ASUS TUF GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER OC edition review

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Introduction and Analysis

ASUS TUF Gaming OC GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER: Enhanced Cooling and Performance
Our review focuses on the ASUS TUF Gaming OC GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER, which boasts a robust cooling solution and factory optimization for optimal performance. This model features an increased Total Graphics Power (TGP), higher clock speeds, and a dual BIOS setup. Priced at give or take $100 more than the Founder's Edition, it raises the question of whether its performance justifies the additional cost. The card comes equipped with 12 GB of graphics memory and an advanced cooling system with three fans. It demonstrates a performance improvement of approximately ~5% over the Founder's Edition while maintaining a notably quiet operation. The GPU employs a semi-passive cooling approach, activating the fans to efficiently manage heat as temperatures rise. Additionally, ASUS has reinforced the card with a support bracket, designed to prevent any sagging issues. Targeted at ray tracing, DLSS, and AI-powered assists, the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER offers quite a bit of performance. At 599 USD, it is in reach for a lot more people as opposed to the previous high-end products At a retail price of $599, the RTX 4070 is a somewhat more affordable option for gamers seeking high-end performance compared to its predecessor, the RTX 4070 Ti, which was initially priced at $899.The GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER boasts impressive features such as ray tracing, DLSS3, and AI-powered assists, making it an attractive choice for gamers who demand optimal performance. With 7168 (was 5888) shader cores and 12GB of 21Gbps GDDR6X memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface, the graphics card delivers a maximum bandwidth of 504GB/s. It also includes 56 RT cores, 224 Tensor cores, 224 TMUs, and 80 ROPs, using 35.8 Billion transistors counting AD104 silicon as the RTX 4070 Ti, with 56 out of 60 streaming multiprocessors being enabled. The RTX 4070 SUPER provides a more affordable upgrade solution for gamers who want a high-end graphics card. 


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GeForceRTX 4070 TiRTX 4070 SUPER
RTX 4070RTX 3070 TiRTX 3070
GPU AD104-400 AD104-300
AD104-250 GA104-400 GA104-30X
Shader Cores 7680 71685888 6144 5888
Base Clock 2310 MHz 1980 MHz1920 MHz 1575 MHz 1500 MHz
Boost Clock 2610 MHz 2475 MHz2475 MHz 1770 MHz 1725 MHz
FP32 Compute 40 TFLOPS 36 TFLOPS29 TFLOPS 22 TFLOPS 20 TFLOPS
Memory 12 GB G6X 12 GB G6X12 GB G6X 8 GB G6X 8 GB G6
Memory Bus 192-bit 192-bit192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Speed 21 Gbps 21 Gbps21 Gbps 19 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 504 GB/s 504 GB/s504 GB/s 608 GB/s 448 GB/s
TDP 285W 220W200W 290W 220W
Interface PCIe Gen4 x16 PCIe Gen4 X16
PCIe Gen4 x16 PCIe Gen4 x16 PCIe Gen4 x16
MSRP 799 USD 599 USD
599 USD 599 USD 499 USD
Release Date January 2023 January 2024April 2023 June 2021 May 2021

ASUS's new TUF series graphics cards come equipped with a semi-passive cooling system, engineered for efficient temperature management. This system activates three fans to cool the GPU once it reaches a predefined temperature threshold. To enhance durability and maintain structural integrity, the card has been substantially reinforced to prevent sagging. The card offers two BIOS settings for users: Performance and Quiet mode. Comparative analysis shows that these modes exhibit a mere 2-3% performance deviation from the founder edition. However, temperature and noise levels are influenced by variations in fan speed. In Quiet mode, our acoustic tests recorded noise levels at a low 32-33 dBa. Additionally, ASUS has increased both the power consumption limit (TGP) and the turbo frequency, achieving a clock speed of 2565 MHz. The AD104 GPU powers the GeForce RTX 4070 7168 shader cores, which can generate an impressive 36 FP32 Shader TFLOPS rendering rasterized graphics, 224 Fourth Generation Tensor Cores for AI processing and DLSS, 56 Third Generation Ada RT Cores for driving next-generation ray-tracing The GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER like the rest of the GPUs in Nvidia's RTX 40 Series, features Ada technologies like Shader Execution Reordering (SER), the new RT core engines, and DLSS 3. This graphics card, when compared to the founder's edition model, provides a performance increase of around 4-5% for an additional expense of about $100-150. It features enhanced power consumption limits and turbo frequency, with a base clock speed of 2565 MHz. With some adjustments, the card can achieve a clock speed of 3.0-3.1 GHz. Additionally, the memory runs effectively at a speed of 21 Gbps. In the following sections, we will conduct an in-depth analysis of the ASUS TUF series graphics card. Let's start this review, shall we?

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