NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti Evaluation: A reliable alternative to 2070 Super
But this is not a huge leap forward for the RTX 3070. In terms of price, NVIDIA's RTX 3070 is definitely in demand. When we evaluated the GPU in October, the Founder Edition should be priced at US$499, and it was as fast as NVIDIA’s previous flagship product, the RTX 2080 Ti at US$999. But in fact, the global shortage of chips and the proliferation of scalpers have made the price of 3070 on eBay as high as $1,500. In rare cases, you can find it in stores, and it usually sells for around US$800.
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ProsMuch faster than the 2070 Super Better memory performance than the 3070 Decent ray tracing support
ConsJust $100 less than the faster 3080 Runs hotter than the 3070 Fans run often
Under the hood, the RTX 3070 Tisports 6,144 NVIDIA CUDA cores, compared to 5,888 on the 3070 and 2,560 on the RTX 2070 Super. (That latter card is effectively what the 3070 Ti is replacing.) The new GPU also features slightly faster base and boost clock speeds than the RTX 3070, but it's such a small jump you'd barely notice it. The 3070 Ti also comes with 8GB of DDR6X RAM, instead of just DDR6, which lifts memory bandwidth to 608 GB/s from 448 GB/s. Thanks to those additional CUDA cores, the 3070 Ti uses 290W of power instead of 220W. Consequently, it now requires at least a 750W power supply, a 100-watt jump from the 3070.
RTX 3070 Ti
RTX 3080 Ti
Given the minimal spec bump over the 3070, I didn't expect a huge performance jump from the Ti model. The benchmarks just proved my hunch: The 3070 Ti hit 6,842 points in 3DMark's TimeSpy Extreme test, compared to 6,226 on the previous card. Similarly, I saw close to a 10 percent improvement in the Port Royal raytracing benchmark. That's nice to see, but it's not enough to make 3070 owners regret their purchase. Unfortunately, I didn't have a RTX 2070 Super to compare on my current rig — which is powered by a Ryzen 5800X and 32GB of DDR4 RAM — but it scored 4,474 in TimeSpy Extreme with my last system. NVIDIA claims the 3070 Ti should deliver up to 50 percent faster speeds than the 2070 Super.
3DMark TimeSpy Extreme
Port Royal (ray tracing)
NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti
NVIDIA RTX 3080
NVIDIA RTX 3070
AMD Radeon RX 6800
All benchmarks run in 1440p at the highest graphical settings on a PC powered by a Ryzen 7 5800X and 32GB of RAM.
In my tests, the 3070 Ti consolidated its position as an excellent 1440p GPU, but again, it is only slightly better than the 3070. 145 to 155fps in Destiny 2 has the maximum graphics setting, while 3070 is 140 to 150fps. With Control, my current stress test on most GPUs, I reached 75fps when playing locally at 1440p, with high graphics settings (but no ray tracing) on the 3070 Ti. At the same time, 3070 can hardly exceed 60fps.
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