Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti review: AD104 GPU has to prove itself with 12 GB for more Dollars

For the first time, the GeForce 4070 Ti will be on sale for less than 1,000 dollars, and it will beat the more expensive GeForce 3090 Ti in terms of performance. In the test, GamingEon explains how fast the graphics card really is.

The 4070 Ti is available in stores as a custom design. As GamingEon readers report in the thread to this article, there are three representatives of the species, which are the Inno3D GeForce RTX 4070 Ti X3, Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF and MSI alternatives. There are more offers available via the price comparison, as well as the fact that the TUF is sold via its own shop.

The RTX 4070 Ti is now referred to the GeForce RTX 4080 12GB

The GeForce RTX 4080 was announced in September of 2022, in addition to the other two. In terms of memory capacity, the two RTX 4080s differed from each other. Both of them had the same technology and performance, but they had nothing in common. After immense criticism, it was the only correct reaction from Nvidia to cancel the GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB.

The first two are the RTX 4090 and 4080, followed by the RTX 4070 Ti. From January 5th, you will be able to purchase the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, which will return at the beginning of 2023. The hardware, including clock rates, is exactly the same as the name suggests. The price is not the same as it should have been, with the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti starting at 899 dollars. Excluding the impact of the EuroUSD exchange rate, it is 699 US dollars before tax in the USA. There is no doubt that the price of the graphics card was ridiculous.

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As a result of the fact that the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti has significantly fewer execution units compared to the GeForce RTX 4080 and in particular the GeForce RTX 4090, which in turn does not back down in terms of features and thus also supports “Shader Execution Reordering”, it The 4070 Ti faces the 3090 Ti and the 7900 Ti. With the performance promised by Nvidia, an RTX 3090 Ti and a price appox. 899 dollars, there is not a direct opponent in the portfolio of the company. The test will determine whether the new graphics card fits into the previous portfolio or not.

For your reference, from left to right, an OC, a Ti, and an Eagle. The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC is a simple design at a lower price that stands out as a candidate, while the Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC is a more complex design at a higher price. The entry level price of the RTX 4070 Ti is definitely not a Founders Edition.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti in detail

The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is the third desktop graphics card of the generation based on the third ADA Lovelace GPU. The GeForce RTX 4090 uses the large AD102 chip, the GeForce RTX 4080 already uses the significantly smaller AD103 and the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti uses the even smaller AD104, which, with 295 mm² and 35.8 billion transistors, is not even half as large and complex as the flagship GPU. The same GPU is used in the notebook in the GeForce RTX 4080 laptop GPU.

In terms of features, there are no relevant differences between AD102, AD103 and AD104; primarily, the number of execution units is smaller. More details about the technology can be found in a separate article.

The full version of the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti comes with 7,680 units and 60 active streaming multiprocessors. Nvidia has only partially used AD103 and AD101 so far. The AD104 video unit can’t draw on its full potential. Even though the full two encoders are available, only one of the four available decoders is active.

AD104 on the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti (Picture: Nvidia)
AD104-GPU (Picture: Nvidia)

The average boost for the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is 2,610 MHz. It is possible to raise the power consumption above the 300 watt limit for any custom design. The new 16 pin power plug is expected to be installed on all partner cards. Each model comes with an accessory that allows operation with two 8 pin power plugs, which allows 300 watt of power via this connection. Within the norm, a power limit of 366 watt would be possible with a theoretical maximum of 66 watt via the PCIe slot. When it comes to the storage system, the AD104 uses six controllers with a 192 bit interface. The memory expansion is either 12 or 24 gigabytes. The memory type uses GDDR6X, which is 21 Gbps and runs at 10,504 MHz on the graphics card. Compared to the 3070 Ti, the RTX 4070 Ti has 25 percent more shaders, 12 times as much L2 cache, 50 percent more memory and a slightly slower memory interface. The price goes up by more than 40 percent.

The official specifications of the RTX 4000 series

RTX 4090RTX 4080 16 GBRTX 4070 TiRTX 3070 Ti
FabricationTSMC N4Samsung 8 nm
Transistors76,3 billion.45,9 billion.35,8 billion.17,4 billion.
Chip size609 mm²379 mm²295 mm²393 mm²
RT-Cores128, 3rd Gen76, 3rd Gen60, 3rd Gen48, 2nd Gen
Tensor-Cores512, 4th Gen304, 4th Gen240, 4th Gen192, 3rd Gen
Base-Clock2.230 MHz2.210 MHz2.310 MHz1.575 MHz
Boost-Clock2.520 MHz2.510 MHz2.610 MHz1.770 MHz
FP32-calculation82,6 TFLOPS48,8 TFLOPS40,1 TFLOPS21,7 TFLOPS
FP16-calculation82,6 TFLOPS48,8 TFLOPS40,1 TFLOPS21,7 TFLOPS
FP16 via Tensor330 TFLOPS195 TFLOPS164 TFLOPS87 TFLOPS
Texture Units512304240192
L2-Cache73.728 KB65.536 KB49.152 KB4.096 KB
Storage throughput21 Gbps22,4 Gbps21 Gbps14 Gbps
Storage interface384 Bit256 Bit192 Bit256 Bit
Storage bandwidth1.008 GB/s717 GB/s504 GB/s608 GB/s
TDP450 Watt320 Watt285 Watt290 Watt

The details of the Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC

The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti test subjects use a smaller configuration that uses the same coolers. There are two completely different cooling systems, one of which has nothing to do with each other.

The Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC

The Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC

The 7900 XTX and 4070 Ti are from the OC.

The length of 30.0 cm and the width of 3.25 slots are significantly lower than the height of 13.0 cm. The weight is just 1,340 g. The weight of the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC is 1,920 g, while the length and width are 5 and 1.5 cm larger, respectively. The custom design is lighter and less tall than the FE.

Asus 7900 XTX TUF, Nvidia RTX 4080 FE, Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti Eagle and Asus RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC

The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC does not have a lot of lighting, but it looks good. This doesn’t really match the rest of the card’s appearance and also looks cheap. More would have been here. The small TUF has new fans. The three fans with a diameter of 88mm have been modified compared to the larger TUF coolers. The starting speed is 800 revolutions per minute. The graphics card only affects fan control. The factory conditions are the former.

Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC-2
Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC-4
The Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC

Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC (above pictures)

The boost clock rate of the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC is 2,730 MHz, which is 120 MHz higher than the official clock rate for modern graphics cards. The TGP is based on the specifications of the company that makes it. It is possible to raise the maximum value to 314 watt.

Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF OC-6

The bios switch is on the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. There is a new 16 pin power plug installed on the card, as well as an accessory for two 8 pin plugs.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC in Detail

The entry level model of the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC should be sold for 905 dollars, which is close to the premium segment of the market. The look and feel of the Eagle series are affected by a lot of plastic being used. The lighting with the Gigabyte logo looks better with the graphics card than it does with the competing model.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC
The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC

High quality cooler even on entry-level model

The cooler of the graphics card has a length of 30.0 cm and a height of 13.5 cm. The weight shows that Gigabyte has not saved much on the cooling material, which is comparable to the competing model. The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC uses three fans with a diameter of 86mm, which use both many and closely spacing fan blades. The fans were shut down for a silent operation. The start speed is 1,100 revolutions per minute. The graphics card has a quiet BIOS which influences fan control. There is a factory condition.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC-2
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC-3
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC-4

4070 Ti Eagle OC from Gigabyte (above pictures)

The boost clock for the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC is 2.625 MHz, which is 15 MHz above the specifications. The normal TDP is 285 watt, but in this case it can be increased to 340 watt. There is a new 16 pin power plug installed on the Eagle OC.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC-pin
BIOS switch on Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC

Model Asus GeForce RTX 4070 TiTUF OCGigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti
length, width30,0 cm, 13,0 cm30,0 cm, 13,5 cm
power supply1 × 16-Pin (12VHPWR, PCIe 5.0)
DesignTUF, 3,25 SlotWindForce, 2,8 Slot
weight1.340 g1.256 g
ventilator3 × 88 mm (axial)3 × 83 mm (axial)
Fan switched off (2D)Yes
Start-up speed800 revolutions1.100 revolutions
GPU-Base2.310 MHz
GPU-Boost2.730 MHz2.625 MHz
Reservoirs10.504 MHz
Memory Size12 GB GDDR6X
Power ConsumptionStandard TBP285 Watt
Max TBP314 Watt340 Watt
Ports3 x DisplayPort 1.4 DSC2 x HDMI 2.13 x DisplayPort 1.4 DSC2 x HDMI 2.1

Test system and test methodology

The editorial team rebuilt the test course because of the different demands of the new graphics cards from the two companies, and because they were specifically designed for the new generation. The resolutions used and graphics details used are reflected in the participating graphics cards. The latest drivers and games are used in the recreated benchmarks. With all the changes, the course is perfect for testing fast graphics cards, but the current generation is more and sometimes less overwhelmed. That’s intentional. At a later date, the normal graphics card test course will also be updated.

RTX 4070 Ti Custom from Gigabyte (left) and Asus (right)
RTX 4070 Ti Custom from Gigabyte (left) and Asus (right)

RTX 4070 Ti Custom from Gigabyte (left) and Asus (right)-2
RTX 4070 Ti Custom from Gigabyte (left) and Asus (right)
RTX 4070 Ti Custom from Gigabyte (above) and Asus (below)
RTX 4070 Ti Custom from Gigabyte (above) and Asus (below)

Over the course of the past three days, GamingEon has extensively tested the 4070 Ti. The following test system and methodology were used in a new test trail geared towards the next generation graphics card. The test system continues to use the Intel Core i9 12900K, which is the same processor as the one used in the ROG Maximus Z690 Apex. There is 32 gigabytes of memory available for the computer. Windows 11 and all the available updates are installed on an NVMe SSD. Resizable BAR can be enabled on all graphics cards. The 1200 watt power supply from the ROG THOR Platinum II comes with a 12VHPWR plug that can deliver 600 watt.

ROG THOR Platinum II pin
16 pin cable for up to 600 watt is included in the ROG THOR Platinum II

The editorial team uses a Fractal Design Torrent, which focuses on maximum airflow and is necessary for graphics cards with more than 350 watt, as they already worked out in July 2022. Anyone interested in a new graphics card is recommended to read this article. It won’t be easy to make a graphics card with 450 W. The housing uses a factory installed fan kit, but the speeds have been reduced. Detailed information about the test system can be found in the following table.

ProcessorIntel Core i9-12900K, not overclocked
CPU-coolerNoctua NH-D15S (140 mm at ~800 rpm)
MotherboardAsus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex (BIOS: 1720)
RAM2 × 16 GB Corsair Vengeance, DDR5-540040-40-40-84-2T
Power supplyAsus ROG Thor Platinum II (1.200 Watt, semi-passive, 80Plus Platinum)
SSD1 × Patriot Viper VP4100, 1 TB, NVMe, PCIe 4.0 (OS und games)1 × Crucial P1, 1 TB, NVMe, PCIe 3.0 (games)
Ventilator2 x 180-mm-fans, ~500 rpm on the front3 x 140-mm-fans, ~800 rpm on the ground

The Adrenalin 22.9.1 was used as a driver on all of the cards. The larger GeForce 3000 models were tested and found to provide more performance in the overhead of the system. The drivers for the GeForce The driver was used for the Radeon RX 7900 XTX.

These are graphics cards that have been tested

Radeon RX 6700 XT, 2.428 MHzGeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE, 1.884 MHz
Radeon RX 6800, 2.122 MHzGeForce RTX 3070 FE, 1.905 MHz
Radeon RX 6800 XT, 2.151 MHzGeForce RTX 3080 FE, 1.758 MHz
Radeon RX 6900 XT, 2.168 MHzGeForce RTX 3080 Ti FE, 1.702 MHz
XFX Radeon RX 6900 XT XTXH, 2.455 MHzAsus GeForce RTX 3090 Strix OC, 1.789 MHz
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, 1.950 MHz
Radeon RX 7900 XT, 2.482 MHzGeForce RTX 4070 Ti, 2.789 MHz
Radeon RX 7900 XTX, 2.477 MHzGeForce RTX 4080 FE, 2.653 MHz
GeForce RTX 4090 FE, 2.721 MHz
Clock rate average after 20 minutes of heating up for an additional 10 minutes in Doom Eternal, Ultra HD

Full HD is no longer a challenge for one of the new graphics cards, which is why the resolution is not included in the benchmarks. The change only applies to the special course, which has been adjusted for RDNA 3. The return will be 1,920 1,080. The smallest resolution is WQHD and the new graphics cards are only 1,920 1,080. In order to use them to the maximum possible capacity, testing is carried out in Ultra HD for the first time, in 5,120 2,880. ray tracing is added in 2,560 1,440 and 3,840 2,160. For WQHD and Ultra HD, the details are set to the maximum, but partially reduced. The test course has adapted the game selection to include titles such as Spider Man Remastered. The graphics details have been improved so that they are always at the maximum up to and including Ultra HD, which was not the case in every title before. Due to the high requirements, the general test course takes slower graphics cards into account, but the new course will have more ray tracing performance than the previous ones, as both RDNA 3 and Ada Lovelace will have significantly more ray tracing performance than their predecessors. There is no maximum detail in every title. The graphics settings have been summarized by the editorial team.

The games were used and the graphics were used below

Graphics details
Call of Duty: VanguardUltra preset + active tessellation
Cyberpunk 2077up to Ultra HD Ultra preset, with 5K medium preset
DeathloopUltra-PresetRT: AO quality + sun shade
Doom EternalUltra-Nightmare-PresetRT: Reflections “On”
Dying Light 2up to Ultra HD high preset, with 5K medium presetRT: GI, shadow, AO, reflections “On”
F1 22Ultra high preset, AO CACAORT Shadows + AO + Reflections “High”
Far Cry 6Ultra preset, HD texturesRT: Shadows and Reflections “On”
Forza Horizon 5Extreme Preset, TAA, SSAO Ultra, Reflections/SSR “Extreme”
Ghostwire: TokyoMaximum graphics detailsRT: Reflections “Up” + Culling “Up”
God of WarUltra preset + “Ultra+” reflections
Guardians of the GalaxyUltra presetRT: “Ultra” reflections + transparent reflections “On”
Halo InfiniteUltra-Preset
Metro Exodus EnhancedExtreme quality, Hairworks + PhysX + VRS “off”, tessellation “on”RT: “Ultra” + reflections
Saints RowUltra-PresetRT: Ultra AO
Shadow Warrior 3High preset, FX CAS “low”
Sniper Elite 5Ultra-Preset
Spider-Man RemasteredMaximum graphics detailsRT: Resolution + Geometry set to “Very High”, View Range to “10”
Tiny Tina’s WonderlandsBadass-Preset

It’s important that the FSR 2.x and the DLSS 2.x are included. The latest upsampling techniques from the two companies play a bigger part in the article. When using ray tracing, FSR 2.x is a must and is an important part of modern games. Compared to the first attempts at upsampling, the quality of the native resolution is often achieved and sometimes even exceeded, and there is a separate series of measurements which compares the quality of the graphics cards with each other. The render resolution of 2,560 1,440 is used for both cases.

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