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Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super Review: Not Very Super

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I held optimistic expectations for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super Review, fueled by the impressive performance of the RTX 4070 Super earlier this month. The inaugural RTX 40-series Super card delivered substantial performance enhancements at 4K and 1440p—approximately 15 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Regrettably, the same cannot be said for the RTX 4070 Ti Super.

The Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super Review-series Super card isn’t as impressive as its first.

Despite maintaining the original RTX 4070 Ti’s price of $799, the performance parity persists. Initially, at 1440p, the RTX 4070 Ti Super exhibited a marginal improvement of nearly 3 percent over its predecessor and around 5 percent at 4K. Nvidia had pledged a 10 percent boost, revealing an unmet promise.

Shortly before this review’s scheduled release, Nvidia identified an issue affecting the MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER 16G Ventus 3X GPUs. According to Nvidia spokesperson Lars Weinand, the performance was approximately 5 percent below expectations.

Nvidia issued a VBIOS update, acknowledging the shortfall but stating that MSI was actively working on further updates. Although the VBIOS update marginally improved performance, testing an Asus TUF RTX 4070 Ti Super revealed a more significant enhancement—approximately 5 percent at 1440p and 9 percent at 4K, outperforming the problematic MSI card but falling short of expectations.

Hardware

In terms of hardware, the absence of a Founders Edition card disappointed me, as I relied on a third-party MSI card for testing, deviating from the sleek design of Founders Edition cards. The MSI RTX 4070 Ti Super 16G Ventus 3X features a triple-fan layout with a copper baseplate and heat pipes for efficient cooling. While the card adheres to the common triple-fan design, it remains sizable, akin to RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 variants. Still, it boasts an improvement with 16GB of VRAM instead of the original RTX 4070 Ti’s 12GB, a positive for future-proofing and 4K gaming.

Despite the upgraded VRAM

Nvidia has not increased power requirements, maintaining a 285-watt draw, 35 watts less than the RTX 4080. A 750-watt power supply is still recommended, with support for Nvidia’s new PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR connector. Utilizing a third-party cable or native support in ATX 3.0 PSUs eliminates the need for the included chunky power adapter.

In 1440p benchmarks, testing with AMD’s Ryzen 7 7800X3D processor and a 32-inch G7 monitor revealed consistent performance above 100fps in all games except Metro Exodus Enhanced on extreme settings. The RTX 4070 Ti Super demonstrated a mere 5 percent improvement over its predecessor, falling short of the expected 10 percent boost promised by Nvidia.

VBIOS updates might offer future improvements, but the tested Asus model exhibited only modest gains at 1440p. Despite being a viable option for this resolution, the RTX 4070 Ti Super failed to deliver the anticipated advancements.

4K Benchmarks

In 4K benchmarks, tested with Acer’s Nitro XV2 monitor, the RTX 4070 Ti Super achieved 60fps or higher in every game on ultra or extreme settings, except for Metro Exodus Enhanced on extreme settings. The improved 16GB of VRAM makes it a compelling choice for 4K gaming, albeit insufficient to maximize the potential of a 4K 144Hz monitor without reducing settings.

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