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Is the 3070 Ti good?

The RTX 3070 Ti is a bit of an odd card and we explain why
Last Updated on April 25, 2023
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The RTX 3070 Ti delivers comprehensive performance in 1440p gaming; however, at more than $760 the GPU doesn’t hold any special feature over any other GPU in the same range.

NVidia’s 3070 Ti augments memory size and clock speed over the 3070 but only really delivers around a seven percent performance boost over the 3070…while costing the public almost $300 more.

The 3070 Ti is a clear example of marketing improvements; it exists to look good and to sell without any concern about users’ budget or satisfaction whatsoever.

And, in and around the same specification range, AMD is capable of offering stronger specs, faster speeds, and better pricing for better performance.

RTX 3070Ti: specs

 RTX 3070 TiRTX 3070
CUDA cores61445888
Tensor cores192184
RT cores4846
Memory size8 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR6
Memory bus256 bit256 bit
Bandwidth608.3 GB/s448.0 GB/s
Base/boost clock speed1575 MHz/1770 MHz1500 MHz/1725 MHz

For a $300 price difference over the 3070, you’ll get 160 more CUDA cores, 8 more Tensor cores, and around 50/75 extra base and boost clock speed. These differences can really be taken into account in real-life benchmarks, and they don’t show a big enough gap to really highlight one card over the over.

Both have the same memory size and the same memory bus. And, even though the bandwidth is wider in the 3070 Ti, both GPUs deliver roughly equal TFLOPS which talks (in reality) to the actual speed of the GPU.

Is RTX 3070 Ti overkill for gaming?

It depends on what level of gaming you are going for. If you have a 1440p or 4K gaming monitor, the GPU is a great idea as it will be able to reach its full potential. But if you have a lower resolution display, the RTX 3070 Ti is probably overkill and unnecessary.

Is the 3070 Ti powerful?

The RTX 3070 Ti is a powerful GPU. It comes through on most games at around 60 fps, but sometimes 100+.

PC Guide expert view

We can’t really separate the performance of these cards meaningfully, and the specs are fairly equal but we can see the price is not. Currently, the RTX 3070 can be around $300 more expensive than the 3070; the performance-to-price ratio of the Ti is not good enough for the card to be selected over the non-Ti version or over any other GPU in the same range.

However, if you manage to find a 3070 Ti around the price of the 3070, then it may make more sense to pick one up. If you have specific uses where the slight performance increase matters.

In conclusion, the RTX 3070 Ti is not a great GPU. The set of specs and performance don’t come clean when compared to the price it stands for and the difference over the non-Ti version. This GPU is more a marketing and blind-sell move than an actual advance for gamers.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows