Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super review: not very great

I had high hopes for the RTX 4070 Ti Super after the RTX 4070 Super impressed me earlier this month. Nvidia’s first RTX 40-series Super card delivered some solid performance improvements at both 4K and 1440p – around 15 percent and 17 percent respectively. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the RTX 4070 Ti Super.

While the price remains the same (€799) as the original RTX 4070 Ti it replaces, the performance remains the same. At 1440p on the RTX 4070 Ti Super, I initially found almost 3 percent better performance than the original RTX 4070 Ti and about 5 percent at 4K. Nvidia had promised 10 percent, so something had clearly gone wrong here.

Less than two days before this review was set to go live, Nvidia discovered an issue with the cards some reviewers were testing. “We discovered an issue with the MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER 16G Ventus 3X GPUs where performance was approximately 5 percent below expected figures on other RTX 4070 Ti SUPER SKUs,” said Nvidia spokesperson Lars Weinand.

Nvidia delivered a VBIOS update, noting that performance was still not at the promised 10 percent level. “MSI continues to work on updates,” Nvidia said. The VBIOS update hasn’t made a huge difference, but after testing an Asus TUF RTX 4070 Ti Super I found a performance increase of about 5 percent over the original RTX 4070 Ti at 1440p and about 9 percent at 4K. That’s better than the troubled MSI card, but still not good enough.

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I’m disappointed that Nvidia hasn’t come back with a Founders Edition card for this updated GPU. Like the original RTX 4070 Ti, I tested a third-party card from MSI. Nvidia leaves it to its board partners to supply the cards for the RTX 4070 Ti Super, with the design varying by manufacturer. While I appreciate the diversity of choices available from third-party boards, the Founders Edition boards are well made and sleekly designed.

MSI’s RTX 4070 Ti Super 16G Ventus 3X uses a triple fan layout with a copper base plate and heat pipes to cool heat from the GPU and memory modules. Like other RTX cards, there’s a zero-RPM mode to stop the fans when temperatures are low, keeping your PC quiet when you’re not playing games or taxing the GPU.

This is a fairly typical layout for the RTX 4070 Ti Super, and most third-party cards seem to work with the three-fan design. On the back there are also the usual three 1.4 DisplayPorts and a single HDMI 2.1 port.

Overall, it’s still a big card, just like the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 variants, but I’m happy to see 16GB of VRAM instead of the 12GB that came on the original RTX 4070 Ti. That’s good news for future-proofing and playing at 4K.

Nvidia hasn’t increased the power requirements here either, so the RTX 4070 Ti Super gets the same power up to 285 watts as the original, 35 less than an RTX 4080. Nvidia still recommends a 750-watt power supply; the latest ATX 3.0 PSUs come with native support for the new PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR connector that Nvidia uses. I’d recommend this or a third-party cable so you can avoid the bulky power adapter that comes in the box and converts two regular 8-pin PCIe power connectors to this new 12-pin connector.

For 1440p testing, I paired the RTX 4070 Ti Super with AMD’s latest Ryzen 7 7800X3D processor and Samsung’s 32-inch G7 monitor. This monitor supports refresh rates up to 240Hz and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, so it’s a good test to see if games can maximize this refresh rate.

I pitted the RTX 4070 Ti Super against the previous model, some other RTX 40 series cards, AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX, and some previous generation cards. Tests are run in various AAA games at maximum or ultra settings to put as much strain on GPUs as possible.

Every game managed to average 100fps or higher bar Metro Exodus improved at extreme settings – which is a stress test for most GPUs, with the exception of the RTX 4090.

The RTX 4070 Ti Super is about 5 percent faster than the RTX 4070 Ti before it. As I said before, this is extremely disappointing. It’s hardly an improvement over the card it replaces, and really all you get here at 1440p is 16GB of VRAM instead of 12. Obviously RTX 4070 Ti owners won’t be upgrading to this anyway, but I was hoping to see closer to the 10 percent that Nvidia promised here at 1440p.

VBIOS updates might help on the MSI card in the future, but the Asus model I tested after this review was first published didn’t improve things enough at 1440p. It’s still a great option for 1440p, but I was hoping for more here.

In Recurring And Gears 5, the averages of the frame rates were identical on the MSI card, so there was no improvement whatsoever. Before MSI’s VBIOS update was applied, in both games I had the Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti beating the MSI RTX 4070 Ti Super by a narrow margin. On the Asus card Recurring remains the same as the 4070 Ti, but there is a seven percent improvement Gears 5.

Like other RTX 40 series cards, the RTX 4070 Ti Super includes DLSS 3 support. It increases frames by more than 25 percent Forza Horizon 5, putting performance on par with AMD’s $999 Radeon RX 7900 XTX in this particular game.

Elsewhere, the RTX 4070 Ti Super shares blows with the $899 Radeon RX 7900 XT, delivering better frame rates in RT-enabled games and especially where games benefit from DLSS more often than AMD’s FSR equivalent. But overall, these numbers are still disappointing compared to the RTX 4070 Ti.

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For 4K gaming, I tested the RTX 4070 Ti Super with Acer’s 31.5-inch Nitro XV2 monitor. This monitor supports refresh rates up to 144 Hz, but the RTX 4070 Ti Super still doesn’t come close to maxing out this monitor.

Every game managed to reach 60fps or higher with settings on ultra or extreme, except Metro Exodus improved runs on extreme settings. That makes this an interesting option for 4K, especially with the improved 16 GB VRAM on board. If you’re willing to lower the settings further, you can get the most out of a 4K 144Hz monitor in a number of games.

Overall, though, I found very little difference from the original RTX 4070 Ti. It’s around 5 percent at 4K with the MSI card, but I’m happy to report that with the Asus card it was around 9 percent. Both are still trading blows with AMD’s $899 RX 7900 XT, which AMD recently dropped to a promotional price of $749 at some retailers in a move that’s clearly a response to Nvidia’s Super cards.

DLSS 3 helps again at 4K, although it’s a near 15 percent setback Forza Horizon 5 instead of the bigger gains I found at 1440p. If you play games that support DLSS 3, then it’s worth enabling it, even if there’s a small trade-off of increased latency for the frame generation technology.

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The RTX 4070 Ti Super was a difficult card to test thanks to its VBIOS issues. We decided to publish during embargo time to give an opinion on this MSI model, and I’m happy to see that the Asus card at least manages to get closer to the 10 percent claim at 4K .

Nvidia promised a 10 percent performance increase over the RTX 4070 Ti, but in my testing, that’s not achieved at 1440p – probably the main resolution people will buy this card for. If you’re interested in 4K gaming, this is more of a 60Hz option unless you’re willing to lower the settings significantly.

This makes it difficult to see exactly who the RTX 4070 Ti Super is intended for.

The $799 price of the original RTX 4070 Ti always felt too high and the RTX 4070 Ti Super doesn’t change that. It’s not that the RTX 4070 Ti Super is a bad card – it’s slightly faster and has more VRAM than the RTX 4070 Ti – the problem is that the RTX 4070 Ti was already overpriced. And the 4070 Ti Super is stuck between the $599 RTX 4070 Super, which has become significantly better than the RTX 4070, and the upcoming $999 RTX 4080 Super, which will be $200 cheaper than the RTX 4080 it replaces

The main AMD competition in this price range is the RX 7900 XT – but only because of its ‘promotional pricing’, which means it’s officially dropped from $899 to $749 at some retailers. At the time of review, you can buy one at Best Buy for $759.99 or even for $739.99 at Newegg.

The $599 RTX 4070 Super is a better value for 1440p gaming, especially since you save $200 there for a small performance drop. All the RTX 4070 Ti Super really gives you is 16GB of VRAM, and if you’re willing to spend another $200 then the RTX 4080 Super is just around the corner.

It hasn’t always been easy to find an RTX 4070 Ti for $799 right now, with prices regularly hitting $850 or higher. I think some are hoping that the $999 price of the RTX 4080 Super will put more pressure on it, if they can even find cards at that level.

I can’t recommend the RTX 4070 Ti Super unless you’re very nervous about the 12GB of VRAM on the RTX 4070 Super. Even then, I don’t think there’s enough value for $200 more. The RTX 4070 Ti Super is a very capable card, but if it were $100 cheaper it would be easier to recommend.

Photography by Tom Warren / The Verge

Update, January 24, 11 a.m. ET: Review updated with additional testing on an Asus TUF RTX 4070 Ti Super.

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