Best RTX 3070 Ti Graphics Card

Unlike the RTX 3080 Ti, this new release from Nvidia is a lot more affordable and offers much better price-per-performance. This SKU gets a price tag that is only $100 more than the original 3070. The 3080 Ti on the other hand gets a $500 price increase over the 3080. Unacceptable.

Either way, $600 (MSRP) is not a small amount of money which is why it is so important to do your research first to ensure that you’ve gotten the best possible RTX 3070 Ti for your PC.

To help you with that, we’ve done the research, processed different factors such as thermals, design, performance, overclocking, etc. to determine exactly which brand or model offers the best 3070 Ti.

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The Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Solid performance and cooling for the price

The Cons:

  • Plastic can feel cheap
  • Lack of RGB

Gigabyte’s offerings have been pretty consistent over the years, both with Nvidia and AMD GPUs. That is especially true for their Gaming OC lineup. We know this for a fact as it ended up on several of our “best GPU” articles including the RX 6900 XT, RTX 3060, and the RTX 3070.

However, it is impossible for Gigabyte to make a miss, so let’s not take anything for granted and see whether the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC performs as well as its predecessors.

Pricing

With the chip crisis of 2020 and 2021 (which we covered a bit in our RTX 3000 Series article), finding MSRP for different GPU variants is out of the question. Many of these brands such as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and others don’t even announce a price tag for their GPUs because the pricing on the market is so skewed.

Whether this is by accident or intentional so that the GPUs can sell more, resulting in higher profits for these companies, we do not know.

Either way, finding a price tag for the RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC is not possible. But, considering that the official MSRP of the 3070 Ti is $600, we can assume that this Gigabyte variant should cost about $50 to $100 more.

Keep in mind, realistic pricing in 2021 might be closer to $1200.

Design

The design of this card is simple and light, weighing only around 1200 grams. Although, it’s still pretty long and wide.

Most of the shroud surrounding the PCB is made out of black and grey plastics.

The front part of the shroud, around the fans is mostly black with silver accents on two of the card’s corners.

Rotating it to the side, there’s a large cutout, exposing the heatsink and a bit of the copper pipes. There’s also Gigabyte branding on the side that has RGB lighting.

Moving to the back, we get to the only metal part of this GPU shroud. The backplate is grey with several cutouts, supposedly to help with air circulation for better heat dissipation.

This GPU comes with two 8-pin connectors. In terms of connectivity, you’ll get two DisplayPort 1.4a and two HDMI 2.1. That’s nice to see as most brands today prefer adding three DP and only one HDMI.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

The advertised clock speeds for this Gaming OC is 1830 MHz. To put it into perspective, the reference card (Founders Edition) is clocked at 1770 MHz. A solid factory overclock, but it gets even better when you throw games at this card.

While gaming, this RTX 3070 Ti managed to boost up to 1980 MHz but averaged around 1920-1930 MHz. Not bad at all considering that’s 8% faster than the reference design.

Of course, if you want more, you can always overclock. With enough tweaking, this GPU might be pushed a bit over 2GHz, around 2030 MHz. That’s almost 10% more than the factory OC.

Thermals

While idle, temperatures drop down to 45°C. While under 50°C, the fans completely stop. Of course, this is a feature that you can find in almost any GPU today.

Once you’ve loaded up a game, temperatures can jump up to 80°C, but they stabilize at around 68°C. That thick heatsink and triple-fan setup are more than enough to handle the card’s power consumption of 380W.

These results are with the default BIOS. If you don’t want your fans ramping up to 2000 RPM and producing noise levels of 39 dBA, we suggest switching to the Quiet BIOS which can increase the GPU’s temps, but it will drop down noise levels to 33 dBA or less.

The Pros:

  • One of a kind design
  • Best custom OC card
  • Solid Cooling

The Cons:

  • Can get loud

Palit is a Taiwanese-based company that is most present in the Asian market instead of the Western market. So, if you haven’t heard of Palit before, that would be probably why. Their level of quality is just as high as any other brand on the market. Don’t let its low popularity in the West keep you away from their great GPUs.

The Palit GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC is their flagship model for all of their SKUs.

Pricing

Just like with Gigabyte’s GPU, finding the official price of this card is not exactly possible as Palit hasn’t released an MSRP. So, our expectations put this card at around $750 to $800. A bit on the expensive side, but we did say this is Palit’s flagship variant. You’ll understand once you see the design of this card.

In the 2021 GPU market that would translate to around $1400.

Design

When it comes to looks, we can confidently say that the GameRock OC is unique on the market as no other GPUs take on such a bold design.

Even at first glance, anyone would notice that something is different. The entire front part of the card, around the three fans is a layer of diamond-like “rocks”. It almost looks like the card is frozen and is covered in ice.

What makes this design even cooler is the fact that the clear “ice” is supported with RGB lighting too. So, when you fire up the PC, the rocks light up in different colors. Those diamond-like shapes disperse the lighting in the most unique way.

The rest of the GPU is classic. There’s a bunch of branding on the side that is also RGB. On the side, you’ll also spot that this card is also with two 8-pin connectors.

The backplate is made out of metal, but it doesn’t have any thermal pads on the bottom, so it won’t help too much with the cooling process.

In terms of connectivity, you’ll be getting three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

Official website rates this GPU to clock at 1845 MHz. A bit higher than the Gaming OC.

Going into a game pushes the clock speeds at least 100 MHz higher than that which is always nice to see. The average is close to 1950 MHz. Faster than Gigabyte’s offering, but considering the premium price point, we’re not sure whether it is really worth it.

However, maybe its overclocking capabilities will redeem it.

Looking at several overclocking results it seems like Palit’s RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC is the best overclocking GPU out of any other brand on the market. Users and reviewers have managed to push it to more than 2110 MHz.

That’s almost 15% higher frequency than the official specifications. This increase in frequency could bring a performance uplift of 5% to 7% in-game.

Thermals

Unfortunately, all of that “ice” on top of the card won’t keep the GPU cool. But, what is going to keep it cool is the incredibly beefy 60mm heatsink and the three fans.

While gaming, with the default BIOS, the card does get a bit loud at 2000 RPM and noise levels of almost 40 dBA, but the temperatures stay at a cool 68°C. Not too bad.

If you are the type of person that prefers less noise and higher temperatures, you can use the BIOS switch to use the Silent Mode. Temperatures will rise up to 73°C and fans will slow down to around 1700 RPM. Of course, you can continue playing around with the fan curve to make the card even quieter.

The Pros:

  • Built from high-quality materials
  • Incredibly quiet and cool with Silent BIOS
  • Well-executed RGB lighting

The Cons:

  • No apparent disadvantages

MSI’s Gaming X Trio proved to be quite the GPU model as it ran cool and quiet on both AMD and Nvidia cards. Whether you threw a 200W or a 350W card, it could handle it. This is what puts the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X in a good light even before the review.

The Suprim X is MSI’s flagship, so in theory, it should be better than the Gaming X Trio, but, for a heftier price. It did prove as a great choice for our “Best RTX 3080 Ti Graphics Card” article.

Pricing

No official MSRP is available for the RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X. We expect $100-150 over the FE’s MSRP.

Although, if you’re reading this in 2021, expect real-world pricing that is closer to $1300 or $1350. Grabbing an AIB 3070 Ti for lower than that is nearly impossible.

Design

For those that want a graphics card made out of the highest quality materials, MSI’s Suprim X is the right choice. The entire shroud surrounding the PCB is made out of high-quality aluminum which is always nice to see. Metal dissipates heat while plastic traps it.

Even at first glance, the Suprim X looks heavy and premium. And, it certainly is.

At the front, you’ll see a couple of slits between the fans that are dedicated to RGB lighting. The metal shroud surrounding the fans has a clean and metallic grey color.

Switching over to the side, you can notice a long strip that’s also dedicated to RGB. There’s also Suprim and Geforce RTX branding which too is RGB. There’s also a BIOS switch on this side of the GPU and the two 8-pin connectors.

The backplate is made out of metal which will help with heat dissipation, especially since it has a couple of thermal pads for the memory chips on the back of the PCB. There’s also a bit of RGB on the backplate too.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

MSI’s RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X has the highest factory overclock out of every other variant on the market. Getting 1875 MHz out of the box is certainly very impressive. Keep in mind, you’ll need to enable Extreme Mode through the MSI Center app.

Although as expected, in-game performance is different than the official specifications. In-game this card holds an average clock frequency of 1930 MHZ.  Even though Palit’s card held an average of around 1950 MHz, this is still the cheaper card.

Fortunately, more is possible from this GPU as its OC capabilities are pretty good. With power limits pushed to the max, the GPU clock can go up to 2100 MHz which increases the power draw to 330 W compared to the 310 W with stock settings.

Thermals

This is where the Suprim X dominates the competition. Considering that it surpasses the Gaming OC in terms of performance and holds on its own against Palit’s model, knowing that it has better thermals than both of these cards is pretty impressive.

While running the Gaming BIOS, the average temperature stays at just 66°C. With temperatures that low, you would assume that the fan curve would be pretty aggressive which would lead to very high noise levels. Well, that’s not the case here. Fans do jump up to 2000 RPM, but noise levels never go above 37 dBA.

And if you’re not satisfied with these results, you can always switch to the Silent BIOS where the noise levels drop just under 30 dBA while maintaining an average of 76°C. Sure, it is a bit hotter, but this type of noise level is comparable to liquid-cooled GPUs.

Which RTX 3070 Ti Should You Get?

The list of RTX 3070 Tis on the market is huge. There are probably a dozen variants available and most of them come with a fair price tag while offering solid performance.

Out of a dozen GPUs we picked out three of them that we believed to offer the best performance. But, you will still have to make a choice out of those three. We hope the conclusion of this article will help with your decision.

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC gets our reward for the Best Value card. Sure, it’s not faster nor cooler than the Palit or MSI cards, but, you’ll get similar performance for a much better price.

Palit’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC deserves the Premium Pick mainly because of its extremely unique design. However, it also deserves praise as it is the best overclocker and quite cool.

Naturally, MSI’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X is just as good, especially since it is made out of high-quality aluminum and because it runs incredibly cool.

In other words, whichever of these three cards you pick, you won’t be making a mistake.

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