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Given the price, the RTX 4070 Ti still makes the most sense as a 4K gaming solution, though naturally it can run at higher framerates at lower settings. We'll hit that next, but with performance landing roughly at the same level as the previous generation RTX 3090, this is as good a place as any to start. There's no overall result for DLSS performance, since quite a few of the games in our test suite don't use the feature, but the ray tracing test suite below will include an overall DLSS2 result.
Also, we're going to use abbreviations for the game names. For reference: BL3 is Borderlands 3, FC6 is Far Cry 6, FH5 is Forza Horizon 5, HZD is Horizon Zero Dawn, MSFS is Microsoft Flight Simulator, PTR is A Plague Tale: Requiem, RDR2 is Red Dead Redemption 2, TWW3 is Total War: Warhammer 3, and WDL is Watch Dogs Legion. Those are the rasterization games; for the DirectX Raytracing (DXR) tests, BMI is Bright Memory Infinite, CTRL is Control Ultimate Edition, CP77 is Cyberpunk 2077, MEE is Metro Exodus Enhanced, MC is Minecraft, and SMMM is Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
With ten of the fastest GPUs currently available, the RTX 4070 Ti lands basically right in the middle of our rasterization benchmark results. Despite Nvidia's claims of 1.8x the performance of the RTX 3090 Ti, without DLSS 3 as part of the equation, overall we're looking at less performance than the 3090 Ti and only slightly higher performance than the 3080 Ti — which by extension also includes the RTX 3080 12GB. Overclocking did make up the difference, though you can also overclock a 3090 Ti (and use a lot more power in the process).
Put another way, if you're not going to play games with DLSS 3 support — and that's most games right now — and you're also not running ray tracing games, performance is about 8% higher than the RTX 3080 12GB, for approximately the same launch price. (We'll discuss performance with DLSS a few paragraphs down.)
The individual game results show a decent amount of variation, as expected. Against the 3090 Ti, the 4070 Ti was only faster in one game, Forza Horizon 5 — and that's after retesting performance with the 3090 Ti (the previous driver had some performance issues with FH5). The 4070 Ti was 9% faster in that game, but it was anywhere from 6–7% slower (FC6, MSFS, PTR, RDR2, WDL) to as much as 19% slower (HZD) in the other games, with BL3 and TWW3 also showing double digit percentage point deficits.
Stepping down to the 3080 Ti (again, our stand-in for the 3080 12GB that was also selling for $800 or less a few months back), overall the 4070 Ti delivered just 6% more performance, with a spread ranging from 6% slower (HZD) to 22% faster (FH5) — HZD was the only game where it didn't beat its monetary predecessor. What about the 3070 Ti? There it's a clean sweep, with a 61% overall improvement, though at least one game (TWW3) exceeded the 8GB VRAM capacity of the 3070 Ti.
Things aren't quite as promising when we turn to AMD's cards. The RX 7900 XT managed a 10% overall margin of victory, with only FH5 and TWW3 favoring Nvidia's 4070 Ti. Most of the other games show double digit percentage deficits, with BL3 and WDL being the "loss leaders" at 22% and 18%, respectively. The 7900 XTX increases AMD's lead, obviously, while the 4070 Ti beats the previous generation 6950 XT by 7% overall. Also note that overall performance on the 13900K was just 0.2% faster than with the Ryzen 9 7950X, with the largest difference being less than 4% — MSFS favored the 7950X while BL3 favored the 13900K.
DLSS 2 Quality mode improved performance by 9% in FH5, 46% in HZD, 40% in MSFS, 49% in PTR, 29% in RDR2, and 48% in WDL. DLSS 3 is also supported in MSFS and PTR, where it provided 93% and 102% more performance, respectively. Assuming similar DLSS 2 scaling from the 3090 Ti, the 4070 Ti would still be 30% and 27% faster in those games, thanks to Frame Generation.
Our more demanding ray tracing test suite doesn't really alter the 4070 Ti versus Nvidia story much, though AMD's GPUs drop in the standings. The 4070 Ti came on 6% slower than the 3090 Ti, without DLSS 3 to help out. It was also 11% faster than the 3080 Ti, and just over twice as fast as the 3070 Ti. It swept the 7900 XT as well, leading by 24% on average, and also claimed a 7% lead over the 7900 XTX, though three of the games slightly favored AMD's fastest card.
All six of our DXR games support DLSS, and two of them support DLSS 3. DLSS 2 upscaling improved performance by 82% overall (again, note that Minecraft uses Performance mode upscaling and skews the geometric mean). Meanwhile, in CP77 Frame Generation boosted performance another 47%, and SMMM got a slightly smaller 34% uplift.
DLSS is certainly an important add-on for ray tracing games, as without it the 4070 Ti only averaged 32 fps, while Quality upscaling improved that to 59 fps. That's enough to get all six games above 30 fps, and only two of the games failed to break the 60 fps mark.
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Jarred Walton is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on everything GPU. He has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.
The price is Not almost palatable, stop trying to sell this nonsenseReply
Admin said:Our GeForce RTX 4070 Ti testing reveals good performance and efficiency, but this is a large jump in generational pricing that will displease many gamers. It's barely faster than the previous generation RTX 3080 Ti and 3080 12GB, at a relatively similar price, with DLSS 3 being the potential grace.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Review: A Costly 70-Class GPU : Read more
I really do feel Toms', Anand and all the other highly regarded tech sites have an obligation to express how stupid these prices are. Sure, we the customers have to use our voice by not buying, but you Sirs should be witing in every review how wrong all these new price points are. Newcomers cannot be led to believe that it is ok for a x70 series to cost 700 bucks. No freaking way.
Do you not know what "almost" means? And while some would take "palatable" to mean really tasty, that's not the way I normally use it. I use it more as "acceptable but not awesome." I wouldn't call an excellent dinner "palatable," I'd say it was delicious or some other word that means I really like it. Taco Bell is palatable, for example. So is Wendy's. But neither is great, just like an $800 replacement that's only moderately faster than the outgoing $800 cards.oofdragon said:The price is Not almost palatable, stop trying to sell this nonsense
They're only "wrong" when everyone refuses to pay them. Unfortunately, we're being shown time and time again that there are apparently enough people willing to spend $800 for this level of performance that we'll continue to see them. As stated in the conclusion, if Nvidia had tried to sell this as a $600 card, or a $500 card, and then scalpers just snapped them all up and asked for $800 or more, we'd be right back where we started. Except then we'd have scalpers contributing nothing and taking a chunk of the profits.sabicao said:I really do feel Toms', Anand and all the other highly regarded tech sites have an obligation to express how stupid these prices are. Sure, we the customers have to use our voice by not buying, but you Sirs should be witing in every review how wrong all these new price points are. Newcomers cannot be led to believe that it is ok for a x70 series to cost 700 bucks. No freaking way.
So yeah, don't buy a $800 card if you don't want to spend that much. Wait for prices to come down, or go with a cheaper and slower alternative. But if others keep paying a lot more than you're willing to pay, nothing is going to change.
Cheaper than expected…Reply
Lets see what real price end up after two to tree weeks… when those few ”cheap” MSRP GPUs run out… $1200?
Hmmm, appreciate the review Jared, yet I gotta object to your "almost" endearing tone and conclusion. Also, you insist that this is an $800 card, yet the TUF gaming you reviewed here reportedly costs $850.Reply
"Portal RTX at 24 fps on a 4090 gets 42 fps with Frame Generation enabled, but without upscaling, but it still feels like 24 fps. That's because the user input is still running at 24 fps."Reply
Wow really? Never knew this, interesting tidbit.
Thanks for the review!Reply
This is a big can of "meh; pass". Much like with the 7900XT. Ironically, the 7900XTX made the 4080-16GB look better and now nVidia returning the hand, making the 7900XT less stupid. They're still both in stupid territory, though.
I mostly agree with everything, so nothing more to add, really. Maybe just the mention this card won't have an FE (as I've read and heard), so the first batch of $800 cards will last whatever the AIBs want them to be on shelves. Which, I'm sure, won't be long. This card will be over $850 for sure.
sabicao said:I really do feel Toms', Anand and all the other highly regarded tech sites have an obligation to express how stupid these prices are. Sure, we the customers have to use our voice by not buying, but you Sirs should be witing in every review how wrong all these new price points are. Newcomers cannot be led to believe that it is ok for a x70 series to cost 700 bucks. No freaking way.
He did say it. In the title.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Review: A Costly 70-Class GPU
Open up your wallet and say ouch
He said it professionally, many times through out his review. I am going to assume you didn't read the whole review, so maybe you should, its there.
These cards are palatable, because most plebs pay for them. As long as everyone keeps paying these prices, Nvidia is going to keep charging them. If you all want gpu prices lower, skip a gen or two, speak with your money, not your mouth.
Seems a bit weak-ish for 4K gaming, and there are cheaper GPUs, which work fine for 1440p gaming. It still has quite some performance, and the 4K FPS are not bad as such. The numbers just don't convince me that it wouldn't drop below 60 (real) FPS at 4K with the next round of game releases, so I wouldn't pick it up for 4K at that price.Reply
And scalpers sure may be an issue, but if the RTX 4070 Ti is meant as "the entry-level GPU for 4K gaming, or for top 1440p gaming", then it wouldn't necessarily be a miscalculation if it would be produced in higher numbers, so that scalpers would have a garage full of them while they still would be in-stock at the retailers.