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RTX 4070 Super Vs RTX 3080: Super Or The OG?

Today, we'll present you with the battle of the RTX 4070 Super Vs RTX 3080 where one card will give extremely tough competition to the other!

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super

Rated:  9/10

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

Rated: 8/10


Pros & Cons

GPUsProsCons
GeForce RTX 4070 Superโœ… Incredible value for money.
โœ… High performance.
โŒ Lower bus width.
GeForce RTX 3080โœ… Higher CUDA Cores, RT Cores & TMUs.
โœ… Relatively smaller so can fit more easily.
โŒ Higher price point is justified.

Key Takeaways
  • In 1080p gaming, we saw that the RTX 4070 Super was 18.6% better than the RTX 3080 as far as average framerates are concerned. 
  • In terms of the temperatures, the RTX 4070 Super remains 18.5% cooler than the RTX 3080 across ten games.
  • We also observed that the RTX 4070 Super drew less power and is 43.5% more power-efficient than the RTX 3080 on average.
  • We recommend you get the RTX 4070 Super because of its high performance with better thermal and power efficiency at a much lower price. 
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Comparison Table

SpecificationsGeForce RTX 4070 SuperGeForce RTX 3080
CUDA Cores7168 (CUDA: 8.9)8704 (CUDA: 8.6)
RT Cores5668
TMUs224272
Memory Bandwidth504.2 GB/s760.3 GB/s
Memory Clock21 Gbps19 Gbps
Length267 mm | 10.5 inches285 mm | 11.2 inches
Width112 mm | 4.4 inches112 mm | 4.4 inches
Height42 mm | 1.7 inches40 mm | 1.6 inches
Release DateJan 8th, 2024Sep 1st, 2020
Best VariantsBest RTX 4070 Super Graphics CardsBest RTX 3080 Graphic Cards
Best CPUBest CPU For RTX 4070 Super-

Architectural Differences

  1. Processing Nodes & Architecture: The Ampere-based RTX 3080 comes with an 8nm process node while the latest RTX 4070 Super uses a 5nm node and is based on the Ada Lovelace architecture.
  2. Clock Speeds: While the RTX 3080 has a base and boost clock speeds of 1440 MHz and 1710 MHz, the RTX 4070 Super arrives with a higher base and boost clock of 1980 MHz and 2475 MHz, respectively.
  3. VRAM: Both GPUs have only a 2GB difference in VRAM. The RTX 3080 has a 10GB GDDR6X VRAM while the newer RTX 4070 Super consists of a 12GB GDDR6X memory.
  4. Bus Width: Despite being an older card, the RTX 3080 possesses a much higher bus width of 320 bits whereas, the RTX 4070 Super comes with only 192-bit bus width.
  5. TDP & Suggested PSU: The RTX 4070 Super arrives with a 220W of TDP so we recommend you get a 550W of PSU for it. The RTX 3080 has 320W of TDP so at least 700W of PSU is required for it.

With the recent release of the latest RTX 40s Super line, we decided to compare one of its variants with an older card that is popular for its high performance. Today, we’ll test the RTX 4070 Super Vs RTX 3080 and let you decide which GPU you should get in 2024.


RTX 4070 Super Vs RTX 3080: Benchmark At 1080p

Framerates are crucial in determining the performance of GPUs that’s why we set these two cards up at 1080p to judge their gaming capabilities. The testing rig is kept constant to avoid any unnecessary variations.

Testing Rig

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Cyberpunk 2077 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Let’s begin with Cyberpunk 2077 with ultra Ray Tracing enabled. Here, we saw that the RTX 4070 Super surpassed 111 FPS while the RTX 3080 performed with 91 FPS, showcasing a 19.8% margin.
  • In terms of the 1% lows, the RTX 3080 performed with a decent 73 FPS whereas the RTX 4070 Super overpassed it with 89 FPS.

Starfield

Starfield Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Starfield @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In Starfield, the values dropped below the 100 FPS mark, where the RTX 4070 Super gained an average of 92 FPS and the RTX 3080 lagged with 77 FPS, making for a 17.7% gap.
  • The 1% lows were extremely low on the RTX 3080 which managed to average only 50 FPS while the RTX 4070 Super steered well over the 60 FPS mark, averaging 70 FPS.

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora

Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Up next, we noticed that the RTX 4070 Super outshined the RTX 3080 with a 36.1% margin as it obtained 98 FPS over the RTX 3080’s 68 FPS.
  • As for the 1% lows, the RTX 3080 performed with an average of 40 FPS while the RTX 4070 Super achieved an average of 56 FPS.

Star Wars Jedi Survivors

Star Wars Jedi Survivors Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Star Wars Jedi Survivors @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In the latest Star Wars game, the RTX 4070 Super took the spotlight as it won with a 17.5% gap, acquiring an average of 93 FPS while the RTX 3080 was behind with 78 FPS.
  • Here, we saw a different story as the RTX 3080 took the lead by achieving an average of 48 FPS. In contrast, the RTX 4070 Super was the one that followed, this time, with 40 FPS.

The Last Of Us Part 1

The Last Of Us Part 1 Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
The Last Of Us Part 1 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Yet again, the RTX 4070 Super emerged as the victor by obtaining a higher average of 112 FPS over the RTX 3080, which acquired an average of 93 FPS18.5% behind.
  • The RTX 3080 easily walked past the 60 FPS mark, gaining an average of 70 FPS in this game. Whereas, the RTX 4070 Super outdid its rival by gaining an average of 87 FPS. 

Resident Evil 4 Remake

Resident Evil 4 Remake Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Resident Evil 4 Remake @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • We observed that even with Ray Tracing enabled, both the RTX 4070 Super and the RTX 3080 performed extremely well in this game, averaging 181 FPS and 167 FPS, respectively, and showing an 8% gap. 
  • The 1% lows were also above the 100 FPS point, with the RTX 4070 Super being relatively higher with 120 FPS while the RTX 3080 performed well with 108 FPS on average.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Hogwarts Legacy @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With Ray Tracing disabled in the wizard’s world, the RTX 3080 obtained an average of 107 FPS whereas the RTX 4070 Super outperformed it with 114 FPS, being 6.3% better in this game.
  • We observed that the 1% lows were similar as both the RTX 4070 Super and the RTX 3080 achieved an average of 61 FPS and 57 FPS, respectively.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In this multiplayer shooter, the RTX 4070 Super outshined its rival by a mile, by a staggering 26.5% to be precise, as it averaged 162 FPS over the RTX 3080’s 124 FPS.
  • As for its 1% lows, the RTX 3080 outperformed its competitor in this realm as it acquired an average of 78 FPS. On the other hand, the RTX 4070 Super was behind the race with 47 FPS.

Forza Horizon 5

  • Here as well, the RTX 4070 Super defeated the RTX 3080 with a high margin of 24.7% as it achieved an average of 159 FPS over the RTX 3080, which obtained an average of 124 FPS.
  • The RTX 4070 Super was also ahead in terms of the 1% lows, exhibiting an average of 128 FPS over the RTX 3080, which was miles behind with its lower 83 FPS.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gaming Benchmarks At 1080p
Red Dead Redemption 2 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In this infamous cow-boy game, the RTX 4070 Super performed 17.3% better, averaging 144 FPS. On the contrary, the RTX 3080 also did well and obtained an average of 121 FPS.
  • The RTX 4070 Super also scored in the area of 1% lows, achieving an average of 109 FPS over the RTX 3080, which acquired an average of 81 FPS simultaneously.

RTX 3080 Vs RTX 4070 Super: Overall Gaming Performance

 
FeaturedRTX 4070 Super RTX 3080
Average FPS126.6๐Ÿ“ˆ105๐Ÿ“ˆ
%1 lows80.7 ๐Ÿ“‰68.8๐Ÿ“‰
Winner: RTX 4070 Super

In terms of the average framerates, we have a clear winner. As you’ve seen the RTX 4070 Super performed better than its rival in every game by achieving 18.6% better framerates than the RTX 3080. On the flip side, the RTX 4070 Super outperformed it in the area of 1% lows as it performed 15.9% better than the RTX 3080 at 1080p. 

Editor`s Note
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Despite the performance difference, the RTX 3080 is not to be taken lightly. Its higher CUDA cores, RT Cores, TMUs, and memory bandwidth all indicate that it is more suited for productivity tasks. 

โ€“ Abde Manaf


Thermal Statistics

GamesRTX 4070 Super (ยฐC)RTX 3080 (ยฐC)
Cyberpunk 20776172
Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora6472
Starfield6173
Star Wars Jedi Survivors6270
The Last Of Us Part 16277
Resident Evil 4 Remake6276
Hogwarts Legacy6073
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 26077
Forza Horizon 55874
Red Dead Redemption 26374
Average Temperatures61.373.8
Winner: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4070 Super

After calculating the temperatures across the ten games, we saw a clear difference. Here, we noticed that the RTX 3080 operated at 73.8ยฐC whereas the latest RTX 4070 Super performed at 61.3ยฐC on average. Therefore, the RTX 4070 Super becomes 18.5% more thermally efficient than the RTX 3080. 


Power Consumption

GamesRTX 4070 Super (W)RTX 3080 (W)
Cyberpunk 2077196315
Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora220316
Starfield191308
Star Wars Jedi Survivors196311
The Last Of Us Part 1194313
Resident Evil 4 Remake223315
Hogwarts Legacy192319
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2185299
Forza Horizon 5164251
Red Dead Redemption 2207315
Average Power Consumption196.8306.2
Winner: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4070 Super

In terms of the average power consumption, we observed that the difference was night and day between the RTX 4070 Super vs RTX 3080. Where the RTX 3080 consumed a staggering 306.2 watts of power on average, the RTX 4070 Super drew only 196.8 watts of power, becoming 43.5% more power-efficient than the RTX 3080. 


Price And Value

Graphics CardMSRPCurrent Price
GeForce RTX 4070 Super๐Ÿ’ฒ599๐Ÿ’ฒ644
GeForce RTX 3080๐Ÿ’ฒ699๐Ÿ’ฒ1,018
Price Difference15.4%45%

The RTX 4070 Super’s price has been the same for its base variants. However, for its high-end models, there has been a 13.9% rise in price. We saw the RTX 3080’s price has been increased by a 27% margin for its base models and by 46.1% for its high-end variants. Currently, the RTX 4070 Super is around 45% cheaper than the RTX 3080.


Conclusion – Which One Would We Recommend?

RTX 4070 Super: The RTX 4070 Super collects all its attributes and this is why we recommend it to you. It performed better than the RTX 3080 while remaining power-efficient and thermally efficient. Moreover, it is priced way below the RTX 3080, making it the perfect card to hand your hands around. 

RTX 3080: The RTX 3080 in itself is an excellent card but it failed to check any of the boxes we always look for when we compare it with the latest RTX 4070 Super. Since it failed to meet the criteria of power, temperature, performance, and price, we don’t recommend you get the RTX 3080 over the RTX 4070 Super.

Nvidia has upgraded their cards by ticking all of the boxes and this is the exact case with the RTX 4070 Super. However, it would be reasonable to compare the RTX 3080 with other cards that perform at an even field. Consider reading RX 7800 XT Vs RTX 3080 or the articles mentioned below. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the RTX 4070 Super better than the RTX 3080?

RTX 4070 Super is better than the RTX 3080 in terms of power consumption, temperature, gaming performance as well as in price.

Is RTX 3080 or RTX 4070 Super better for 4K?

Since the RTX 4070 Super outperformed the RTX 3080 at 1080p gaming, the performance difference between the two cards at 4K is mostly slim with the RTX 3080 being slightly behind the RTX 4070 Super.

Is the RTX 4070 Super worth the price?

The RTX 4070 Super is worth the price as Nvidia already has reasonably priced it and it is packed with higher power and thermal efficiency and has higher performance.


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