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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: AMD has to be very worried now

By Aaron Yip - 28 Jan 2023

Introduction

Note: This review was first published on 4 January 2023.

NVIDIA has only recently released the GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4090, both of which offer impressive ray-tracing performance and DLSS3 and Frame Generation boost in frame rates. However, these high-performance graphics cards come with steep price tags: the RTX 4080 has an SRP of US$1199, while the RTX 4090, the green company’s flagship GPU, costs US$1599. These prices, along with the difficulty of finding cards at the suggested retail prices, have caused some gamers to hesitate.

As a result, many are looking to the new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti as a more affordable option. NVIDIA has confirmed that the 4070 Ti will have an SRP of US$799, but it will not have a Founders Edition. Instead, the pricing and availability of the 4070 Ti will depend on custom models from manufacturers like ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte.

The RTX 4070 Ti is essentially a rebranded version of the previously announced, but subsequently cancelled, RTX 4080 12GB card. Both are actually the same cards, with the main difference being that the 4070 Ti is priced around 10% lower than the 'canned' 4080 12GB model. In terms of specifications, the 4070 Ti is lower spec-ed than the officially available 4080 16GB model, with 7680 CUDA cores (compared to 9728), a 192-bit memory bus (compared to 256-bit), and 504 GB/s memory bandwidth (compared to 736 GB/s). However, it does have a slightly higher boost clock speed of 2.6GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz) and a much lower TGP requirement at 285W compared to the 4080's 320W and the 4090's whopping 450W.

Flagship GPUs compared
GeForce
Graphics Card
RTX 4090 RTX 4080 RTX 4070 Ti (ROG Strix) RTX
3090 Ti
RTX
3090
GPU Ada Lovelace (AD102) Ada Lovelace (AD103) Ada Lovelace (AD104) Ampere
(GA102)
Ampere
(GA102-300)

Process

4nm (TSMC)

4nm (TSMC)

4nm (TSMC)

8nm (Samsung)

Transistors 76 billion 45 billion 35.8 billion 28
billion
28
billion
Streaming Multi-processors (SM) 128 76 60 84 82
CUDA cores 16384 9728 7680 10752 10496
Tensor Cores 512
(Gen 4)
304
(Gen 4)
240 (Gen 4) 336
(Gen 3)
328
(Gen 3)
RT Cores 128
(Gen 3)
76
(Gen 3)
60 (Gen 3) 84
(Gen 2)
82
(Gen 2)
GPU base / boost clocks (MHz) 2230 / 2520 2205 / 2505 2310 / 2760 1670 /
1860
1395 /
1695
Memory 24GB GDDR6X 16GB GDDR6X 12GB GDDR6X 24GB GDDR6X 24GB GDDR6X
Memory bus width 384-bit 256-bit 192-bit 384-bit 384-bit
Memory bandwidth 1,018GB/s 716.8GB/s 504.2GB/s 1,008GB/s 936GB/s
Interface PCIe 4.0 PCIe 4.0
TDP 450W 320W 285W 450W 350W
Price (at launch) US$1,599 US$1,199 US$799 US$1,999 US$1,499


So, is NVIDIA’s RTX 4070 Ti worth the money? Based on benchmark results, it appears to be a decent option with some caveats. However, it's worth considering the other two options in the RTX 40 series as well.

For this review, I received ASUS’ ROG Strix GeForce 4070 Ti, which is built almost too similar to its Strix 4080 and 4090 siblings. In short, it’s a huge card even if its 337mm length, 124mm height, and 56mm width make it just a tad smaller than both 4080 and 4090 cards. So, fair warning if you have a small casing.

Like the other RTX 40 series GPUs, the 4070 Ti uses a 16-pin power connector, with a 2x8pin adapter included in the box. NVIDIA recommends a 700W power supply to run the card properly, despite its TGP requirement of 285W. The card also comes with three DisplayPort 1.4a and two HDMI 2.1a ports, although only four ports can be connected and used concurrently.

While I would have preferred to see the inclusion of DisplayPort 2.1, which is available on the AMD 7900 XT and XTX cards, it's not a deal breaker at this price point. DisplayPort 2.1 provides higher bandwidth for 4K/480Hz or 8K/165Hz (compared to DisplayPort 1.4a's 4K/240Hz and 8K/60Hz), but currently, most monitors are not capable of such high refresh rates, so it's not a major consideration at this time. Plus, there's probably not enough frame buffer to manage it either on this range of cards.

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8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Great 1440p performance
Good 4K performance with DLSS 3.0
ASUS makes arguably the best looking RTX 40 cards
The Bad
'Only' 12GB of memory
Pricing of US$799 will not hold
Having to use a dongle adapter
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