Last updated on February 25th, 2023 at 12:52 pm
The RTX 3070 Ti is a very powerful card. This card is often overlooked by the RTX 3080 and 3090 but can let you perform almost as well as these higher-end GPUs.
This card is where performance and power consumption start to become a little high compared to other cards, so it is important you know how much power you are using and how much power you will need to support a GPU of this caliber.
So, you have come to the right place because I have written a full guide on the power consumption of the RTX 3070 Ti.
How Many Watts Does an RTX 3070 Ti Use?
The RTX 3070 Ti has a TGP or Total Graphics Power of 290 Watts, which is the typical wattage it produces. When gaming you should also hit around 290 Watts. However, when idle the GPU should only produce around 10 Watts of power.
The wattage that this card uses can change depending on how powerful your gaming setup is, as well as the types of games and tasks you are doing.
For example, if you use more than one monitor expect your graphics card to have a higher idle power consumption.
Typically, with an extra monitor the idle power consumption will be just under double what you would see with just one monitor.
In this instance, the Geforce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card will produce around 19 Watts of power when idle in a dual monitor setup.
When looking at the power consumption of a GPU you want to look at the TGP (Total Graphics Power) because this shows the maximum power draw you will usually get when using your GPU for intensive tasks such as gaming.
You might also hear the phrase “TDP” which can be used interchangeably with TGP. The difference is essential in that TDP is the total power consumption of a component, and TGP is the total power consumption of a GPU specifically.
However, it is not actually the true maximum of the graphics card. The true maximum of the RTX 3070 Ti is around 310 Watts, but this only happens, when you see a spike in your performance. These power spikes only last a few seconds and will go back down to the max baseline level which in this case is only 290 watts.
This power draw can also be met when you overclock your system.
RTX 3070 Ti Power Consumption Compared to Other GPUs
The GPUs power consumption is compared using TGP. It is very important to know and compare your graphics cards to other similar models because it will help you get a grasp on the amount of power your system is going to use.
Here is a comparison of a few graphics cards that are around the performance range of the RTX 3070 Ti.
As you can see from this table the RTX 3070 Ti is starting to get into a territory where the power consumption is high.
If you want to compare more graphics cards on their power consumption and TGP I have provided a database where you can look at dozens of different GPUs and their power consumption, that way you don’t have to do the research yourself.
Check out the Database.
I have also provided the average power consumption when gaming, as well as the average power consumption when idle, that way you can get a better understanding.
What Power Supply Do I Need to Use For an RTX 3070 Ti?
I would recommend that you try to get a power supply unit that is 750 watts. If you go on Nvidia’s page you can see that they say that the 3070 Ti would be able to run on a 650 or 700-watt power supply, however, that is the bare minimum.
When purchasing a power supply for your computer you want to keep in mind that every piece of hardware in your system has a power consumption.
Although not as powerful as a graphics card, all of these little components add up and can exceed the wattage of your PSU very quickly.
That’s why you want to be safe and grab a PSU that has around a 20% increase in extra wattage than you planned for your system.
By doing this you will not only know for sure that your PSU will be able to support powering your whole system but it will also be safe from any power spikes that happen when you are gaming.
If you also want to save on your electricity bill, then you should purchase a power supply that is at least 80 plus Bronze certified, with the best rating being 80 plus Gold certified.
You should read: “How Do Power Supply Ratings Work?”
RTX 3070 Ti FAQ
How Much Power Does The RTX 3070 Ti Use?
The RTX 3070 Ti has a power draw or TGP of 290 Watts. That means this graphics card uses 290 watts of power every hour.
What CPU Should I Use With The RTX 3070 Ti?
If you are looking for a CPU that can produce just as much performance and efficiency as the RTX 3070 Ti, then you should use something similar to either a Ryzen 7 5800X or a Core i7-12700K. These CPUs will create great performance and prevent your GPU from bottlenecking.
Do You Need a 750W PSU For The RTX 3070 Ti?
You don’t necessarily need a 750W PSU, but this is how much wattage I recommend you have if you are building a PC with the RTX 3070 Ti because it will give you the flexibility to overclock and use more powerful components.
Can You Run a 3070 Ti On a 700W PSU?
Yes, you can run an RTX 3070 TI on a 700W PSU. However, you need to be careful with your power consumption especially if you are overclocking your PC.