Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti review: More of what gamers need


The Nvidia RTX 3070 was already the most easily recommended graphics card. It delivered powerful 4K performance, yet came in at a reasonable $500. This is absolutely cheap in today’s market, where graphics cards are selling for twice their retail price.

After releasing the more priced RTX 3080 Ti last week, Nvidia is rolling out its more modest RTX 3070 Ti. It costs just $100 more than the 3070, and fills the market with more reasonably priced options that all performance PC gamers will need.

Does this make the RTX 3070 Ti the best graphics card you can buy or is it just as unnecessary as the RTX 3080 Ti?

specs

rtx 3070 tyRTX 3070RTX 3080
GPUGA104-400GA104-300GA102-200
interfacePCI 4.0PCI 4.0PCI 4.0
CUDA Colors6,1445,8888,704
color tensor192184272
RT Core484668
base clock1,575 MHz1,500 MHz1,440 MHz
boost clock1,770 MHz1,725 ​​MHz1,710 MHz
memory8GB GDDR6X8GB GDDR610GB GDDR6X
bandwidth608Gbps448GBpsGB760GBpsGB
memory bus256-bit256-bit320-bit
TDP290W220W320W

rtx 3070 ty The RTX represents a small step up in specifications compared to the 3070. It has only 4% more CUDA cores than the RTX 3070, while the RTX 3080 has 29% more cores. If this should tell us anything, it’s that the RTX 3070 Ti has far more in common with the 3070. It may be clearly named, but the RTX 3080 Ti was actually a huge step up from the 3080 in raw CUDA count.

Of course, there’s more to these cards than just core count. The RTX 3070 Ti has faster GDDR6X memory, with greatly expanded bandwidth, now up to 608GBps (gigabytes per second). Bus size remains the same, however, leaving the wider 320-bit on the RTX 3080.

The RTX 3070 Ti’s fast clock speed should help it with sports performance, too. This is notable because the frequency drops as more cores are added to a card. For example, the RTX 3080 Ti’s clock speed is lower than the standard RTX 3080.

Of course, the RTX 3070 Ti also has slightly more tensor and RT cores to help with both ray tracing and DLSS performance. However, this is only a minor improvement, leaving a wide gap between the 3070 Ti and 3080.

design

I tested the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition, a reference unit manufactured by Nvidia. Like the other RTX 30-series cards, the 3070 Ti has a beautiful dark silver shroud, accented by chamfered edges and a black aluminum backplate. There’s an intake fan on one side and an exhaust on the other, creating a similar “push-pull” system featured on other RTX 30-series cards.

It looks very similar to the RTX 3070, although it is A little longer Both are standard two-slot cards, but the 3070 Ti is an inch taller at 11.5 inches. It’s just 0.3 inches shorter than the RTX 3080 and 3080 Ti. This means you may have a harder time fitting it into smaller form factor cases than the RTX 3070.

Unlike the RTX 3070, the TI model requires the use of both eight-pin PCIe power connectors. The Reason? Well, the RTX 3070 Ti sucks up 290 watts of power, compared to the RTX 3070’s 220 watts. This also means Nvidia recommends a 750-watt power supply to your system — compared to just a 650-watt unit with the RTX 3070.

Like other cards in the series, they must be routed through Nvidia’s included adapter for the 12-pin connector on the card. It has been mentioned, but the need for an adapter gives a messy look to your rig.

On the back, you get three DisplayPort 1.4 ports and one HDMI 2.1.

Display

I tested the RTX 3070 Ti in the same system as the 3080, 3080 Ti and Radeon RX 6700 XT. It was in a 30-liter case with 32GB of RAM and an Intel Core i9-10900K. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a test unit of the RX 6800 XT, which is priced and performance higher than the RTX 3070 Ti. All titles were tested in 4K, 1440p, and 1080p in both the Max and Medium graphics presets. However, the results below are in 4K at max settings.

nvidia rtx 3070 tyNvidia RTX 3080AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
3DMark Time Detective138931610811726
3DMark Fire Strike265162846026830
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla505242
battlefield v8010069
fortnite709558
Civilization VI139158115

If you want a general idea of ​​performance, the RTX 3070 is about 8% faster than the Ti 3070, while the RTX 3080 lags 14% ahead of the 3070 Ti. Of course, these figures can vary greatly from game to game. take a look at battlefield v, for example, where the RTX 3080 is 20% faster. is then fortnite, which was 26% faster on the RTX 3080.

The margin was, of course, closer in CPU-bound games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. There, we’re only talking about a few frames per second (fps). And unfortunately, the RTX 3070 Ti can’t quite play games in 4K at max settings. The average 68 fps playing in 1440p was a smoother, more enjoyable experience. it was also true cyberpunk 2077. Even at medium settings in 4K, the RTX 3070 Ti averaged only 48 fps. If you want to turn on ray tracing effects (which you really should), that’s another reason not to even bother playing in 4K.

We also tested the RTX 3070 on a different system, the Dell XPS 8940. It’s a smaller desktop with more limited cooling and a nonstock GPU, so it wasn’t included in the standardized test results above. Based on numbers provided by Nvidia, that’s about 3% slower than our XPS system, which I considered in my evaluations and comparisons.

This is an important consideration, as the RTX 3070 Ti is $100 more than the RTX 3070 and $100 less than the 3080. A hundred bucks isn’t bad for 10% better performance, especially compared to the one-off pricing of the $1,200 RTX 3080 Ti. That card was $500 more than the RTX 3080 and delivers nearly the same performance increase. Again, performance is closer to the RTX 3070 than the RTX 3080, meaning that both the 3070 and 3080 offer slightly better performance-per-dollar.

In all of my tests, the card never got too loud or raised above 83°C max. In my Time Spy, the GPU temperature never exceeds 76 degrees.

I also tested some creative performance. First, I tested the RTX 3070 Ti in Blender Benchmark, which lets you choose the component that will render the image. A lot of applications use a combination of CPU and GPU, which makes Blender Benchmark great for testing the strength of the RTX 3070 Ti. I ran the first three tests in the benchmark, and I saw 11% and 22% slower rendering times than the RTX 3080.

The difference in graphics performance in PugetBench Adobe Premiere fell to a similar margin at 11%. This test measures how much the GPU will speed up critical video editing tasks such as 4K video playback and export.

our take

In another year, it will be tough to make a case for the RTX 3070 Ti. The 3070 and 3080 came out in less than a year, and were already great graphics cards that provided excellent 4K gaming at a decent price.

The global chip shortage and proliferation of crypto mining has made the existence of the RTX 3070 Ti a bit more understandable. It slots in between the 3070 and 3080, both in terms of performance and price. And unlike the RTX 3080 Ti, Nvidia didn’t raise its price just because it could.

Are there any options?

Both the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 are good alternatives to Nvidia. The 3070 Ti is right in the middle of the two, and delivers equally good performance for the price. On the AMD side of things, the closest competitor is the $649 Radeon RX 6800 XT.

How long will it last?

The RTX 3070 Ti should keep your rig up-to-date for upwards of 10 years. It supports the latest technology and screen resolutions, and should ensure that upcoming PC games five years from now can still be played.

should you buy it?

If you can find it at (or near) retail price, buy it.




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