We don’t think we’re giving away any secrets to suggest that the RTX 3080 Ti launch didn’t go as smoothly as Nvidia would have hoped. Certainly their card had enough hardware beef to justify the MSRP that they placed upon their Founders Edition card, but the partners absolutely gouged the consumers and many websites added yet more money on top, until the whole thing resembled one of those items on Amazon that is priced about a thousand pounds more than it’s worth.,All of which left a slightly bitter taste in our mouth, especially when the RTX 3000 series cards where an unqualified success in every department. We do need to remember that the Founders Edition RTX 3080 Ti was priced at a suitable level, it’s just difficult to ignore the ‘twice the price’ partner cards.,We didn’t learn the pricing of the RTX 3080 Ti until 12 hours before launch, and any time you don’t learn the price until the last minute it means it’s either way cheaper than anyone expects – see the Playstations famous “299” E3 launch – or way more than we expect. The RTX 3070 Ti continues this trend where, at the time of writing, we don’t know what the price will be. Maybe Nvidia are sticking to their guns and pricing high considering the world shortage, or maybe after the backlash against the RTX 3080 Ti they’re revisiting things. By the time we reach our conclusion we should hopefully know.,
,Whereas the RTX 3080 Ti was a fair bit of extra hardware when compared to its regular stablemate, the RTX 3070 Ti is barely improved over the vanilla RTX 3070. Just two extra SMs for another 256 CUDA Cores, 8 Tensor Cores, 2 RT Cores, 8 Texture Units and the memory is now GDDR6X instead of plain GDDR6.,
By now you should be familiar with the packaging for the Founders Edition cards. The latest addition to the range sticks rigidly to the formula, which is by no means a bad thing given how classy the packaging and card looks
If you’re anything like us you enjoy the idea of a product opening that’s an event. Hell judging from the number of hits that an unboxing video gets on Youtube we’re not alone. You want visual impact and the feeling that your money has been spent wisely. The Founders Edition cards always look perfect with their angled internals and “here it is” card presentation.,
The cooler will be instantly familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in the world of graphics cards. Since the redesign a while ago fixed all the problems we ever had with reference designs, Nvidia have zero reason to change what is a very attractive, curvaceous, cool .. ahem.. cooler.,
Never underestimate the importance of the pass through fan which helps keep the card cool, but also helps push air to the top half of your chassis where it can help keep your CPU cool. It’s a piece of design genius.,
One thing that hasn’t changed is Nvidia putting the power connector in the middle so that the fans can be as large as possible. We don’t mind it as much as we used to, although we still would rather they use standard PCI power connector designs.,
,As we know the rated clock speed isn’t all that important these days, with the GPU Boost technology proving so effective in its fourth generation. The RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition ran with a maximum boost of 1935 MHz and an average of 1881.7 MHz. That compares against the RTX 3070 peak of 2010 and average of 1927.7. With more hardware things always slow a little though. How does that effect the results though?
,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).
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
Hardware and Performance Difference
,Unlike the RTX 3080 Ti the RTX 3070 Ti is much closer to its sibling in terms of the hardware increase and relative performance. In fact the performance is so close that the move to GDDR6X seems to have don’t nothing other than up the memory bandwidth which, due to the fact its still only 8GB, doesn’t actually make a difference in the scenario where it might. Faster memory will only have a huge effect at the top resolution, but the paucity of said memory already limits the performance there. Hey ho.,
What’s the point of this card? The RTX 3070 Ti only microscopically more capable than the RTX 3070 on paper, and okay, we’ve no idea of the price, but we bet it isn’t the same MSRP. It needs to be given that it’s barely faster than the GPU it replaces; otherwise, why release the Ti. Heck, we’ve had a couple of games where it isn’t faster. That’s the downside of Nvidia of giving only a little more hardware. It’s enough to reduce the peak and average clock speeds but not enough to overcome that raw speed deficit.,We don’t know about you, Nvidia, but we’ve got a finite lifespan. We can’t spend a week testing a card only to conclude that nobody would be any the wiser if this card didn’t exist. We could’ve been enjoying the sunshine instead. We’ve been locked indoors for 14 months. Getting out in the sun and seeing our loved ones, our friends, hell, even our enemies after all this time would be a much better use of our diminishing days. The RTX 3080 Ti might have been so expensive we were shocked to find you weren’t wearing a stripy jumper holding a big bag marked “Swag”, but it was much closer to the RTX 3090 than we might have guessed. This is much closer to the RTX 3070 than we feared in our darkest moments; this GPU is not worthy of the Ti moniker.,So the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti then. It seems to exist solely to give retailers some stock of the RTX 3070 in a new guise and hopefully stave off the workhouse for a little longer. For those of us in the market for an RTX, continue to be patient. This is not the card you’re looking for. Unless you really want a 3070 and can’t get one, which is highly likely, but even then, do not pay a penny over the MSRP. At £529, this GPU is worse value than an RTX 3070 in the games we tested, and the GDDR6X memory upgrade has failed to deliver significant performance gains. ,In normal times, just no. In these strange times, use this as an excuse to try and get an MSRP model, but don’t pay a penny more.,