Nvidia’s new RTX 3070Ti is here, the latest GPU on the block for gamers looking for even more power in 2021!
In this build guide, we’ll be putting together an awesome build featuring the Nvidia RTX 3070Ti Founders Edition GPU, to evaluate gaming performance and test this new card out.
The 3070Ti release is intended to plug a performance gap between the existing RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 cards, rather than replace an existing design out there.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
At the heart of this system is AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X. A pricey upgrade over the last generation 3600X chip, it provides a pretty remarkable performance bump that allows it to justify the price tag. 6 cores with 12 threads make it great for the latest titles, while fast clock speeds up to 4.6GHz cover off games that only leverage a couple of cores. A superb all-rounder from AMD!
CPU Cooler: NZXT Z53 CPU Cooler
Cooling in a small form factor build usually involves a compromise somewhere along the lines, but we might have found the perfect option for this build – NZXT’s own Z53. On the higher end of things, it features a customisable display, 240mm radiator and premium price tag. Looks great and performs exceptionally!
GPU: Founders RTX 3070Ti
The GPU is the component that provided for the motivation for this whole build and is of course the brand new Nvidia RTX 3070Ti. Buying a GPU in 2021 is difficult, but I for one am glad that Nvidia are continuing to release new products. Not only does this keep innovation moving along nicely, it also provides more GPU supply to a market crying out for more cards.
For many we believe this GPU will be a more exciting prospect than the 3080Ti, released last week. That’s because it fills what was a pretty large void in the Nvidia lineup, between the existing 3070 and 3080 cards. We’ve gone on record saying the 3060Ti was a better bet for most than the 3070, which sometimes sat in the no mans land of GPU performance.
The 3070Ti changes that for good, providing a definitive performance increase over the 3070 with a modest price bump. To be clear, the 3070 was a great card, it just sat a little too close to the 3060Ti for our liking – that is a different story with the 3070Ti. Continue scrolling for our detailed performance dive and full RTX 3070Ti Gaming Benchmarks!
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz
Memory in this build is provided by a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro memory. From memory, this is actually the most popular RAM amongst our audience… and for good reason! RGB, white, fairly low profile and affordable – what’s not to love?!
SSD/Storage: ADATA XPG S20G 1TB
For the storage we couldn’t resist a channel favourite, XPG’s S20G. The successor to the S40 it is a sleek, RGB M.2 drive. Not quite Gen 4 speeds, but it also doesn’t boast a Gen 4 price tag!
For the storage I’d be lying if I said we didn’t splash out a little!
Keep scrolling for the rest of the components, but remember: we’ve uploaded a video version of this build below!
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B550-I Gaming
When it comes to buying motherboards for compact builds, you don’t have too many choices – and will likely pay a little more for the luxury. Thankfully ASUS bring a great option to the market with their B550-I Gaming. With plenty of room for M.2 drives, a nice mix of connections (including USB C) and a solid design it does the trick nicely!
Case: NZXT H210 ITX
For the chassis in this system we once again have a bit of an interesting choice, saying goodbye to a ‘top-of-the-range’ option, and instead opting for Deepcool’s MACUBE 110.
When it comes to building a small form factor system you can go a couple of routes – some people want to cram as much hardware into the tightest spaces possible (the Cooler Master NR200P comes to mind!), while others don’t want to sacrifice compatibility. The NZXT H210 is somewhere in the middle – you do get 240mm radiator support (just about) and room for most GPUs (once again, just about), in a case that looks great.
It’s not the smallest ITX chassis around, but still gives you plenty of size saving compared to Micro ATX cases out there.
we were simply astounded by its feature set and price point
PSU: NZXT C850 80+ Gold
The final component of any build is the power supply. It’s also the most boring in our view – but still crucially important. When it comes to the 3070Ti, 750W is your minimum, but for the sake of a few more dollars 850W is where we would position it. It also gives you some room for upgrades later without needing to worry too much!
Performance & Benchmarking
The Gigabyte RTX 3080Ti evidently looks great in this system, but does it have the gaming performance credentials to match? We tested some of the latest titles out there, from Ray Tracing and DLSS heavy titles, to games like GTA V which use neither. Our spread is designed to include a good array of titles, giving a good performance indication for every type of gamer out there!
|GTA V||136 FPS|
|COD Warzone||99 FPS|
|Apex Legends||164 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||85 FPS|
|COD Black Ops Cold War||93 FPS|
|Cyberpunk 2077||63 FPS|
|Death Stranding||104 FPS|
|Rainbow Six Siege||220 FPS|
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Performance aside, one super important factor with any build is how it looks …right?! This build is a bit of a stunner if I do say so myself, and below is a gallery of some of the awesome stills we pulled from this system – take a look!