ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3070 Ti


While it is possible that you are still waiting for a reasonably priced graphics card, it is time to buy another. Nvidia launched the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti in May 2021 as a slightly better version of the RTX 3070. Expectations for this new Ti GPU were low after the miserable launch of the RTX 3080 Ti, which was essentially a slightly flawed RTX 3090.

Price and availability

Graphics cards are difficult to price because the lack of inventory and scalp has led to an increase in graphics cards worldwide. While they are declining over time, we still urge anyone to refrain from buying them unless they are close to MSRP. NVIDIA set the starting price of the RTX 3070 Ti at $ 599.

Aftermarket cards usually cost more than NVIDIA (and AMD) base prices, but Asus kept the asking price of the TUF RTX 3070 Ti at $ 599. The company informed us that it is working with retail partners to ensure that the cards offered are sold at the recommended retail price and not slightly swollen. Good luck finding one.

Design and features

The Asus TUF Gaming series does not have the most attractive graphics cards. Instead, these gaming machines are designed with people on a lower budget. It’s about $ 200 cheaper than the Strix RTX 3070 Ti, but with lower clock speeds, weaker overclocking, and less RGB light.

But the TUF Gaming card should not be ignored. This Asus RTX 3070 Ti is a beast on paper that exceeds the clock speed set by NVIDIA thanks to easy overclocking. It also adjusts a triple fan to help keep a memory, chips, and other internal components cool under heavy loads. Although this graphics card may not be glamorous, I do paint a really faint look.

While this RTX 3070 Ti is “more affordable”, Asus has been able to put an all-metal cover with three dual-bearing fans on the front. Even the fan rotation is optimized to reduce turbulence, which we could not confirm, but the temperature was constant after some high-level games and benchmarks.

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Under the hood and fans, there are two heatsinks, one on the GPU and the other on the RAM. This is clearly visible on the side as well as a small RUG RGB logo (which can be hidden behind the cable if run from the bottom) and the remarkable GeForce RTX brand. There is too much inactive cooling on this card.

There is a metal bracket on the back of the GPU to help reduce graphics card downtime. While the ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3070 Ti is not as heavy as the larger, more powerful cards, you can still see a slight drop from left to right once installed on the PCIe slot. Interestingly, Asus has a sheet from the NVIDIA book with a cut in the metal back cover to allow air to pass through the right side of the fan, just like the GPUs in the RTX 30 series.

On the back of the GPU is a standard array of three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1, as is the case with most RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti cards. If you look closely to the left of dual 8-pin power ports, a small toggle allows for quick switching between operating and silent modes.

Performance

In terms of performance, there is nothing to complain about the ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3070 Ti. It has great performance at 1080p and 1440p, allowing you to maximize visual settings without compromising gameplay. NVIDIA has done a good job with architectural enhancements with RTX 30 series cards, and DLSS is almost like magic.

The RTX 3070 Ti is very close to the RTX 3070, which means that the performance between the two GPUs is also close. Starting with the benchmarks, I was able to score 16,470 points in TimeSpy, 7156 points in TimeSpy Xtreme, 16909 points in Fire Strike Xtreme, 9197 points in Fire Strike Ultra, and 8723 points in Royal Port. This is to be expected – there are no complaints about the performance of the ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3070 Ti.

If you want to play in 1440p quality, you will have no problem playing the latest games at maximum settings with the RTX 3070 Ti. 4K resolution will be a bit of a hassle, where you really have to be in the RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 range for the best 4K experience.

Competition

The two GPUs are the main competitors of the NVIDIA RTX 3070. The 3070 Ti is supposed to be the spiritual successor to the RTX 2070 SUPER, which is quite the case when it comes to numbers. The only drawback is the fact that there is an RTX 3070 and its performance is very close. This makes it great for upgrading your GPU, but if you want the best price for yourself, it’s awesome.

The RTX 3070 Ti is $ 100 more expensive than the GPU non-Ti version, which makes us wonder if the 5% extra gaming performance is really worth it. It may be a better option (after the GPU price returns to normal), save a little more and choose the RTX 3080.

However, if you are planning to buy the RTX 3070 Ti, this ASUS after-sales card is a good choice.

Specifications

CategoryRTX 3070 TiRTX 3070
ArchitectureAmpereAmpere
Process7nm7nm
CUDA Cores6,1445,888
RT Cores4846
Tensor Cores192184
Core clock1580 MHz1500 MHz
Boost clock1770 MHz1725MHz
Memory8GB GDDR6X8GB GDDR6X
Memory speed608GB/s448GB/s
Memory interface256-bit256-bit
Bus standardPCIe 4.0PCIe 4.0
TDP290W220W
Recommended PSU750W650W
Power connectors2x PCIe 8-pin1x 12-pin
1x PCIe 8-pin converter included
Ports1x HDMI 2.1
3x DisplayPort 1.4a
1x HDMI 2.1
3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Dimensions110mm x 201.8mm
(4.33 x 7.94 inches)

Coclusion


The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is essentially the same as the non-Ti RTX 3070, but with slightly higher clock speeds and faster memory. The upgraded GDDR6X VRAM allows for a total bandwidth of 608GB/s, which is a substantial improvement over the RTX 3070.

That’s about it for the improvements, which is why the RTX 3070 Ti is a slight disappointment to many on paper. All of this requires a slightly beefier PSU and adequate case cooling, thanks to an increased power thermal design power of 290W.

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