The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, previously known as the unreleased 12GB RTX 4080, has finally been launched with identical specifications to its original name. However, Nvidia did not just change the name and leave it at that. They also announced a $100 discount, bringing the price down from $900 to $800.
This reduction in MSRP by 33% is excellent news for consumers, making the RTX 4070 Ti the best value for the GeForce 40 series so far. The graphics card is based on the AD104 silicon and boasts 7680 CUDA cores, which is only 21% less than the 4080, but these cores are clocked 4% higher. The L2 cache capacity has been reduced by 25%, and the VRAM has also been reduced by 25% with slightly slower 21Gbps memory used. The memory bus has been reduced by 30% to 192-bit wide, resulting in a bandwidth of 504 GB/s.
Additionally, the total board power of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti has been modestly reduced by 11%, with a rating of 285 watts. Furthermore, the graphics card continues to use the TSMC 4N process and supports the PCIe 4.0 x16 interface.
The 4070 Ti model does not have a Founders Edition release. Instead, Nvidia has delegated the task of designing the board to their partners. We have obtained several graphics cards from Gigabyte, MSI, and Asus for testing purposes, and we will delve into them in detail later on. For now, let us take a look at our test system specifications and proceed directly to examining the blue bar graphs.
The graph presented by Nvidia is highly deceptive as it claims up to three times better performance, but the comparison is between standard rendering on the RTX 3090 Ti and DLSS 3 on the RTX 4070 Ti, without any footnotes or explanations to clarify this fact. Despite having a good product, Nvidia has resorted to unethical marketing practices, which can create doubts in the minds of consumers. We believe that such poor marketing tactics are unnecessary and do not reflect well on the company.
To conduct our testing, we utilized a system powered by the Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor, along with 32GB of dual-rank, dual-channel DDR4-3200 CL14 memory, all of which were installed on the MSI MPG X570S Carbon Max Wi-Fi motherboard. Our testing involved a total of 16 games at both 1440p and 4K resolutions. Without further ado, let us delve into the data we collected.
In terms of Watch Dogs: Legion performance, our results show that the RTX 4070 Ti is on par with the 6950 XT, achieving an average of 146 fps at 1440p. This is a commendable result, as it makes the RTX 4070 Ti 11% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti, and only 5% slower than the RTX 4080, taking into consideration the fact that we were limited by the CPU.
Shifting our focus to 4K resolution, we observe that the RTX 4070 Ti falls behind the 7900 XT by 12%, delivering a level of performance similar to that of the 6950 XT and the RTX 3090 Ti. However, what’s noteworthy is that it was only 19% slower than the RTX 4080, which is impressive considering that the RTX 4070 Ti is 33% more affordable.
Next up is The Callisto Protocol, and our test results reveal that the RTX 4070 Ti produced 122 fps, which is notably slower than the 7900 XT, being 17% slower at 1440p resolution. It is worth mentioning that this game has FSR2 enabled by default with the ultra-quality preset, which is why it is also enabled in our testing, and not something we have altered manually.
When it comes to 4K resolution, our tests show that the 4070 Ti offers performance on par with the 6900 XT, being only 8% slower than the 6800 XT, which is a bit disappointing, considering that the latter can be purchased for under $600 at present.
What’s also noteworthy is that the RTX 4070 Ti fell behind the 4080 by a significant margin of 30%, which indicates that the testing conditions were not particularly favorable for Nvidia’s new “$800” GPU.
Moving on to Forza Horizon 5, our test results demonstrate that the 4070 Ti performed exceptionally well at 1440p resolution. It fell behind the 4080 by a narrow margin of just 4%, but still managed to surpass the 7900 XT by an impressive margin of 13%. Moreover, it outperformed Nvidia’s previous generation flagship, the RTX 3090 Ti, by a substantial 25%, making it a fantastic outcome.
At 4K resolution, the 4070 Ti’s performance was more closely matched with that of the 7900 XT, but even then, it managed to stay ahead by 6%, delivering 104 fps. It was only 11% slower than the RTX 4080, which is a respectable performance.
Our Rainbow Six Extraction tests produced some competitive results, with the Radeon 7900 XT and RTX 4070 Ti delivering almost identical performances.
This is a positive outcome for the 4070 Ti as it not only matched its Radeon counterpart, but it also outperformed the previous generation’s flagship by a 5% margin. Additionally, it was only 19% slower than the 4080, which is a solid performance.
While the 3090 Ti did manage to take the lead at 4K resolution, the 4070 Ti still performed just as well as the 7900 XT. Additionally, it was only 23% slower than the 4080, which is still an impressive result.
The performance of the RTX 4070 Ti in Far Cry 6 is not particularly impressive, especially at 1440p, where it performed similarly to the 3090. However, it’s worth noting that we were heavily limited by the CPU in this test, so these results may not be very useful for evaluating high-end GPUs.
Moving up to 4K reveals how limited the system was in the 1440p tests. The RTX 4070 Ti shows performance levels on par with the RTX 3090/3090 Ti, making it 20% slower than the Radeon 7900 XT and RTX 4080.
The performance of the RTX 4070 Ti in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is similar to what we’ve seen before. At 1440p, it delivers performance comparable to previous-generation flagship GPUs, only slightly trailing the 6950 XT by 2% and outpacing the 3090 Ti by 5%.
However, when we look at 4K performance, the RTX 4070 Ti falls behind by 13% compared to the 7900 XT, although it is just 12% slower than the RTX 4080.
At 4K resolution, the RTX 4070 Ti was 11% slower than the 7900 XT, delivering 85 fps compared to 96 fps. Despite this, the performance was still impressive with a 3090 Ti-like performance, making it just 15% slower than the RTX 4080.
In Hunt: Showdown, the RTX 4070 Ti delivered a remarkable 193 fps at 1440p, putting it on par with the performance of previous generation flagships. It also held up well against the 7900 XT, coming in just 7% slower while being 11% cheaper at MSRP.
At 4K resolution, the performance margin between the RTX 4070 Ti and the 7900 XT remains similar with the former being 8% slower. This places the RTX 4070 Ti at a similar performance level as the RTX 3090, and it was found to be 26% slower than the RTX 4080.
When it comes to The Outer Worlds, which runs on Unreal Engine 4, Nvidia GPUs tend to perform better, and the RTX 4070 Ti is no exception. With an average of 167 fps, it edged ahead of the 7900 XT and was on par with the RTX 3090 in terms of performance.
Let’s begin with the 1440p data and take a look at the 16 game average. After analyzing the results, we found that the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti falls slightly behind the 7900 XT in terms of performance, with only a 4% difference between the two GPUs. However, this difference is quite small and suggests that their performance is very similar. Additionally, the 4070 Ti boasts a 5% average improvement over the 3090 Ti and 6950 XT, and a significant 13% increase over the 6900 XT and RTX 3090.