After a false begin as an RTX 4080 variant, Nvidia launched the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti GPU at CES. It is geared toward players in search of maxed-out 1440p and creatives who want the increase Nvidia’s Ada structure might carry, however who will not lay out the large bucks the higher-end RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 command. And based mostly on the Asus TUF GeForce RTX 4070 Ti OC model I examined, it triumphs inside its value vary.
Asus presents 4 RTX 4070 Ti playing cards: two ROG Strix, one overclockable, and two TUF, additionally with one OC mannequin. The costs run from $800 to $1,050, with the TUF model I examined coming in at $850. Nvidia normally presents a home-branded Founders Version model for this degree, leaving the xx60-class playing cards and under to third-party add-in-board producers, nevertheless it’s left the 4070 Ti within the fingers of others.
- Strong 1440p efficiency for the cash
- Asus features a GPU assist within the field, should you want it
- Two HDMI connectors along with 3 DisplayPort
Do not Like
- Surprisingly large for a xx70-series GPU
- The port connector solely covers two slots despite the fact that the cardboard occupies the house of three
- No DP 2.1 assist with the Nvidia GPU
I am unsure how sustainable the pricing is, although. There’s an enormous hole between the RTX 4070 Ti and the RTX 4080, which is odd in a market that tends to supply playing cards priced at small increments. It feels artificially low. Whereas the RTX 4080 unambiguously performs higher, the 4070 Ti could look like a a lot better worth at its nominal value, and it is not clear whether or not that may stay true if the costs go up considerably.
If you plan to use DLSS, going with one of the 40-class GPUs makes a lot of sense; DLSS 3 performs significantly better than the previous generation, and I didn’t see any notable artifacts. It’s not clear whether Nvidia will roll out support for DLSS 3 to last-generation cards, but there’s no guarantee that it will work as well on the older hardware.
Asus TUF GeForce RTX 4070 Ti OC specs
|Memory bandwidth (GBps)||504.2|
|Memory clock (GHz)||10.5|
|GPU clock (GHz, base/boost)||2.3/2.75|
|Memory data rate/Interface||21Gbps/192 bits|
|Texture mapping units||240|
|Max thermal (degrees)||194F/90C|
|Size||3.3 slots; 12 inches (305mm) long x 5.4 inches (138mm) deep|
|Ship date||Jan. 5, 2023|
It delivers a big blow to the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT; that card is more expensive but for the most part performs the same or worse than the 4070 Ti. And in general its performance falls between the XT and the higher-end, more expensive, RX 7900 XTX. The AMD cards don’t require an adapter for the power cable, but the TUF 4070 Ti includes the requisite dual 8-pin to single 12-pin adapter. It’s fairly unobtrusive and the card shouldn’t require a power supply boost if you’re upgrading a reasonably powerful system.
It’s been a while since I’ve tested an Asus GPU, but I’m generally happy with the build quality. The card operates quietly enough — there’s only so quiet it can get with three fans, but it certainly didn’t out-loud my system fans. Nor did it get too hot, even during stress testing.
It’s thick for a 4070-class card — it hogs the space of three slots — but because a lot of it is hollow for airflow and ventilation out the back and top, it’s not that heavy. There is a lot of metal, though, for heat dissipation and durability. If it seems to sag a little in your system, Asus includes a handy support-with-screwdriver you can use to prop it up. (I got a little paranoid and stuck it in. Whatever.) There’s an extra HDMI connector for a total of five display ports, but you’re still limited to using only four at a time.
I couldn’t get an updated advance version of Asus’ GPU Tweak utility to play with the overclocking, cooling or other settings, so you might be able to eke further performance out of it. Simply operating in performance mode — the card has a hardware switch to toggle between that and quiet mode — the GPU clock sustained about 2.8GHz, which is better than basic spec but in line with Asus’ OC spec. There wasn’t any boost to the memory clock, though. The utility can also control the lighting, but there isn’t a lot, just RGB for the badge.
While the 4070 Ti is intended for 1440p gaming, it generally performs well on 4K, too. Unsurprising, since it matches or surpasses the 3080 Ti, which was last year’s performer for mainstream 4K gaming.
I can’t say the Asus TUF OC version of the RTX 4070 Ti is the best implementation around — that requires a lot more testing — but I’m comfortable recommending it as a solid choice for the GPU and for 1440p in general. Even 4K if you’re on a budget. It’s probably not worth it if you’ve got a 3080 Ti and FOMO, but for anything less it’s an upgrade you might want to consider if your current GPU’s performance frustrates you.
Relative performance of recent GPUs
Test PC configuration
|Custom PC||Microsoft Windows 11 Pro (22H2); 3.2GHz Intel Core i9-12900K; 32GB DDR5-4800; 2x Corsair MP600 Pro SSD; Corsair HX1200 80 Plus Platinum PSU, MSI MPG Z690 Force Wi-Fi motherboard, Corsair 4000D Airflow midtower case|