

As you may be aware, the RTX 3070 Ti version that currently exists is limited to 8GB of video RAM – the same amount as the RTX 3070 – so this possible refresh on the graphics card is doubling that up, a major memory upgrade.

Interestingly, we have seen Gigabyte previously file an RTX 3070 Ti 16GB version with the EEC, right back at the start of the year. Obviously that never happened, but it looks like the plan may be back in the cards…


Analysis: More evidence of how Nvidia’s ‘layering’ strategy might work?

That previous EEC filing underlines why we should always be suitably skeptical around leaks like this. Just because a graphics card model appears at the EEC – something that normally happens when the product is close to release – does not mean it’ll necessarily hit the shelves. Sometimes speculative filings are made with the organization, placeholder entries that don’t come to fruition, as we saw with the previous 3070 Ti 16GB from Gigabyte.

That doesn’t mean it won’t happen this time round, of course, and the big ‘however’ here is that we recently heard chatter on the grapevine about a refresh of the RTX 3070 Ti which uses the GA102 GPU (the higher-end chip which is the engine of the RTX 3080 and 3090), rather than the GA104 which drives the RTX 3070 Ti currently.

And when rumors back each other up like this, they gain a bit more credibility – although we’re still remaining very cautious on this one. It’s also worth noting that the previous rumor suggests that the new spin on the RTX 3070 Ti could be limited to one region, perhaps (China maybe). Furthermore, the past leak didn’t mention upping the VRAM either (though we could even get a version with doubled VRAM and that new GA102 chip).

That last rumor also pushed the notion that Nvidia is readying not just an RTX 3070 Ti variant, but an RTX 3060 with 8GB of VRAM (rather than 12GB). Now, the EEC filing from Gigabyte does not show this purported refresh – there is a new 3060 card listed, but still with 12GB. So, make of that what you will, but there was also talk of an RTX 3060 Ti with faster GDDR6X memory – 8GB in this case, which is the standard loadout with the current graphics card – and a new RTX 3060 Ti model is listed here. So maybe that’s a version with the aforementioned pepped-up VRAM.

Ultimately, we can’t be sure about any of this, but what we can say is that rumors are increasingly pointing to Nvidia at least putting out one or two fresh versions of its existing Ampere graphics cards (possibly as soon as next month).

This would appear to be part of the overall near future GPU rollout strategy for Team Green, as the company has said that it intends to layer current-gen offerings with next-gen. And with high-end RTX 4000 graphics cards coming first, likely the RTX 4090 and 4080, it makes sense that the RTX 3070 and 3060 would be the layered refreshes to tide things over until their Lovelace successors turn up, maybe not until 2023.

The RTX 4060 certainly isn’t expected until next year, and the more we hear, the more we’re thinking this might be the case for the RTX 4070, with Nvidia purportedly considering pushing out two quite different versions of the RTX 4080, one of which could be in lieu of the 4070 in theory. Admittedly, that’d be something of an odd move, but we won’t have long to wait to find out if it’s true – Nvidia’s big reveal for next-gen Lovelace GPUs is only a couple of days away now.

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel – ‘I Know What You Did Last Supper’ – was published by Hachette UK in 2013).

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

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A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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