Last week Nvidia announced their new RTX 3080 Ti gaming flagship but at the same time, they also announced a second card, the RTX 3070 Ti. The RTX 3070 Ti is set to fit in between the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3080 with the same GA104 GPU as the original 3070 but with a few more SMs and a few other big upgrades as well. Today we can finally talk about how it performs, so I’m going to run through what Nvidia has changed to make the Ti then put it through our benchmark suite to see if it's worth the extra money they are asking. The GPU market is still extremely tough, but we still want to keep everyone informed of what to expect to help you figure out what cards you want to try to seek out.

Product Name: Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

Review Sample Provided by: Nvidia

Written by: Wes Compton

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What's the RTX 3070 Ti all about

Before getting into our testing I did want to run through the changes that Nvidia made to the RTX 3070 Ti compared to the RTX 3070. I’ve also included the specifications for the 3080, 3080 Ti, and the 2070 as well just to give a little reference to how it fits in the current product stack and against the previous xx70 card. So while it does have the same base GPU, the 3070 Ti has gained two SMs which have expanded its capabilities over the 3070. Each SM has its own set of CUDA cores, RT cores, and Tensor cores. Even with just the addition of two, the 3070 Ti ends up with 3144 CUDA cores over the 5888 of the 3070 which is still a far cry from the 10240 of the new 3080 Ti but does get it closer to the original 3080 which has 8704. The RT or ray tracing core count matches the SMs so there are now 48 and for the AI or tensor cores it is now up to 192 from 184.

The boost clock speed was improved up to 1770 MHz from 1725 MHz which is higher than the 3080 and 3080 Ti as well. But one of the big changes was the memory. The 8GB VRAM is still the same, but it is now GDDR6X and it runs at 19 Gbps from the previous 14 Gbps. The 3070 Ti still has the same 256-bit memory controller but the faster memory increases the memory bandwidth from 448 GB/s on the 3070 to 608 GB/s on the 3070 Ti which is a big improvement. Looking at some of the other details, the 3070 and 3070 still have the same die size and transistor count. But to handle the new memory, high clock speed, and the two additional SMs the RTX 3070 Ti does have a higher TGP which is now 290 watts from 220 of the RTX 3070. Nvidia announced the price of the RTX 3070 Ti as well as being $599. We all know that currently with how the market is that MSRPs are out the window. But for reference when things settle back down to normal this is $100 more than the RTX 3070 and $100 below the RTX 3080 and not nearly as big of a jump as they did with the 3080 Ti.

 

Specifications

RTX 2070 FE

RTX 3070 FE

RTX 3070 Ti FE

RTX 3080 FE

RTX 3080 Ti FE

SMs

36

46

48

68

80

CUDA Cores

2304

5888

6144

8704

10240

Tensor Cores

288 (2nd Gen)

184 (3rd Gen)

192 (3rd Gen)

272 (3rd Gen)

320 (3rd Gen)

RT Cores

36 (1st Gen)

46 (2nd Gen)

48 (2nd Gen)

68 (2nd Gen)

80 (2nd Gen)

Texture Units

144

184

192

272

320

ROPs

64

96

96

96

112

GPU Boost Clock

1710 MHz

1725 MHz

1770 MHz

1710 MHz

1665 MHz

Memory Clock

14 Gbps

14 Gbps

19 Gbps

19 Gbps

19 Gbps

Total Video Memory

8192 MB GDDR6

8192 MB GDDR6

8192 MB GDDR6X

10240 MB GDDR6X

12288 MB GDDR6X

Memory Interface

256-bit

256-bit

256-bit

320-bit

384-bit

Memory Bandwidth

448 GB/s

448 GB/s

608 GB/s

760 GB/s

912 GB/s

TGP

185 Watts

220 Watts

290 Watts

320 Watts

350 Watts

Transistor Count

10.8 Billion

17.4 Billion

17.4 Billion

28.3 Billion

28.3 Billion

Die Size

445 mm²

392 mm²

392 mm²

628.4 mm²

628.4 mm²

GPU Codename

TU106

GA104-300

GA104-400

GA102

GA102-225

Launch MSRP

$599 (FE)
$499

$499

$599

$699

$1199

 

Before diving into everything I do always take a look with GPUz to double-check that the listed specifications match up with what I am getting in my testing. GPUz does have the 3070 Ti boost clock at 1770 Mhz so we are good there. It also documents our vBIOS version and the driver I tested on which was 466.61, the prerelease press driver.

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