Geforce RTX 4070 Ti in a short test: Five customized models in an exchange of blows

With the Geforce RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 series, Nvidia recently pushed prices to the limit. To serve the upper middle class, the little sister of the Ada Lovelace cards appeared a few weeks ago. After the hopes of affordable GPUs were immediately dashed with a recommended price of 899 euros, it became clear that you have to pay a decent amount to get a good graphics card. It is all the more important to make the right decision. In addition to testing the Geforce RTX 4070 Ti as such (without factory overclocking), we show five custom designs of the RTX 4070 Ti in our comparison test and hopefully make your purchase decision a little easier.

Five customs and what they have in common

Besides the chip itself and the 12 gigabyte memory configuration, all custom models of the RTX 4070 Ti have some things in common, starting with a significantly smaller cooler than the big siblings. The power consumption and the resulting waste heat are significantly lower and thus also the necessary cooling surface to transport this energy away. In addition, all cards have a corresponding compact printed circuit board, which should especially please water cooling fans. The air coolers generally extend beyond the PCB and have a flow-through design. If the cards are not under load, each of the tested designs switches to passive mode. The fans stand still and the graphics cards are barely audible. None of the cards are completely silent as they all suffer from a slight coil squeal.

There are three Displayport 1.4 connections and one HDMI 2.1 connection on the slot cover. All custom designs also feature the controversial 12VHPWR connection. However, two or, in a special case, three 8-pin PCI-E power connectors can also be used to supply power to the cards using the included adapters.

model Gigabyte Geforce RTX 4070 Ti Eagle OC Gainward Geforce RTX 4070 Ti Phoenix GS Palit Geforce RTX 4070 Ti Game Rock Premium Zotac Gaming Geforce RTX 4070 Ti Trinity Inno3D Geforce RTX 4070 Ti IChill X3
Dimensions 30 cm long, 5.8 cm thick, 12.2 cm wide 32.8 cm long, 6.3 cm thick, 11.8 cm wide 32.8 cm long, 6.4 cm thick, 12.4 cm wide 12″ long, 2.25″ thick, 4.25″ wide 33.4 cm long, 6.3 cm thick, 13.6 cm wide
Weight 1,257 grams 1,569 grams 1,602 grams 1,124 grams 1,656 grams
design 3× 87mm fans, plastic cover, RGB logo, small PCB, flow-through design, 12VHPWR connector, aluminum backplate 3× 92mm fan, plastic cover, metal casing, RGB lighting, aluminum backplate, flow-through design, 12VHPWR connector, 3-pin ARGB connector 3× 92mm fans, plastic cover, metal elements, gemstone RGB lighting, aluminum backplate, flow-through design, 3-pin ARGB connector, 12VHPWR 3 × 89mm fans, plastic cover, RGB logo, aluminum backplate, flow-through design 3× 98mm fans, aluminum backplate, flow-through design, plastic cover, decorative metal elements, RGB lighting, 12VHPWR connector, 3× 8-pin adapter
Control power hours/max. 285 W/340 W (range: -65% to +19%) 285 W/300 W (control range: -65% to +5%) 285 W/330 W (range: -65% to +16%) 285 W/300 W (control range: -65% to +5%) 320W/320W (range: -69% to +0%)
average clock 2,820 MHz 2,850 MHz 2,850 MHz 2.805 MHz 2,835 MHz
GPU temperature 65ºC 64°C 63°C 68ºC 63°C
Timepy: GPU performance 22,530 points 22,670 points 22,740 points 22,368 points 22,710 points
Cyberpunk 2077 36.5/40.9 fps (P1/Avg.) 37/41.2 fps (P1/Avg.) 37/41.2 fps (P1/Avg.) 36.5/40.8 fps (P1/Avg.) 36.5/40.9 fps (P1/Avg.)
Maximum volume 1.3 sons 0.8 sons 1.0 sun 2.6 sons 1.4 sons
coil whine alone 0.2 sons 0.2 sons 0.2 sons 0.2 sons 0.2 sons

How did we test?

Our comparison test is not explicitly about the performance and evaluation of the Nvidia Geforce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card, but about the differences between the individual custom designs. Therefore, our benchmark mainly includes measuring temperatures, volume and clock rate, as well as the resulting differences in performance. Of course, external features must also be taken into account, such as design, execution and dimensions. Our test system consists of an Intel Core i9-10900K, which is optimized for volume testing using a passive cooler and TDP throttling. In conjunction with a passively operating power supply, the system does not even make a sound under full load. In this way, the noise pollution, which originates exclusively from the graphics card, can be measured precisely.

Cyberpunk 2077 is still a very performance demanding game and serves our temperature and noise test
Source: PC Games Hardware

A practical scenario is chosen to measure volume, clock and temperature. In Cyberpunk 2077, which is still extremely graphically complex, we chose the Ultra preset including ray-tracing “Psycho” and DLSS quality. Our high-resolution 4K benchmark demands a lot from the GPU and lets the fans rev up. The measured clock speed is validated using our Cyberpunk 2077 performance benchmark. Additionally, the GPU must also complete a Timespy run.

New measurement environment

The volume measurement in this comparison test takes place for the first time in our new measuring room. This room differs from our previously used test cabin in a positive way, but it also changes the measurement results, which means that a direct comparison with previous measurements is no longer easily possible. Basically, it’s a slightly cooler environment and a larger space, which aims to avoid temperature fluctuations caused by heated hardware as much as possible. The size of the room is accompanied by altered or improved acoustics, with fewer sound reflections.

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