MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Gaming X TRIO 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.


Weighing in at a mere 1250 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 MSI 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. Tucked under the sleek sleeve of the card lies a robust cooler - the TRI FROZR. This high-end component features the cutting-edge TORX FAN v5.0 design for the fans. A noteworthy addition is a backplate, which is expected to offer passive thermal conduction properties for the card. Hardware improvements abound: the PCB houses thicker 2oz copper traces, and the cooler's exterior boasts precisely-cut brushed aluminum edges. Lacking this round is a dual BIOS. We're okay with that.


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 MSI card opts for the 12VHPWR connector, which has recently faced criticism due to isolated instances of overheating and melting. The issue may be attributed to cable bending near the connector, user installation errors, and possibly inadequate quality control for these power connectors. However, we find it challenging to heat these connectors.


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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