RTX 4070 Ti vs RTX 4090 – how do they stack up?

How does the land lie with these two 40-series? We compare and find out

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The release of the RTX 4070 Ti was no surprise to anybody. We’ve known about the existence of this GPU since before the release of the 4080. This was previously known as the RTX 4080 12GB. And the good news is that nothing’s really changed more than the name and pricing.

Now that the RTX 4070 Ti has been released, it’s crucial to locate the graphics card on the performance podium. For that reason, we’ve made a direct comparison between the RTX 4070 Ti and the RTX 4090.

The former is the most expensive of every other ‘X070’ card from Nvidia, but also stronger than them all, reaching the same performance delivery as the 3090. And, although getting to the same level as the 4090 was never a possibility, DLSS 3rd-gen gives the Ti GPU an amazing boost.

RTX 4070 Ti vs RTX 4090 specs comparison

The RTX 4090 is at the top of all GPUs for the moment. There’s no unit alive that can achieve what this GPU can achieve; so this type of comparison is focused on sharing some perspective on the subject. 

Both GPUs were made thanks to the enhancements of the ADA Lovelace architecture, and using the small 4nm TSMC chip. That configuration allows both units to maintain a larger number of transistors to give life to the core count. The 4090 has 16,384 CUDA cores, while the 4070 Ti has 7,680; an almost 50% reduction.

The same goes for the memory of the units; the 4090 has 24GB while the 4070 Ti counts 12GB. In both scenarios, there is an understandable change considering that both cards are aimed at a different market. Worth remembering that the 4070 Ti is more than capable of handling 4K – especially with the 3rd-gen DLSS – but the GPU is mainly aimed to devour the 1440p gaming market.

RTX 4070 TiRTX 4090
ArchitectureADA LovelaceADA Lovelace
CUDA cores768016384
Memory Interface Width192 bit384 bit
Memory bandwidth504.2 GB/s1,008 GB/s
Process TechnologyTSMC 4nm TSMC 4nm 
Base clock speed2310 MHz2235 MHz
Boost Clock speed2610 MHz2520 MHz
Graphics Card Power (TDP)285 W450 W

As we can see in the table above. The RTX 4070 Ti shows its claws when it comes to power consumption. With a TDP of only 285 W is around 60% less power-hungry than the 4090, and is even less power-hungry than any other X070 GPUs.

We appraise this as a good sign in the mid-range Nvidia GPUs family. Team Green’s TDP had been going up exponentially, which leads to having to buy more expensive PSUs, paying higher bills, etc. Having this low a TDP shows us that there is some thought to taking the right path.

RTX 4070 Ti vs RTX 4090 price

Whenever we make a direct comparison on an Nvidia GPU, we know the price section will take some heat. This is no exception. Team Green has been taking prices lightly, and we consider they might be overpricing their GPUs.

The RTX 4070 Ti has an MSRP of $799, while the 4090 was launched at $1599.00. We can see an $800 difference in pricing; within the Nvidia family which looks logical rather than great value for the Ti. The 4070 Ti looks capable of only 50% of the performance the 4090 behemoth delivers.

However, it is the highest price an X070 GPU has had, . The old GTX 970 was $329, then the GTX 1070 had an MSRP of $379. The price jumped by almost $100 with the arrival of ray tracing and the RTX 2070 was released at $499, a price that didn’t really change for the 3070; so it’s impressive to face a $799 MSRP for the 4070 Ti

RTX 4070 Ti vs RTX 4090 Performance

Nvidia uses the RTX 3080 as a starting point to compare the performance of the new 4070 Ti. According to Team Green stats, the 4070 Ti can be up to 3.5x faster than the 3080; achieving double the FPS in Microsoft Flight simulator, a 1.75x better FPS delivery in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide and a mighty 3.5x better FPS performance in Cyberpunk 2077 with the new RT overdrive on. 

The test was taken for 1440p gaming, with the highest settings, DLSS Super Resolution Quality Mode, and Frame Generation on RTX 40 Series. These results talk nicely to the capacity of the RTX 4070 Ti; they also give a sense of power and efficiency that any other X070 class ever had. We can see how DLSS and ray tracing has made a big difference in performance capabilities. 

When we take a look at the raw performance of the RTX 4090, we can see how it dominates the 4K gaming scene. The extra memory space and bandwidth allow this GPU to handle this amount of data to be transferred swiftly and efficiently. On the other side, the 4070 Ti, was not aiming for 4K gaming, but the strong ray tracing and AI upscaling techniques of the series allow this GPU to deliver 60+ FPS in 4K in a lot of games.

When we go down the rabbit hole to 1440p and 1080p gaming the 4070 Ti should really move up the podium. The specs alone of this GPU added to the new features and architecture, placing it around the same level as the 3090. Something that we could never imagine happening with the previous generation. A mid-range GPU is now as strong as the previous series flagship.

PC Guide Expert view

Overall, the RTX 4070 Ti is not a surprise. It has shown to be half as powerful as the RTX 4090 both spec-wise and performance-wise; although the pricing reflects that, is still too expensive to be an X070- class GPU. We would love to see a more realistic price, that serves as a mid-level entry for people without those resources to get a bite of the new Nvidia capabilities, which we can’t deny, are amazing. 

We never intended to make a battle between these two classes; our intention was to shed some light of perspective on both the high power of the RTX 4090 and the unusual abilities of the 4070 Ti. In conclusion, we’re happy to see a powerful GPU being released, but we really hope the price goes down.