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REVIEW: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

By Ben Hardwidge. Posted

Well, would you look at that? Another new graphics card that you can’t actually buy anywhere. Who’d have thought it? Nvidia may have attempted to cut Ethereum miners out of the loop with its Lite Hash Rate system, but the insatiable demand for new graphics cards after a nine-month shortage is clearly so titanic that nothing can stop the scalping bulldozer in its tracks.

At a nominal price of £529 inc VAT, the RTX 3070 Ti would already be asking a lot from mid-range gamers. We’re so used to bonkers eBay pricing, we sometimes forget that £500 is more than most people pay for a graphics card even in normal times. At the current eBay price of ~£780, it’s just out of the question unless you’re desperate.

If we look at the Nvidia store pricing, though, the RTX 3070 Ti only costs £60 more than the RTX 3070, which seems about right for its small bump in spec. Unlike the RTX 3080 Ti (see p18), which adds 1,536 CUDA cores to the RTX 3080 spec, the 3070 Ti only adds 256 CUDA cores to the RTX 3070’s 5,888, giving you 6,144 of them.

The RTX 3070 Ti has a fully enabled GA104 GPU, with all its 48 streaming multiprocessors intact

The RTX 3070 Ti basically has a fully enabled GA104 GPU, with all of its 48 streaming multiprocessors (SMs) intact, giving you 48 corresponding RT cores. Comparatively, the vanilla RTX 3070 has two SMs disabled. It’s not a huge difference when it comes to core spec. The only other differences are clock speeds, with the 3070 Ti having a 1770MHz boost clock, compared to 1725MHz on the 3070.

The 3070 Ti also has faster memory, with its GDDR6X memory running at 1188MHz (19GHz effective), while the 3070’s memory runs at 1750MHz, but because it’s only GDDR6, this gives it an effective frequency of 14GHz. The end result is a decent step up in memory bandwidth on the Ti model, topping out at 608GB/sec compared to 448GB/sec on the standard RTX 3070.

Performance

As you would imagine from the spec, the RTX 3070 Ti is a bit quicker than the standard RTX 3070, but not by a huge amount. At this card’s target resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, the 3070 Ti adds 6fps to the 3070’s average frame rate in Metro Exodus at Ultra settings, but it’s still 15fps off the RTX 3080 with its GA102 GPU. Its 85fps average in this game is a great result, being a good 12fps ahead of AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT.

The RTX 3070 Ti also confidently beats the Radeon RX 6700 XT by 12fps in Cyberpunk 2077 at this resolution and Ultra settings, with a decent 99th percentile result of 49fps.

The 3070 Ti also excelled in Doom Eternal, clocking up a superb average of 300fps at 2,560 x 1,440, with a 192fps 99th percentile result – easily fast enough to run high-speed titles in sync with a 144Hz monitor. The 3070 Ti can also comfortably play this game at 4K, with its 159fps average beating the Radeon RX 6700 XT by 30fps.

The 3070 Ti has GDDR6X memory running at 1188MHz

Where the AMD GPU fights back is in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but not by a huge amount – the AMD GPU is generally only around 3fps in front of the Nvidia card, and the latter even beats it at 4K. This game also responds well to enabling Resizable BAR if your motherboard supports it, adding another 5-6fps to the 3070 Ti’s frame rates at 2,560 x 1,440.

Where the RTX 3070 Ti really rinses the Radeon RX 6700 XT, however, is when you enable ray tracing. The Radeon can’t even play this game at 1,920 x 1,080 with Medium ray tracing at 1,920 x 1,080, dropping right down to 25fps, but the 3070 Ti comfortably averages 57fps with a 49fps 99th percentile result at these settings.

If you enable DLSS, it will even average 68fps with a 55fps 99th percentile result at 2,560 x 1,440 – a great result for a £529 card if you could actually buy it at that price.

Enabling High ray tracing on the less demanding Metro Exodus also showed the 3070 Ti in a good light (ho ho!), with its average of 68fps at 2,560 x 1,440 being 21fps ahead of the Radeon RX 6700 XT – add DLSS and this goes up to 76fps with a 44fps 99th percentile.

Conclusion

While the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti isn’t much quicker than the standard RTX 3070, it would easily justify its £60 premium at normal retail pricing, and it generally carves out a very comfortable lead over the Radeon RX 6700 XT – it isn’t even far behind the AMD chip in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which is an AMD stronghold.

The problem, of course, is that it isn’t available at retail pricing, with cards going for around £780 on eBay, and no sign of them at actual retailers. This situation has changed since our original review was printed in the magazine, when cards were going for around £1,100. It's good to see this price drop, of course, buy paying £250 over the retail price to an eBayer is still very far from ideal.

Comparatively, the Radeon RX 6700 XT is available at retail, and while it’s overpriced compared with normal pricing, you can pick up one for £690 inc VAT from Overclockers.

If you're prepared to pay this sort of money for a graphics card, then the RTX 3070 Ti is the better choice, being significantly quicker than the Radeon for an extra £100 in the current climate. Unless you want to hand over money to Ebay scalpers, though, we advise holding off buying a GPU until all this chaos has died down.

Verdict
It’s not much faster than the RTX 3070, but the 3070 Ti comfortably handles ray tracing at 2,560 x 1,440 and confidently beats the Radeon RX 6700 XT. If only you could buy it for a reasonable price.

SPEC
Graphics processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, 1575MHz base clock, 1770MHz
Pipeline 6,144 CUDA cores, 96 ROPS
RT cores 48 (2nd-gen)
Tensor cores 192 (3rd-gen)
Memory 8GB GDDR6X, 1188MHz (19GHz effective)
Memory interface 256-bit
Card interface 16x PCI-E 4
Memory bandwidth 608GB/sec
Number of slots 2
Power connectors 1 x 12-pin (2 x 8-pin PCI-E adaptor supplied)
Card length 267mm

RAY OF LIGHT
+Confidently outperforms Radeon RX 6700 XT
+Ray tracing at 2,560 x 1,440 with DLSS
+Resizable BAR support

RAY OF DEATH
-Not much quicker than RTX 3070
-Only available for inflated prices on eBay

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