Best RTX 3070 Ti Graphics Card

Unlike the RTX 3080 Ti, this release from NVIDIA is far more affordable and offers much better price-per-performance. This SKU has a price tag that is only $100 more than the original 3070. The 3080 Ti, on the other hand, receives a $500 price increase over the 3080, which is unacceptable.

In any case, $600 (MSRP) is no small amount of money, which is why it’s so important to conduct proper research and ensure you choose the best possible RTX 3070 Ti for your PC.

To help you achieve that, we’ve done the research and considered various factors such as thermals, design, performance, and overclocking to determine exactly which brand 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 of their Gaming OC lineup. We know this because it earned spots on several of our “best GPU” articles including the RX 6900 XT, RTX 3060, and the RTX 3070.

However, it isn’t impossible for Gigabyte to make a misstep, so we won’t take anything for granted. Let’s see whether the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC lives up to its predecessors.

Pricing

Given the chip crisis of 2020 and 2021 (which we addressed in more detail in our RTX 3000 Series article), buying at MSRP for most GPU variants is out of the question. Many of these brands such as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and others don’t even announce prices for their GPUs because the market has been so volatile.

Whether this is unavoidable or a way to make more money from each GPU, resulting in higher profits for the companies, we can’t know for sure.

Whatever the case, finding an official price tag for the RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC is impossible. However, considering the official MSRP of the 3070 Ti is $600, we can estimate that this Gigabyte variant should cost about $50 to $100 more.

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

Design

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

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

The front part of the shroud, surrounding 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 some of the copper pipes. There’s also Gigabyte branding on the side that has RGB lighting.

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

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

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

The advertised clock speed for this Gaming OC is 1830 MHz. To put that into perspective, the reference card (Founders Edition) is clocked at 1770 MHz. This is a solid factory overclock, but it gets even better when you test it with actual gameplay.

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.

If you want more, you can always overclock. With enough tweaking, this GPU might be pushed slightly over 2GHz, to 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 stop completely. Of course, this is a feature that you can find in almost any GPU today.

Once you’ve launched a game, temperatures can jump up to 80°C, but they stabilize at around 68°C. The 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 will reduce 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 Taiwan-based company that is more prominent in the Asian market than the Western market. If you haven’t heard of Palit before, that’s probably why. Don’t let the company’s lack of popularity in the West keep you away from their great GPUs. Their level of quality is just as high as any other brand on the market.

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

Pricing

As with Gigabyte’s GPU, finding the official price of this card is currently not possible as Palit hasn’t announced an MSRP. Our estimate puts this card at around $750 to $800. That’s on the expensive side but, as mentioned, this is Palit’s flagship variant. You’ll understand once you see the design of this card.

In the 2021 GPU market, the price could rise as high as about $1400.

Design

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

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

What makes this design even cooler is that the clear “ice” is supported with RGB lighting. When you fire up the PC, the rocks light up in different colors. Those diamond-like shapes disperse your lighting in a 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 will also notice that this card has two 8-pin connectors.

The backplate is made of metal but it doesn’t have any thermal pads on the bottom, so it won’t help 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

The official website rates this GPU to clock at 1845 MHz. That is slightly higher than the Gaming OC.

Running a game pushes the clock speeds to more than 100 MHz higher, which is always nice to see. The average is close to 1950 MHz. This is faster than Gigabyte’s offering but, considering the premium price, we’re not sure that it’s worth it.

Maybe its overclocking capabilities will redeem it.

Looking at several overclocking results, it appears that Palit’s RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC is the best overclocking GPU of any 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 provide 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. What will keep it cool is the incredibly beefy 60mm heatsink and its 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. The temperatures stay at a cool 68°C. Not bad.

If you are the kind of person who 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. You could also experiment 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 has proven itself to be quite the GPU model as it ran cool and quiet on both AMD and NVIDIA cards. Whether you used a 200W or a 350W card, it could handle it. This is what casts the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X in a good light even before reviewing it.

The Suprim X is MSI’s flagship so, in theory, it should be better than the Gaming X Trio, but at a heftier price. It did turn out to be 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 it to be $100-150 over the FE’s MSRP.

However, 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 almost impossible.

Design

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

Even at a glance, the Suprim X looks heavy and premium. This impression turns out to be accurate.

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 is a clean and metallic grey color.

Moving to the side, you will notice a long strip that’s also dedicated to RGB. There is also Suprim and Geforce RTX branding which is RGB as well. There’s also a BIOS switch on the side of the GPU and the two 8-pin connectors.

The backplate is made of metal which will help with heat dissipation, especially as 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.

Performance And Overclocking Capabilities

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

As expected, in-game performance differs from the official specifications. In-game, this card has an average clock frequency of 1930 MHZ. Although Palit’s card holds 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 its competition. Considering it surpasses the Gaming OC in terms of performance and holds on its own against Palit’s model, having better thermals than both of those cards is pretty impressive.

While using the Gaming BIOS, the average temperature stays at just 66°C. With temperatures that low, you might assume that the fan curve would be pretty aggressive and result in very high noise levels. That isn’t the case here. Fans do jump up to 2000 RPM, but noise levels never exceed 37 dBA.

If you aren’t 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, this is a bit hotter, but this noise level is comparable to liquid-cooled GPUs.

Which RTX 3070 Ti Should You Get?

The list of RTX 3070 Tis currently 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.

From a dozen GPUs, we picked the three that we believe offer the best performance. You will still need to make a choice from those three. We hope the conclusion of this article will help you make that decision.

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC is our choice for the Best Value card. Sure, it isn’t faster nor cooler than the Palit or MSI cards, but you’ll get similar performance at 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 the best overclocker and for running quite cool.

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

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

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