Gainward GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER Panther OC edition review

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Introduction and Analysis

Our review focuses on Gainward's latest offering: the overclocked (OC) version of the Gainward Panther GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER (16GB). This graphics card, notable for its premium design, comes with factory adjustments and is equipped with a substantial cooler for optimal GPU temperature management. Gainward's Panther series, known for its more subtle design, deliberately avoids drawing attention. This series, in line with Gainward's tradition of names starting with "P," succeeds the Phantom and Phoenix lineups. The new models in the Panther series are equipped with a 3-slot, triple-fan cooling system, and are designed without LED lights or logos, catering to users who prefer their PC builds to be housed in cases without windows. Gainward has priced the Panther edition modest at MSRP $799 Targeted at ray tracing, DLSS, and AI-powered assists, the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER offers quite a bit of performance. The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 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 8448 (was 7680) shader cores and 16GB of 21Gbps GDDR6X memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface, the graphics card delivers a maximum bandwidth of 672 GB/s. It also includes 66 RT cores, 264 Tensor cores, 264 TMUs, and 112 ROPs, using 45.9 Billion transistors counting AD103 silicon as the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, with 66 streaming multiprocessors being enabled. 


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GeForceRTX 4080
RTX 4070 Ti SUPER
RTX 4070 TiRTX 4070 SUPER
RTX 4070RTX 3070 Ti
GPU AD-103-300AD-103-275AD104-400 AD104-300
AD104-250 GA104-400
Shader Cores 972884487680 71685888 6144
Base Clock 2205 MHz2340 MHz2310 MHz 1980 MHz1920 MHz 1575 MHz
Boost Clock 2505 MHz2610 MHz2610 MHz 2475 MHz2475 MHz 1770 MHz
FP32 Compute 49 TFLOPS44 TFLOPS40 TFLOPS 36 TFLOPS29 TFLOPS 22 TFLOPS
Memory 16 GB G6X
16 GB G6X12 GB G6X 12 GB G6X12 GB G6X 8 GB G6X
Memory Bus 256-Bit
256-bit192-bit 192-bit192-bit 256-bit
Memory Speed 22.4 Gbps
21 Gbps21 Gbps 21 Gbps21 Gbps 19 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 717 GB/s
672 GB/s504 GB/s 504 GB/s504 GB/s 608 GB/s
TDP 320W
285W285W 220W200W 290W
Interface Gen4 x16
PCIe Gen4 X16
PCIe Gen4 x16 PCIe Gen4 X16
PCIe Gen4 x16 PCIe Gen4 x16
MSRP 1199 USD799 USD
799 USD 599 USD
599 USD 599 USD
Release Date November 2022January 2024
January 2023 January 2024April 2023 June 2021

On January 8th, 2024, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, a high-performance graphics card designed for the PC gaming community. This card is built using the 5 nm process technology and features the AD103 graphics processor, specifically the AD103-275-A1 variant. It is fully compatible with DirectX 12 Ultimate, ensuring it can efficiently run the latest games and support upcoming titles with advanced features like hardware-ray tracing and variable-rate shading. The AD103 processor is a large chip with a 379 mm² die area and contains 45,900 million transistors. While it shares the same GPU as the fully-enabled GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER has fewer shader units to align with its design specifications. It includes 8448 shading units, 264 texture mapping units, and 112 ROPs. Additionally, it is equipped with 264 tensor cores for improved machine learning performance and 66 ray tracing acceleration cores for advanced rendering. The reference clocked cards come with 16 GB of GDDR6X memory, connected through a 256-bit memory interface. It operates at a base clock speed of 2340 MHz and can boost up to 2610 MHz, while the memory runs at 1400 MHz (22.4 Gbps effective data-rate). For power, the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER uses a triple-slot design and is powered by a single 16-pin connector, with a maximum power consumption of 285 W. It offers various display outputs, including 1x HDMI 2.1 and 3x DisplayPort 1.4a, and connects to the system through a PCI-Express 4.0 x16 interface. At launch, the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER is priced at $799, positioning it as an attractive option for those seeking top-tier graphics performance. 

The dimensions of the Panther series cards are 328.9mm x 128.0mm x 63.5mm. They require the new PEG connector and offer a typical array of video outputs, including three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1a port. While these cards have a resemblance to Palit's Jetstream series, they feature a distinct design. Gainward highlights the use of "Cyclone Fans" in these cards, which are key to improving airflow and maintaining temperature control. The Panther series cards feature a triple-slot cooling solution with triple fans, encased in a black shroud decorated with functional indents and patterns. This design not only serves aesthetic purposes but also aids in effective cooling through its extensive flow-through architecture. The graphics cards are built with a large heatsink directly connected to a substantial copper base that covers both the GPU and memory components. To enhance structural integrity and prevent bending, the cards are reinforced with a protective plate. The GeForce RTX 40 Panther series leverages the aerodynamic advantages of the Cyclone Fan. The Wing Tip at the end of the fan aids in directing airflow into the thermal module, while the unique claw mark design on the Cyclone Fan Blades ensures a steady flow of air to the heatsink.  It features a boost clock speed of 2640 MHz. With some annual tweaks, the card can achieve a clock speed of 3.0-3.1 GHz. Additionally, the memory runs effectively at a speed of 21 Gbps.

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