The kind folks over at ZOTAC sent us over the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 Ti AMP AIRO SPIDER-MAN™: Across the Spider-Verse… which I from here on out will refer to as the ZOTAC RTX 4070 Ti.
Now, I should preface this by saying that my system contains a Ryzen 5 5600, which while a great processor, will bottleneck the ZOTAC RTX 4070 Ti. As a result for some of the benchmarks, you may see diminishing returns or even lower frames at lower resolutions. For that reason, I will be seeing how the Graphics Card fares as a mid-range GPU.
The RTX 4070 Ti At A Glance
This variant of the ZOTAC RTX 4070 Ti is currently available on Amazon for a whopping £876 at the time of writing. Though to be fair, it isn’t the most expensive 4070 Ti. It’s roughly in the middle of the price bracket that you’ll find for 4070 Ti’s. But that’s still double the MSRP of the GTX 1070 Ti when they were released in 2017. Conversely, it will offer almost RTX 4080 performance, for less. So that’s something, I guess.
Prices aside, as per usual, ZOTAC have made a fantastic-looking card that performs well and doesn’t get too hot. Given that it’s a 2.5-slot card, at 307 x 125 x 58mm you’ll not be putting this in your SFF build. But in an ATX case and above, it should fit and look great. However, I would recommend ensuring that your case can accommodate this card before buying. The card utilises a 3 x 8-pin to 12-pin connection to help with your cable management and gives a more clean aesthetic to the finished build.
The ZOTAC RTX 4070 Ti is built on NVIDIA’s Lovelace architecture. This time around we get much better clock speeds when compared to the previous generation, due to the 4nm process as opposed to Ampere’s 8nm process. As a result, this card is over 800 MHz faster, when compared to its equivalent card from the previous generation. Additionally, it’s also less power-hungry. So this card should even help keep your bills down a bit.
|Boost: 2670 MHz
|3 x DisplayPort 1.4a (up to 7680×4320@60Hz)
1 x HDMI® Connector*
*Supports 4K 120Hz HDR, 8K 60Hz HDR, and Variable Refresh Rate as specified in the HDMI 2.1a Specification
|Multi Display Capability
|Recommended Power Supply
|1 x 12VHPWR
|Windows 11 / 10 (64-bit, v1809 November 2018 or later)
|307.7mm x 125.2mm x 58.5mm / 12.1″ x 4.9″ x 2.3″
|GPU Support Stand
3x 8-pin-to-12VHPWR cable
Themed Magnetic Backplate (approx. 3mm thick)
Themed Fan Emblems
ZTORM Figurine Blind Box
At this point, we’ll get into the performance of the ZOTAC RTX 4070 Ti.
The system used to test the GPU:
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600
- Team T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 2 x 8 GB 3200 MHz
- Gigabyte X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING-CF
- WD_BLACK SN750 1 TB NVMe SSD
- Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Gold 1000FX
- Windows 11 Home 64-bit
The Numbers Mason, What Do They Mean?
As shown above, 1440p is the sweet spot for the ZOTAC RTX 4070 Ti. As has been noted, in most games, you’ll see diminishing returns, or even lower frames at 1080p due to bottlenecking from the processor. Basically, you’d need a much better processor to make use of the RTX 4070 Ti at lower resolutions. Although at that point, you’ll have spent a fair wedge on your system and will probably have spent even more on a 1440p/4k monitor.
Obviously, there is a certain outlier. I’m looking at you GTA V. To be sure, I ran the benchmark for GTA V a dozen or so times at each resolution. Nevertheless, each time it gave me the same result. Although GTA V’s inbuilt benchmark tool is a little more chaotic than others, owing to the fact that the scenes aren’t as prescripted as other games, and will differ with each run, it didn’t matter. In effect, 167 FPS seemed to be the maximum I could achieve with this CPU/GPU combo.
Another thing to note is the absolute game changer that is DLSS. Both Cyberpunk 2077 and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy saw huge gains when DLSS was turned on. Although the former sees larger gains due to utilising NVIDIA’s newer DLSS 3. But considering it’s as simple as switching a setting, in the words of the great Tim Heidecker, “It’s free real estate”.
All in all, the ZOTAC RTX 4070 Ti is a card that stays cool and looks cooler. Overall it’s a solid performer that’s both faster and more energy efficient than its predecessor. But, at £876, it is a little bit difficult to recommend as a mid-range GPU. To repeat, you will see diminishing returns on lower resolutions and when an RTX 4070 non-Ti can be picked up for around £200 less, or an RTX 4060 Ti for half the price, they seem like a no-brainer. In reality, if you don’t have the system to back it up, you won’t really reap the benefits of the RTX 4070 Ti.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic card. In truth, if you have a good enough system to utilise it, the 4070 Ti will offer you almost 4080 performance for considerably less. Though, considering this card is basically the relaunched RTX 4080, that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Even so, I just wish GPUs weren’t so goddamn expensive.
The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 Ti AMP AIRO SPIDER-MAN™: Across the Spider-Verse Edition swings a Thumb Culture Gold Award for itself.
Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this review.