Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition Review

Introduction

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.

Technical Specifications

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 FERTX 3070 Ti FE
Streaming Multiprocessors4648
CUDA Cores58886144
Tensor Cores184192
RT Cores4648
Texture Units184192
ROPs9696
GPU Boost Clock1725 MHz1770 MHz
Memory Clock7000 MHz9500 MHz
Video Memory8192 MB GDDR68192 MB GDDR6X
Memory Interface256-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth448 GB/s606 GB/s
TGP220W290W
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Most Recent Comments

09-06-2021, 20:36:50

AngryGoldfish
I don't necessarily like drama and seeing a company get hammered, but that was a much deserved scathing review. Ampere started out pretty well, but it's ending with an even bigger whimper than Turing. I hope AMD and Intel can pull Nvidia back from the mire they seem to lavish drowning in.Quote

10-06-2021, 07:10:47

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
I don't necessarily like drama and seeing a company get hammered, but that was a much deserved scathing review. Ampere started out pretty well, but it's ending with an even bigger whimper than Turing. I hope AMD and Intel can pull Nvidia back from the mire they seem to lavish drowning in.
I dont even think it started well. Over 500 people queuing outside a store from 6am when only 30 cards were in stock...

This was the same everywhere. Also stores publicly showing how many cards they ordered for stock vs how many were actually being delivered. I get that its due to silicon shortage, but still it was a terribly managed launch. i think the world was fooled into thinking that they could easily obtain the card they wanted.

Price was also astronomical.


That said

I'm glad TTL has given it a scathing review. Much like Hardware unboxed don't hold back. These should be honest, unfiltered and as it should be, to steer consumers away from bad products.

I'm tired of seeing reviews give a negative result on a product (as it deserves) but are so nervous, holding back what they want to say in fear of the product manufacterer that it doesnt tell consumers the true result. How many times have we seen a negative review but in the conclusion "well, its overpriced but a nice little performer..." << for the weak willpowered consumer, this is all they want to see to tip them over the balance into spending on a bad product. They want reassurance on the bad decision they are about to make. And carebear reviews trigger this.

How about being honest and literally state "do not buy such an overpriced that yields no benefits, stick to the model that was released 2 months ago." I think reviewers are still partly to blame for companies charging what they want because they fear future products to review being withheld.

This is why im thankful TTL tells it as it is.Quote

10-06-2021, 11:22:47

Dawelio
Don’t forget about JayzTwoCents also gave a salty review, basically didn’t want to make an review on it all due to being so tired of it all. Seeing as we all know how it would perform and Nvidia tactics these days.Quote

10-06-2021, 11:40:17

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawelio View Post
Don’t forget about JayzTwoCents also gave a salty review, basically didn’t want to make an review on it all due to being so tired of it all. Seeing as we all know how it would perform and Nvidia tactics these days.
I havent checked many 3070ti reviews. I was speaking in general terms over the past couple of years.

The moment reviewers call a product a bad priced decent performer, consumers use this to justify spending too much and re enforce companies like Nvidia that they can continue to charge such prices, and even push the limit and raise them.

As far as chips go for AIB, Nvidia do not give the AIB manufacturers much "wiggle" room on profits so alot of it carries over in a cost plus style pricing. And even then AIBs will push their luck. Just look at these MSI prices right now.Quote

10-06-2021, 21:27:33

AngryGoldfish
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
I dont even think it started well. Over 500 people queuing outside a store from 6am when only 30 cards were in stock...

This was the same everywhere. Also stores publicly showing how many cards they ordered for stock vs how many were actually being delivered. I get that its due to silicon shortage, but still it was a terribly managed launch. i think the world was fooled into thinking that they could easily obtain the card they wanted.

Price was also astronomical.


That said

I'm glad TTL has given it a scathing review. Much like Hardware unboxed don't hold back. These should be honest, unfiltered and as it should be, to steer consumers away from bad products.

I'm tired of seeing reviews give a negative result on a product (as it deserves) but are so nervous, holding back what they want to say in fear of the product manufacterer that it doesnt tell consumers the true result. How many times have we seen a negative review but in the conclusion "well, its overpriced but a nice little performer..." << for the weak willpowered consumer, this is all they want to see to tip them over the balance into spending on a bad product. They want reassurance on the bad decision they are about to make. And carebear reviews trigger this.

How about being honest and literally state "do not buy such an overpriced that yields no benefits, stick to the model that was released 2 months ago." I think reviewers are still partly to blame for companies charging what they want because they fear future products to review being withheld.

This is why im thankful TTL tells it as it is.
I was thinking more from the perspective of MSRP. The launch has been terrible, but at leas thte 3080 and 3060Ti were well positioned from an MSRP point of view. In ideal circumstances, they would be good cards compared to Turing's appalling cards.Quote
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