Although the well-documented stock issues have plagued GPU releases, few can doubt from a technological perspective it’s been an exciting year for graphics cards. AMD has taken on Nvidia for the first time in a long while at the premium ‘enthusiast’ level of GPUs, rather than just the middle to low price range they previously focused on.
Up until now, the two biggest cards from Nvidia have been the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, the top entries in their 30 series range. The RTX 3070 occupies the middle of the current range in terms of price and performance, and today we will be looking at the card which nestles in between this card and the RTX 3080 – that is, the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti!
As you’d expect from this positioning, the RTX 3070 Ti will be aimed at those looking for a solution to medium-high workflows and gaming needs, and as a result, will likely be more popular due to being more affordable and shift more units than its more powerful cousins. This being the case you should check out our Where To Buy An Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti page to make sure you stand the best chance of picking up a copy before they sell out!
Besides the normal differentiation between brands / AIBs, with the RTX 3070 Ti even the Founder’s Edition comes in two variants: one with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and the other 16GB, meaning two different prices even on the stock version. Make sure you read the Things To Consider section where we’ll look deeper into the other specifications you need to be aware of.
On this page then we have selected the best of the best 3070 Ti GPUs for your delectation, suitable for different price levels and performance needs – without further ado let’s dive right in!
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Our top pick comes in the shape of ASUS’ ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. As you’d expect, it comes with all the high-end features and benefits of any premium GPU.
Alongside a superb design, the ROG STRIX 3070 Ti also boasts impressive cooling, great clock speeds, and intuitive software. The complete package without breaking the bank.
The Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3070 Ti gets our runner up spot in this competitive guide. It features all the high-end benefits that we’ve come to expect over the years but does carry an eye-watering price tag.
Aesthetically, this GPU is hard to beat – it looks stunning (no matter how you mount it). With an incredibly efficient cooling solution, good clock speeds, and excellent build quality, this GPU struggles to put a foot wrong.
The EVGA is our best value GPU, providing stellar performance and a solid aesthetic design that hits shelves at a price point that won’t break the bank.
Whilst the EVGA RTX 3070 Ti’s design wasn’t a huge hit with NVIDIA fans, you soon forget about that thanks to the eye-catching RGB and efficient cooling solution.
The MSI RTX 3070 Ti is a fine example of the quality the brand brings to the table. It offers a superb cooling solution alongside fantastic aesthetics.
Furthermore, with a new front shroud and a reinforced backplate, the MSI 3070 Ti Ventus really does tick many of the right boxes.
Picking the right products for our best of guides is never an easy task. All our selections take into account price, performance, cooling, size, and build quality.
Coming to a decision on the above necessitates takes hours of product research, performance benchmarking, and customer feedback. If you are short on time or experience in the world of tech, then the above often isn’t feasible and you might end up miss-spending your hard-earned cash on something that may be an inferior product – or worse, completely incompatible with your system!
Worry not however! WePC is here to take away the stress of such a decision in the form of this easy-to-follow, buyers’ guide. That’s right, we’ve done all the hard work for you!
Testing the products we recommend is a huge part of the overall selection process in our best of guides. It’s a way to make sure what we recommend is the absolute best option in its specific category. To be sure a product is “the best,” it must show excellent performance in our tests and display better qualities over the competition it faces.
Most of the products we recommend here at WePC have gone through a strict testing process that involves everything from aesthetics and build quality to performance and efficiency. Each product is pushed to the limit to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants the top spot.
Doing this enables us to provide you with the most accurate review of how the product performs and, ultimately, whether it’s worth your hard-earned cash.
Even if you’re a well-seasoned computer builder, it’s always worth brushing up on the basics of what you need to think about before buying a new graphics card, or indeed any other piece of kit. Below we’ve listed some of the most important considerations you must factor into your purchasing decision to ensure what you buy is actually right for your specific needs.
Whilst many AIBs fall under a similar price range, that isn’t always the case for the same GPU. Take the RTX 3080Ti as a prime example. Whilst there might not be a huge difference between our ‘value pick’ and ‘runner up’ in terms of performance, pricing varies dramatically. This often comes down to what I like to call ‘brand premium’ – where more established brands can naturally charge more as they offer reliability and credibility.
Generally speaking though, the price variation between cards of the same VRAM that separates the ‘premium’ selections from the more budget offerings, does typically represent a fair value of the card. That is the extra $30+ or whatever extra you might pay, will usually ensure the card has more efficient cooling, better out the box clock speeds, and better overall build quality and is therefore usually worth it – especially if you’re spending this much on the component anyway.
One of the most important features of a high-end graphics card is the cooling solution it comes equipped with. Cooling affects everything from performance to price – it even changes the way a GPU looks and has a large impact on the internal temperature of your PC.
If a GPU comes with poor cooling, it can not only lead to poor gaming and general-use performance, but it could also see your hardware degenerate faster than it would otherwise.
Furthermore, seeing as though the GPU is the largest thermal generating hardware component in your build, it naturally has a knock-on effect on the rest of the PC’s performance. For example, if your CPU starts to increase in thermals because the GPU is generating a lot of internal heat, you may start to see thermal throttling across the board.
Ultimately, the cooling solution of the RTX 3070Ti you choose should never be overlooked. With a GPU of this power, the triple-fan setup seems to be fairly standard. This should provide enough airflow to keep temps down and allow your GPU to operate at its full potential.
Over the last decade, as GPUs have increased in power, so have they increased in size. The latest graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD are some of the biggest ever made; this of course means more restrictions on space within your case.
Most AIBs are, however, sized fairly similarly: cooling solutions are the main factor that increases card sizes overall and the number of cores is usually the biggest factor that influences cooling. So, on the same card model, there shouldn’t be too much variation. However, there are still differences and you should always double-check that the PC case you plan to use can actually accommodate the GPU you’re thinking of getting. Most smaller mid-tower won’t easily fit the latest 30-series graphics cards from Nvidia or AMD’s latest series.
One of the first specifications you’ll come across when looking at graphics cards is the clock speeds. Clock speed, sometimes referred to as clock rate, is the speed at which the microprocessors inside the GPU operate. Whilst this is not the only performance affecting factor, it does give us a general idea (when paired with other factors) of how fast your GPU will perform instructions and render scenes.
Before AIBs get their hands on a GPU, each has a factory base clock speed -often unique to that specific GPU. Whilst this is the case, it certainly doesn’t stop aftermarket manufacturers from trying to boost that with additional overclocking performance. You’ll likely come across boost clock and game clock speeds along your GPU journey – which reference the overclocked speed of the GPU when in certain scenarios.
These are closer to the real-world speeds you’ll receive, with the base clock often being limited to when your PC is idle.
Equally as important (if not more important when it comes to rendering of large 4K scenes) is the VRAM your GPU comes equipped with. VRAM is your GPU’s video memory – operating in the same way as your system’s memory does. The VRAM will hold rendering data that can be used by active programs and games at any time and in any order – effectively speeding up the processing of certain data.
As we just said, VRAM is an incredibly important feature when it comes to productivity work and rendering large 4K scenarios. Thankfully, the RTX 3070Ti comes with a healthy amount of VRAM, making it a potent choice for both above usages.
As stated the RTX 3070 Ti comes in two variants: one with quipped with 8GB of GDDR6X VRAM, the other 16GB, and as such the price point for each of these differs somewhat. If your needs extend to 1080p or 1440p gaming only, then the 16GB options may be somewhat overkill; if however, you’re looking for a relatively cheap entry card for 4K gaming and also GPU heavy workstation tasks then the 16GB cards may be the better choice.
TDP, better known as thermal design power, refers to the maximum amount of heat that the GPU’s cooler can dissipate when at maximum load. When we reference TDP, it’s usually discussing CPUs and the cooler they require to run efficiently.
Because a GPU comes equipped with a pre-installed cooler, this figure doesn’t offer as much relevance – and is more geared towards marketing than any real-world performance.
That being said, it’s still a pretty good indication of how much heat your GPU will create. That said, remember, each brand determines the TDP based on a unique formula – so comparing them side by side is a fairly mundane task.
Best RTX 3070 Ti Graphics Cards
Fantastic design with new front shroud
ASUS build quality
Very efficient cooler
Feature-packed and intuitive software
Our number one pick and editor’s choice goes to the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3070 Ti OC Edition – try saying that after a couple of pints. ASUS are always high on our GPU lists, mainly because they offer such fantastic performance build quality. The brand has been trusted for years now and the ROG STRIX 3070 Ti is yet another fine example of the quality they bring to the table. ASUS has equipped the 3070 Ti OC edition with all the features and benefits you would expect from its top gaming lineup of products.
Starting with aesthetics,this GPU looks absolutely fantastic. The team has equipped the 3070 Ti with a fresh shroud that better mirrors the design of ROG Strix motherboards – equipped with metal accents and carefully placed RGB. Textured accents can be found throughout the design of this GPU, giving it a superb design that looks great either in a normal or vertical mounting position. That said, the GPU does showcase a 2.9 slot design that does put it into the larger category.
Like always, ASUS seem to have prioritized high-end cooling for this GPU – offering up a stellar design that keeps the card running at optimal performance. The RTX 3070 Ti receives a new Axial-tech fan design that has been optimized for the larger heatsink it houses. Not only does it have more fins than before but it also increases on surface area too. Furthermore, ASUS has opted for a bi-directional system in this cooler, offering greater levels of airflow when the GPU needs it most.
Like every GPU in this guide, the ROG supports 2nd Gen RT Cores and 3rd Gen Tensor cores – offering up 2X the throughput of previous generations. Clock speeds for this particular model sit at 1875 MHz (Boost) or 1845 MHz (game).
Overall, it’s incredibly hard to know this GPU from a performance standpoint. Having said that, it does offer one chink in its armour – and that’s price. It is one of the most expensive in this list, so just keep that in mind if you are considering this for your next build.
Superb build quality
Incredibly attractive design
Feature packed design
Next up we have the Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3070 Ti Master – one of the most expensive and feature-packed 3070 Ti’s on the market. Gigabyte is easily one of the most established brands in the GPU game, always ranking highly in our best-of guides.
Aesthetically you have to say, this GPU looks absolutely fantastic – no pun intended. Like the other GPUs in this guide, it comes equipped with a large triple-fan cooling solution that boasts decent RGB that really shines when mounted vertically. It is on the bulky side, so just be aware if you’re overly concerned about internal airflow. The RGB Fusion 2.0 can be adjusted via the user-friendly software, with a tonne of options for endless customization. It even comes with an LCD monitor that can be customized to display text, pictures, or your favourite gif.
The Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti comes equipped with an exciting cooling solution that boasts a tonne of features and benefits. The Max-covered cooling solution features 2 x 115 mm and 1 x 100 mm uniquely designed stack fans with the wind claw styling. Like ASUS, Gigabyte also offers alternatively spinning fans for additional levels of air pressure that help cover the heatsink in its entirety. This GPU also features a screen cooling design that allows air to pass through its heatsink more freely, increasing air dissipation.
As far as performance goes, the Gigabyte AORUS is one of the best performing GPUs in this guide. It offers up a high 1875 MHz clock speed alongside a 608 GB/s memory bandwidth. A reinforced metal backplate has been equipped for additional rigidity, alongside a dual BIOS switch to take full advantage of different setups. With 6 outputs, including 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 2 x HDMI 2.1, and 1 x HDMI 2.0, the AORUS also offers the most versatility in this department. That said, it does require the most power, sat at an eye-watering 850W.
Reinforced backplate for extra support
Efficient cooling solution
Design is a little off-putting
Next up we have the best value RTX 3070 Ti graphics card – EVGA’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming. The FTW3 cards got a bit of stick when they were first released for looking a little funny – however, with excellent features and a solid price tag to match, we don’t mind the aesthetics of this card one bit.
The FTW3 comes equipped with the same age-old traits that you would expect from EVGA’s gaming lineup of graphics cards. It features a triple-fan design, metallic front shroud, and attractive RGB on the top plate. Again, this card looks superb mounted vertically or horizontally.
The cooling solution for this card is the iCX3 design, boasting superb temps even in the most demanding of scenarios. EVGA has cleverly designed the heatsink to offer better air dissipation, greater contact, and all-round more efficient airflow. A patented copper base is 25% larger than preceding versions, covering both the GPU and RAM areas of the card to further bolster thermal transfer.
A boost clock speed of 1860 MHz sees it fall short of our top picks, but don’t let that fool you – you’ll still be able to push 4K gaming to a decent quality. Overall, this card showcases some of the best value in this guide.
Solid build quality
Excellent cooling design
Reinforced metal backplate
TORX Fan 3.0 with Zero FROZR
Can become a little noisey
MSIs Ventus 3X is the next GPU in this guide, bringing to the table all the high-end features MSI cards are known for. The ‘performance-focused design maintains the essential factors that allow you to accomplish any task at hand’ or so MSI says.
Aesthetically, the MSI RTX 3070 Ti doesn’t really vary from previous versions of this card. It comes equipped with the same fin-packed cooling solution that we’ve seen in the past – providing extremely low temps during usage. With some carefully thought-out accents on the front shroud, the GPU certainly gives off a gamey aesthetic.
Like other cards in this guide, the MSI also features a reinforced metallic backplate with a brushed aluminum finish. This not only strengthens the integrity of the card’s design but also aids in the reduction of thermals too.
The TORX FAN 3.0 cooling solution (with ZERO FROZR) has been utilized for this GPU, offering up 50% more air pressure than more generic-ly designed fans. Coire pipes have also been precision-machined for maximum contact over the GPU – helping to spread heat more efficiently. Furthermore, a tonne of thermal pads helps keep the GPU’s temps low.
Clock speeds come in at 1800 MHz, making this card one of the ‘slower’ in this guide. That said, it still offers all the essential RTX 3070 Ti features you need for a fantastic gaming experience. Unlike the AORUS, this card only features four inputs – 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a and 1 x HDMI 2.1.
So, there we are, this has been our guide to the best RTX 3070 Ti GPUs currently available. This is a great card for those looking at mid-high gaming performance, and the 16GB VRAM versions listed here provide a great entry-level 4K gaming option.
Although stock issues continue to be a factor, please check out our Where To Buy A 3070 Ti page for a list of all the major stockists to see if the card you’ve decided on is there.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you decide which GPU is best for your needs. If you have any other questions regarding this GPU, a different 30-series GPU, or in fact, any graphics card at all, please do leave a comment in the relevant section below.