I had excessive hopes for the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous after the RTX 4070 Tremendous impressed me earlier this month. Nvidia’s first RTX 40-series Tremendous card offered some stable efficiency boosts at each 4K and 1440p — round 15 % and 17 %, respectively. Sadly, the identical can’t be stated in regards to the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous.
Whereas the pricing stays the identical $799 as the unique RTX 4070 Ti it’s changing, so does the efficiency. At 1440p on the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous, I discovered almost Three % higher efficiency over the unique RTX 4070 Ti and round 5 % at 4K. Nvidia had promised 10 %, so one thing has clearly gone fallacious right here.
Lower than two days earlier than this evaluate was as a consequence of go dwell, Nvidia discovered an issue with the playing cards that reviewers had been testing. “We’ve got found a difficulty with the MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER 16G Ventus 3X GPUs the place efficiency was roughly 5 % beneath anticipated figures on different RTX 4070 Ti SUPER SKUs,” stated Nvidia spokesperson Lars Weinand.
Nvidia provided a VBIOS replace, noting that efficiency nonetheless wasn’t as much as the promised 10 % determine. “MSI are persevering with to work on updates,” based on Nvidia. The VBIOS replace hasn’t made an enormous distinction, and with out fast entry to different RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous playing cards, we’ve got to evaluate primarily based on the present expertise with this card.
MSI RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous
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I’m disenchanted Nvidia hasn’t returned with a Founders Version card for this refreshed GPU. Very like the unique RTX 4070 Ti, I’ve been testing a third-party card from MSI. Nvidia is leaving it as much as its board companions to provide the playing cards for the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous, with the design various per producer. Whereas I respect the variety of selection out there with third-party boards, the Founders Version playing cards are well-made and sleekly designed.
MSI’s RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous 16G Ventus 3X makes use of a triple-fan structure with a copper baseplate and warmth pipes to chill the warmth from the GPU and reminiscence modules. Like different RTX playing cards, there’s a zero-RPM mode to cease the followers when temperatures are low, so it retains your PC quiet in the event you’re not enjoying video games or stressing the GPU.
The RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous has a triple-fan structure.
This can be a pretty typical structure for the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous, and most third-party playing cards appear to be going with the triple-fan design. On the rear, there are additionally the standard three 1.four DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.1 port.
Total, it’s nonetheless an enormous card, very like RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 variants, however I’m glad to see 16GB of VRAM as an alternative of the 12GB that shipped on the unique RTX 4070 Ti. That’s excellent news for futureproofing and enjoying at 4K.
Nvidia additionally hasn’t bumped the ability necessities right here, so the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous pulls the identical as much as 285 watts as the unique, 35 lower than an RTX 4080. Nvidia nonetheless recommends a 750-watt energy provide; the most recent ATX 3.Zero PSUs include native assist for the brand new PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR connector that Nvidia makes use of. I’d advocate this or a third-party cable so you may keep away from the chunky energy adapter that ships within the field and converts two common eight-pin PCIe energy connections into this new 12-pin connector.
For 1440p testing, I paired the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous with AMD’s newest Ryzen 7 7800X3D processor and Samsung’s 32-inch G7 monitor. This monitor helps refresh charges as much as 240Hz in addition to Nvidia’s G-Sync expertise, so it’s a great check to see if any video games can max out this refresh fee.
I put the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous head-to-head with the earlier mannequin, another RTX 40-series playing cards, AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX, and a few previous-generation playing cards. Checks are carried out in quite a lot of AAA video games with max or extremely settings to emphasize GPUs as a lot as doable.
Each recreation managed to hit 100fps or above common, other than Metro Exodus Enhanced on excessive settings — which is a stress check for many GPUs excluding the RTX 4090.
The RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous is lower than Three % sooner than the RTX 4070 Ti earlier than it. As I discussed earlier, that is tremendous disappointing. It’s barely an enchancment over the cardboard it’s changing, and actually, all you’re getting right here at 1440p is 16GB of VRAM. Clearly, RTX 4070 Ti house owners gained’t be upgrading to this anyway, however I hoped to see nearer to the 10 % that Nvidia promised.
VBIOS updates would possibly assist sooner or later, however proper now, that’s the state of affairs with the MSI mannequin we’ve been testing. Third-party playing cards from different OEMs would possibly effectively hit that 10 % mark, although.
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In Returnal and Gears 5, the body fee averages had been equivalent, so there was no enchancment in anyway. Earlier than MSI’s VBIOS replace was utilized, I really had the Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti beating the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous by a slight margin in each of those video games.
Very like different RTX 40-series playing cards, the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous consists of DLSS Three assist. It boosts frames by greater than 25 % in Forza Horizon 5, bringing efficiency as much as the identical degree as AMD’s $999 Radeon RX 7900 XTX on this specific recreation.
Elsewhere, the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous trades blows with the $899 Radeon RX 7900 XT, offering higher body charges in video games the place RT is enabled and particularly the place video games reap the benefits of DLSS extra typically than AMD’s FSR equal. However total, these numbers are nonetheless disappointing in comparison with the RTX 4070 Ti.
The RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous has the standard DisplayPort and HDMI connectors.
For 4K gaming, I examined the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous with Acer’s 31.5-inch Nitro XV2 monitor. This monitor helps refresh charges as much as 144Hz, however the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous nonetheless doesn’t come anyplace near maxing this monitor out.
Each recreation managed to achieve 60fps or above with settings on extremely or excessive, besides Metro Exodus Enhanced working on excessive settings. That makes this an fascinating possibility for 4K, significantly with the improved 16GB of VRAM onboard. If you happen to’re prepared to drop the settings down additional, then you possibly can max out a 4K 144Hz monitor in quite a lot of video games.
Total, I discovered little or no distinction over the unique RTX 4070 Ti, although. It’s round 5 % at 4K, so barely higher than the 1440p scores I recorded. It as soon as once more trades blows with AMD’s $899 RX 7900 XT, which AMD has discounted to a promotional value of $749 at some retailers lately in a transfer that’s clearly a response to Nvidia’s Tremendous playing cards.
DLSS Three as soon as once more helps at 4K, though it’s an almost 15 % bump in Forza Horizon 5 as an alternative of the higher features I discovered at 1440p. If you happen to play video games that assist DLSS 3, then it’s effectively price enabling, even when there’s a slight tradeoff of elevated latency for the body era tech.
The 12VHPWR energy connector on the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous.
The RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous has been a troublesome card to evaluate because of the VBIOS points. We determined to publish at embargo time to supply an opinion on this MSI mannequin, however we’ll actually be again with updates (and a rating) as soon as we get to check one other card to see what the efficiency must be.
Nvidia promised a 10 % efficiency bump over the RTX 4070 Ti, however that hasn’t materialized but within the testing we’re capable of carry out proper now. It’s doable it’ll with different playing cards and with future VBIOS updates for this MSI mannequin. Nvidia despatched us an Asus card to check, however most playing cards go on sale at the moment, and I can not advocate buying the MSI variant till the VBIOS points are totally addressed.
If the 10 % efficiency enchancment is obvious on different playing cards, the pricing of the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous remains to be awkward. The unique RTX 4070 Ti’s $799 pricing was all the time controversial, and it seems like there’s no competitors on this a part of the market. $699 used to get you an RTX 3080 in the event you had been very fortunate, however the GPU market has modified so much since then and has pushed costs up. The primary AMD competitors at this value level is the RX 7900 XT — however solely due to “promotional pricing” meaning it has dropped from $899 to $749 at some retailers lately. On the time of evaluate, you may decide one up at Finest Purchase for $759.99 and even at $739.99 at Newegg.
The efficiency distinction between an RTX 4070 Tremendous and RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous is round 10 % — however at greater than 30 % in value. If you happen to’re weighing an RTX 4070 Tremendous in opposition to an RTX 4080 Tremendous, then the efficiency leap will probably be at the very least 30 % (primarily based on RTX 4080 benchmarks) however at round 66 % extra in value, if the $999 holds. On the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous value level, there’s much less apparent worth, particularly when it straddles the road between excessive refresh fee 1440p gaming and 4K gaming at decrease refresh charges.
This all places a number of stress on this RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous launch, significantly as a result of we nonetheless don’t know precisely what the RTX 4080 Tremendous will ship for that additional $200 above. Provided that it’s not all the time been straightforward to seek out an RTX 4070 Ti for $799 proper now, I believe some will probably be holding out hope for the RTX 4080 Tremendous’s $999 pricing, if they will even discover playing cards at that degree.
We’ll be again with a evaluate of the RTX 4080 Tremendous subsequent week, however proper now, I can’t give an knowledgeable opinion on the worth of the RTX 4070 Ti Tremendous till the efficiency state of affairs is obvious.
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