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RTX 4070 Super Vs RTX 3090: Gaming Benchmarks 2024

We compared the RTX 4070 Super and the RTX 3090, reviewed their general specs and analyzed their gaming performance in different games.

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Nvidia RTX 3090

Rated: 6.8/10

Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

Rated: 7.2/10

Pros And Cons

Graphics CardProsCons
RTX 4070 Superโœ… Lower Temperature
โœ… Better Price
โŒ Lower VRAM
โŒ Lower 1% Low FPS
RTX 3090โœ… Higher VRAM
โœ… Higher 1% Low FPS
โŒ Lower Overall Performance
โŒ Higher Price
Key Takeaways
  • We noticed that the RTX 4070 Super is around 11.7% faster in terms of average FPS, while the RTX 3090 is found to have higher minimums.
  • The RTX 4070 Super gave approximately 8.75% lower temperature than the 3090, which helps smoother gameplay.
  • The RTX 3090 is sold at a considerably lower price than its MSRP (from $1499 to $1000), while the 4070 Super is cheaper.
  • If you have a budget and want higher performance, the RTX 4070 Super would be an excellent choice. But if you’re looking for a stable performance with a discounted price, the RTX 3090 is the one.

Comparison Table

Technical SpecsRTX 4070 SuperRTX 3090
ArchitectureAda LovelaceAmpere
CUDA Cores716810496
Tensor Cores4th Generation3rd Generation
RT Cores3rd Generation2nd Generation
Memory Interface192-bit384-bit
Best VarientsBest 4070 Super Graphic CardsBest RTX 3090 Graphic Cards

Architectural Differences

  1. Clock Speed: The RTX 4070 super has a base clock of 1.98 GHz and a boost clock speed of 2.48 GHz, while the RTX 3090 has 1.40 GHz and 1.70 GHz, respectively.
  2. TDP: The RTX 3090 has 350 W TDP, and the 4070 super has 220 W, much lower than the 3090.
  3. VRAM: The 4070 Super has 12 GB of memory while the 3090 has 24 GB, which is almost double the first and has a higher memory interface.
  4. Supported Technologies: The RTX 3090 also supports OpenGL 4.6 and is VR-ready, while the Super supports DLSS 3.5 and the technologies 3090 has.

In the battle of the RTX 4070 Super vs the recently reviewed RTX 3090, choosing between the latest and the established can be tricky. To help you decide, we put both GPUs through their paces in various benchmarks, analyzing their performance in gaming, thermal statistics, and value. This comparison will give you the insights to decide on your next graphics card upgrade.

Gaming Benchmarks – 4K 

We tested the newly launched RTX 4070 Super vs the legendary RTX 3090 in six popular video games at 4K resolution to evaluate their performance in intense scenarios. The testing environment specifications that we used are given below.

Testing Rig 

Cyberpunk 2077

Graphical representation of comparison between RTX 3090 Vs RTX 4070 Super of FPS, and 1% low FPS at 4K Resolution in Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In this game, we saw that the RTX 4070 Super gave an average FPS of 59, approximately 5.36% higher, while the RTX 3090 gave 56 FPS.
  • The 1% low FPS of the RTX 3090 was 47 FPS. Meanwhile, with newer architecture, the RTX 4070 Super managed to give only 28 FPS.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Graphical representation of comparison between RTX 3090 Vs RTX 4070 Super of FPS, and 1% low FPS at 4K Resolution in Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • On higher settings, the RTX 4070 Super gave 81 FPS on average, and the RTX 3090 gave 66 FPS, approximately 22.73% lower, in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
  • With the difference of 13 FPS, We saw that the 1% low FPS of the RTX 3090 was 51 FPS and 38 FPS of the other graphic card, the 4070 Super. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 

Graphical representation of comparison between RTX 3090 Vs RTX 4070 Super of FPS, and 1% low FPS at 4K Resolution in Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • While testing these GPUs in Red Dead Redemption 2, we noticed a 15.3% difference in average FPS, which were 91 for the 4070 and 78 for the 3090.
  • Regarding 1% low FPS, the RTX 3090 showed 57 FPS, while the RTX 4070 showed 72 FPS. This difference of about 26% is almost double from average FPS difference.

Watch Dog Legion 

Graphical representation of comparison between RTX 3090 Vs RTX 4070 Super of FPS, and 1% low FPS at 4K Resolution in Watch Dog Legion
Watch Dog Legion @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • There was a negligible difference between the average FPS of both cards. The RTX 3090 was 67 FPS, while the Super was 66 FPS.
  • However, regarding 1% low FPS, the 4070 Super and the RTX 3090 gave 58 FPS and 46 FPS, respectively.

Horizon Zero Dawn 

Graphical representation of comparison between RTX 3090 Vs RTX 4070 Super of FPS, and 1% low FPS at 4K Resolution in Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The average FPS of the newer card, the RTX 4070 Super, was 103, while the same of the older card was 94 FPS. The 4070 Super gave 9.57% higher FPS than the 3090.
  • There was also a difference of approximately 8% in 1% low FPS of both cards, which were 74 FPS of the 3090 and 80 FPS of the 4070.

God Of War 

Graphical representation of comparison between RTX 3090 Vs RTX 4070 Super of FPS, and 1% low FPS at 4K Resolution in God of War
God of War @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The last game we tested was God of War. In this, 85 and 73 average FPS were noticed of the RTX 4070 Super and the RTX 3090, respectively. The 3090 gave about 16.44% lower.
  • 45 1% low FPS was noticed in the RTX 4060 Super while the 3090 gave higher if 61 FPS. This difference gave an edge to the 3090 for stable performance.

Editor`s Note

The significant performance leap between the RTX 3090 and the 4070 Super reignites discussions surrounding Moore’s Law, the observation that the number of transistors on a microchip doubles roughly every two years. While the law’s relevance is debated, the rapid advancements showcased by these cards demonstrate the continuous push for performance improvements in the industry.

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Overall Gaming Performance

FeaturedRTX 4070 SuperRTX 3090
Average FPS80.83 ๐Ÿ“ˆ72.33 ๐Ÿ“ˆ
1% Lows53.5 ๐Ÿ“‰56.0 ๐Ÿ“‰
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 4070 Super

In our benchmarks, the RTX 4070 Super outperformed the RTX 3090 by 11% regarding average frames per second. However, the RTX 3090 beat the Super regarding 1% low FPS by approximately 5%. But the overall winner is the 4070 Super due to its stable and higher performance.

Thermal Statistics

GameRTX 4070 Super (ยฐC)RTX 3090 (ยฐC)
Cyberpunk 20777175
Assassin's Creed Valhalla7280
Red Dead Redemption 27381
Watch Dog Legion7474
Horizon Zero Dawn7179
God Of War7181
Average Power Consumption๐ŸŒก๏ธ72๐ŸŒก๏ธ78.3
Winner: RTX 4070 Super

In the RTX 4070 Super vs RTX 3090, both deliver impressive gaming muscle, the 4070 Super ran an average 6.3ยฐC cooler across games like Cyberpunk 2077 and God of War. This cooler operation ensures smooth gameplay and translates to longer component lifespans and potentially quieter systems.

Price And Value 

GPUMSRPCurrent Price
RTX 3090๐Ÿ’ฒ1499๐Ÿ’ฒ1000
RTX 4070 Super๐Ÿ’ฒ599๐Ÿ’ฒ549

The RTX 3090 is a tempting option due to its higher price reduction from the original MSRP, making it an attractive choice for high-end performance without the original hefty price tag. On the other hand, the RTX 4070 Super offers competitive value, especially considering its higher gaming performance and lower operating temperatures.

Which Would We Recommend?

RTX 3090: The Nvidia RTX 3090, despite being an older model, remained a strong contender in terms of value in our testing. While it showed a slightly lower average FPS in gaming benchmarks than the RTX 4070 Super, its 1% low FPS suggests a more stable performance during intense gaming scenarios.

RTX 4070 Super: The Nvidia RTX 4070 Super is the winner regarding gaming performance and thermal efficiency, delivers better average FPS in gaming benchmarks, and operates. The price difference makes the RTX 4070 Super attractive for users looking to balance cost and performance.

Both GPUs offer excellent value in their respective categories, and individual preferences, use cases, and budget considerations should guide the choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should upgrade from a 3090 to a 4070 Super?

Most users may not upgrade due to minimal performance gains compared to the cost. Consider specific needs and benchmark comparisons.

Which GPU is easier to find?

The 4070 Super might be more readily available due to its newer release and lower demand compared to the 3090’s flagship status.

Do they require different cooling solutions?

Due to their power differences, the 3090 typically requires a 3-slot cooler, while the 4070 Super might be able to handle a 2-slot cooler, but it depends on the specific model and overclocking.

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