Should you upgrade to Nvidia RTX 3070Ti or 3080Ti graphics cards?
With recent announcements of Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 3080Ti and RTX 3070Ti cards, fans are curious whether the upgrade is worth it.
Nvidia has been known to produce cutting edge graphics technology for quite some time. The company’s latest RTX 3000 series cards have generally been well received due to the tremendous input from the RTX 2000 series. While Nvidia has sparked some controversy with its CMP cards and the hash rate limitation on RTX 3060 cards, fans are always excited to see the sequel.
The graphics giant recently revealed the specifications, release date and price of its upcoming RTX 3080Ti and RTX 3070Ti GPUs at this year’s Computex event. While most fans are more concerned with the continuing shortages of all hardware, it’s also important to consider whether these cards are worth the asking price or not.
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Summary of specifications for Nvidia RTX 3080Ti and RTX 3070Ti
Sharing the Turing architecture with its siblings, Nvidia’s RTX 3080Ti comes with 10,240 CUDA cores. While this could be a significant step up from its little sister, the RTX 3080, a small increase of just 12GB of GDDR6X memory has proven to be questionable. Other than that, the clock speeds are a bit slower than the RTX 3080, which shouldn’t be a big deal with an additional 1,536 CUDA cores.
The RTX 3070Ti comes with 6,144 CUDA cores, 256 more than its sister card. Clock speeds are slightly faster than the RTX 3070. There are no other differences to speak of as both cards share the exact same 8GB GDDR6X memory running on a 256-bit memory bus.
Nvidia has claimed that the two new cards will provide a significant boost over the last generation of cards. The RTX 3080Ti is touted as being 1.5 times faster than the RTX 2080Ti, while the RTX 3070Ti has been advertised as being 1.5 times faster than the RTX 2070 super. While those claims will certainly be put to the test when these cards launch in the coming weeks, fans are still curious about whether or not these cards are worth it.
Are the RTX 3080Ti and RTX 3070Ti worth upgrading?
The RTX 3070Ti and RTX 3080Ti appear to be aiming for high-end 1440p and 4K ray tracing experiences with modern AAA games. While the marginal improvements in clock speeds shouldn’t have much of an impact on locked frame rates, the additional 2GB of VRAM on the RTX 3080Ti should be a decent improvement nonetheless.
With the comparisons, it’s clear that Nvidia is targeting consumers with last-gen cardholders who certainly aren’t able to handle every AAA version at 4K 60 FPS with ray-traced reflections. Games like Cyberpunk 2077 struggling to maintain 60 FPS at maximized settings, 4K on RTX 2080Ti, so fans looking for a smooth 60 FPS experience on such titles should be looking for the RTX 3080Ti. However, the limitations of VRAM might cause issues later, so it would be best to wait until the real world performance reports are released.
As for the RTX 3070Ti, the card itself doesn’t seem like a big leap in performance, but that’s expected given the tiny $ 100 price hike. Aimed at RTX 1080p and 1440p gamers, it’s certainly a significant boost over the last gen, but again, fans waiting for an upgrade might want to take the plunge now.
However, the global semiconductor shortage will certainly make it difficult to obtain these cards. The problem of scalpers and miners also doesn’t seem to be slowing down, so it would definitely be difficult to find the RTX 3080Ti or 3070Ti at MSRP. If fans stumble upon these cards, the RTX 3070Ti should prove to be a great boost for the price as long as they’re willing to stick with 1080p or 1440p at best.
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