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RTX 4070 Ti Super Vs RTX 3080: Worth Upgrading? [Tested]

Explore our detailed comparison between the RTX 4070 Ti Super and RTX 3080, where we analyze key factors such as price, gaming performance, power efficiency, and architecture.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super

Rated: 7.5/10

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

Rated: 6.5/10


Pros And Cons

Graphics CardProsCons
RTX 4070 Ti Superโœ… Boost Clock has increased by 53%
โœ…More VRAM
โœ…Lower TDP
โŒ Higher price than a used RTX 3080
RTX 3080โœ… Larger VRAM bandwidth
โœ…Lower price is bought used
โŒ Lower performance

Key Takeaways
  • We noticed a significant performance difference between these cards in our gaming tests at 1440p, with the RTX 4070 Ti Super being around 23.5% faster than the RTX 3080 on average.
  • There was a 33% difference in the power consumption of the RTX 4070 Ti Super vs RTX 3080 in our gaming tests, with the newer GPU being much more power efficient.
  • The price point of the RTX 3080 is very unappealing on the new market, but if you buy this card in a slightly used condition, its value proposition starts to make more sense.
  • For budget 1440p gaming, consider a used RTX 3080. For top-tier performance and maximum graphical fidelity in the latest titles, the RTX 4070 Ti Super is a great choice.

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Comparison Table

FeatureGeForce RTX 3080GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super
ArchitectureAmpereAda Lovelace
Design ChipGA102AD103
Product FamilyNvidia GeForce RTX 30 seriesNvidia GeForce RTX 40 series
Steam Processors/Cuda Cores87048448
Compute Units/Tensor Cores272264
Ray Accelerators6866
ROPs9696
Memory Bandwidth760.3 GB/s672.3 GB/s
Best VariantsBest RTX 3080 Graphics CardsBest RTX 4070 Ti Super Graphics Cards

Architectural Differences

  1. Clock Speeds: The RTX 4070 Ti Super clocks much higher than the previous gen card, with a base clock of 2340MHz and a boost of up to 2610MHz. The RTX 3080, however, has a base clock of 1440MHz and a boost of up to 1710MHz.
  2. VRAM: The RTX 3080 offers options with 10GB and 12GB of GDDR6X memory on a 320-bit bus width. In contrast, the RTX 4070 Ti Super defaults to 16GB but has a narrower 256-bit bus width.
  3. Process Node: The RTX 3080 uses 8nm processing nodes, which have been significantly improved upon with the 5nm processing nodes from the RTX 4070 Ti Super.
  4. TDP: The newer card also comes with a lower TDP of 285 watts, whereas the RTX 3080 has a TDP of 320 watts.
  5. Other Features: The RTX 4070 Ti Super boasts some extra software features like DLSS 3 frame generation that earn it some extra points by making high-framerate gaming much more accessible.

Our previous comparison of the RTX 4070 Ti vs RTX 3080 showed the Ada Lovelace card as being much faster than its Ampere rival, but how do the improvements of the Super variant stack up with the performance and value proposition of the RTX 3080? Find your questions answered with the RTX 4070 Ti Super vs RTX 3080 comparison!


Gaming Benchmarks – 1440p

Every graphics card that makes it to our comparison is thoroughly tested, and these cards are no exception. To benchmark them, we used a test bench that leaves only the GPUs as the weak point, the specifications of which you can take a look at below. Also bear in mind that the testing done today was with the 12GB variant of the RTX 3080 and not the 10GB variant.

Test Bench

Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake 2 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With DLSS quality, the RTX 4070 Ti Super averaged 105 FPS, showing a 25% higher framerate than the RTX 3080, which achieved 86 FPS. Despite the difference, both cards delivered an enjoyable gaming experience.
  • The 1% lows in this game were around 25% apart, with the RTX 4070 Ti Super buckling down to 54 FPS in some scenes, whereas the RTX 3080 had a framerate closer to 43 FPS when stress was put our the card.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Both GPUs faced challenges in our Cyberpunk 2077 test with RT Overdrive and DLSS Q, but the gameplay remained acceptable. The RTX 3080 averaged 48 FPS, while the 4070 Ti Super outperformed with an average of 59 FPS, showcasing a 23% difference.
  • The dips in this game were more noticeable due to the low base framerate, with the RTX 4070 Ti Super getting minimums of 50 FPS, while its rival hovered around 39 FPS.

Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora

Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora
Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • This game performed exceptionally well on both cards, displaying a 32% difference. The RTX 3080 achieved an average framerate of 75 FPS, while the RTX 4070 Ti excelled with an average of 99 FPS, both tested without DLSS.
  • The 1% lows shared a 35% distinction, with the RTX 3080 getting minimums of around 60 FPS, while the newer RTX 4070 Ti Super had lows of around 81 FPS.

Lords Of The Fallen

Lords Of The Fallen
Lords Of The Fallen @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • After unsatisfactory results without DLSS, enabling DLSS Q in Lords Of The Fallen raised the RTX 3080’s average to 75 FPS, 24% lower than the RTX 4070 Ti Super’s 93 FPS.
  • Minimum framerates on the RTX 3080 fell to around 54 FPS in our testing of this card, whereas the lows of the RTX 4070 Ti Super held strong at around 65 FPS, leading to a difference of 20% between the two.

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • At Ultra settings and no DLSS in Baldur’s Gate 3, both cards showed smooth framerates at 1440p, with a minimal 3% difference. The RTX 3080 averaged 121 FPS, just slightly below the RTX 4070’s 125 FPS.
  • The difference remained small when it came to the 1% lows as well, with the RTX 3080 going down to 69 FPS while the RTX 4070 Ti Super had lows of 74 FPS, making up a 7% difference between the cards.

Starfield

Starfield
Starfield @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With some DLSS applied, the RTX 4070 Ti Super managed to secure another 23% win in this game, with an average framerate of 95 FPS, while the RTX 3080 had an average closer to 95 FPS.
  • The 1% lows of both cards were, again, very close, with a difference of around 9% between the two. The RTX 3080 had lows of 58 FPS, whereas the RTX 4070 Ti Super managed lows closer to 63 FPS.

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Call Of Duty MW3
Call Of Duty MW3 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In CoD MW3 with basic settings for competitive play, the RTX 4070 Ti Super outperformed the RTX 3080 by approximately 29%, achieving an average framerate of 255 FPS compared to the RTX 3080’s 198 FPS.
  • The difference between the two chips was around 29% in our test, with the RTX 3080 hovering around 129 FPS, whereas the RTX 4070 Ti Super had lows of 167 FPS.

Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With the setting maxed out, we noticed a 32% advantage for the RTX 4070 Ti Super in our tests, with the card getting an average framerate of around 136 FPS, whereas the RTX 3080 had an average framerate of 103 FPS.
  • The 1% lows showed an even bigger difference of 35%, with the RTX 3080 at minimums of 91 FPS, while the RTX 4070 Ti Super had lows of 123 FPS.

Editor`s Note
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If you’re debating which RTX 3080 VRAM variant to get, you can take a look at our RTX 3080 10GB vs 12GB comparison to help you out in your purchasing decision!

โ€“ Uzair Qureshi


Overall Gaming Performance

FeaturedRTX 4070 Ti SuperRTX 3080
Average FPS121 ๐Ÿ“ˆ98 ๐Ÿ“ˆ
%1 lows85 ๐Ÿ“‰68 ๐Ÿ“‰
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 4070 Ti Super

The RTX 4070 Ti Super consistently outperformed the RTX 3080 by around 23.5% in average framerates, ensuring smoother gaming at 1440p. With superior 1% lows and support for frame generation, the 40-series card displayed an impressive performance edge, making it the preferred choice.


Power Consumption

GameRTX 4070 Ti Super (W)RTX 3080 (W)
Alan Wake 2266340
Cyberpunk 2077275335
Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora273350
Lords Of The Fallen253344
Baldur's Gate 3229339
Call Of Duty MW3249334
Starfield234345
Resident Evil 4 Remake274343
Average Power Consumption256341
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 4070 Ti Super

The RTX 4070 Ti Super boasts remarkable power efficiency, consuming 33% less power than the 3080. This substantial improvement not only enhances performance but also potentially saves on a PSU upgrade, making it an attractive choice.


Price And Value

Graphics CardLaunch MSRPCurrent Price
RTX 4070 Ti Super๐Ÿ’ฒ799๐Ÿ’ฒ799
RTX 3080๐Ÿ’ฒ699๐Ÿ’ฒ872
Difference12%9%

Though the RTX 3080 had a lower MSRP than the RTX 3080, the lowest price we could find it at on PCPartPicker was 9% higher than what the RTX 4070 Ti Super is going for, marking another victory for the new card. However, if you buy this card slightly used on Amazon, you can have it for around $500.


What We Recommend

RTX 4070 Ti Super: Despite Nvidia’s commendable effort with this release, the card’s value is context-dependent, thriving in the current market conditions. While technically impressive for a 70-class card, its high price may limit accessibility for many consumers who typically engage with this class.

RTX 3080: If hesitant about purchasing used, the RTX 3070 offers little advantage over the RTX 4070 Ti Super. Yet, as a used option, it becomes more appealing with a price around 37.5% lower than its counterpart, making it accessible to a broader audience. 

The conclusion of our RTX 4070 Ti Super vs RTX 3080 comparison is that these cards both offer good value but at different price points. If you want to save money, you should buy a slightly used variant of the RTX 3080. However, if you wish adequate performance for today’s most demanding games, the RTX 4070 Ti Super wins.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the biggest difference between the Ampere and Ada Lovelace GPUs?

Apart from the architecture itself, the biggest difference between these two GPUs is their processing nodes, which let the Ada cards be much more efficient than their competition.

How much older is the RTX 3080 compared to the RTX 4070 Ti Super?

The RTX 4070 Ti Super came out 3 years and 4 months later than the RTX 3080.

Who supplied the processing nodes for the RTX 3080 and RTX 4070 Ti Super?

Nvidia worked with Samsung to get the 8nm processing nodes of the RTX 30 series, whereas TSMC bore the responsibility of making the 5nm processing nodes of the RTX 40 series.


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