Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: A next-gen GPU worth the asking price?

Next-gen GPUs from Nvidia – and, indeed, AMD – have had a problem: pricing, or rather relative pricing. The problem is that with the Radeon RX 6800 XT and more so the GeForce RTX 3080, we had GPUs that struck an excellent balance between price and performance. Both have been scaled down from the flagship models, but each retained most of their gaming prowess. equal the same sweetspot in the “frames for the dollar”. The new RTX 4070 Ti solves this problem, but still insists that additional performance and big price cuts are a thing of the past.

That said, the renamed RTX 4080 12GB finally meets the value challenge of the RTX 3080 to some extent. With a confirmed MSRP of $799 / £799 – $100 / £150 on the RTX 3080 – you’re in for the extra cash. Card performance is generally in RTX 3090 to RTX 3090 Ti territory. You get an additional two gigabytes of framebuffer memory. On top of that there’s DLSS 3, which has yet to establish itself as the game-changer that DLSS 2 is, but is quickly becoming very useful – game-changing in the case of The Witcher 3: Complete Edition. .

That $799 MSRP – down from the “unlaunched” RTX 4080 12GB’s $899 – is dependent on third-party partner designs coming in at Nvidia’s suggested price, though. This time there are no Founders Edition cards, which is a bit disappointing. Third-party cards seem to be dominated by unnecessarily massive designs, and that extends to the Gigabyte OC model sent to us for review by Nvidia. For a card that delivers 50-55% of the performance of the RTX 4090 under extreme RT workloads, the card we have is significantly larger than the flagship’s already massive design. We can only wish for a similar form factor to the last-gen RTX 3070 Ti, which handles a similar power throughput in a much more compact design.

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RTX 4090 24GB RTX 4080 16GB RTX 4070 Ti 12GB
Processor AD102 AD103 AD104
Transistors 76.3B 45.9B 35.8B
Die size 608mm² 379mm² 295mm²
CUDA Cores 16384 9728 7680
Boost clock 2.52GHz 2.51GHz 2.61GHz
Memory interface 384 bit 256 bit 192 bit
Memory bandwidth 1018 GB/s 742 GB/s 557 GB/s
TGP 450W 320W 285W
Power recommendation 850W 750W 700W
Power cables 4x 8 pin 3x 8 pin 2x 8 pin
base price $1,499/£1,649 $1199 / £1199 $799/£799
Release date October 12, 2022 November 16, 2022 January 5, 2023

The chart above shows how the RTX 4070 Ti fits into the lineup and you may have noticed that we’re seeing a very different processor to its more expensive counterparts. The RTX 3080 shared the same chip as the RTX 3080 Ti, 3090, and 3090 Ti, but this time we’re looking at a much more diverse silicon lineup. The RTX 4070 Ti uses AD104, which offers around 47% of the compute silicon like the RTX 4090 (albeit at a slightly faster clock speed), half the memory bandwidth, and half the framebuffer memory. The AD103 processor used in the RTX 4080 is then like a halfway house, fitting in accordingly in terms of specs and even performance to the hilt.

These specs have raised some concerns, as mapping equivalent silicon comparisons to the RTX 3000 product line gives you a product more in line with the RTX 3060 Ti, as opposed to a class 70 GPU. A valid point from this perspective, it ignores the architectural improvements made by the Ada Lovelace architecture – a design necessity given the much higher cost of TSMC’s latest process nodes. As it stands, the RTX 3060 Ti effectively replaced the 2080 Super, while the RTX 3070 matched the 2080 Ti. This time around, 4070 Ti is more in line with RTX 3090 and 3090 Ti.

You might be wondering what the “OC” element of the Gigabyte model adds to the equation, but it turns out it’s only +30MHz from the boost clock – insignificant for a card that runs regularly at around 2.8 GHz. I would have much preferred a product that offered benchmark clocks, benchmark TGP, and similar form factor to the RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080 Founders Edition models, so hopefully we’ll see those in the launch lineup as well.

As it stands, there are few surprises with the card aside from its gigantic form factor. There’s the standard arrangement of three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs alongside HDMI 2.1 – a perfectly adequate range despite the exclusion of DisplayPort 2.1 – while power is supplied by the same 12VHPWR socket used on RTX 4080 and RTX 4090. The difference here is that since the power requirement is much lower, only two eight-pin PCIe cables are needed, connected to the GPU via a two-socket dongle. While realizing that a new power connector will be needed at some point, I would have preferred standard PCIe power inputs for a card of this level.

Although there was a lot of controversy surrounding Nvidia’s latest line of GPUs, one element of the design that received a lot of praise was the Ada Lovelace architecture and its power efficiency. To put this to the test with the RTX 4070 Ti, I repeated the gaming benchmarks I used in the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT reviews.

In Control and Dying Light 2 running in RT modes, and using Forza Horizon 5 and Hitman 3 for pixelation testing, we measure performance and power consumption. By dividing watts by frame rate, we can calculate joules per frame – and the lower the better. There are many ways to measure effectiveness. Some prefer to measure total system power from the wall (which is perfectly valid), while others measure power consumption with a set frame rate limit. We prefer our technique because it ensures the GPU is working flat out – which a frame rate cap won’t do.

In the table below, you’ll see how the RTX 4070 Ti compares to the RTX 3080 it effectively replaces, while you’ll also see comparison data against AMD’s RX 7900 XT and the more expensive RTX 4080 and more. efficient. down the GPU stack, the more efficiency you see. However, that is not the case here. While we still see big improvements in power consumption over the RTX 3080 and even the RX 7900 XT, all of our measurements show that the more expensive RTX 4080 is more efficient – perhaps thanks to the clock higher boost from the new map.

Radeon RX 7900 XT GeForce RTX 3080 GeForce RTX 4070Ti GeForce RTX 4080
Control, 4K, High RT 305W/30fps – 10.2 Joules per frame 315W/31fps – 10.2 Joules per frame 259W/34fps – 7.62 Joules per frame 302W/44fps – 6.86 Joules per frame
Dying Light 2, 4K, Ultra RT 306W/30fps – 9.0 Joules per frame 311W/33fps – 9.42 Joules per frame 261W/39fps – 6.69 Joules per frame 301W/50fps – 6.02 Joules per frame
Forza Horizon 5, 4K, Extreme, RT off 302W/100fps – 3.02 Joules per frame 296W/79fps – 3.74 Joules per frame 203W/100fps – 2.03 Joules per frame 224W/121fps – 1.85 Joules per frame
Hitman 3, 4K, Max, RT off 309W/175fps – 1.77 Joules per frame 314W/109fps – 2.88 Joules per frame 269W/135fps – 1.99 Joules per frame 301W/181fps – 1.66 Joules per frame

Control is an interesting case in that it’s a bit of a “banana skin” game that has scalability issues on the Ada Lovelace architecture. The faster the card, the more – relatively – performance you get. Even so, the new offering has higher performance than the RTX 3080 and a 25% reduction in power per frame – but interestingly the RTX 4080 has a 10% advantage over the RTX 4070 Ti as judged by the same measurements.

The RTX 4080 consistently performed better in all of our tests. In Dying Light 2, the RTX 4070 Ti offers a 29% power reduction per frame compared to the RTX 3080. However, the 4080 once again has a roughly 10% power per frame advantage over its counterpart smaller. In both of these RT tests, the RX 7900 XT is more comparable to Nvidia’s last-gen architecture – which is perhaps to be expected, given how AMD effectively delivered RT performance in line with older GeForce cards. .

Looking at our rasterization tests, Forza Horizon 5 continues to fascinate by using power that is far from the TGP limits of the Ada Lovelace cards, producing fantastic efficiency. Yes, the RTX 4080 still has that ~10% lead over the RTX 4070 Ti, but the new card reduces the power requirement per frame by 46% compared to the RTX 3080. The 4070 Ti only requires 67% of the horsepower to generate a frame against RX 7900 XT – which is perhaps to be expected as somewhat oddly Forza Horizon 5 doesn’t perform particularly well on the RDNA 3 architecture.

That’s not the case with Hitman 3, where RDNA 3 is incredibly fast, delivering its only victory against the RTX 4070 Ti. Nvidia’s latest requires 12% more power per frame, but the latest two offerings don’t hit the RTX 4080. Even so, the RTX 4070 Ti still has a 31% power-per-frame reduction compared to the RTX 3080.

As you might have gathered from the size of this seven-page review, we’ve got plenty of benchmarks to share, but before we get started, here’s a quick look at the new PC we’ve built to help test this new generation of GPU. At the heart of our system is an Intel Core i9 12900K, running with P-cores at 5.2GHz and E-cores at 3.9GHz. The processor is complemented by a 6,000 MT/s Trident Z5 RGB DDR5 memory from G-Skill. The Noctua NH-D15 is our cooler of choice to handle the powerful CPU, while all titles run from PCIe Gen 3 NVMe SSDs. All components are mounted in an Asus ROG Maximus Hero Z690 motherboard, while power is provided by a Corsair RM1000i power supply.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review

  • Introduction, Hardware and Power Analysis [This Page]
  • RT References: Dying Light 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Control, F1 22
  • RT references: Hitman 3, Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  • RT/DLSS benchmarks vs FSR2: Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  • Game Benchmarks: Control, Cyberpunk 2077, F1 22
  • Game references: Hitman 3, Forza Horizon, Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti: the verdict of Digital Foundry


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