Gainward GeForce RTX 4070 Panther review

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NVIDIA Releases Affordable GeForce RTX 4070 (12GB) Graphics Card with Impressive Performance Capabilities NVIDIA has finally released its latest graphics card, the GeForce RTX 4070, which promises to deliver high performance for users who want to upgrade their gaming and creative experiences. With features like ray tracing, DLSS, and AI-powered assists, this graphics card is sure to appeal to a wide range of users looking for a powerful and affordable solution. The card uses the same AD104 silicon as the RTX 4070 Ti, with just 46 out of 60 streaming multiprocessors enabled, resulting in 5,888 CUDA cores, compared to the 7,680 on the Ti. It also has 46 RT cores, 184 Tensor cores, 184 TMUs, and possibly 64 ROPs. Despite a narrower memory bus, the RTX 4070 features 12GB of 21Gbps GDDR6X memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface, providing 504GB/s of memory bandwidth, which is even higher than its Ti counterpart.


Gainward has recently revealed its latest Panther series graphics cards, which feature a sleek and unobtrusive design that avoids drawing too much attention. The Panther series follows Gainward's Phantom and Phoenix lineups, using names that start with "P." The new additions boast a 3.1-slot triple-fan cooling system without any LED lights or logos, perfect for users who prefer keeping their PC builds concealed within windowless cases. Weighing in at a mere 1500 grams, this card boasts a lightweight design for today's standards. With dimensions of approximately 33 centimeters in length, the compact dual-slot construction ensures a perfect fit in your device. The card's open backplate design on both sides enhances its signature aesthetic, present in their products over the past year. Furthermore, a vented backplate offers improved air circulation.


As NVIDIA plans to retire the Ampere series, the ADA lineup emerges as its successor, providing faster and competitively priced cards. The GeForce RTX 4070 Founder Edition, with its 5888 shading cores, outperforms its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. With a size of 328.9mm x 128.0mm x 63.5mm, the Panther series uses a standard ATX PEG type single 8-pin power connector and features the standard video output array of three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1a ports. Although the cards resemble Palit's Jetstream series, they showcase a unique appearance. Gainward emphasizes the incorporation of "Cyclone Fans" in the Panther cards, which enhance airflow and regulate temperature more effectively.


A distinctive feature of the RTX 40-series graphics cards is that NVIDIA exclusively supplies the included power adapters, whether for Founders Edition or custom-designed boards by partners. The Panther series boasts a triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution encased in a black shroud adorned with indents and patterns that serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. The extensive flow-through design contributes to superior cooling. The graphics cards incorporate a sizable heatsink connected to a large copper base, which envelops both the GPU and memory. To prevent sagging, the cards are equipped with a protective plate.


Although adhering to PCIe Gen 5 specifications, the GeForce RTX 4000 series maintains a PCIe Gen 4.0 x16 host interface. The GeForce RTX 4070 is outfitted with 12GB of GDDR6X memory and a 192-bit wide memory bus. While a minimum 500W power supply is advised for its 200W TGP, the Founder Edition card typically consumes only 150-200W. However, the card's wattage may increase due to the additional TGP allowance granted to board partners.


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