As much as Nvidia loves to compete with AMD GPUs, Nvidia loves to one-up their GPUs all the time. We are currently looking at the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3070-Ti. In this comparison, we will compare the outright performance, specs, features, and price for each of these cards. Whether you are looking at these for gaming or your next creative project, both cards are going to be great options, but depending on your performance or budget needs, one might be better. 

The Nvidia RTX 3070-Ti offers great performance for crypto mining.

3070 vs 3070- Ti: Side-by-Side Comparison

RTX 3070RTX 3070-Ti
Release Date:9/17/20205/31/2021
Original MSRP:$499$599
Actual Price Today:  ≈ $615≈$700
CUDA Cores:5,8886,144
Boost Clock/ Base Clock:1.725GHz/1.5GHz1.77GHz/1.575GHz
VRAM:8GB GDDR68GB GDDR6X
Memory Interface:256 Bit256 Bit
TDP:220W290W
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Graphics Card - Dark Platinum and Black
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition
  • The GeForce RTX 3070 is powered by Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture.
  • Built with enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed G6 memory, it gives you the power you need to rip through the most demanding games.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Powered by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics processing unit (GPU) with a 1695MHz boost clock speed to help meet the needs of demanding games. 8GB GDDR6 (256-bit) Video Memory.
  • Antialiasing and anisotropic filtering delivers striking graphics with incredible realism. HDMI and Display Port outputs enable flexible connectivity. PCI Express 4.0 and earlier PCI Express 3.0. Offers compatibility with a range of systems.
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NVIDIA - GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Graphics Card - Dark Platinum and Black
  • Seamless functionality
  • Unparalleled performance
  • Packed with features
  • Compact construction

3070 and 3070-Ti: What’s the Difference?

Gaming

While it’s always good to look at the cold hard specs of graphics cards or any PC component, unless you are an engineer of sorts, those numbers don’t mean much compared to real-world results. So, with that being said, let’s talk games. When the RTX 3070 was released in 2020, it was touted as the 1440p workhorse, and the 3070-Ti in 2021 was hoping to upstage its little sibling. So, with all these gaming results, the games will be running at 1440p in ultra settings.

A bar chart showing the different average fps results in 4 different games using the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070-Ti

As you can see, the gaming results are very close, especially with Total War within a frame of each other. Right now, it seems like the extra $100 or so you have to spend for the badge isn’t worth it. So what does the Ti behind the name actually mean? Let’s dive into some further tests to see if this Ti has some tricks up its sleeve regarding 3D rendering and a simulated test with 3DMark.

3D rendering

If you want one of these cards for your next creative workstation, this is the test to pay attention to; the 3D rendering tests are BMW and Classroom. We will be looking at these rendered in Blender with 300 samples.

 

For these results, the RTX 3070-Ti does pull away a bit in Classroom but loses that lead being so close to the 3070 in BMW. These are still very respectable results in their class and will make a creative workstation a new powerhouse. Overall, it is still hard to recommend the RTX 3070-Ti over the RTX 3070, especially for the included price jump.

Simulated GPU Test

Now, to take a look at the only simulated benchmark I like to have in the performance results: 3DMark Time spy. These results are from the leaderboards on their website with only one card in the machine, so, neither of these results benefits from SLI.

Again, the 3070-Ti does not blow the 3070 out of the water. Keep in mind these results don’t always speak to actual performance either, but more so on the ability to handle a stress test under a hefty load. 

Strictly looking at performance, it is hard for me to recommend the RTX 3070-Ti as an upgrade to the RTX 3070. If this is the class and price point of cards you are looking at, I will go for the RTX 3070, strictly looking at performance and price. One more thing we are going to take a look at before a final decision is made is power consumption and thermal capabilities. 

Mining

A new frontier that many of these GPUs are at the front of is crypto mining. Now, although I am not a massive fan of the environmental impact that mining has, it is a big reason people are buying graphics cards today. To compare the two cards, we will look at the estimated daily profit for FlexPool Ethereum Mining. 

A bar chart showing the estimated daily profit in USD of mining FlexPool Ethereum using the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070-Ti

This is the only result in performance where the RTX 3070-Ti really pulls away from the RTX 3070. That’s good news for the RTX 3070-Ti because you can make that extra $100 back even quicker than the 3070.  These estimates are only with one card in the machine as well. Most mining rigs have more than just one card in them. Something to keep in mind when it comes to mining is that it is a really power-hungry process, so make sure to keep in mind the TDP of these cards. This will also eat away at the longevity of your GPU and the whole system, so if you intend to have a hybrid PC, it will not last too many years. 

Power and Thermals 

Power consumption and thermal capabilities are a growing concern for many PC builders, especially with how power-hungry some of these cards are getting. The TDP or thermal design power for the RTX 3070 is 220W, and the RTX 3070-Ti has a TDP of 290. This lets you know the amount of energy under a maximum theoretical load.

Keep in mind that these RTX 3000 series cards are notorious for having power spikes that can, unfortunately, end a PC’s life. Nvidia recommends a power supply with at least 650W for the RTX 3070 and 750-1000W for the RTX 3070-Ti. These should give you enough headroom with the rest of your components to not have a crash when the GPU power spikes.

Regarding thermals, both cards handle the heat reasonably well. Of course, your results may vary depending on the case and the cooling methods you are using or planning to use. Neither of these cards will be happy in a low airflow case, so make sure to give it space to breathe if you want to see full performance results. 

Nvidia-RTX-3070
The Nvidia RTX 3070 can support at least three monitors.

RTX 3070 vs RTX 3070-Ti: Four Must-Know Facts

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NVIDIA - GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Graphics Card - Dark Platinum and Black
  • Seamless functionality
  • Unparalleled performance
  • Packed with features
  • Compact construction
  • Both the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070-Ti support DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling. DLSS allows the GPU to boost the performance from 30%-50% without a loss in image quality.
  • Any RTX 3000 card has NVENC encoding capabilities. For all the streamers out there, be sure to take a close look at the RTX 3000 lineup. 
  • For most triple-A games, if you want to run 4K, it is possible with both the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070-Ti. I just recommend playing them on medium settings for the best results. 
  • Nvidia is the recommended brand for Adobe Creative Suite. The architecture they are built on is optimized for the Creative Suite. 

Should I Buy the 3070 or the 3070-Ti?

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Graphics Card - Dark Platinum and Black
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition
  • The GeForce RTX 3070 is powered by Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture.
  • Built with enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed G6 memory, it gives you the power you need to rip through the most demanding games.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Powered by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics processing unit (GPU) with a 1695MHz boost clock speed to help meet the needs of demanding games. 8GB GDDR6 (256-bit) Video Memory.
  • Antialiasing and anisotropic filtering delivers striking graphics with incredible realism. HDMI and Display Port outputs enable flexible connectivity. PCI Express 4.0 and earlier PCI Express 3.0. Offers compatibility with a range of systems.

Taking all the results and what we discussed earlier, I believe I have decided. The RTX 3070 is the winner. Plain and simple, the RTX 3070-Ti does not stand out enough to outway the extra cost, especially coming off the back of the GPU shortage.

For all you gamers out there, the RTX 3070 is still the 1440p workhorse; its new sibling has not shown it up. Creative types rejoice and save an extra $100; put that towards your next project instead. The 3070-Ti does not prove to be a worthy purchase. The only avenue I can recommend the RTX 3070-Ti over the RTX 3070 is in crypto mining. Even then it is not a huge lead and would probably only benefit you if your only goal was to mine with it. Overall as a Ti card goes, the RTX 3070-Ti is disappointing; it truly feels as if the $100 is for the two letters they added to the side of the card. 

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NVIDIA RTX 3070 vs 3070-Ti: Full comparison with Specs, Price, and More FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much should you pay for a 3070 TI?

You should be looking for a price around $700, especially because we are coming out of the GPU shortage prices should be returning to normal.

Is a 3070 TI better than 3070?

Price to performance the RTX 3070-Ti does not beat out the RTX 3070, in my opinion stick with the 3070 and save $100 or so.

Can the 3070-Ti run 4K?

The 3070-Ti can run 4k, but so can the 3070. They are both more suited towards running 1440p though.

Does RTX 3070 Ti run hot?

The RTX 3070-Ti runs fairly warm, just make sure to keep it in a well-ventilated case with plenty of airflows and you should be fine, same goes for the RTX 3070.

Is RTX 3070 Ti good for mining?

The RTX 3070-Ti is good for mining, but if you are looking to really get into mining, I would suggest looking at a more powerful card so you won’t need to purchase as many of them.

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