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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti
NVIDIA knows it is on to a good thing with its latest-generation Ampere architecture. GeForce RTX 30 Series, launched in late 2020, has set new heights for PC graphics performance and has been snatched from retail shelves in record numbers. The team at Scan Computers is doing its best to keep customers informed of stock availability, and the situation is slowly but surely improving, with recent releases beginning to arrive in good number.
The latest addition to Nvidia's growing portfolio is the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. Intriguing insofar as it realises the full potential of the existing GA104 die, the RTX 3070 Ti is intended to slot in between RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 regular, and offers gamers another option in the sub-$600 bracket. Let's break out the full specification table to see how the newcomer stacks up.
RTX 3070 Ti: where does it fit in?
|RTX 3090||RTX 3080 Ti||RTX 3080||RTX 3070 Ti||RTX 3070||RTX 2080 Ti||RTX 2080||RTX 2070 Super|
|Launch date||Sep 2020||Jun 2021||Sep 2020||Jun 2021||Oct 2020||Sep 2018||Sep 2018||Jul 2019|
|Die Size (mm²)||628||628||628||393||393||754||545||545|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1,400||1,365||1,440||1,580||1,500||1,350||1,515||1,605|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1,695||1,665||1,710||1,770||1,725||1,545||1,710||1,770|
|L2 cache (KB)||5,120||5,120||5,120||4,096||4,096||5,632||4,096||4,096|
Note that all five RTX 30 Series GPUs are hewn from just two die, GA102 and GA104, respectively. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to source multiple models from the same silicon, and with RTX 3070 having launched back in October with 46 active streaming multiprocessors out of a maximum 48, there was always scope for a superior 'Ti' model.
As expected, the RTX 3070 Ti is a full implementation of the 393mm² GA104 die, resulting in a maxed-out specification of 6,144 shaders, 192 tensor cores, 48 RT cores and 192 texture units. Minor gains in the grand scheme of things, but in an effort to further raise the performance bar, Nvidia has bolstered the Ti part in two ways. GPU boost clock has been bumped from 1,725MHz to 1,770MHz and, more importantly, the 8GB frame buffer has been upgraded from 14Gbps GDDR6 to faster 19Gbps GDDR6X.
Sensible changes at the $599 price point, though do be aware that the increase in muscle comes at the expense of power consumption. With a 290W TDP, the RTX 3070 Ti is some 30 per cent thirstier than its RTX 3070 namesake, while the on-paper specification suggests a real-world performance uplift of around 10 per cent.
Great at 1440p, Decent at 2160p
Benchmarks from leading review sites reveal that the RTX 3070 Ti does exactly what it says on the tin, slotting in between existing RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, while providing stern competition for AMD's rival Radeon RX 6800.
There's more than enough oomph to deliver high framerates at a 2,560x1,440 resolution, and with latest-generation raytracing smarts, compatible titles such as DIRT 5 look and play at their best. Gamers contemplating an upgrade from older hardware should take note; the Radeon RX 5700 XT is represented by a score of zero due to a lack of hardware raytracing support.
Even 4K UHD is manageable in certain titles. RTX 3070 Ti once again serves as a head-to-head challenger to AMD's Radeon RX 6800 in Forza Horizon 4, and the benchmark reveals a 7.5 per cent performance gain over the existing RTX 3070. A welcome nudge in the right direction, though the next GPU up the stack, RTX 3080, represents a fundamentally superior class of GPU.
The arrival of RTX 3070 Ti has helped realise the true potential of Nvidia's GA104 die. Outfitted with a full complement of 6,144 shaders, and with quicker GDDR6X memory in tow, the new mid-tier GeForce champion typically benchmarks up to 10 per cent faster than the existing RTX 3070. Such characteristics make it a particularly stellar performer at QHD with all the quality settings dialled up to maximum.
A wide range of GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards are listed right here at Scan Computers.