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RTX 3060 Vs GTX 1070: We Benchmarked Both

We compare the specs and architectural differences of the RTX 3060 and GTX 1070, and test them in Gaming Benchmarks to learn the performance difference.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
Rated: 8/10

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
Rated: 6/10

Pros & Cons

RTX 3060 โœ… Better performance.
โœ… Excellent price for its performance.
โŒ Unimpressive thermal performance.
GTX 1070โœ… Less power consuming.
โœ… Budget-friendly when purchased used.
โŒ Very outdated.
โŒ Higher price for new card.
โŒ No DLSS or Ray Tracing support
Key Takeaways
  • About performance, the RTX 3060 performed 41.1% faster than the GTX 1070 in my 1080P gaming benchmarks. 
  • We observed that the GTX 1070 proved to be 2.2% more power efficient than the RTX 3060 across the nine games.
  • We also noticed that the GTX 1070 is 32.7% more thermally efficient than the RTX 3060 in 1080P gaming. 
  • We recommend the RTX 3060 over the GTX 1070 because of its higher performance, better price, and future-proofing. 
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RTX 3060 Vs GTX 1070: Comparison Table 

GPURTX 3060GTX 1070
Launch DateJan 12th, 2021Jun 10th, 2016
No. of Tensor Cores112-
No. of RT Cores28-
Shading Units35841920
No. of TMUs112120
No. of ROPs4864
Memory Clock15 Gbps8 Gbps
L2 Cache3MB2MB
Suggested PSU450 W450 W
Best VariantsBest RTX 3060 Graphic Cards-

Architectural Differences

  1. Process Node: The RTX 3060 leaps forward, utilizing Samsung’s 8nm process node, a refinement over the older GTX 1070, using TSMC’s 16nm process. This advancement indicates a denser, potentially more efficient chip in the RTX 3060.
  2. Clock Speeds: When it comes to clock speeds, the GTX 1070 boasts a base and boost clock of 1506 MHz and 1683 MHz, respectively. On the other hand, the RTX 3060 starts at a lower base clock of 1320 MHz but stretches its legs to reach a higher boost clock of 1777 MHz.
  3. Memory Bus & Bandwidth: With a wider 256-bit bus width, the GTX 1070 enjoys a substantial memory bandwidth of 256.3 GB/s. In contrast, the RTX 3060, despite its narrower 192-bit bus, impressively achieves a higher memory bandwidth of 360.0 GB/s, thanks to advancements in-memory technology.
  4. VRAM: Memory-wise, the GTX 1070 is equipped with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The RTX 3060, however, steps up the game with 12GB of faster GDDR6 memory, providing not only more capacity but also improved speed for demanding applications and games.
  5. TDP: Finally, the RTX 3060 draws 170W, indicating a higher demand for power and possibly higher heat output, in contrast to the more modest 150W TDP of the GTX 1070. This difference underscores the RTX 3060’s increased performance capabilities, albeit at the cost of efficiency.

If we jump back in time, the GTX 1070 was Nvidia’s popular mid-to-high range option a few years back. Today, we’re comparing the RTX 3060 vs GTX 1070 to see how much difference the two-generation gap has made between these mid-range cards.

RTX 3060 Vs GTX 1070: Benchmarks At 1080p

Let’s put these two cards to the test in gaming. We’ll compare their performance across 9 games at 1080P resolution. 

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy at 1080P
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  • Kicking off the benchmarks with the 2023 action RPG Hogwarts Legacy, we analyzed that the RTX 3060 averages 66 FPS over 47 FPS of the GeForce GTX 1070.
  • The gap between the two GPUs is reduced when it comes to the %1 low, as the RTX 3060 keeps a 16.6% lead. 

Elden Ring

Elden Ring at 1080P
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  • Next up is Elden Ring. Here, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 maintains its lead in our benchmarks, averaging 73 FPS. In reply, the GTX 1070 scores 62 FPS.
  • Moving on to the %1 lows, the GTX 1070, with a score of 44 FPS, narrowly outscores the RTX 3060 owning a score of 42 FPS, in terms of the %1 low FPS. 

Dead Space (2023)

Dead Space 2023 at 1080P
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  • In the 2023 remake of Dead Space, we see a massive contrast in average FPS. The RTX 3060 racks up 70 FPS while the GTX 1070 gets 38 FPS84.2% higher than the 1070.
  • Both GPUs take further dips in %1 lows as the RTX 3060 comes out with 38 FPS while the GTX 1070 manages 26 FPS.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Miles Morales at 1080P
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  • Moving on to Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the GeForce RTX 3060 closes in on the 100 FPS mark with 96 FPS. Conversely, the GTX 1070 only manages 63 FPS.
  • The RTX 3060 scores 66 FPS compared to 50 FPS of the GTX 1070 as far as the %1 lows are concerned. 

A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem at 1080P
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  • Next, we’re testing the sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence. In this title, the RTX 3060 averages 57 FPS in comparison to the 43 FPS of the Pascal GTX 1070.
  • As for the %1 low, we got our expected results as the RTX 3060 outscores the GTX 1070 by 22.2%.

God of War

God of War at 1080P
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  • In our God Of War benchmarks, the RTX 3060 continues its lead as it records 89 FPS on average. On the other hand, the GTX 1070 scores 64 FPS
  • We further see a similar difference between the two cards concerning %1 FPS as the GTX 1070 trails by 30.3%

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080P
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  • Running at Cyberpunk 2077 at the high preset proves to be a struggle for the GTX 1070 as it averaged 42 FPS – trailing the RTX 3060 by 66.6% which obtained 70 FPS
  • The RTX 3060 takes a dip to 57 FPS in terms of the %1 low FPS but remains ahead by 78.1%

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1080P
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  • The RTX 3060 led the way with 69 FPS on average in our Red Dead Redemption 2 benchmarks, as the GTX 1070 followed much behind with 42 FPS.
  • Moving on, the GTX 1070 only musters a mere 36 FPS in terms of %1 low and keeps trailing the RTX 3060’s 54 FPS

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 at 1080P
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  • In our last test, we can see the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 continuing its reign – averaging 92 FPS over 61 FPS of the GTX 1070. 
  • Meanwhile, the %1 low figures clearly show us the RTX 3060 managing 65 FPS with an 85.7% lead over its rival, embossing its dominance easily.

RTX 3060 vs GTX 1070: Overall Gaming Performance

GPUAverage FPS1% Lows
RTX 3060๐Ÿ“ˆ 72.4๐Ÿ“‰ 52.7
GTX 1070๐Ÿ“ˆ 51.3๐Ÿ“‰ 38.2
Winner: RTX 3060

We consistently observed the RTX 3060 outperforming the GeForce GTX 1070, with an average higher score. In conclusion, for 1080p gaming, we found that the RTX 3060 exhibits a 41.1% speed advantage over the GTX 1070. Additionally, when considering %1 low FPS, we noted that the RTX 3060 maintains its lead, boasting a similar 37.9% difference.

Power Consumption

ValuesRTX 3060 (W)GTX 1070 (W)
Average Power Consumption153.8โšก๏ธ150.4โšก๏ธ
Winner: GTX 1070

Regarding power draws, we saw that the RTX 3060 consumed just a touch higher power than that of the GTX 1070. So, the GTX 1070 is only 2.26% more power-efficient than the RTX 3060 in 1080P gaming. The result might seem ideal for the GTX 1070 in hindsight, but it’s a win for the RTX 3060 as it consumed much less power in 1080P gaming.

Thermal Performance

ValuesRTX 3060 (ยฐC)GTX 1070 (ยฐC)
Average Thermal Capacity67.3 ๐ŸŒก๏ธ50.7 ๐ŸŒก๏ธ
Winner: GTX 1070

We observed that the thermal performance results favour the GTX 1070, which proved to be 32.7% more thermally efficient than the RTX 3060. Despite drawing nearly the same amount of power and showing more FPS, it’s clear that the RTX 3060 was thermally challenged in 1080P gaming.

Price & Value

GPUMSRPCurrent Price
RTX 3060๐Ÿ’ฒ329๐Ÿ’ฒ306
GTX 1070๐Ÿ’ฒ379๐Ÿ’ฒ579
Price Difference14.1% 61.6%

With the MSRP difference being only 14.1%, the difference in the current price of these GPUs is quite different. The MSRP prices were close to each other but have increased by 41.7% for the GTX 1070 and decreased by 7.2% for the RTX 3060. This makes the RTX 3060 61.6% cheaper than the older GTX 1070.

Final Thoughts โ€“ Which One Would We Recommend?

RTX 3060: In our opinion, the RTX 3060 has a clear edge when it comes to the performance, the price, and the future-proofing aspect. These things count and we recommend getting the newer generation graphic cards instead of the older ones. Which means the RTX gets our preference.

GTX 1070:  Meanwhile, if you currently have a GTX 1070 and are looking to upgrade, then the RTX 3060 is a great upgrade as we found it performing much better than the GTX 1070 in the latest triple AAA titles at 1080P. However, it still lags a good deal behind the RTX 3060.

Having discussed all the differences, Both cards have pros and cons, but we think that the RTX 3060 is a better option. Given the price-to-performance ratio, the GTX 1070 doesn’t seem like a reasonable purchase. However, a used GTX 1070 is a good option if you have a limited budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much better does the RTX 3060 perform compared to the GTX 1070?

The RTX 3060 performed 41.1% better than the GTX 1070 in the 1080P gaming benchmarks.

What technological advantages does the RTX 3060 have over the GTX 1070?

The RTX 3060 has specialized Tensor Cores and Ray Tracing Cores, which the GTX 1070 does not. Also, the RTX 3060 has much faster GDDR6 memory.

Is it worth upgrading from Nvidia’s GTX 1070 to the RTX 3060?

Upgrading to the RTX 3060 is a great choice as it’s much faster and more future-proof. It supports ray tracing, and Nvidia DLSS, which can give you an additional boost in supported games.

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