Take this with a pinch of salt but you’re very unlikely to find an Nvidia GPU at the right price for another few months. That said, we got our hands on the Founder’s Edition card from Nvidia, so pricing is only getting upwards and onwards from here when you pick up the OC versions from Asus, MSI and alike.
Now that we have the gloomy bit out of the way, how much excitement does the Ti family bring to the 30-Series Nvidia GPUs and is it enough to justify the price bump from the base model? We played a lot of videogames to tell you how these video games work on the RTX 3070 Ti with all its Ray Tracing smarts and DLSS 2.1 sorcery.
Aesthetically, the 3070 Ti looks no different from all the other Founder’s Edition cards. They sport the same design that was showcased last year during the launch of the 30-Series cards. It’s thick, long and doesn’t snazzy up your cabinet with LEDs. However, the size is well utilized for cooling which helps in maintaining peak performance during long gaming sessions. The thing is also silent during gaming. Even with one extra fan, it’s more silent than our previous RTX 2080 Ti.
The mid-70s GPUs have always hit the sweet spot between the bigger 80s and the lower 60s. So it is not surprising that Nvidia might want to push the 3070 Ti to match up the 3080’s performance and that’s where this GPU starts to feel more of a bargain for 1440p gamers but still not offer the kind of boost you would want from a Ti card. 4K performance is still questionable but we’ll get to that in a bit.
On paper, Nvidia has crammed more RT cores, Cude cores and new GDDR6X memory with a higher data rate compared to the previous generation cards. What all this is means is that the 30-Series offers is a significant boost to gaming from the 20 and the 10-Series but if you compare it to the non-Ti 30-Series cards from Nvidia, the RTX 3070 Ti feels like a mid-season refresh that doesn’t excite much or offer a fantastic value of money like the mid-tier 70 cards usually do.
However, the RTX 3070 Ti can truly flex when hooked to a 2K monitor. We played Ghostrunner without Ray Tracing and it maintained a good 60+ frame rate. With Ray Tracing chops, the performance is broken due to stability issues from the game itself. There are massive dips in performance during action sequences. Ghostrunner is very pretty and extremely graphically intensive, the fast-paced action combat needs higher frames to feel immersive so dropping down to 2K without Ray Tracing is better. Turning on Ray Tracing spins the GPU on its head. We got around 40FPS on 4K with DLSS turned to performance. The graphical setting was always set to high on both resolutions. Who would want to play on low? Not us!
Nvidia has collaborated with 4A Games for Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition and boy, oh boy, it’s polished! We mentioned the entire performance of the game with RTX 2080 Ti and 3070 Ti in our full review of the game. The DLSS 2.1 performance delivers a staggering 100% improvement in frame rate. The 3070 Ti managed a whopping stable 60fps on 4K with ultra settings and DLSS 2.1 set to Quality! Without DLSS 2.1 the GPU scraps through with just 25, often pushing to 30fps during less intensive scenes.
Lego Builder’s Journey is another playground for the Nvidia GPUs to stretch their legs and showcase Nvidia’s Ray Tracing tech and DLSS smarts. We got around 15-18fps on 4K ultra settings and Ray Tracing set to High. Here the DLSS 2.1 integration is done with such polish! It boosts the frame rate from 15fps to around 30 once DLSS 2.1 is set to Quality. You can squeeze more frames by switching DLSS to Performance mode at the cost of a slight graphical setback.
Compared to the previous generation RTX 2080 Ti, the 3070 Ti offers almost identical performance. This is not a bad thing because the RTX 2080 Ti launched at almost double the current price of the RTX 3070 Ti! And it’s in the Ray Tracing department that the 70 Ti GPU steps up and offers a more stable frame rate than the RTX 2080 Ti. Cooling plays a major role in the 3070 Ti’s performance as well. It stays way cooler and quieter than the older cards. Although it demands more power too. The recommended power supply is 750 watts which is the same as the RTX 3080 Ti’s recommended power supply. The power-to-performance ratio here might make you stroke your chin with doubt. In retrospect, there’s almost a ₹10K difference between the 3070 Ti and the 3080. For that much cash, you get 2,560 more Cuda cores in the base 3080 and an extra 2GB VRAM too. Whereas, the same ₹10K difference between 3070 and the Ti variant will get you a bare minimum of extra 256 Cuda cores.
There’s also no USB Type-C at the back which is disappointing. You only get two HDMI 2.1 and two Display Ports 1.4a.
Now is not the best time to buy a GPU because thanks to crypto, graphic cards are selling faster than hot pakodas in the monsoon. Nvidia did add a hash rate limiter on the GPUs to discourage crypto miners from hoarding these shiny new cards. However, it’ll be long before the prices are back to normal and if you’re looking to pick up an RTX 3070 Ti (at its intended price and not the inflated), then the non-Ti model will offer more bang-for-your-buck.