Nvidia's partial soup 3070 offers modest improvements that match well with the price increase-making it a great 1440p-to-4K crossover card.
While the chaos of summer video game announcements is happening around us in exchange for a proper single physical event, something that has not been materially affected by the ongoing global situation is the progressive upgrade of PC graphics. Sure, a combination of supply chain issues caused by the pandemic and cryptocurrency dickheads has driven the supply shortage, but the rate at which Nvidia and AMD are upgrading and repeating their technologies hasn’t slowed. -and that means it's time for us to look at another all-new PC GPU.
This week, it's the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti that follows from our look last week on its bigger sibling, the 3080 Ti. For complete starters, here’s the basic primer: these are upgraded versions of the RTX 3070 and 3080 released last year, but don’t just deliver to replace those cards. Their slightly weaker predecessors will still be on sale, but users now have little choice in power stakes thanks to handy middle steps between other available cards.
Last week I described the 3080 Ti as a great card – but one with a hefty price not everyone wants to pay. The truth is that the 3080 vanilla is so good that it boosts the bigger sibling to justify for all but the most hardcore-it’s a 70% lump in price for a 10-15% bump in performance. However, the 3070 Ti does not have such a problem. It's a more reasonable offer across the board – and I think it's
likely to be a staple card, if not the most popular GPU of this generation – if the stock situation allows.
Let's start there, with the vast amount of proposal, and work backwards. The RTX 3070 Ti is approximately 20% more expensive than its little brother, at $ 599. The original 3070, for comparison, is $ 499. In some territories the price increase is more favorable -wanted -such as the UK, where the 3070 Ti is 529 pounds up to the original 469 pounds, an increase of approximately 12%. With that said, let’s work on dollar pricing, which makes the 3070 Ti nice, round 20% more expensive.
I realize that all of these prices are based on Founders Edition cards from Nvidia in their RRP, and of course also recognize the incredibly appalling stock and scalping situation today. I knew it would be hard to find RRP cards. However, I live in the hope that the situation and prices will be normal, and likewise that some of you will be able to set up stock alerts and get lucky-so I base my conclusions here on the intended prices, not inflated ones.
What are you getting the extra money for? If you put the pair’s specs sheets somewhere, the difference is pretty subtle. Both have 8GB of memory, for example, but the Ti uses the higher bandwidth of GDDR6X memory, which is even better. There’s little improvement in things like the number of CUDA cores, and it has a little higher drawing power – but overall, the two are closely related, much more so than the 3080 and its Ti. With that said, this moderate bump has translated into a decent boost in games.
We can get to individual testing, but overall the RTX 3070 Ti returns very consistent results, with almost every game we've tested running up to 10% faster than vanilla 3070.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was a staple test on Nvidia cards, mainly because it was a game that perfectly suited the RTX card architecture. It always runs smoothly. In 4K, the 3070 Ti manages to return a little extra frames – about 6% more. If we went through Borderlands 3, I saw more significant gains – 9-10% on average, but sometimes up to 13%. This is a similar story to many other games we regularly use to benchmark.
Assassin ' s Creed Odyssey gets close to a 10% improvement in 4K, while Battlefield 5 at 1440p gets a 7% improvement even if it fires all ray tracking settings . Sticking to ray tracing displays, Metro Exodus is a game that the 3070 doesn’t manage 1440p and 60fps – but the Ti variant just squeezes that point. Like I said, frame rate improvements range from 5-10% across the board.
My review of the original 3070 declared it "the 1440p" king, and while the above results are in 4K testing, the drop in 1440p resolution is also where the 3070 Ti feels the most in house. This is important, as the 1440p is still a much more popular PC gaming resolution than 4K according to Steam’s hardware survey – and it matches well in the price bracket. The gains are the same – between 5% and 10% depending on the game – but at 1440p, many games that struggle to scrape 60fps in 4K drive 120fps – meaning for current games at least 3070 Ti is a valid 120hz GPU in sub -4K – even in some games you can sacrifice some graphic bells and whistles to squeal in line.
However, all this is to say that for price increases of up to 20%, you can expect a performance increase of up to 10% in your games. The 10% doesn’t sound the same – and that’s why Nvidia chooses to compare the 3070 Ti to the older 2070 SUPER in its official comparisons – but honestly, I think, the value here isn’t overwhelming -hilakbot. To be clear, no one should be stupid enough to upgrade from the 3070 to the 3070 Ti-but if you’re choosing between the two, it’s a close battle that is both worth careful consideration.
All factors considered, I think the increase of 3070 Ti to up to 10% that I saw in the test is pretty reasonable, especially considering the cheaper vanilla 3070 that is still available ( theoretical) as an option. I would be even more amazed if that card was discontinued in favor of this more expensive model – but pity that didn’t happen. The 3070 wins the battle-to-performance ratio battle, but the 3070 Ti is more powerful, offering a slight step to the baby between 3070 and 3080 for those with little extra cash to spend.
To revisit my review of the vanilla 3070, I described that card as a 1440p beast with a strong 4K upwards. If you have a 1440p display but see an upgrade to 4K in your future, or are already running 4K but don’t mind going back to the dialing settings to achieve perfect performance, it would be worth it to go for the new 3070 Ti on a regular basis which is 3070. It is, after all, still a hundred dollars cheaper than the next lift, the 3080 – even when you get into grain math, the 3080 is better value.
That's the main line, Actually. It’s a powerful card that offers a decent performance boost for a decent price-though it would be more attractive as a flat-out replacement for the vanilla 3070 at the same price, as Nvidia did in SUPER cards of the previous generation. Other RTX brand features that have been a big help for Nvidia are of course available on this card – the dedicated sine monitored core used for real time lighting, DLSS that often delivers of major performance benefits in compatible games, and various suites of creative software Nvidia has pushed, the best of which remains the impeccable Nvidia Broadcast. Everything is available on this card, making it the same as its other peers in the RTX family – so it ' s all a question of power.
So – a question of power but also, no doubt, a question of stock, and price. Both sticking points are either major or minor. The stock remains elephant in the room. The serious reality of the situation is that all of these things are incredibly hard to find, and beyond the advertised RRP. If you’re lucky, the 3070 Ti is a great and worthy card to own-just enough extra power for most of today’s games that you’ll be proven in the future over the next few years. The problem, as with everything else, now is finding one.
But what if the issue is not an issue? That’s where things get a little sticky. It’s fair to say that the 3060 Ti and 3080 in particular offer better value in terms of bang for the buck. Broadly speaking, we recommend that you do not divide the difference. If you want heavy firepower, you want the 3080 and must save and alert camp stocks to get one. If you want affordability, the 3060 Ti remains a surprisingly good value card worth the chase. Both the 3070 and its Ti slot in an interesting middle -ground position – and of the two the regular 3070 is definitely better value.
Nvidia upgrades typically come in two forms: the relatively better version of the card it shares with its name, or a relatively weaker version of the card with a bracket up. Take the 3080 Ti as a perfect example of one; despite its name, it has more similarity and is more like a baby 3090 than a 3080. The 3070 Ti isn’t that – it’s not a baby 3080. It’s a somewhat improved RTX 3070. Good at that job. The question you need to ask is – is it worth the extra $ 100? You know what you get for now – you decide.
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