PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review

PNY's new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB is our first PNY graphics card review ever... and it's one of the fastest RTX 4070 Ti cards out.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB
Published   |   Updated Sat, Jan 14 2023 2:55 AM CST
Manufacturer: PNY
6 minute read time
TweakTown's Rating: 91%
TweakTown award

The Bottom Line

PNY's new custom RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB is our first PNY graphics card ever, and what a card! You won't be disappointed, and only a $30 premium over MSRP.

Pros

  • + Not-so-bling design, still look great
  • + $829 pricing, just a $30 premium
  • + Yet one of the fastest GeForce RTX 4070 Ti cards out of the box
  • + Uses 100W+ less power than Radeon RX 7900 series GPUs
  • + Ray tracing and DLSS 3 dominance

Cons

  • - No DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity... why!

Should you buy it?

AvoidConsiderShortlistBuy

Introduction

In the 12.5+ years that I've worked for TweakTown, I've never had a PNY graphics card to review... but that changes today with my review on the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 16GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB graphics card, and what a surprise it is.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 511

PNY's new custom GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 16GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB graphics card is now the fourth GeForce RTX 4070 Ti that I've looked at so far, and it is by far the most surprising. It has a more not-so-outlandish look and style compared to the likes of MSI's new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPRIM X or the Iron Man-inspired COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Advanced OC-V, but it packs a punch.

The new PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 16GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB graphics card rolls out with a triple-fan design, and RGB lighting -- at least on the model I'm reviewing -- but surprisingly, it is the fastest of the four custom GeForce RTX 4070 Ti cards I've reviewed so far.

PNY has a trio of custom GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics cards launching today, with the plain LED version starting at $799, the ARGB Standard version for $799 also, while the card we're looking at today -- the ARGB OC version -- costing $829. This isn't bad, considering the starting MSRP from NVIDIA for the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is $799.

Buy at Amazon

PNY GeForce RTX® 4080 16GB XLR8 Gaming Verto Epic-X RGB

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
$1399.04$1339.00-
* Prices last scanned on 1/28/2023 at 12:17 pm CST - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Ada Lovelace

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 701
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 702

Detailed Look

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 501PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 502

PNY keeps it simple with the retail packaging of its GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 16GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB graphics card, with the company noting its "Stealth Mode" technology, EPIC-X RGB lighting, and that this is the overclocked (OC) variant of the card.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 503
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 504

From the front the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 16GB XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB graphics card has a more simple design against something like MSI's new premium -- and more expensive -- GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPRIM X. That doesn't mean it looks bad, I actually kinda like the more simple design: a triple fan cooler that does a great job of keeping things cool, and RGB lighting so it's not-so-boring.

There's also a backplate here that expels heat through the back of the card.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 505
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 506

It comes in a little bit bigger than a dual-slot card, making it thinner than the more premium MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPRIM X, another win for PNY here. It's also not a chunky heavy card, either.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 507

PNY deploys the regular display connectivity with GeForce RTX 4070 Ti cards -- in exception to ASUS that provides an additional HDMI 2.1 port on its ROG Strix and TUF Gaming RTX 4070 Ti offerings -- with 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and a single HDMI 2.1 port.

Test System Specs

I've recently upgraded my major GPU test bed for 2022, but I will be upgrading again soon, now that Intel has launched its new 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" CPUs and Z790 motherboards, and AMD with its new Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" CPUs and X670E motherboards.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 901

The new upgrades include the shift to the Intel Core i9-12900K processor, ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard, 64GB of Sabrent Rocket DDR5-4800 memory, and 8TB of Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD goodness. Intel's flagship Core i9-12900K is a beast, with the Alder Lake CPU packing 8 Performance cores (P-cores) and 8 Efficient cores (E-cores) at up to 5.2GHz.

Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 902
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 914PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 915

I've got that installed into the bigger-than-life ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard, which is absolutely loaded to the brim with technologies and features that it houses everything you need. We're talking about one of the best-looking designs on a motherboard yet, PCIe 5.0 support, enthusiast-grade 10GbE networking, and oh-so-much more.

RAM: 64GB Sabrent Rocket DDR5-4800

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 903
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 904PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 905

Sabrent helped out in a huge way by sending over 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory in the form of 4 x 16GB DDR5-4800 modules of its new Sabrent Rocket DDR5 memory. The company also helped out in an even bigger way, supplying us with a gigantic and super-fast 8TB model of its Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD.

SSD: 8TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus M.2

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 913
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 907PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 908

We're talking about 7.5GB/sec+ (7500MB/sec) from a single M.2 SSD, along with a gigantic 8TB of capacity. The 2TB drives aren't big enough for all of our game installs for GPU testing... the 4TB is much better, but the 8TB gives us room to move into 2023 without worrying about installing multiple games that are 200GB+ in size.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 910PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 901
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 905PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 907

Some glory shots, of course.

Displays: ASUS ROG Strix 43-inch 4K 120Hz

ASUS has been a tight partner of TweakTown for many years, with the fine folks at ASUS Australia sending over their ROG Strix XG438Q and ROG Swift PG43UQ gaming monitors for our GPU test benches. They're both capable of 4K 120Hz+ through their DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 911
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 912

I will be upgrading these in the near future, over to some DisplayPort 2.0-capable panels and some new HDMI 2.1-enabled 4K 165Hz panels in OLED form of course...given that next-gen GPUs are right around the corner, there has been no better time to upgrade your display or TV.

I've been working on this system for a while now, but now we're stretching its legs with the newly-released PC port of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered. Not just in 1080p or 1440p, not even in just 4K... but at 8K with a native resolution of 7680 x 4320. I've run through some of the very fastest GPU silicon on the planet.

Benchmarks - Synthetic

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 201PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 202
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 203
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 204PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 205

Benchmarks - 1080p

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 211
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 214PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 217
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 220PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 223

Benchmarks - 1440p

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 210
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 213PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 216
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 219PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 222

Benchmarks - 4K

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 209
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 212PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 215
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 218PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 221

Temps & Power Consumption

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 801
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 802

PNY's custom GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB isn't the coolest RTX 4070 Ti on the market, but the AD104 GPU runs at a cool 63C (only 4-5C more than other RTX 4070 Ti cards) and GPU hotspot temperatures 73C. Power consumption is within range, with 200-210W of power consumption.

What's Hot, What's Not

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 508

What's Hot

  • Plainer-looking card, but still looks good: PNY doesn't have the most premium-looking custom GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card, but it's not boring to look at. The design of the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB will look great in any gaming PC, so get the RGB model (but if you don't, there are non-RGB models if that's what you dig).
  • $829 pricing: The custom PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB commands only a $30 premium over the $799 MSRP on the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, yet offers some of the best out-of-the-box performance of most of the RTX 4070 Ti cards on the market. Nice work, PNY.
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 512
  • One of the most powerful RTX 4070 Ti cards so far: Surprising, to say the least... especially with a price of $829.
  • RGB lighting: The RGB lighting on this card is used to great effect, making the not-so-frills model really stand out for the price.

What's Not

  • Power limit locked, no manual OC: You'd be able to get even more performance if the power limit wasn't locked, but that's why you're getting one of the best-performing RTX 4070 Ti cards out. It would be nice for the "OC" model to have manual overclocking, but you can't complain with the out-of-the-box performance.
  • No DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity: This isn't an issue of COLORFUL, but rather NVIDIA for not including the latest DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity on their GeForce RTX 40 "Ada Lovelace" GPU architecture. Sigh. Sigh, sigh, SIGH.

Final Thoughts

PNY has done an incredible job with the new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB, our first PNY graphics card review... ever. It's a very refreshing card, without all of the design differences between the cards for PNY to worry about, but it stands out on its own two feet without a problem.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 509

The out-of-the-box performance that PNY provides is wicked, delivered to you right out of the box but with no manual overclocking, there's no run for OC. We're only talking about a few frames per second when you're overclocking, and no one is going be buying the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti to break world records... that's left to the GeForce RTX 4090, which costs considerably more.

Just like I've said in each of my GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card reviews, if you're using a higher-end 1080p or 1440p gaming monitor with a refresh rate exceeding 120Hz, then the RTX 4070 Ti with its 12GB of GDDR6X memory is a perfect upgrade. Even for ultrawide gaming monitor owners rolling out with a native 3440x1440 will be able to enjoy the RTX 4070 Ti, without the 12GB of GDDR6X memory being a bottleneck.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB Review 510

If you don't have the room for a near-or-thicker-than a dual-slot GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, another win for PNY is that their custom RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB is only a tad over a dual-slot design. This means it'll fit into more systems, and with its single 16-pin "12VHPWR" to dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors and using ~205W of power, you're not going to need a PSU upgrade, either.

PNY, for the first graphics card we've reviewed from your company, it's an impressive start! Now I need to check out the GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4090 offerings!

Performance

95%

Quality

90%

Features

90%

Value

90%

Overall

91%

The Bottom Line

PNY's new custom RTX 4070 Ti XLR8 Gaming VERTO EPIC-X RGB is our first PNY graphics card ever, and what a card! You won't be disappointed, and only a $30 premium over MSRP.

TweakTown award
91%

PNY GeForce RTX® 4080 16GB XLR8 Gaming Verto Epic-X RGB

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
$1399.04$1339.00-
* Prices last scanned on 1/28/2023 at 12:17 pm CST - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

Newsletter Subscription
We openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here. Please contact us if you wish to respond.
Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles