NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition Review

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition video card front side

Introduction

It’s “Ti”ME for the RTX 3070 to get “TIE’d.”  At Computex 2021 NVIDIA announced both the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.  On June 2nd we reviewed the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition with an MSRP of $1,199.  Our review compared the video card with the GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3090, and AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT. 

Today we have the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition which is launching today.  Partner cards should be available the day after.  The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition is landing with an MSRP of $599.  For comparison, the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition has an MSRP of $499, and the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has an MSRP of $699.  This slots into a price point that was previously unoccupied by NVIDIA. 

Compared to AMD video cards, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 has an MSRP of $579 and is, therefore, the closest competitor from AMD.  The RX 6800 XT has an MSRP of $649.  Therefore, it is only $50 more (by MSRP) compared to the new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.  Keep in mind on MSRP’s, these are simply manufacturer-suggested retail prices and don’t reflect current street pricing.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Specifications

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is the GeForce RTX 3070 taken to the max.  It beefs it up quite a bit.  It is based on GA104, the same as the RTX 3070.  However, it beefs up practically everything about it, including the overall design.  It has a larger cooler layout than the GeForce RTX 3070.  It’s a bigger video card and has a more robust cooling apparatus to match.  It’s not as big as the RTX 3080, but it is bigger than the RTX 3070.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition specification presentation slide

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is based on the Samsung 8nm GA104-400 die.  It has 6,144 CUDA Cores, 96 ROPs, 192 TMUs, 48 RT Cores (2nd Gen), and 192 Tensor Cores (3rd Gen.)  It operates at a Boost Clock of 1770MHz.  It has 8GB of GDDR6X memory at 19GHz on a 256-bit memory bus providing 608GB/s of bandwidth.  The TDP is 290W. 

GeForce RTX 3080 FE GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE GeForce RTX 3070 FE
Process/Die/Arch. 8nm GA102-200 Ampere8nm GA104-400 Ampere8nm GA104-300 Ampere
CUDA Cores870461445888
ROPs969696
TMUs272192184
RT Cores684846
Tensor Cores272192184
Boost Clock 1710MHz 1770MHz1725MHz
VRAM 10GB GDDR6X 19GHz8GB GDDR6X 19GHz8GB GDDR6 14GHz
Bus and Bandwidth 320-bit 760GB/s 256-bit 608GB/s256-bit 448GB/s
TDP 320W 290W220W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition Specification Comparison Table

For comparison to the GeForce RTX 3070, the new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti increases the CUDA Core count to 6144 from 5888 and increases the TMUs to 192 versus 184.  The RT Cores get a bump up to 48 from 46 and the Tensor Cores get a bump up to 192 from 184.  The Boost Clock also gets a slight boost up to 1770MHz from 1725MHz.  Though the real-world frequency will be different.  ROPs stay the same at 96. 

The memory capacity stays the same at 8GB but it is replaced with the newer GDDR6X modules and boosted up to 19GHz from the GDDR6 at 14GHz on the GeForce RTX 3070.  This increases the memory bandwidth to 608GB/s versus 448GB/s on RTX 3070.  The overall TDP also increases from 220W to 290W.  GDDR6X memory consumes more power than GDDR6.

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition Pictures

The looks of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition are deceiving at first glance. It has the same pattern of styling as the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition, but with the cooler configuration of the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition, but a bit smaller. The GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition has a cooler configuration as dual fans on the front of the video card. However, the new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition uses the flipped fan design from the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition and up. That is it has one fan on the front, and one on the back pulling air through. Yet, at the same time, the pattern for the cooler matches the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition. You’ll see some side-by-side pictures below.

This is the PCB of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition. You can see that it is shorter than the heatsink. It has the unique cut-out at the end to allow the fan to pull in air through the heatpipes to the other side. This PCB design is not the same as the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition however, it’s a different size.

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition has three DisplayPorts 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1 port. It does use NVIDIA’s 12-pin power adapter. This adapter requires two 8-pin PCI-Express Power Connectors to operate. The NVIDIA 12-pin adapter is not different from what you get on all the Founders Edition cards, therefore any adapter from them can be plugged into this erroneously. For example, you could, by accident, play an adapter from the GeForce RTX 3070 into this video card. However, it only provides 1 8-pin connector, and wouldn’t work. However, you could still physically plug it in because the 12-pin connector part is the same on all the video cards. This design does have that flaw, since you could plug a connector in that wouldn’t work. Make sure you use the dual-8pin one.

GeForce RTX 3080 FE GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE GeForce RTX 3070 FE
Length 11.2 inches10.5 inches9.5 inches
Width4.4 inches4.4 inches4.4 inches
Height2-slot2-slot2-slot
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition Size Comparison Table

As you can see, the new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition is longer than the RTX 3070 by an inch, but still shorter than the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition. This is because it uses a cooler configuration similar to the GeForce RTX 3080, so it is more beefed up, but it shares the same frame design as the RTX 3070. Where the RTX 3080 has a big “X” metal frame design, the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti have more of an “S” design.

Brent Justicehttps://www.thefpsreview.com
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