The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is an upgraded graphics card from NVIDIA that features improved performance and AI technologies such as SM, Tensor Core, RT Core, DLSS 3, and an AV1 dual encoding engine. It can deliver high-quality gameplay at 4K resolution and 60 fps, but it comes at a relatively high price of $799 or NT$28,990. In this review, we will test the Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE version of the card.
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The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is a graphics card from NVIDIA that is specifically designed for high-quality gameplay at 4K resolution and 60 fps. It is more affordable than the company’s flagship RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 models, with a price of $799 in the US. The RTX 4070 Ti offers a significant improvement in performance over the previous generation RTX 3080, with an increase of 16% in AAA games and 38% in ray tracing. However, it should be noted that the RTX 4070 Ti is $100 more expensive than the RTX 3080.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti features the AD104 GPU and has a total of 60 SM units, 7680 CUDA cores, 240 Tensor Cores, and 60 RT Cores. It has a Boost clock frequency of 2.6 GHz and comes with 12GB of GDDR6X high-speed memory. The card has a power consumption of 285W TGP.
In terms of price and performance, the RTX 4070 Ti is more similar to the RTX 3080. It offers improved performance in ray tracing and good 4K gameplay. While it has slightly lower performance than the RTX 4080, the RTX 4070 Ti is only -20% behind in terms of gaming performance. This means that the RTX 4070 Ti offers a better value for money than the RTX 4080, as it has a higher performance-per-dollar ratio.
Ada Lovelace: Process clock upgrade, advanced ray tracing, and dual AV1 Encode
The latest version of NVIDIA’s Ada architecture, which is used in the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, includes several improvements such as an upgraded SM unit, GDDR6X high-speed memory, the fourth generation of Tensor Cores for better AI performance, the third generation of RT Cores for improved ray tracing quality, and the eighth generation of video encoder with AV1 hardware encoding support. Additionally, the card features DLSS 3, which can provide a 2-4x performance boost.
The fourth generation of Tensor Cores in NVIDIA’s Ada architecture significantly improves Tensor TFLOPS performance for various data types, including FP16, BF16, TF32, INT8, and INT4. This can result in a 2x performance boost. In addition, the FP8 Transformer Engine with Hopper architecture offers a Tensor Core performance of 1.3 PetaFLOPS.
The third generation of RT Cores in NVIDIA’s Ada architecture provides a 2x improvement in the speed of ray-triangle intersection compared to the previous generation Ampere. It also introduces new technologies such as the Opacity Micro map Engine, Displaced Micro-Mesh Engine, and Shader Execution Reordering, further enhancing ray tracing performance.
Ada Lovelace features the eighth generation of NVIDIA’s dual NVENC encoding engine, which includes the ability to encode video and audio using the AV1 codec. This can result in a 2x improvement in audio and video encoding performance. However, support for the dual encoding engine of the RTX 40 series is currently limited to certain software such as DaVinci Resolve, Voukoder, and Jianying. Mainstream video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro will need to be updated in the future to take advantage of this feature.
DLSS 3 and Optical Flow Accelerator
DLSS 3, exclusive to the RTX 40 series, is an updated version of DLSS 2 that includes the concept of “AI supplementary frames” using an Optical Flow Accelerator. Optical Flow is a technique in computer vision that calculates the movement of each pixel in a series of images. DLSS 3 can use this information to supplement a game’s frame rate or application, resulting in improved performance.
To use DLSS 3 technology, the game engine must provide lower-resolution rendering images and motion vectors. DLSS uses a deep learning network to generate high-resolution images from these inputs. The Optical Flow Accelerator then calculates the movement of each pixel based on the motion vectors, and Optical Multi Frame Generation is used to create an AI supplementary frame image. This process helps to improve the performance of the game or application.
DLSS 3 can provide a 2-4x performance improvement in games and applications through AI supplementary frames while maintaining similar image quality to native rendering. However, it can also increase the overall delay of the game. To address this, NVIDIA has included Reflex technology in DLSS 3, which cancels the Render Queue and allows the CPU to immediately hand off rendering to the GPU, resulting in lower system latency. This helps to reduce the impact of DLSS 3 on game performance.
DLSS 3 combines several technologies, including AI Super Resolution, Frame Generation, and ReFlex, and uses the fourth generation of Tensor Cores, the Optical Flow Accelerator, and NVIDIA’s supercomputer to train AI. These technologies work together to deliver the ultimate performance of 4K resolution and 100 fps for next-generation gamers.
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE Unboxing / Standard Pricing Eagle Card with Powerful Heat Dissipation and Price
This time, NVIDIA did not release its own version of the RTX 4070 Ti, so GIGABYTE’s graphics card brand has launched a self-made card called the “RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE”. This card has a length of 30 cm, a width of 13.6 cm, and a thickness of 5.8 cm, requiring a 3-slot space for installation. It features a wind-force cooling system with three forward and reverses fans, a vapor chamber, heat pipes, and full-plate cooling fins to provide excellent gaming performance and thermal performance. The RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE is GIGABYTE’s first standard-priced Eagle card.
The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE graphics card has a double surface treatment of hairline and matte finishes, with patterns and textures inspired by the future and the universe. It also has three 90mm forward and reverses fans that help to reduce fan turbulence and provide maximum heat dissipation to the radiator airflow. These features contribute to the card’s excellent thermal performance.
The upper side of the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE graphics card features the words “GEFORCE RTX” and the RGB logo of GIGABYTE. The metal backplate on the back of the card protects the back of the graphics card and wraps around the edges of the circuit board, providing a strengthened design for the card.
The RTX 4070 Ti requires one 16-pin 12VHPWR or two PCIe 8-pins to power the card. The back of the circuit board has a power indicator light that helps users check the stability of the power supply. If the power cord is not properly connected or is unstable, the light will flash. This feature can be useful for DIY assembly, as it allows users to easily check whether the power supply for the graphics card has been installed correctly.
The metal backplate on the back of the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE graphics card and the large opening on the front right side allow the cooling airflow of the card to pass through and improve the overall cooling airflow inside the computer case.
The display output on this device includes three basic DisplayPort 1.4 ports and one HDMI 2.1 port.
Examining the graphics card’s components reveals that it has a short circuit board, allowing many cooling holes at the front. The GPU is an AD104, surrounded by six GDDR6 memory modules to create a 12GB capacity. GIGABYTE has also incorporated Ultra Durable certified capacitors, inductors, and circuit boards with 2oz copper for added durability.
The heat sink makes direct contact with the GPU using a vapor chamber and helps to dissipate heat from the surrounding memory and VRM power supply components. It is also equipped with six heat dissipation pipes that direct waste heat to the front and rear sets of heat dissipation fins, improving the overall heat dissipation capabilities of the device.
Included with the graphics card are a 16-pin 12VHPWR to two PCIe 8-pin adapter cables and a simple anti-bending board graphics card support bracket. These accessories are provided by GIGABYTE.
The RTX 4070 Ti has a power consumption of 285W, and it is recommended to use a power supply with a capacity of 750W or higher to run this graphics card.
The GIGABYTE simple anti-bending board graphics card support bracket is designed to help support the weight of the graphics card by locking a bracket in front of the graphics card and another L-shaped bracket into the ATX keyhole of the motherboard and case.
The lighting effects on this graphics card include an RGB light bar at the front and the GIGABYTE logo on the side.
Players can use the GIGABYTE CONTROL CENTER software to customize the graphics card’s fan, performance, and RGB lighting effects. The software allows players to create a custom fan curve and enables a default 0dB stop function on the graphics card. Players can also adjust the GPU voltage, power supply, and temperature upper limit in the performance settings and use the OC SCANNER function.
The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE has been tested for its creative audio and video output and GPU rendering performance.
The test involved using Adobe Premiere Pro 2020, DaVinci Resolve 18, and Blender for creative tasks. The graphics card’s performance was also evaluated in popular e-sports and AAA games at 2160p, and 1440p resolutions, with all special effects, turned on. The RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 were also included in the comparison for reference. The test also included evaluations of the graphics card’s performance in DLSS 3 for light-chasing games.
Processor: Intel Core i9-13900K
Motherboard: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 HERO 0502
Memory: G.SKILL TRIDENT Z5 NEO DDR5-6000 16GBx2
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Founding Edition, GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition
System Disk: Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Cooler: Phanteks Glacier One 360MPH
Power Supply: Seasonic VERTEX GX-1000
Operating System: Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64bit, Resizable BAR On
Driver Version: NVIDIA 527.62 / AMD 22.12.2
According to GPU-Z, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti has an AD104 GPU with a 4nm manufacturing process and 7680 rendering CUDA cores. It also has 12288 MB of GDDR6X (Micron) memory. The GPU has a preset clock frequency of 2310 MHz and a boost frequency of 2610 MHz.
DaVinci Resolve 18 is a video editing program that uses the GPU to accelerate various tasks, including colour correction and special effects. It relies on the CUDA cores for computing, resulting in excellent performance for playback and output of video clips. The beta version also includes support for NVIDIA AV1 encoding.
The first test project involves using 4K Blackmagic RAW images. It includes a Wedding_Heavy_Styles timeline with many Resolve effects, such as OFX: Light Rays/Glow/Sketch, to create a visually stunning video.
The Bride_FaceRefine_Selective_Color timeline uses Face Refinement for face tracking and applies selective colouring to highlight the main bride. Both the 50% Retime and Optical Flow Enhanced Better timelines use Optical Flow technology to slow down the image speed by 50%.
The SuperScale2x 4K Source timeline uses a 4K ProRES source video to produce a 4K video with a 2x zoom on the subject. The SuperScale4x HD_Source timeline uses an HD H.264 source video and Resolve Super Scale to output a 4K video.
The output time for the RTX 4070 Ti is not significantly slower than the RTX 4080. However, audio-visual users should consider the memory capacity of the graphics card and the size of their typical projects when choosing a graphics card. In this specific project, the RTX 4070 Ti falls behind AMD in effectiveness.
The second test involves using dual NVENC encoding to test AV1 and HEVC encoding. The test project is a 44-second short film from the Blender Open Movie Project called “Tears of Steel” and includes 8k Prores442HQ 30FPS and 4K Prores422HQ 30FPS videos to evaluate the output performance of HEVC and AV1 encoding.
The output settings for this test mainly involve using the NVIDIA Encoder with a quality setting of “Restrict to 80000 Kb/s,” an encoding profile of “Main,” a rate control of “Constant Bitrate,” a preset of “Faster,” and a tuning setting of “High Quality.” The two-pass setting is disabled.
Regarding performance, the RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 4080 have similar output times for 4K30, but the RTX 4070 Ti can encode HEVC files about two times faster than the previous generation RTX 3080.
The RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 4080 are able to outperform the previous generation RTX 3080 in 8K HEVC output, thanks to their dual encoding engines. However, software support is needed to fully utilize this performance advantage.
Adobe Premiere Pro 2022 is a video editing software that uses the Mercury Playback Engine GPU to accelerate video output. The test project is a 1080p60fps out-of-the-box video, and the BigMix4K project combines three FinalAdjusted_MPE 1920×1080 images to create a 4K timeline for H.264 and HEVC format output.
Note that the version of Premiere Pro 2022 used in this test does not yet support the RTX 40 dual encoding function.
Due to the lack of support for the RTX 40 dual encoding engine in Premiere Pro 2022, the performance of this test is not significantly different from that of the previous generation RTX 3080. In some cases, it is even worse. To see the improved output performance of the new generation GPU, it will be necessary to wait for Adobe to provide software updates.
Blender is a cross-platform, open-source 3D creation tool that supports various 3D operations, such as modelling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking. The Blender Benchmark 3.3.0 was used on a demo project to test the graphics card’s rendering capabilities.
Based on the Blender Benchmark 3.4.0 test results, the RTX 4070 Ti has a 1.3x higher computing performance than the RTX 3080, but it has -a 21% lower computing performance than the RTX 4080.
V-Ray Benchmark is a tool developed by Chaos Group that can perform calculation tests on ray-traced rendered images for both the CPU and GPU. V-Ray is a ray rendering software that is designed based on the laws of physics.
The V-Ray test shows that the RTX 4070 Ti has a 1.3x performance improvement compared to the RTX 3080 but a -23% reduction in computing performance compared to the RTX 4090.
SPECviewperf 2020 is a standard drawing performance test tool used to evaluate the performance of professional computer graphics software such as 3ds Max, Catia, Creo, Energy, Maya, Medical, SNX, and SolidWorks. It is used to test various professional drawing and engineering simulation applications.
The SPECviewperf 2020 test was run at a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and the performance was measured in FPS. The test results are specific to the tools used and are provided as a reference for professional workers.
The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE has been tested using the 3DMark benchmark
The 3DMark Fire Strike performance test is designed to test the performance of mainstream graphics hardware using the DirectX 11 API. It includes 1080p, Extreme 1440p, and Ultra 2160p resolution test scenarios.
In the 3DMark Fire Strike test, the RTX 4070 Ti scored 43411 points. It was about 1.24x faster than the RTX 3080 in the Ultra Graphics scenario but -21% slower than the RTX 4080. In the Extreme Graphics scenario, it was about 1.27x faster than the RTX 3080 but -19% slower than the RTX 4080.
However, in terms of performance comparison, the RTX 4070 Ti is about -20% slower than the RX 7900 XT.
The 3DMark Time Spy test is a scenario designed using the DirectX 12 API and targeted at the AAA game level. It tests the performance of graphics hardware at 1440p and Extreme 2160p resolutions.
In the 3DMark Time Spy test, the RTX 4070 Ti scored 23421 points, which is a 1.3x improvement over the RTX 3080. However, it is about -21% slower than the RTX 4080 and about -12% slower than the RX 7900 XT.
The 3DMark Port Royal test is designed to evaluate the ability of new-generation GPUs to accelerate hardware ray tracing by adding ray tracing to scenes in AAA games. The DXR test is a functional test that uses the DirectX Raytracing API, and Speed Way is a test scenario that is developed using full ray tracing.
The RTX 4070 Ti achieved quite good ray tracing performance without DLSS. The 3DMark Port Royal test scored 66.27 FPS, 68.9 FPS in the DXR test, and 54.96 FPS in the Speed Way test. This represents a 1.28x improvement in ray tracing performance compared to the RTX 3080, but it is also about -20% slower than the RTX 4080 in terms of ray tracing performance.
Ray tracing performance is still a strong point for NVIDIA, and the RTX 4070 Ti is 25% ahead of the RX 7900 XT in terms of ray tracing performance.
The 3DMark DLSS Feature Test allows you to perform performance tests for DLSS 3 and DLSS 2, with the resolution set to 3840 x 2160 and the acceleration settings set to “Performance”.
In the 3DMark DLSS Feature Test, the RTX 4070 Ti achieved a 2.6x performance improvement with DLSS 2, reaching 81.5 FPS. With DLSS 3, it achieved a 4x performance improvement, reaching 121.3 FPS, using AI frame supplement technology.
The performance of the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE has been tested in four e-sports games
The four e-sports games tested are “Rainbow Six: Siege”, “League of Legends”, “APEX Heroes”, and “CS: GO”, which are all tactical, team-based games that require a lot of skill. When the graphics quality and details are not set to the highest level, these games can maintain an average FPS of more than 100. The tests were conducted at 2160p and 1440p resolutions, with the special effects settings set to the highest level.
The performance of the RTX 4070 Ti in e-sports games is more than sufficient and very powerful. However, in the current version of “CS:GO”, its performance is relatively low. However, for e-sports games in general, achieving 4K and 300 FPS should not be a problem with this graphics card.
The performance of the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE has been tested in eleven games
The average performance of these eleven AAA games has been tested at 2160p and 1440p resolutions, with the special effects settings set to the highest level. Only the game “F1 2021” utilizes the ray tracing function, while the rest of the games do not use ray tracing or DLSS acceleration, to test the traditional rendering performance of the GPU.
The list of games tested includes the entry-level “F1 2021” and “Forza Horizon 5” racing games, the action-adventure game “Tomb Raider: Shadow”, the movie-based game “Death Stranding”, the shooter “Gears of War 5”, the open-world action game “The Division 2”, and the action role-playing game “Horizon: Zero Dawn”. The list also includes games such as “Borderlands 3”, “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla”, “Doom Eternal”, and “God of War”, which are known for their demanding performance requirements.
In 2160p resolution and with AAA games, the RTX 4070 Ti has an average FPS of 91.9. This represents a performance improvement of about 1.1x compared to the average FPS of 79.3 for the RTX 3080. However, compared to the RTX 4080, it has a small loss of about -20% in-game performance. Compared to the RX 7900 XT, it has a game performance loss of about -9%.
At 1440p resolution, the RTX 4070 Ti has an average FPS of 157.32. This represents a performance improvement of about 1.2x compared to the RTX 3080. However, it has a loss in game performance of about -16% compared to the RTX 4090 and about -5% compared to the RX 7900 XT.
The performance of the RTX 4070 Ti was tested in 9 games that utilize ray tracing technology
The RTX 4070 Ti was tested in 9 games that utilize ray tracing technology and DLSS acceleration. These games include “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, “Portal with RTX”, “Cyberpunk 2077”, “Control”, “Watch Dogs: Legion”, “Dying Light: The Following”, “Spider-Man: Miles Morales”, “Marvel’s Avengers”, and “Far Cry 6”. The tests were conducted at the highest levels at 2160p and 1440p resolutions with special effects and ray tracing settings. Please refer to the chart for detailed settings.
When using the RTX 4070 Ti at 2160p resolution with DLSS 3 acceleration, “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” achieved an average of 83 FPS, “Portal with RTX” achieved an average of 63 FPS, and “Cyberpunk 2077” achieved an average of 91 FPS. The average FPS for all 9 ray tracing games was 87.7 FPS.
At 1440p resolution and DLSS 3 acceleration, the average ray-tracing performance of RTX 4070 Ti for the 9 games was about 1.4x faster than RTX 3080, about -16% slower than RTX 4080, and about 62% faster than RX 7900 XT.
The RTX 4070 Ti has an average of 138.5 FPS at 1440p resolution, which is a 39% improvement in performance compared to the RTX 3080 and a 14% decrease in performance compared to the RTX 4080.
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE – DLSS 3 performance measurement
DLSS 3, which is a major focus of the RTX 40 update, has been tested in games such as “Microsoft Flight Simulator”, “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, “Spider-Man: Miles Morrow”, “Rath”, “F1® 22”, “Unity Enemies”, and “Dian Yu Ren Ke 2077” using a resolution of 2160p and the highest setting of ray tracing.
In the DLSS 3 game settings, there are options for “Super Resolution” and “Frame Generation”, which must be enabled to use the technology. However, RTX 30/20 series players can only enable the “Super Resolution” function and will not have the option to enable “Frame Generation.
The RTX 4070 Ti accelerates through DLSS 3, resulting in an average performance improvement of 88.4 FPS (a 4.2x increase) in “Dian Yu Ren Ke 2077” and an acceleration from 26 FPS to 87 FPS (a 3.3x increase) in “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
By using the DLSS 3 Performance setting, the RTX 4070 Ti can improve game performance by 1.8x to 4.2x, providing a smoother and more stable gaming experience for players.
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE Power Consumption and Temperature Measurement
The power consumption and temperature of the graphics card were tested using the Time Spy Stress test, Furmark, and “Dian Yu Ren Ke 2077”. The power consumption was measured using the PACT tool from NVIDIA, which monitored the wattage provided by the PCIe slot and the 12V power supply.
During the stress test, the highest temperature of the RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE was 60.7°C, while the temperature during gameplay in “Dian Yu Ren Ke 2077” was slightly lower at 57°C. This is a significant improvement compared to the 76°C of the previous generation RTX 3080, demonstrating good temperature performance for this generation.
The power consumption of the graphics card was tested using the Time Spy Stress test and Furmark 4K Xtreme burn-in test. The RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE had an average power consumption of 257.3W during the stress test and a maximum of 280W during the burn-in test. However, during gameplay in “Dian Yu Ren Ke 2077”, the power consumption was only 241W. This is a significant improvement compared to the 322W power consumption of the RTX 3080 and the 315W power consumption of the RX 7900 XT, showing that the RTX 4070 Ti has good performance, temperature, and power consumption.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is a new generation of graphics card that can handle 4K resolution at 60 FPS and has an average of 91.9 FPS in 11 AAA games and 87.7 FPS in 9 ray tracing games. DLSS 3 can also improve performance by 1.8x to 4.2x, but it still falls short compared to the RX 7900 XT.
The RTX 4070 Ti has a performance improvement of about 16% compared to the RTX 3080 and significantly improves the general gaming performance, with a 62% improvement in ray tracing performance. It is also currently the best performer in the RTX 40 series regarding ray tracing. If you don’t need the absolute highest performance at 4K 100 FPS, the RTX 4070 Ti is currently the most cost-effective new graphics card available.
The suggested price for the first wave of RTX 4070 Ti in Taiwan starts at NT$ 28,990. While this is higher than the RTX 3080 at its launch, the RTX 4070 Ti offers better performance in 4K games. For players looking for 2160p gaming, the RTX 4070 Ti is currently the most cost-effective option for 4K ray tracing in the RTX 40 series.
If the future RTX 4060 is based on the current price of the RTX 4070 Ti, the starting price will be around NT$ 20,000, which would be very attractive for mainstream and entry-level players. However, it remains to be seen what NVIDIA’s plans are for the future, and it’s possible that the price of gaming graphics cards will not be as low in 2023.
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Title: The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 Ti EAGLE has impressive performance and a relatively low price increase compared to similar graphics cards. It can display 4K resolution at a frame rate of 60 fps