Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: the next-gen Nvidia card for the rest of us

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti looks suspiciously similar the 'unlaunched' Nvidia RTX 4080, particularly due to the fact that its show is among the champion you tin find close now. Its terms puts it arsenic the cheapest next-gen graphics paper disposable (at slightest technically), and features similar DLSS 3 connection adjacent much ground-breaking gaming performance. It's not cleanable though, and it's not arsenic future-proof arsenic I'd similar it to beryllium for the asking price, but if you've been waiting to upgrade to your adjacent Nvidia graphics card, this should decidedly beryllium the 1 that the immense bulk of buyers should spell for.


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    Excellent gaming performance

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    An fantabulous "budget" originative workstation GPU

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    Cheapest next-gen graphics paper connected the market


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    No Founders Edition

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    Only DisplayPort 1.4a

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    12GB VRAM isn't large for 8K gaming

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti: Two-minute review

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti came onto the country needing to people a existent triumph if Team GReen had immoderate anticipation of reigning successful a resurgent AMD, and this is precisely the close graphics paper to bash that.

The RTX 4070 Ti isn't the champion graphics paper Nvidia's ever enactment out, and its motorboat has been somewhat overshadowed by the large stumbles Nvidia has made since Jensen Huang archetypal announced the Nvidia Lovelace motorboat lineup backmost successful September — which was truly much of a little speech during a presumption overwhelmingly devoted to getting america to attraction astir the Omniverse, but I digress.

And, lest we forget, the RTX 4070 Ti is identical successful substance to the "unlaunched" RTX 4080 12GB that was initially announced to the disorder of many, and it's not astonishing that determination is nary Founders Edition for this card, since you truly can't scratch a 7 retired from an 8 successful RTX 4080.

What's more, the RTX 4080 that we did get is excessively costly to truly recommend, truthful it's disappointing that the RTX 4070 Ti wasn't the paper to transportation the 4080 marque into the adjacent generation. It is without question the champion Nvidia graphics paper you tin bargain close present (by value) from this caller procreation of GPUs, and it represents a large leap guardant for everyday, mainstream PC gaming. It's not without its flaws, but connected balance, it's the Nvidia GPU that anyone looking to upgrade with Team Green ought to beryllium buying unless they person a mates of 1000 dollars to burn.

With an MSRP of $799 / £799 / AU$1,469, it's cheaper than the cheapest RDNA 3 GPU, the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT, and fractional the terms of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090. And portion some of those cards outperform the RTX 4070 Ti successful earthy show terms, determination are a fig of worth adds for the RTX 4070 Ti that collectively marque it worthy large information careless of its limitations.

The Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti isn't an undisputed victor successful the lower-premium GPU class, but this is wherever Nvidia truly needed to enactment up its flank aft AMD crushed it successful my AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX review and to that extremity it is precisely what Nvidia needed close now.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: Price & availability

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  • RTX 4070 Ti MSRP is the lowest of each the latest next-gen graphics cards
  • Some third-party cards tin adjacent beryllium bought astatine MSRP
  • Availability is mostly beauteous good

The Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti, disposable present successful the US, UK, and Australia, comes successful astatine the lowest MSRP of immoderate of the next-gen cards to deed the marketplace successful caller months, and it's bully to spot that Nvidia took a batch of the disapproval astir terms ostentation directed toward it aft the Lovelace announcement to heart.

The RTX 4070 Ti, with an MSRP of $799 / £799 / AU$1,469, is $100 / £100 cheaper than the RX 7900 XT (though it is really AU$60 much costly successful Australia), and adjacent though determination is nary Nvidia Founders Edition paper guaranteed to merchantability astatine MSRP, adjacent immoderate third-party cards tin beryllium recovered precise adjacent to oregon adjacent matching Nvidia's MSRP.

That said, this is besides overmuch much costly than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, which had a motorboat MSRP of $599 / £529 / AU$959. That makes the RTX 4070 Ti $200, £270, and AU$510 much costly than the paper it is technically replacing, truthful we can't spell praising Nvidia excessively for relaunching the RTX 4080 12GB (originally slated for an $899 / £849 / AU$1,659 motorboat price) astatine a somewhat little terms point.

And, of course, prices for different third-party cards whitethorn extremity up being substantially higher, particularly for OC versions that compression a fewer 100 MHz much retired of the GPU's timepiece speeds oregon peculiar variation cards with premium plan oregon h2o cooling.

Still, there's nary getting astir the information that this is the cheapest next-gen paper we're going to person for a while, truthful the RTX 4070 Ti is going to people immoderate large points present by default.

  • Price score: 4 / 5

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: Features & chipset

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  • Third-gen RT cores
  • DLSS 3 with afloat framework generation
  • Lower TDP

The RTX 4070 Ti is built connected Nvidia's caller Lovelace GPU architecture, which features a importantly smaller TSMC process than the last-gen Nvidia Ampere architecture. At 4nm, arsenic opposed to Ampere's 8nm process from Samsung, we're getting importantly faster timepiece speeds arsenic good arsenic much vigor ratio with this generation. The RTX 4070 Ti has conscionable implicit doubly arsenic galore transistors arsenic the RTX 3070 Ti portion packing them into a GPU dice astir 75% of the size of the RTX 3070 Ti's silicon, and you tin spot it successful the RTX 4070 Ti's somewhat little TDP (285W to 290W for the RTX 3070 Ti).

The RTX 4070 Ti we reviewed, the Asus Tuf GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Gaming OC 12GB, besides features a higher boost timepiece (but not that overmuch much than Nvidia's notation specs) but some the notation clocks and the existent clocks connected our Asus paper are astir a afloat 1,000 MHz faster than those of the RTX 3070 Ti, truthful this paper is earnestly fast.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti reappraisal portion specs ComponentNvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti (Base)Asus Tuf RTX 4070 Ti OC
Price$799 / £799 / AU$1,479$849 / £859 / AU$1,669
CUDA Cores7,6807,680
RT Cores6060
Tensor Cores240240
Base Clock2,310MHz2,310MHz
Boost Clock2,610MHz2,730MHz
Memory Clock1,313MHz1,313MHz
Bus Size192-bit192-bit
Memory Bandwidth504.2 GB/s504.2 GB/s

As I said before, this is fundamentally the unlaunched RTX 4080 12GB, and truthful it has the aforesaid specs arsenic that unlaunched paper did, including 7,680 CUDA cores, 60 ray tracing cores, and 240 Tensor cores for doing each those tricky instrumentality learning calculations needed to powerfulness the caller DLSS 3 with afloat framework generation, which is arsenic large a woody contiguous arsenic DLSS 2.0 was erstwhile it launched with Nvidia Ampere and made accelerated 4K gaming a world for gamers astir the world.

On the representation side, determination is 12GB GDDR6X VRAM, the aforesaid arsenic successful the unlaunched RTX 4080, arsenic is some the representation timepiece (1,313MHz) and 192-bit representation autobus (for a full representation bandwidth of 504.2GB/s). If you're disquieted that 12GB mightiness beryllium a spot excessively debased for a 4K graphics card, you don't request to interest astir that with this card. There is much than capable to powerfulness a high-refresh 4K display, which is thing that the RTX 3070 Ti could lone bash connected the astir restrictive of settings.

That representation though is excessively small to truly powerfulness 8K contented astatine accelerated speeds, and adjacent if you could get much than 60 fps astatine 8K successful immoderate fixed game, the RTX 4070 Ti is locked successful astatine 60Hz for 8K video acknowledgment to its deficiency of DisplayPort 2.1 output, truthful you'll ne'er beryllium capable to crippled faster than 60 fps astatine 8K. 

The RX 7900 XT, connected the different hand, has some the representation and the output capableness to spell arsenic precocious arsenic 165Hz astatine 8K, though it would lone truly beryllium capable to natively negociate much than 60 fps connected an 8K show with precise debased assistance games similar esports titles and the like. 

Still, it's imaginable for the RX 7900 XT, and it's truly not with the RTX 4070 Ti, which is simply a shame. 8K gaming isn't truly present yet beyond a mates of titles similar Spider-man: Miles Morales, but with higher refresh complaint 8K displays acceptable to deed the marketplace successful the adjacent twelvemonth oregon two, the RTX 4070 Ti feels little future-proof than a paper this costly should be.

  • Features & chipset: 4 / 5

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: Design

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  • No Founders Edition
  • Designs volition vary, but nary of them volition beryllium small
  • USB Type-C output

The Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti we reviewed is really a third-party card, since determination is nary Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Founders Edition, but determination are decidedly immoderate things that I tin generalize astir the plan of the RTX 4070 Ti. Namely, that this is going to beryllium a honking-big paper nary substance who you bargain it from.

An Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics paper  connected  a woody  array  with its retail packaging

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Side by broadside with the RTX 4080, the RTX 4070 Ti takes up conscionable arsenic overmuch abstraction and volition beryllium conscionable arsenic challenging to wedge into each but the largest of operation cases. It's a triple-slot card, truthful a mean ATX motherboard volition permission small country for thing other to slot successful adjacent to it.

Then there's the substance of its 16-pin connector. Given the little powerfulness requirements for the RTX 4070 Ti, the paper lone requires 3 8-pin connectors to beryllium plugged into the included adapter (as opposed to 4 8-pins for the RTX 4090), but the adapter is inactive going to beryllium clunky to woody with, truthful unless you person a caller ATX 3.0 PSU that comes with a 16-pin connector cable, your cablegram absorption skills are going to truly beryllium enactment to the test.

In presumption of output, determination is nary DisplayPort 2.1, arsenic I mentioned, but there's besides nary USB Type-C output either, thing that would marque a batch of consciousness connected this paper since it has precise beardown originative workload performance, truthful a batch of creatives connected a fund would beryllium tempted to springiness this paper a look, but since the best USB-C monitors are besides precise fashionable among the originative nonrecreational crowd, they'll person to usage an adapter, and nary 1 likes having to usage those if they tin assistance it.

There is besides an included enactment bracket for the Asus paper we received for testing, and I ideate that a batch of different manufacturers volition beryllium including them arsenic well. This paper weighs a bully bit, truthful torque forces are not going to beryllium benignant to it (or immoderate different RTX 4070 Ti) successful the medium-to-long term, truthful marque definite you usage 1 if you aren't moving the paper upright.

Finally, arsenic for Asus's Tuf Gaming design, the unfastened metallic shroud exposes much of the vigor descend portion a triple-fan array volition support aerial moving done it. The cage-like shroud does look cool, and determination is immoderate RGB on the apical of the paper arsenic good if you're into that.

  • Design score: 3.5 / 5

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: Performance

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  • 4K gaming connected a 1440p GPU
  • Great "budget" graphics paper for originative pros
  • Competent ray tracing astatine 4K, particularly with DLSS

As we determination connected to the RTX 4070 Ti's performance, the agelong and abbreviated of it is what it's been for 2 generations now: the RTX 4070 Ti is amended astatine astir originative workloads and ray tracing portion AMD pulls up successful rasterization, particularly successful gaming, though it is worthy noting that the RX 7900 XT doesn't autumn arsenic acold down the RTX 4070 Ti successful ray tracing arsenic it would person a procreation ago.

Benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti

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Nvidia's borderline successful ray tracing show tin beryllium seen successful our 3DMark Speedway and Port Royal tests, some of which are ray tracing-heavy benchmarks. The RTX 4070 Ti pulls retired a reasonably adjacent triumph here, edging retired the RX 7900 XT by a fewer 100 points successful each.

Once we determination onto Timespy and Firestrike though, some astatine 1440p and 4K, AMD's rasterization vantage truly pulls up of Nvidia's RTX 4070 Ti with the RX 7900 XT blowing retired the RTX 4070 Ti by a fewer 1000 points astatine times.

Benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti

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Whatever gloating the RX 7900 XT mightiness beryllium doing gets rapidly unopen down successful originative tests, particularly successful our Blender Benchmark tests. Admittedly, this isn't a just fight, since Blender Cycles is highly optimized for the CUDA acquisition set. Even the last-gen RTX 3070 Ti pushes AMD's RX 7900 XT speech successful Blender Benchmark, and the RTX 4070 Ti afloat laps its Team Red rival and past some.

This extends to Adobe Premiere arsenic well, wherever the RTX 4070 Ti outperforms the RX 7900 XT by astir 17.5%. If it's immoderate consolation for the RX 7900 XT, it's that it edges retired the RTX 4070 Ti successful Photoshop, which is the surviving explanation of a rasterization workload, truthful this shouldn't beryllium surprising. Still, the RTX 4070 Ti manages to lone suffer by astir 1.5%, truthful it's capable to telephone it a wash.

The cardinal takeaway for maine from these originative benchmark results though is that the RTX 4070 Ti is rather adept astatine originative enactment usually reserved for graphics cards doubly arsenic expensive, truthful immoderate creatives retired determination looking for a much "budget" GPU enactment for their workstation really person 1 now.

Benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti

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In gaming performance, we again spot the RTX 4070 Ti besting the RX 7900 XT erstwhile it comes to ray tracing portion often slipping into 2nd erstwhile ray tracing isn't a factor. Ultimately, though, the quality present isn't excessively important to spell with 1 implicit the different connected this ground alone.

All games request rasterization show portion lone a fewer games adjacent instrumentality ray tracing, truthful the RTX 4070 Ti's third-gen ray tracing cores are lone truly a origin erstwhile it comes to premium ray tracing experiences similar Cyberpunk 2077 oregon Hitman 3, and adjacent then, it's inactive astatine the constituent wherever you request to trust connected DLSS 3 for a bully framework rate.

It besides needs to beryllium said that, technically, the RTX 4070 Ti is simply a 1440p graphics card. It's not expected to truly execute this good astatine 4K, arsenic evidenced by the RTX 3070 Ti's alternatively pitiful showing successful a fig of 4K crippled benchmarks. Heck, the RTX 3070 Ti could hardly get done the Hitman 3 Dubai benchmark astatine 4K without ray tracing and wholly craps the furniture erstwhile you crook ray tracing connected to the constituent of crashing to the desktop. 

The information that the RTX 4070 Ti is competitory astatine 4K is simply a immense triumph for the RTX 4070 Ti here, particularly fixed that the RX 7900 XT has a overmuch much built-in hardware vantage astatine 4K owing to 66% much VRAM and 58.66% much representation bandwidth for pushing done 4K textures.

AMD mightiness person the borderline successful our gaming tests, but the earthy fig doesn't archer the full picture. In our ceremonial benchmark tests, we don't usage DLSS oregon FSR to amended framework rates algorithmically, since updates tin marque oregon interruption their functionality, and this happens excessively often for immoderate numbers gathered portion utilizing upscaling to truly beryllium valid aft adjacent a azygous update. As such, it's much important to get a baseline fig that can't alteration overmuch implicit clip erstwhile comparing hardware, and the non-assisted hardware rendering taking spot successful the PCIe slot tin rarely, if ever, change. 

That said, nary 1 plays games nowadays without immoderate signifier of upscaling. Even if you've got a GTX 1060, you tin inactive usage FSR and you undoubtedly will. With the RTX 4070 Ti, DLSS 2.0 is already phenomenal, but DLSS 3 with framework procreation takes DLSS 2.0's show gains and beauteous overmuch doubles it. In practice, with DLSS 3 you volition astir ever get much fps in-game than you volition with the RX 7900 XT moving FSR 2.2, truthful adjacent though the RX 7900 XT hardly pulls up connected gaming performance, your existent acquisition of gaming connected the RTX 4070 Ti astir apt won't bespeak that astatine all.

Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti

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In the end, the RTX 4070 Ti comes successful precise adjacent down the RX 7900 XT successful wide performance, owing mostly to the RX 7900 XT's beardown implicit show successful synthetic benchmarks. Normalize each of that mathematically, though, and the RTX 4070 Ti is going to beryllium the amended stake present adjacent without DLSS 3. Throw that successful connected apical of everything else, and the RTX 4070 Ti simply walks distant with it successful presumption of show against some its predecessor and its nonstop rival from AMD.

  • Performance score: 4.5 / 5

Should you bargain the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti?

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 TiAttributesNotesRating
PriceAs the cheapest next-gen graphics paper connected the market, the RTX 4070 Ti offers a bully worth for astir gamers looking for a premium 4K card.4 / 5
Features & chipsetBetween third-gen RT cores and DLSS 3, Nvidia's hardware and supporting bundle has decidedly matured this gen.4 / 5
DesignNo Founders Edition card, truthful designs volition alteration depending connected which third-party paper you buy.3.5 / 5
PerformanceGreat 4K gaming show and respectable originative show arsenic well, though inactive somewhat down the RX 7900 XT connected average.4.5 / 5

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: Also consider

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 TiAMD Radeon RX 7900 XTNvidia GeForce RTX 4080
Price:$799 / £799 / AU$1479$899 / £899 / AU$1,619$1,199 / £1,199 / AU$1,999
Boost Clock2,610MHz2,394MHz2,505MHz
Memory Bandwidth504.2 GB/s800.0 GB/s716.8 GB/s
Streaming Multiprocessors7,6805,3769,728
Ray Tracing Cores608476
Tensor Cores240N/A304
Connector1 x 16-pin2 x 8-pin1 x 16-pin
Outputs1 x HDMI 2.1 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a1 x HDMI 2.1a, 2 x DisplayPort 2.1, 1 x USB Type-C1 x HDMI 2.1, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a

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How I tested the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti

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  • I spent astir 30 hours with the RTX 4070 Ti successful total
  • Besides wide benchmarking, I utilized the paper successful my mundane gaming and originative work
  • In summation to modular benchmarks, I played games for respective days with a framerate show progressive and recorded the real-world average

When I trial a graphics card, I commencement by making definite that each tests are performed connected the aforesaid trial seat setup to isolate GPU performance. I past tally it done a bid of synthetic benchmarking tools similar 3DMark arsenic good arsenic in-game benchmarks successful the astir caller PC games I tin entree similar Cyberpunk 2077 and F1 2022. I tally everything connected the maximum settings imaginable without upscaling tech, and I tally each tests astatine the solution a scholar is astir apt to usage a fixed paper at. In the lawsuit of the RTX 4070 Ti, this means thing little than 2,560 x 1440p, with 3,840 x 2,160p wherever possible.

I besides marque definite to instal the latest applicable drivers and rerun tests connected immoderate competing graphics paper that I mightiness person already reviewed and tested, similar the RTX 4080 and the RX 7900 XT, to marque definite that I person the astir existent scores to relationship for immoderate operator updates. All of these scores are recorded and compared against the card's predecessor, its astir nonstop rival, and the paper straight supra and beneath it successful the merchandise stack, if those cards are available. I past mean these scores to travel to a last wide people and disagreement that by the card's MSRP to spot however overmuch show each dollar oregon lb spent really gets you to find however overmuch worth the paper really brings to the table.

Finally, I really usage the paper successful my ain idiosyncratic machine for respective days, playing games, utilizing apps similar Adobe Photoshop oregon Adobe Illustrator, and watching for immoderate anomalies, crashes, glitches, oregon ocular disruptions that whitethorn hap during my clip with the card. Having extensively covered and tested galore graphics cards implicit the years, I cognize what a graphics paper should bash and however it should perform, and tin readily place erstwhile thing is not performing up to expectations and erstwhile it exceeds them. 

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First reviewed January 2023

John (He/Him) is the US Computing Editor present astatine TechRadar and helium is besides a programmer, gamer, activist, and Brooklyn College alum presently surviving successful Brooklyn, NY. 

Named by the CTA arsenic a CES 2020 Media Trailblazer for his subject and exertion reporting, John specializes successful each areas of machine science, including manufacture news, hardware reviews, PC gaming, arsenic good arsenic wide subject penning and the societal interaction of the tech industry.

You tin find him online connected Twitter astatine @thisdotjohn

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