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Asus GeForce RTX 4070 TUF Gaming review: Efficient 1440p

Asus GeForce RTX 4070 TUF Gaming review: Efficient 1440p

Asus RTX 4070 TUF Gaming

Asus' take on Nvidia's latest graphics card is the Asus GeForce RTX 4070 TUF Gaming, which features slightly faster clock speeds than the stock. Impressively, it delivers powerful performance for 1,440p ray-traced (RT) gaming, with pretty good power consumption, too.

Quick specs

  • Triple axial cooling fans
  • 8-pin power connector
  • 12GB GDDR6X video memory
  • Graphics overclock (OC) mode at 2,580MHz

This Asus card is capable of decent 4K gaming with RT off, and excellent RT performance at 1,440p resolution. In my tests, you can also do above 60fps RT gaming in Cyberpunk 2077 at the High settings. However, this is only viable if you enable all of Nvidia's upscaling tech. Otherwise, you will get about 16-ish fps. Other games such as Marvel's Spider-Man, you can get more than 100fps with RT off at the Very High settings. Returnal, which is more graphically intensive, delivers around 79fps at the Epic settings, and with RT on, around 67fps at 4K. On 1,440p, you get 110fps at Epic with RT turned on, and 124fps without.

Asus RTX 4070 TUF Gaming
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Compared with the more expensive (and more powerful) AMD RX 7900 XTX, the Asus RTX 4070 delivers almost-equal performance, but at a lower power draw. At peak performance, the card was only using 200W, and 12W at idle. That's compared with the RX 7900 XTX's 350W at load. At lower settings, the Asus RTX 4070 performs better, but the RX 7900 XTX leads at the highest settings for non-RT settings. The Nvidia card, however, easily puts out 74.53fps in Ultra (though this is with DLSS turned on by default in the settings). It's honestly a great graphics card for ray-traced games at 1,440p — at least in the games that I've tested with.

Asus RTX 4070 TUF Gaming
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Temperatures remain low-ish as well, at around 63 degrees Celsius when the GPU is running at load. Asus implemented a triple-fan system with huge heat sinks. That's also probably why this card takes up three slots, and comes with a stand/screw driver to prop it up at the end. The stand has a tiny magnet to stick it to your chassis. And if you like lights, there are two customisable LEDs at the bottom, which you can use the Asus Aura Sync app to configure. The card already comes overclocked at 2,550MHz compared with the reference clock speed of 2,475MHz. There's also a physical switch on the GPU to toggle between quiet mode and performance to get speeds up to 2,580MHz.

At around S$1,125, the Asus GeForce RTX 4070 TUF Gaming offers plenty of performance for a mid-range card. I do note it costs more than its RTX 3070 predecessor — about US$200 more — which is a sign of just how expensive GPUs are now. If you're at least two generations back, it could be worth the upgrade, but I'd argue that buying a PS5 to play games with 4K resolution and ray-tracing may be the better deal than a new GPU right now. Get the Asus RTX 4070 from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon (where it's the cheapest).

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Note: Review unit provided by Asus and tested on our Aftershock PC test rig running the Intel 13th-gen Core i9-13900K


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Verdict



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Excellent card for 1,440p ray-traced gaming

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