Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti overview: Extra of what avid gamers want
“The Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti affords first rate worth on some nice 4K gaming efficiency.”
Nice 4K gaming
HDMI 2.1 included
Sturdy content material creation efficiency
Requires extra energy than the RTX 3070
Nearer to RTX 3070 than 3080 in efficiency
The Nvidia RTX 3070 was already one essentially the most simply recommendable graphics card. It offered highly effective 4K efficiency, but got here in at an inexpensive $500. That’s downright low cost in at the moment’s market, the place graphics playing cards are promoting for twice their retail worth.
After releasing the overpriced RTX 3080 Ti final week, Nvidia is placing out its extra modest RTX 3070 Ti. It solely prices $100 greater than the 3070, and fills the market with extra appropriately priced choices that present all of the efficiency PC avid gamers will want.
Does that make the RTX 3070 Ti one of the best graphics card you should buy or is it as pointless because the RTX 3080 Ti?
RTX 3070 Ti
The RTX 3070 Ti represents a small step up in specs over the RTX 3070. It solely has four% extra CUDA cores than the RTX 3070, whereas the RTX 3080 has 29% extra cores. If this could inform us something, it’s that the RTX 3070 Ti has much more in widespread with the 3070. Which may sound apparent given the title, however the RTX 3080 Ti was truly a bigger step up from the 3080 in uncooked CUDA depend.
In fact, there’s much more to those playing cards than simply core depend. The RTX 3070 Ti has sooner GDDR6X reminiscence, with a drastically expanded bandwidth, now as much as 608GBps (gigabytes per second). The bus measurement stays the identical, nonetheless, leaving the broader 320-bit to the RTX 3080.
The sooner clock speeds of the RTX 3070 Ti ought to assist it out in sport efficiency as nicely. It’s noteworthy as frequency tends to be lowered as extra cores are added to a card. The RTX 3080 Ti, for instance, has a decrease clock velocity than the usual RTX 3080.
In fact, the RTX 3070 Ti additionally options barely extra Tensor and RT cores to assist with each ray tracing and DLSS efficiency. It’s solely a marginal enchancment, although, leaving a wider hole between the 3070 Ti and the 3080.
I examined the reference unit, the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Version, manufactured by Nvidia itself. Like different playing cards within the RTX 30-series, the 3070 Ti options a fantastic darkish silver shroud, accented by chamfered edges and a black aluminum backplate. One facet has the consumption fan and the opposite has the exhaust, creating the identical “push-pull” system featured on the opposite RTX 30-series playing cards.
It appears to be like equivalent to the RTX 3070, though it’s a bit longer. Each are commonplace two-slot playing cards, however the 3070 Ti is an inch longer at 11.5 inches. That’s simply zero.three inches shorter than the RTX 3080 and 3080 Ti. Which means you might need a tougher time becoming it in smaller type issue instances than the RTX 3070.
Not like the RTX 3070, the Ti mannequin requires use of each eight-pin PCIe energy connectors. The rationale? Effectively, the RTX 3070 Ti sucks 290 watts of energy in comparison with the 220 watts of the RTX 3070. That additionally means Nvidia recommends a bigger 750-watt energy provide in your system — in comparison with only a 650-watt unit with the RTX 3070.
Like the opposite playing cards within the collection, they have to be routed by means of Nvidia’s included adapter to the 12-pin connector on the cardboard. It’s been talked about advert nauseum, however the requirement of an adapter makes for a messy look in your rig.
On again, you get three DisplayPort 1.four ports and one HDMI 2.1.
I examined the RTX 3070 Ti in the identical system because the 3080, 3080 Ti, and Radeon RX 6700 XT. It was in a 30-liter case with 32GB of RAM and an Intel Core i9-10900Ok. We didn’t have a take a look at unit of the RX 6800 XT, sadly, which is a better worth and efficiency comparability to the RTX 3070 Ti. All titles had been examined in 4K, 1440p, and 1080p at each max and medium graphics presets. The outcomes under, nonetheless, are at max settings in 4K.
Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti
Nvidia RTX 3080
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Fireplace Strike
Murderer’s Creed Valhalla
If you would like a normal thought of efficiency, the RTX 3070 Ti is round eight% sooner than the 3070, whereas the RTX 3080 stays 14% forward of the 3070 Ti. In fact, these figures can vary fairly a bit from one sport to the subsequent. Check out Battlefield V, for instance, the place the RTX 3080 is 20% sooner. Then there’s Fortnite, which was 26% sooner on the RTX 3080.
The margin was, after all, nearer in a CPU-bound sport like Murderer’s Creed Valhalla. There, we’re solely speaking about a few frames per second (fps). And sadly, the RTX 3070 Ti can’t fairly play the sport at max settings in 4K. The 68 fps the sport averaged in 1440p was a smoother, extra pleasing expertise. That was additionally true of Cyberpunk 2077. Even at Medium settings in 4K, the RTX 3070 Ti solely averaged 48 fps. If you wish to activate the ray tracing results (which you actually ought to), that’s another reason to not even trouble taking part in in 4K.
We additionally examined the RTX 3070 in a unique system, the Dell XPS 8940. It’s a smaller desktop with extra restricted cooling and a nonstock GPU, so it wasn’t included within the standardized take a look at outcomes above. Primarily based on the numbers offered by Nvidia, it’s round three% slower than in our XPS system, which I thought-about in my analysis and comparability.
It’s an essential consideration, because the RTX 3070 Ti is $100 greater than the RTX 3070 and $100 lower than the 3080. 100 bucks for 10% higher efficiency isn’t unhealthy, particularly in comparison with the lopsided pricing of the $1,200 RTX 3080 Ti. That card was $500 greater than the RTX 3080 and delivers about the identical efficiency raise. Then once more, efficiency is nearer to the RTX 3070 than the RTX 3080, which means each the 3070 and 3080 supply barely higher performance-per-dollar.
In all my testing, the cardboard by no means obtained too loud or rose above the utmost 83 levels Celsius. In my Time Spy runs, the GPU temperature by no means peaked over 76 levels.
I additionally examined some inventive efficiency. First, I examined the RTX 3070 Ti within the Blender benchmark, which helps you to select the element that may render the picture. Numerous purposes use a mixture of the CPU and GPU, which makes the Blender benchmark nice for testing the energy of the RTX 3070 Ti by itself. I ran the primary three assessments within the benchmark, and I noticed between 11% and 22% slower render occasions versus the RTX 3080.
Distinction in graphics efficiency in PugetBench Adobe Premiere fell into the same hole at 11%. This take a look at measures how a lot the GPU will velocity up essential video modifying duties corresponding to 4K video playback and exporting.
In every other 12 months, it’d be exhausting to make the case for an RTX 3070 Ti. The 3070 and 3080 got here out lower than a 12 months in the past, and had been already nice graphics playing cards, offering glorious 4K gaming at a good worth.
The worldwide chip scarcity and proliferation of crypto mining has made the existence of the RTX 3070 Ti make a bit extra sense. It slots in between the 3070 and 3080 each by way of efficiency and worth. And in contrast to the RTX 3080 Ti, Nvidia didn’t elevate its worth simply because it may.
Are there any alternate options?
The RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 are each good alternate options from Nvidia. The 3070 Ti is wedged proper in between the 2, and supplies equally good efficiency for the worth. On the AMD facet of issues, the closest competitor is the $649 Radeon RX 6800 XT.
How lengthy will it final?
The RTX 3070 Ti ought to maintain your rig up-to-date for upward of 10 years. It helps the most recent know-how and display screen resolutions, and may be sure that PC video games that come out 5 years from now can nonetheless be performed.
Must you purchase it?
If you could find it at (or close to) retail worth, purchase it.