NVIDIA launches new RTX 3070Ti and RTX 3080Ti graphics cards

Jun 1, 2021

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

NVIDIA launches new RTX 3070Ti and RTX 3080Ti graphics cards

Jun 1, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Despite the great global graphics cards shortage, NVIDIA has announced not one, but two new graphics cards. The NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti. Aimed towards both gamers and creatives, thanks to their studio-focused drivers to boost the performance of new AI features found in applications like Lightroom, Photoshop and DaVinci Resolve.

The new Ti cards boost performance gains over their non-Ti counterparts with more CUDA cores and GDDR6X memory. The RTX 3070 Ti, they say offers 1.5x the performance over the previous-generation RTX 2070 and 2x over the GTX 1070 Ti. The RTX 3080Ti looks very similar on paper to NVIDIA’s flagship RTX 3090, at a noticeably lower cost.

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The two new cards were announced during Computex 2021 with the RTX 3080Ti becoming available on June 2nd starting from $1,199 and the RTX 3070Ti on June 10th starting at $599. When it comes to how the numbers stack up, the specs look a little something like this…

RTX 3070RTX 3070TiRTX 3080RTX 3080TiRTX 3090
GPU ClustersUnknownUnknown688082
CUDA Cores5,8886,1448,70410,24010,496
RT Cores4648688082
Tensore Cores184192272320328
ROPs969696112112
Boost Clock1,730Mhz1,770Mhz1,710Mhz1,665Mhz1,695Mhz
Memory8GB G68GB G6X10GB G6X12GB G6X24GB G6X
Bus256-bit256-bit320-bit384-bit384-bit
BandwidthUnknownUnknown760GB/sec912GB/sec936GB/sec
TDP220W290W320W350W350W
Price$499$599$699$1,199$1,499

Exactly how the performance will stack up against the non-Ti versions and the flagship RTX 3090 remains to be seen. The RTX 3070Ti only seems to show a slight improvement over the RTX 3070 in terms of the on-paper specs. If you already have an RTX 3070, it’s probably not worth the upgrade. But if you’ve been thinking about buying a 3070, it might be worth going for the 3070Ti and getting that pre-order in super quick before they all disappear, too.

The RTX 3080 Ti is very close to the RTX 3090 in terms of on-paper specs, although there is also a significant price leap between the 3080 & 3080 Ti from $699 to $1,199. The RTX 3090 is $1,499. The only massive difference that sticks out on-paper between the 3080TI and the 3090 is the RAM, with the former boasting 12GB (a 2GB increase over the 3080) and the latter at 24GB.

The new NVIDIA RTX 3070Ti and RTX 3080Ti graphics cards are priced starting at $599 and $1,199 respectively. The RTX 3070Ti begins shipping on June 10th and the RTX 3080Ti ships June 2nd. To find out more about both cards, head on over to the NVIDIA website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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