Essential for changing generations

Nearly two years after the launch of its RTX 4000, Nvidia offers us the Super version of several of its references. A refresh as the company likes to call it. Today, it’s the RTX 4070 Super that we were able to put to the test, and more specifically the Zotac RTX 4070 Super Trinity Black Edition. A beast offered for just under 700€, like most of its counterparts of the same size. So, how good is this boosted 4070?

With its new RTX 40 Super series, Nvidia aims to take its graphics cards to the next level. For some, they will completely replace the classic graphics cards in the series, while others will seek to carve out a place among the cards already available. This is the case of the 4070 Super which fits between the classic and its Ti version. So, we hope to be able to enjoy 1440p at all settings, a bit of ray tracing, and even touch on 4k when needed. Good news, it delivers!

The RTX 4070 Super Trinity Black Edition, a simple design signed by Zotac

Before we talk about what it has under the hood, let’s take a quick look at the design of this new card. Nvidia has very little to do with it since it’s indeed a Zotac graphics card that we had in our hands for this test. So, it’s the brand that gives us this sleek look with discreet curves in the corners. The RTX 4070 Trinity Black Edition goes for simplicity. A large plate protects and dissipates heat on the top and even lets air pass through a stylized engraving that allows air to flow. At the back, there are 3 DisplayPort and an HDMI 2.1a, excellent point. No cables provided though. The box only contains a 12VH power cable, the new standard for the RTX 40, here adapted to 2×8 pins. But that’s it!

Once again, as is customary with the graphics cards in this series, the 4070 Super Trinity Black Edition from Zotac takes up space. Just over 30 cm long, 19 cm wide, and a little less than 6 cm thick, a beautiful beast, nonetheless. It’s clearly not the largest in its category, and some of its siblings are much bigger, but don’t expect to fit the beast in a small tower. Zotac has another range for that, the Twin Edge. Nevertheless, this Trinity will fit in most average setups. And if it’s imposing, it’s because it’s got power under the hood.

A performing 4070 Super?

The 4070 Super aims to sit between the traditional 4070 and the 4070 Ti. On paper, the specifications speak for themselves. The 4070 Super is much better than the 4070, and it’s on par with the Ti version. The architecture remains the same for the moment, so we’re talking about Ada Lovelace, and we also find the 12GB GDDR6X memory of the classic 4070 cards. However, this Super is otherwise well equipped, with nearly 7168 CUDA cores, but especially 224 Tensor Cores (4th generation) and 56 cores dedicated to Ray Tracing. So, we’re well above a traditional 4070.

  • RTX 4070: 5888 CUDA / 186 Tensor Core / 46 RT Core
  • RTX 4070 Super: 7168 CUDA / 224 Tensor Core / 56 / RT Core

So, we can expect increased power, use of the latest technologies boosted with improved AI, not to mention of course Ray Tracing and its latest evolution, Path Tracing. Overall, Nvidia announces a 20% performance gain, which is not bad at all.

With the Zotac model, we can enjoy a tad of additional performance, as always with partner manufacturers. The RTX 4070 Super Trinity has a boost frequency of 2475 MHz and indeed benefits from a custom cooling system, as well as the ability to overclock a bit while taking advantage of software support such as Firestorm. Configuration possibilities that will appeal more to knowledgeable users, although the in-house software is as clean as it is easy to use.

The queen of 1440p, she runs through everything!

Regardless, the RTX 4070 Super seriously delivers and stands out as a true must-have for enjoying your games in 1440p or even in 4K in some cases. It is in any case much better than its equivalent from the 3000 generation, the 3070, and can even boast of being above the RTX 3090, the high-end from the previous generation. Now, if you want to step into the current generation without any regrets, the RTX 4070 Super is the essential partner for gamers.

On the most demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 or Alan Wake 2, the 4070 Super is capable of catapulting the framerate to over a hundred FPS at 1440p (and on ultra settings), and getting close to 80 fps when turning off ray tracing, or even path tracing, the latest (revolutionary) technology in vogue. And this thanks to DLSS, a Nvidia-made technology that does the job very well. On my setup, I was able to run Cyberpunk 2077 with an average of 80 fps in 1440p, ultra, and RT enabled (medium). The benchmark, for its part, gets a slightly lower score, but clearly satisfactory (capture below). Another game that is both stunning and quite demandiAvatar Frontiers of Pandora, holds its 85 fps at 1440p with all options set to the maximum

Cyberpunk 2077 – 1440p / Ultra / RT On
Cyberpunk 2077 – 1440p / Ultra / RT Off

The RTX 4070 Super can even flirt with 4K

So, great performance for this 4070 Super, which even flirts with 4K on titles like Starfield, Dying Light 2, Forza Horizon 5, or even Cyberpunk 2077, which, by playing with the options and DLSS, can hold its 60 fps, believe it or not. As for popular games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Fortnite, Warzone, Counter Strike 2 or EA FC 24, needless to say they run perfectly.

Overall, taking into account the entirety of the measurements taken on the games in my test panel, the RTX 4070 Super delivers on its promises and marks a performance increase of around 20%, as indicated, and turns out to be about 10% less performing than a 4070 Ti.
In terms of gaming performance, the RTX 4070 Super outperforms the 3070 and shows a clear evolution compared to the RTX 3090. We are also above the classic RTX 4070, but migrating from a classic to a Super would have little interest, even if the prices are relatively attractive for the performance offered, believe it or not.

3DMark at 4K, a reasonable result
3D Mark at 1440p, it’s much better right away
3D Mark with Ray Tracing, also impeccable here

Silent, little heat, and reasonable consumption

So, this 4070 Super has everything of a top-grade and will also be the perfect partner for your media creations. In addition, it doesn’t consume as much in the end. The Zotac 4070 Super Trinity, in this case, consumes a maximum of 220 W (according to Zotac). In my testing, I observed an average consumption of 200 W while gaming, more or less. So, not too bad. As for noise, nothing to report, the 4070 Super Trinity benefits from relatively quiet fans, a beautiful and discreet beast.

Moreover, these fans also allow the 4070 Super to not overheat. 50 to 60 °C on average during gaming sessions, 32 °C to 35 °C at rest, we’re pretty much in the middle and the dissipation is quite good thanks to the finishing touches and the Zotac brand in this case. Three fans, coolers where necessary, it’s all good.

Technical specifications of the Zotac RTX 4070 Super Trinity Black Edition

  • MSRP: 659€
  • Name: RTX 4070 SUPER Trinity Black Edition
  • CUDA Cores: 7168
  • Tensor Core: 224
  • RT Core: 56
  • Video Memory:12GB GDDR6X
  • Memory Bus: 192-bit
  • Boost Frequency: 2475 MHz
  • Memory Frequency: 21 Gbps
  • PCI Express 4.0 16x
  • Video Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1x HDMI 2.1
  • Recommended Power: 750W
  • Consumption: 220W
  • Power Connectors: 1 x 12VHPWR (a 2×8-pin-to-12VHPWR cable included in the box)
  • DirectX12 Ultimate
  • OpenGL4.6
  • Cooling Ice Storm 2.0
  • Size: 306.8mm x 119.4mm x 58.5mm

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