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ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super review: Better than its RTX 4070 Ti predecessor in every way

By Aaron Yip - 28 Jan 2024

ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super review: Better than its RTX 4070 Ti predecessor in every way

Note: This review was first published on 24 January 2024.

Coming into my review GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super, my expectations were pretty optimistic thanks to the great showing of the first RTX 40 series Super, which was launched just a couple of weeks back. The GeForce RTX 4070 Super had notched up respectable gains in performance – as high as a 15 percent uplift at 4K for some games. Unfortunately, the RTX 4070 Ti Super didn't quite follow in these footsteps.

Holding steady at the US$799 price point, the same as its RTX 4070 Ti predecessor, the RTX 4070 Ti Super however, does not quite offer the kind of performance uplift we saw from the RTX 4070 Super over the vanilla RTX 4070. Although our benchmark shows that some games do meet NVIDIA’s projection of a 10 percent boost, in most cases we see these uplifts anywhere between 5-8 percent on average.

GeForce
Graphics Card
RTX 4070 Ti Super RTX 4070 Ti (Gigabyte) RTX 4070 Super FE RTX 4070 FE
GPU Ade Lovelace (AD103) Ada Lovelace (AD104) Ada Lovelace (AD104) Ada Lovelace (AD104)

Process

5nm (TSMC)

5nm (TSMC)

5nm (TSMC)

5nm (TSMC)

Transistors 45.9 billion 35.8 billion 35.8 billion 35.8 billion
Streaming Multi-processors (SM) 66 60 56 46
CUDA cores 8448 7680 7168 5888
Tensor Cores 264 240 224 184
RT Cores 66 60 56 46
GPU base / boost clocks (MHz) 2340 / 2610 2310 / 2760 1980 / 2475 1920 / 2475
Memory 16GB GDDR6X 12GB GDDR6X 12 GDDR6X 12 GDDR6X
Memory bus width 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory bandwidth 672.3 GB/s 504.2GB/s 504.2GB/s 504.2GB/s
Interface PCIe 4.0
TDP 285W 285W 220W 200W
Price (at launch) US799 US$799 US$599 US$599

But with that said, realistically speaking, no one who has already purchased an RTX 40 series GPU will be looking to buy one of the new Super models. NVIDIA's true audience with these Super variants are those steadfast gamers who've been holding out since the RTX 20 or even the RTX 30 series days. These are the folks who've bided their time, patiently awaiting a step up in performance and specifications, reluctant to skip the current gen in anticipation of the RTX 50 series. Then, of course, there are also gamers embarking on a fresh PC build. For these users, the Super cards mark a clear trajectory towards betterment: enhanced performance, refined specs, and a more appealing value proposition when stacked against their non-Super counterparts.

ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super 16GB OC Edition

It's a letdown that NVIDIA hasn't released a Founders Edition for the RTX 4070 Ti Super, with the tech company releasing their own cards for the RTX 4070 Super and the upcoming RTX 4080 Super. For my review, a graphics card from ASUS' gaming sub-brand ROG was provided.

The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super 16G OC Edition mirrors the design ethos of its mightier 4090 sibling, boasting a triple-fan setup, copper baseplate, and heat pipes adept at dispersing heat from the GPU and memory modules. It shares the zero-RPM feature common among RTX cards, ensuring a whisper-quiet operation during low-intensity tasks. This design is par for the course for the RTX 4070 Ti Super, with most third-party cards opting for a similar triple-fan approach. However, the ROG card distinguishes itself with its striking RGB lighting. Connectivity-wise, it offers three 1.4 DisplayPorts and a duo of HDMI 2.1 ports.

It's a bulky card, in line with the heft of its RTX 4080 and 4090 predecessors. But a welcome upgrade is the 16GB of VRAM, a step up from the 12GB on the original RTX 4070 Ti. Also, the ROG comes with a slightly faster boosted clock speed of 2670MHz (versus reference cards’ 2610MHz). On the power front, NVIDIA has kept it consistent with the original RTX 4070 Ti, capping at 285W.

Performance benchmarks

For our GPU benchmarks, our graphics card test rig comes with the following specifications:

For this review, I’ll be comparing the RTX 4070 Ti Super card with the entire RTX 4070 cards as well as the RTX 4080 – just to see how wide a performance gap are between both GPUs. Since the RTX 4070 Ti did not come with a Founders Edition as well, our reference card based on that GPU is the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle 12GB.

I ran all cards with a variety of AAA games across multiple genres. All games are set to the highest visual. The results? The RTX 4070 Ti Super, or in this case, the ROG Strix card consistently delivered over 100fps at 1440p in all titles – even the notoriously resource intensive Cyberpunk 2077. It’s worth remembering that our RTX 4070 Ti Super is a specc-ed up AIB card, so non-OC cards such as those from ASUS’ TUF range, which comes with reference clock speeds, will very likely show slower (and disappointing?) frame rates.

I also have 1080p benchmarks results as well. If anything, these are results for reference as I’d generally say that anyone buying an US$799 graphics card should not be looking at 1080p performance – it’s an awful waste of GPU power and money. So I’m not going to analyse the 1080p results as much here because at this resolution CPU bottleneck is more of a factor than GPU.

At 4K, the results reflect similar performances in our 1440p tests. Which is a little surprising, since you’d think that an extra 4GB of VRAM should give games at higher resolutions more boosts than the RTX 4070 Ti (which comes with 12GB of memory).

Power consumption is where it gets very interesting and gives more contexts to the RTX 40 series Super story. As you can see, the RTX 4070 Ti Super GPU draws almost the same power as the RTX 4070 Ti but yet is able to perform faster, albeit not at the kind of uplifts we were hoping to see – like what we saw with the excellent RTX 4070 Super. It’s no wonder NVIDIA is retiring the RTX 4070 Ti because there’s simply no reason for the older GPU to exist now.

Final thoughts

So there’s one big question: Do we really need 16GB of VRAM? The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super seems to make a compelling argument that modern GPUs don't need to be decked out with more than 12GB of memory to deliver top gaming performance. There are certainly games that will take those extra memory readily but such games are not common. I was surprised to see games like Cyberpunk 2077, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Returnal in my benchmarks not taking more advantage of the additional 4GB of memory that RTX 4070 Ti Super has over its predecessor at 4K.  

That said, it's not far-fetched to consider that future gaming titles might have an appetite for more than 12GB of VRAM. And when you're forking out around US$800 for a graphics card, the absence of at least 16GB of memory seems a bit of a tough pill to swallow. The original 4070 Ti does a decent job performance-wise, but it's always been a bit of a puzzle, coming off as somewhat overpriced and under-equipped when sandwiched between the RTX 4070 and RTX 4080.

So, does the RTX 4070 Ti Super justify its price tag? Well, that's subjective, and depends on where you come from. If you are building a new PC from scratch, or upgrading from an existing RTX 20 or even the 30 series, and if this is your first RTX 40 series card, then I’d say yes. I rated the vanilla RTX 4070 Ti as a great mid-tier card when it was launched, and the more power-efficient Super version today, at the same price but with more VRAM and better performance means my opinion is unchanged.

But if you already have an existing RTX 4060 or 4070 level card, then there’s absolutely zero sense to switch to any of the new Super cards. At this juncture you’re better off waiting for NVIDIA’s (or AMD’s) next-gen of GPUs.

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8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 9
The Good
Great 1440p performance
Good 4K performance
More power-efficient than the vanilla RTX 4070
16GB of VRAM
The Bad
Not a mid-gen upgrade as you might expect; only for new builds or upgrading from previous generation of RTX cards
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