Galax GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER EX Gamer review

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Final words and conclusion

Our review of the GALAX GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER EX Gamer edition using the Ada Lovelace architecture, revealed noteworthy performance. This card approaches the capabilities of the superior GeForce RTX 4080, that difference in performance becomes less significant at 1080p and 1440p resolutions, particularly when compared to UHD. Its price is a crucial factor for consumers to consider.  Performance-wise, the  GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER EX Gamer edition showed consistent results, closely matching the reference baseline performance with a marginal ~3% difference (depending on where you measure). Notably, users can enhance performance towards 107% with simple manual adjustments.

  • CUDA Cores: 8448
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6X
  • TGP: 285W
  • Power Consumption: Approx. 226W during gameplay, 12W in idle
  • Notable Feature: Enhanced memory for improved performance

When the original GeForce 4070 Ti was released we had a big remark, it's by far not as powerful as the 4080 with an offset of approximately 25%. This is now corrected with the SUPER edition of this card, as you're merely a few % away from that 4080. Its raw shader performance notably surpasses previous generation. The card also boasts significant advancements in ray tracing speed and capabilities. NVIDIA is increasingly leaning on DLSS3, with its enhanced Tensor cores supporting RT DLSS 3.5. NVIDIA anticipates a 3x to 4x performance boost in future titles with proper implementation, although there's ongoing debate about the actual benefits of frame injections beyond higher frame rates. Ultimately, the visual appeal on the monitor is key, and the 4070 Ti SUPER does not disappoint in this regard. High-end NVIDIA graphics cards, however, face two major challenges. Firstly, pricing is a significant barrier; with a starting price of $799, these cards remain unaffordable or unattainable for many. The increasing cost of PC gaming is driving consumers to seek alternative solutions. Secondly, the 12V power connector still raises concerns. The issue isn't the connector's safety, but rather the risk posed by bending the cable too close to the connector, especially if it's of poor quality. It's recommended to bend the cable 3-4cm from the connector and ensure it's securely and deeply plugged in. In our tests with all cards using FLIR imaging to check the connector level, we have not found any issues.


Performance

The data speaks for itself, key factors here are gaming performance and rendering quality. Indeed, the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER offers better value for money compared to the 4080. This card is approaching the raw performance required for gaming at 4K resolution. It caters specifically to enthusiast gamers who typically use monitors with UWHD, QHD, or UHD resolutions, making it an ideal choice for that demographic. The rasterizer engine in the RTX 40 series significantly surpasses the performance capabilities of its predecessors. This series introduces a new generation of more potent Ray tracing and Tensor cores. Raw counts of RT and Tensor cores are not the sole indicators of performance; rather, the effectiveness of each unit is key. These cores are positioned near the shader engine, enhancing their efficiency, a fact that is evident in their performance. While Tensor cores' impact is more challenging to quantify, the impressive results observed, especially with DLSS3, indicate their robust performance. The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti demonstrates its strength across various resolutions, performing effectively from 2K (2560x1440) to 4K (3840x2160).

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Cooling & noise levels

The graphics card, under full-load conditions, has a power consumption of 280 watts. This consumption is directly related to the heat generation of the GPU, which is located inside a sealed enclosure. In terms of noise, the card operates quietly, producing approximately 37 dBA. When subjected to stress, its temperature can rise to around 65-70°C, although this can vary depending on the airflow efficiency in the computer case. FLIR imaging does not indicate any thermal issues. 

Energy consumption

In a previous chapter, we analyzed the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER power usage during intensive gaming sessions. This graphics card typically requires about 250-300 watts of power (Total Board Power) to deliver its gaming performance. However, during actual gameplay, the power consumption tends to stabilize near 260 watts. This figure will vary slightly with customized models from various manufacturers, which might allow for a higher Total Graphics Power (TGP). 

Coil whine

The presence of coil squeal in any GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER graphics card can vary, depending on the degree of the issue. It becomes audible when reaching high framerates, but typically remains at a manageable level. Within an enclosed case, this sound is likely to blend into the background noise. In our experience with this specific card, the coil squeal has been hardly noticeable

Pricing

The suggested retail price for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, as set by the manufacturer, is $799 for the MSRP products. This price point is relatively high, especially when considering that the ideal cost for a graphics card should be lower than that of a current gaming console. Add-in Board (AIB) versions, which are more advanced, will often be priced higher. It is expected that these models will cost an extra $50-100. This product however is tagged at MSRP, we've checked this with GALAX.

Tweaking

By adjusting the clock frequency and memory speed of your GPU, you can achieve a performance improvement. We have been able to increase the power limiter by 12%, normally allowing for enhanced performance within the card's existing power budget. This enhancement enables an increase in clock frequency, typically in the range of +200-250 MHz. As a result, the GPU boost clock frequency is expected to reach approximately 3050 MHz, though this may vary based on the dynamic frequencies in different gaming titles. Additionally, by adjusting the memory speed to 23 Gbps, a cumulative performance improvement of 6-7% can be expected in intensive GPU scenarios, in comparison to the standard reference performance.


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Conclusion

While the GALAX GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER EX Gamer stands out as an impressive graphics card, its steep price could deter potential buyers. In choosing between the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER and the Radeon RX 7900 XT, key considerations should include ray tracing performance and DLSS3 capabilities, areas where the RTX 4070 Ti demonstrates superior performance. Overall the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER delivers a robust gaming experience, and when comparing it directly to similar GPUs, it surpasses the performance range of the 3090 Ti and is close to the RTX 4080, with some variability. In a broader context, when comparing it to other GPUs like the Radeon RX 6950 XT and 7900 XT/XTX, a complex decision-making process ensues. The choice between the 4070 Ti SUPER and 7900 XTX hinges on several factors. The RTX 4070 Ti SUPER excels in ray tracing performance and boasts the added benefit of DLSS3/3.5 and at many levels is on par with more than 3090 cards. Looking at Team Red the 7900 XT exhibits a slight advantage in rasterizer engine performance, supported by its additional L3 cache. The 16GB of VRAM offered by the 4070 Ti SUPER is sufficient for most current titles, especially when playing at Ultra HD resolutions. Powered by the ADA GPU architecture, this card delivers precision and competence in gaming. The substantial increase in shader cores translates to nearly 1.5 times the raw shader performance, resulting in faster ray tracing and improved Tensor core performance. Underlying technologies such as Shader Execution Reordering (SER) and DLSS 3 contribute to the excellence of the new product and the Series 4000 overall. In conclusion, the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER leaves a notable impression and is sure to please gamers, but it comes at a considerable cost. Despite its commendable performance-per-watt ratio, its energy consumption levels remain relatively high. This graphics card is capable of handling Ultra HD gaming smoothly, particularly when enhanced with DLSS3 / Frame generation, and offers the possibility of a moderate overclock. The EX Gamer edition boasts an appealing design and sufficient cooling performance, although its acoustics are fine they remain average compared to competitors. The performance improvement over the baseline reference model is roughly 3%, it remains a robust graphics card for enthusiasts, offering significant power and the potential for mild overclocking, a bit of tweaking will get this card running at 107% compared to baseline reference performance.  The  GALAX SUPER EX Gamer  version of the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER offers an interesting choice for users who value a once performing product with bulky visual appeal in their PC gaming setup. The model we tested today, which is the non-overclocked (nonOC) version, is priced at the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $799 for retail purchase, GALAX staded.


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