Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition Review
Published: 9th June 2021 | Source: Nvidia | Price: |
We don't think we're giving away any secrets to suggest that the RTX 3080 Ti launch didn't go as smoothly as Nvidia would have hoped. Certainly their card had enough hardware beef to justify the MSRP that they placed upon their Founders Edition card, but the partners absolutely gouged the consumers and many websites added yet more money on top, until the whole thing resembled one of those items on Amazon that is priced about a thousand pounds more than it's worth.
All of which left a slightly bitter taste in our mouth, especially when the RTX 3000 series cards where an unqualified success in every department. We do need to remember that the Founders Edition RTX 3080 Ti was priced at a suitable level, it's just difficult to ignore the 'twice the price' partner cards.
We didn't learn the pricing of the RTX 3080 Ti until 12 hours before launch, and any time you don't learn the price until the last minute it means it's either way cheaper than anyone expects - see the Playstations famous "299" E3 launch - or way more than we expect. The RTX 3070 Ti continues this trend where, at the time of writing, we don't know what the price will be. Maybe Nvidia are sticking to their guns and pricing high considering the world shortage, or maybe after the backlash against the RTX 3080 Ti they're revisiting things. By the time we reach our conclusion we should hopefully know.
Whereas the RTX 3080 Ti was a fair bit of extra hardware when compared to its regular stablemate, the RTX 3070 Ti is barely improved over the vanilla RTX 3070. Just two extra SMs for another 256 CUDA Cores, 8 Tensor Cores, 2 RT Cores, 8 Texture Units and the memory is now GDDR6X instead of plain GDDR6.
|RTX 3070 FE||RTX 3070 Ti FE|
|GPU Boost Clock||1725 MHz||1770 MHz|
|Memory Clock||7000 MHz||9500 MHz|
|Video Memory||8192 MB GDDR6||8192 MB GDDR6X|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GB/s||606 GB/s|