Roasted RTX 4070 Ti shows confirmational price-performance value in GeForce xx70-class gaming showdown video
An intriguing video posted by the Testing Games YouTube channel has pitted four GeForce xx70-class graphics cards against each other: the GTX 1070 Ti, the RTX 2070 SUPER, the RTX 3070 Ti, and the RTX 4070 Ti. The cards were tested through eight games that included heavy hitters such as Hogwarts Legacy and Microsoft Flight Simulator, with the test system also fitted with an Intel Core i9-13900K processor, 32 GB of RAM, and an Asus ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi motherboard. The GeForce xx70-class graphics cards were tested at a 1080p display rate. While there is no surprise that the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti was the frame-rate champion, there was an interesting takeaway to be found in the differences between it and the RTX 3070 Ti.
Taking the end point of each game section to measure the frame-rate percentage difference left the RTX 4070 Ti between 13% and 84% higher than the RTX 3070 Ti in regard to FPS. The average difference in this scenario ended up being an impressive 60% in favor of the Lovelace-series board. Hogwarts Legacy cramped the RTX 4070 Ti’s style, with the graphics card managing around 127 FPS toward the end of the segment compared to 112 FPS for the RTX 3070 Ti. It can be seen in the on-screen data that the GeForce RTX 40-series card is not running at full speed though, with measurements showing 59-64% available clock rate. It has been widely reported that Hogwarts Legacy is not well optimized for the RTX 4070 Ti and its 12 GB of VRAM, hence the outlier.
If you discount the Hogwarts Legacy results, then the average difference in FPS output between the RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti rises to around 66%, which is a phenomenal generational improvement. But this is to be expected, and buyers of the Lovelace card may have felt disappointed at just how pricey it was despite the advanced performance. However, these results might show that RTX 4070 Ti owners can confirm their belief that they have made a smart purchase, despite the MSRP of US$799 and the higher prices set by retailers and partners. Because if you just focus on the percentages here (not meaning that TDP, GPU manufacturing process, software support, etc. are unimportant though), then that much-derided RTX 4070 Ti price tag could have been a lot worse.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti cost US$599 MSRP, so this means the RTX 4070 Ti is roughly 33% more expensive than its predecessor. Of course, US$699 would have been a sweeter deal for gamers, but there is two years of technological advancements to be enjoyed with the RTX 4070 Ti, and Nvidia had already been eyeing a price of US$899 for it before plumping for US$799. So, for 33% more money, owners of the RTX 4070 Ti are getting 60-66% more gaming performance in this particular controlled comparison. Put it this way, the revamped and renamed GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB could have cost from US$950 to US$1,000 if based on these average FPS increases. Gamers can be fairly annoyed with Team Green for its relentless pursuit of profits, but at least the company delivers the goods in this particular space.
Image source (edited): Nvidia