,There has been loads to discuss with the Ti launch of cards in the past seven days. Nearly all of it is price and stock related. As much as we always try and separate price and performance, the way that the GPU market has been since the original launch of the Ampere cards from Nvidia means it’s utterly impossible to think about one without the other.,We adored the 3000 range as it brought loads of performance at prices far below those of the Turing cards, but the absolute inability to buy one and the price issues thanks to scalpers and website owners without scruples has meant that they’ve left a nasty taste in our mouths. With the Ti launch the hugely increased prices and barely increased performance has felt like nothing other than a cynical cash in on the world shortages.,Thankfully, the RTX 3070 Ti launch, in price terms at least, isn’t as horrific as the 3080 Ti was, and Gigabyte have shocked the world by launching the RTX 3070 Ti Eagle at Nvidia MSRP. We almost don’t care how this performs. We’re just so grateful they haven’t gone down the “add a grand to the price because reasons” route we saw with the partner RTX 3080 Tis.,But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ve already seen that the RTX 3070 Ti is basically identical in performance to the regular RTX 3070, so how does the Eagle get on?,
The public might get a bit sniffy about the Eagle as it’s got a very understated, almost Bauhaus aesthetic. Nothing superfluous, just a cooler that cools the card. Given that you should spend more of your days looking at your display and not in the side window of your case, it’s something we don’t mind at all, especially as it costs you nothing extra over the FE card., ,
Viewing it from the underside it’s clear how carefully the cooler has been designed. There is no overhang nor places where the heatsink and PCB don’t align perfectly. Attention to detail is important, especially at this price point.,
The airflow through port first appeared on the reference design cards and it has proven to be such a successful idea that nearly all the partner cards have a space in the backplate where the air can go up towards the CPU area and help keep everything cool, rather than your GPU acting as a wall between the bottom half of your case and the top.,
,Such is the nature of the GPU Boost technology that rated clock speeds don’t matter as much as they used to. Instead we concentrate largely upon average boost clock speed, which represents the performance you’ll get most of the time. In the case of the Eagle the average clock speed was 1885 MHz, with a peak of 1935 MHz. Very very close to the Founders Edition which was 1881/1935 respectively
Borderlands 3 saw Gearbox Software return to developing their most famous IP following the somewhat dubious reception The Pre Sequel received. Borderlands has plenty of settings to tweak and, despite looking superficially similar to Borderlands 2, it’s significantly more demanding upon your hardware. At higher resolutions only the most performance rich need apply. Naturally we run with everything at the maximum possible settings.
Remedy Entertainment’s Control is one of those games that demonstrates everything available to you in modern engines and with modern hardware. Not only does it have destructible environments but it supports all the hardware tricks, including Ray Tracing and DLSS on hardware with either or both of those features. We’re testing in every possible combination to demonstrate how each can impact your frames per second. The first graph is all resolutions in ‘plain’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing on, and the third graph with Ray Tracing and DLSS on for performance impact demonstration purposes
,Oh Cyberpunk 2077. Rarely has a game promised so much and come out of the gate so absolutely bug-ridden. Thankfully CDPR are working hard to squash most of the bugs, and indeed have, but incredibly ambitious games allied to the world going into lockdown for most of its fine polishing left us all a bit disappointed. It’s still a gorgeous, sprawling title though, which is enough for our purposes. We’re running on the Ultra preset here, as gorgeous – and performance heavy – as it’s possible to make the game with the second graph in Ultra Ray-Tracing mode with DLSS on and off.
The latest version of Codemasters long running Rally game has plenty of visual splendour. Sure it’s never going to be mistaken for Richard Burns Rally or any of the genuine sims out there, but if you want to get muddy and know your “medium left over crest don’t cut”s from your “5 right tightens” then it’s a good place to start., ,
,Despite being launched at a time when there wasn’t any motorsport – or any sport – in the world, F1 2020 is everything it could realistically be. No, the track list doesn’t match the real 2020 F1 season, but the cars are close to their real-life counterparts and the graphics engine brings all the glorious imagery we’ve come to expect from Codemasters F1 titles. We’re running with it all to the stops, because of course we are.
A game where we always mentally add “of War” to the title, the most recent addition to the Gears franchise saw The Coalition stick rigidly to the formula that has made this title a success on the Xbox. It’s more of a ‘best of’ than a new title, but still brings all the graphical glory to your screen as befits a game aimed at the console market. With everything turned up to ten the graphics can bring even beefy systems to their knees
Horizon Zero Dawn
,Alongside God of War, Horizon is one of the best titles from this generation of games. A massive open world and story rich game with none of the ‘collect 500 tiny things’ that plagues many open world titles, the breath-taking vistas and gorgeous animation of Aloy’s adventures should be experienced by all gamers. The PC release required some fine tuning to be all it could be, but graphically it’s still jaw-dropping and with everything up to the hilt as we have here, few games look better., ,
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition
,The latest version of Metro Exodus – the Enhanced Edition – continues to utilise all of the potential of your graphics card in a way few other games do. No matter what you may feel about the game play style and that post-apocalypse horror aesthetic, it’s worth checking out just to see what graphical splendour modern titles can bring.,
Microsoft Flight Simulator
A title that doesn’t just require you to have some beefy hardware to maximise the visuals, but also a fairly empty hard drive to squeeze on one of the largest install sizes on the market, the newest instalment in the famous Flight Simulator series is gorgeous. Without any combat you’ve plenty of time with which to appreciate the satellite based ground imagery as well as the hand-crafted airports. With all the detail settings maximised it’s a stern test of your system
,Monster Hunter World,
Capcom’s Monster Hunter World might be, compared to other titles in our test suite, getting a little long in the tooth but it’s still a gorgeous title with beautiful scenery punctuated by boss fights that wouldn’t look out of place in a From Software title. The introduction of the Iceborne expansion pack boosted the graphics a little further, and as always we’re running everything as high as we can push
Resident Evil 3
,Another Capcom title, the newest instalment of the remade Resident Evil franchise continues to up the ante in graphical glory. As someone old enough to have played the originals, seeing Jill Valentine in all her high definition glory never stops being impressive, and whilst the gameplay doesn’t quite shine as brightly as the two games that bracket this in the Res line-up, it’s still fun to turn everything up to max and murder some zombies.
The Witcher 3
,The original Witcher flew under the radar a little bit in the mainstream, whilst winning an army of fans amongst the RPG hardcore. The Witcher 2 brought everything to it’s knees and was the Crysis of it’s time. The Witcher 3, rightfully, is legendary amongst gamers as the perfect blend of open-world, choices matter, graphically gorgeous role playing. Comfortably one of the best games ever
,Total Warhammer 2
,Creative Assembly rewrote the book for strategy games with their Total War series, and with Total Warhammer they brought fantasy into that sphere. Total Warhammer 2 took all that was great about the first entry and filled it so full of content that you can play the Mortal Empires campaign for literal years if you wish. The CPU does as much work as the GPU here, thanks to hundreds of units and vast draw distances
Total War Saga: Troy
,A game everyone probably owns thanks to the free 24 hours on the Epic Store, Troy might not have the breadth of some of the more fully-fledged entries in the long Total War series, but it’s still a good way of showing off the well-rounded nature of your system. You need every component to be finely tuned to really pump those frames out., ,
Watch Dogs : Legion
,It’s been three games and Watch Dogs still hasn’t quite lived up to its promise, but Legion is much closer than either of the previous two titles were to fulfilling the ‘hack the world’ tagline. It’s a Ubisoft game, so you already know pretty much what to expect, just on PC we get Ray-Tracing and all the good eye candy stuff. Graph one is vanilla and graph two has RT and DLSS (where available)
3DMARK: Port Royal,
One of the first Ray Tracing benchmarks to appear, the value of Port Royal cannot be overstated. Games always take a while to adopt new technologies but benchmark/demos can get on board much faster and show off where your hard-earned is going. With the next generation of consoles supporting Ray Tracing too it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a bigger part of our lives., ,
3DMARK: Time Spy
,If you’ve been using 3D Mark since the days when it was largely full of dragons and Matrix-esque FPS games, you’ll appreciate Time Spy taking you on a trip down memory lane whilst also showing the future too. It’s always a lovely thing to watch which, as people who’ve seen the Fire Strike benchmark a thousand times or more, is a feature we appreciate., ,
Temperatures and Power Draw,
Modern graphics cards no longer rely upon the user to overclock them, as the drivers now make the most of any spare power or thermal headroom available to boost the clocks to give the smoothest performance. Thus the temperature graph is a little less important than it used to be unless the manufacturer has created a godly cooler, whilst Power Draw is fun on your energy bill, but most of us just care about performance rather than a handful of Watts here and there. With slight variance in ambient temperatures we’re also including the delta temperature too, so you know exactly how well the card performs relative to the air temperature
Performance Improvement 1440P,
With the hardware being 4% ‘more’ than the original RTX 3070 we wondered how that would affect performance in the very latest, most demanding titles with all the bells and whistles on. It’s something we did comprehensively with the RTX 3080 Ti, but here we’re focussed upon 1440 resolution which is the upper limit of the RTX 3070 Ti abilities, particular in these harsh titles. Not exactly game-changing
Such has been the furore over the price decisions for the RTX 3080 Ti we must admit we had a lot of trepidation when the Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Eagle arrived on our desk. We know from earlier models that the Eagle is very much at the lower end of the Gigabyte price range, but we didn’t expect the other cards to gouge the consumer either. Thankfully for you, and indeed our sanity, Gigabyte has priced the Eagle at the same point as the Nvidia Founders Edition card.,Whilst there has been a tiny (4%) increase in hardware, and the GRRD6 has been upgraded to GDDR6X, the performance realities are that the RTX 3070 Ti is basically identical to a good RTX 3070. Sadly, the RTX 3070 Ti is a barely upgraded RTX 3070, which is a shame. ,This card is a chance to buy an Ampere card for 1080p or 1440p gaming without endlessly refreshing websites or getting scalped on your second-hand market of choice. That’s pretty much the entirety of it. The performance isn’t different enough to be worthy of shouting from the rooftops. Indeed we often saw some regular RTX 3070 cards outperforming the RTX 3070 Ti. The move to GDDR6X might increase the memory bandwidth, but as we’ve still only got 8 GB of it, there is no change to the huge drop off in performance if you’re crazy enough to want to run at 4K with maxed out settings in some titles. The extra bandwidth, sadly, isn’t giving us anything…,It might be more expensive than a vanilla RTX 3070 theoretically is, but as anyone desperate to buy an Ampere card will know, the MSRP doesn’t remotely relate to what many websites are attempting to sell for. So although the price is a little more than a standard RTX 3070, you at least have the confidence that by the time this review appears, that retailers will have some stock, and perhaps if you’re fast enough, you might be able to snag one. We know for one that Scan has promised to put their cards up at MSRP, and with the Gigabyte Eagle being as cheap as any 3070 Ti offerings, you could do a lot worse than add one to your collection.
The retail release of Nvidia’s RTX 3070 will be on June 10th, and stock will likely disappear shortly after launch, as is the way of things these days. ,Yes, we’re still cross that Nvidia is making such a cynical cash grab with these cards, and it has taken the gloss off our love of the Ampere range. Still, Gigabyte has resisted the temptation to flex their brand recognition, and they deserve to be applauded for taking the ethical high ground and having an option at MSRP. ,