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RTX 4070 Vs RTX 3080 Ti: Should You Upgrade?

We compare the RTX 4070 and RTX 3080 Ti in Gaming Benchmarks to find out whether its worth upgrading to the latest generation or not.

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The GeForce RTX 4070 is Nvidia’s fresh GPU with 12GB of memory, whereas the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is the previous generation graphics card with the same 12GB of memory. Today, we will analyze the specifications and gaming prowess of the RTX 4070 vs RTX 3080 Ti, leaving no stone unturned.

Key Takeaways

  • The RTX 3080 Ti offers nearly a 55% gaming performance advantage at 4K resolution over the RTX 4070.
  • However, the RTX 4070 achieves an 85% greater power efficiency and 11.2% higher thermal efficiency than the RTX 3080 Ti.
  • Considering the GPU cost, the RTX 3080 Ti is now selling for $1300 to $1400, and the RTX 4070 is available for $599 to $649.
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RTX 4070 Vs RTX 3080 Ti

Comparison Table

GPU RTX 4070 RTX 3080 Ti
CUDA Cores 5888 10240
Tensor Cores 184 320
ROPs 64 112
Ray Tracing Cores 46 80
Die (Die Size) AD104 (294 mm²) GA102 (628 mm²)
Base Clock 1920MHz 1370MHz
Boost Clock 2475MHz 1670MHz
Memory (Type) 12GB (GDDR6X) 12GB (GDDR6X)
Memory Bandwidth 504.2 GB/s 912.4 GB/s
Bus Width 192 bit 384 bit
L1 Cache 128 KB per SM 128 KB per SM
L2 Cache 36MB 6MB
No. of Transistors 35,800 million 28,300 million
Max Temperature 90°C 93°C
TDP 200W 350W
Launch MSRP $599 $1199
Launch Date Apr 23rd, 2023 June 3rd, 2021
Best Variants 6 Best RTX 4070 Cards Best RTX 3080 Ti Cards

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Architectural Differences

  • Architecture: The GeForce RTX 4070 features Nvidia’s latest Ada Lovelace architecture, while the RTX 3080 Ti has Nvidia’s (3rd generation) Ampere architecture.
  • Design Chip: Considering the chips, the RTX 4070 employs the AD104 manufactured at a 5nm node at TSMC, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti has GA102, developed at an 8nm node at Samsung.
  • VRAM: The RTX 4070 and the RTX 3080 Ti have the same 12GB GDDR6X memory. However, the memory speed of the RTX 4070 (21 Gbps) is 2Gbps or 10.5% faster than the RTX 3080 Ti (19 Gbps).
  • Clock Speed: Regarding the GPU clock, the base clock of the RTX 4070 is about 40% faster, and the boost clock of the RTX 4070 is about 48.5% higher than the RTX 3080 Ti. 

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  • TDP and thermal specs: The GPU and board powers of the RTX 3080 Ti are higher than the RTX 4070. Moreover, the RTX 3080 Ti can operate at a 3°C higher temperature than the RTX 4070.
  • Advanced Technologies: An essential feature of these cards is Nvidia DLSS. The RTX 4070 features the latest DLSS 3.0 technology, while the RTX 3080 Ti came with DLSS 2.0.

Gaming Benchmarks

In our comparison of the RTX 4070 vs RTX 3080 Ti, we will assess the performance and efficiencies of the two graphics cards for 10 demanding games played at 4K resolution. The technical specs of the gaming system are given below.

Gaming Rig

  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 5TH Gen 12-C, 24-T
  • Motherboard: MSI X570 A Pro Gaming
  • RAM: Crucial RAM 32 GB (4×8) Dual Channel 3600 Mhz CL 16
  • Hard Disk: Samsung SSD 870 EVO Form Factor 2.5 Inch Intelligent TurboWrite
  • Monitor: Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch 4K LED Monitor (3840 x 2160, UHD, 1 ms)
  • Case Fans: RiaTech 3 Pack RGB LED Series 120mm Case Fan for Computer Cases
  • Power Supply: Gigabyte P850GM 850W 80 Plus Gold Certified 120mm Smart HYB
  • CPU Cooler: AIO MarsGaming ML-ONE360 Black
  • PC Case: HYTE Y60 Dual Chamber Panoramic Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX

Atomic Heart

Gameplay Statistics
Atomic Heart Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Starting with Atomic Heart, I got 20% better performance with the RTX 3080 Ti than the RTX 4070.
  • The RTX 3080 Ti supplied an average of 71 FPS at 4K resolution, while the RTX 4070 could only provide 59 FPS on average.
  • The RTX 4070 operated much power efficiently, consuming only 198.7 W on average. In contrast, the RTX 3080 Ti depleted 342.3 W under the same conditions.
  • As per my testing, the RTX 3080 Ti operated at 69°C in Atomic Heart, while the RTX 4070 operated at 65°C.
  • At the worst 1% performance, the RTX 4070 could only manage 49 FPS, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti turned over 55 FPS.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone 2.0

Gameplay Statistics
Call Of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In Call Of Duty: Warzone 2.0, the performance of the RTX 3080 Ti was roughly 9.5% greater than the RTX 4070.
  • The RTX 4070 could only deliver an average frame rate of 53 FPS compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s frame rate of 58 FPS.
  • The RTX 4070 served with greater energy efficiency, using just 171.0 W on average, as opposed to the RTX 3080 Ti, which used 344.8 W.
  • Concerning the GPU temperature, the RTX 3080 Ti ran at 72°C while the RTX 4070 ran at 61°C.
  • At the worst 1% performance level, the RTX 4070 only gained 34 FPS, while the RTX 3080 Ti produced 42 FPS.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Gameplay Statistics
Ghostwire: Tokyo Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The performance of the RTX 3080 Ti was around 16% higher than the RTX 4070 in my gameplay of Ghostwire: Tokyo.
  • During the gameplay, the RTX 4070 could only deliver 50 FPS on average, while the RTX 3080 Ti produced a 58 FPS average.
  • The RTX 4070 operated at 193.4 W, a far lower power usage than the RTX 3080 Ti’s average consumption of 344.1 W.
  • Regarding GPU temperature, the RTX 3080 Ti ran at 73°C, whereas the RTX 4070 ran at 65°C.
  • At the low 1% frame rate, the RTX 4070 could barely muster 27 FPS, while the RTX 3080 Ti achieved 32 FPS.

Hogwarts Legacy

Gameplay Statistics
Hogwarts Legacy Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In Hogwarts Legacy, the RTX 3080 Ti performed about 19% better than the RTX 4070.
  • The RTX 4070 could only generate 52 FPS on average while playing the game, whilst the RTX 3080 Ti managed 62 FPS on average.
  • Compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s average power consumption of 341.8 W, the RTX 4070 ran at a lower power of 192.2 W.
  • During Hogwarts Legacy, I noted that the RTX 3080 Ti ran at 71°C, whereas the RTX 4070 ran at 65°C.
  • The RTX 4070 could only produce 27 FPS at the low 1% frame rate, while the RTX 3080 Ti managed 39 FPS.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Gameplay Statistics
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, the RTX 3080 Ti outperformed the RTX 4070 by 21 FPS or about 25% greater frame rate rendition.
  • The RTX 4070 produced only 85 FPS on average, while the RTX 3080 Ti gained a higher average of 106 FPS.
  • I observed that the RTX 4070 operated at a lower power of only 196.6 W in Mount & Blade II, compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s 349.4 W.
  • During Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, the RTX 3080 Ti had a temperature of 72°C, while the RTX 4070 ran cooler at 66°C.
  • As for the low 1% frame rate, the RTX 4070 delivered 79 FPS, and the RTX 3080 Ti performed better, producing 98 FPS.

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Overwatch 2

Gameplay Statistics
Overwatch 2 Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 3080 Ti defeated the RTX 4070 in Overwatch 2 by a performance lead of 171 FPS or approximately 161% greater rendition.
  • While playing the game, the RTX 4070 could only produce 106 FPS on average, and the RTX 3080 Ti yielded 277 FPS.
  • The RTX 4070 ran at a lower power of 194.7 W compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s average power usage of 351.9 W.
  • In Overwatch 2, the RTX 3080 Ti operated at 73°C, whereas the RTX 4070 operated at 65°C.
  • Regarding the low 1% frame rate, the RTX 4070 could only achieve 86 FPS, while the RTX 3080 Ti supplied 152 FPS.

Resident Evil 4

Gameplay Statistics
Resident Evil 4 Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Commencing with Atomic Heart, I observed a 16% performance improvement when using the RTX 3080 Ti over the RTX 4070.
  • The RTX 4070 only achieved an average frame rate of 70 FPS, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti managed 81 FPS on average.
  • Compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s power draw of 347.9 W, the RTX 4070 worked at a lower power of 195.0 W.
  • The RTX 3080 Ti ran at 73°C during Resident Evil 4, whereas the RTX 4070 ran at 65°C.
  • Regarding the 1% low frame rate, the RTX 4070 delivered only 62 FPS, while the RTX 3080 Ti delivered 72 FPS.

Sons Of The Forest

Gameplay Statistics
Sons Of The Forest Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • During Sons Of The Forest, the RTX 3080 Ti outperformed the RTX 4070 by approximately 17%, with a 9 FPS lead.
  • The RTX 4070 only acquired an average frame rate of 53 FPS, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti managed an average of 62 FPS.
  • Additionally, the RTX 4070 ran at a lower power of 198.8 W compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s power draw of 341.1 W.
  • Regarding the temperature, I noticed that the RTX 3080 Ti ran at 67°C, while the RTX 4070 ran at 65°C.
  • When it comes to the low 1% frame rate, the RTX 4070 delivered 42 FPS in Sons Of The Forest, while the RTX 3080 Ti offered only 35 FPS.

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The Last Of Us Part 1

Gameplay Statistics
The Last Of Us Part 1 Benchmarks at 4K – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In The Last Of Us Part 1, the RTX 3080 Ti showcased an approximately 17% or 9 FPS superior performance than the RTX 4070.
  • I experienced an average frame rate of 37 FPS with the RTX 4070, while the RTX 3080 Ti delivered an average of 51 FPS.
  • Further, the RTX 4070 operated at a lower power of only 188.0 W, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti had an average power draw of 343.1 W.
  • With regards to GPU operating temperature, the RTX 3080 Ti served at 74°C, whereas the RTX 4070 executed this game at 69°C.
  • As for the low 1% frame rate, the RTX 4070 delivered 34 FPS, while the RTX 3080 Ti provided 43 FPS during The Last Of Us Part 1.

Overall Gaming Analysis

In this part of the RTX 4070 vs RTX 3080 Ti battle, we will evaluate and contrast the overall gaming performance, power usage, and thermal efficiency of the two high-end GPUs to determine which one comes out on top.

Performance

Overall Performance
Overall Performance of Two GPUs during 4K Gaming – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)

Average FPS

  • In our frame rate contest, the RTX 3080 Ti triumphs with an astonishing average margin of almost 55% over the RTX 4070.
  • The RTX 3080 Ti recorded an impressive overall frame rate of 117.6 FPS at 4K resolution, while the RTX 4070 came in at an average of 75.9 FPS during the above-mentioned games.
  • The RTX 4070 could not beat the RTX 3080 Ti’s average frame rate in any of the above games.

Also Read: RTX 3080 Vs 3080 Ti

Low 1% FPS

  • In terms of the low 1% FPS, the RTX 3080 Ti again prevailed over the RTX 4070 with an astounding average advantage of almost 35.5%.
  • I discovered that the RTX 3080 Ti delivers an exceptional overall low 1% frame rate of 78.6 FPS, while the RTX 4070 could only manage 58 FPS at its best.

The overall stats show that the low 1% frame rate rendered by the RTX 3080 Ti is even higher than the average frame rate provided by the RTX 4070. Thus, the RTX 3080 Ti is significantly superior to the RTX 4070 considering the gaming performance.

Power Efficiency

Overall Power Consumption
Overall Power Usage during the 4K gaming session – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 4070 has about 85% higher gaming power efficiency or lower energy utilization than the RTX 3080 Ti.
  • While I played the aforementioned titles at 4K resolution, the RTX 4070 had an overall power consumption of 187.3 W, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti consumed more energy with an average of 345.5 W.
  • Both the graphics cards executed the games with power usage levels closer to their respective design TDP.

Also Read: Gaming PC Power Usage

Thermal Efficiency

Overall Temperature
Overall Temperature of Two GPUs during 4K Gaming – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • I experienced the RTX 4070 surpassing the RTX 3080 Ti regarding gameplay temperature, demonstrating an 11.2% higher thermal efficiency.
  • While playing games at 4K resolution, the RTX 4070 (64.2°C) maintained approximately 7.2°C cooler temperature than the RTX 3080 Ti (71.4°C).

To deal with GPU overheating issues, read our guide on how to lower GPU temperature.

Price And Availability

It is prudent to consider a GPU’s price and availability before purchasing. When comparing the launch MSRPs, Nvidia introduced the RTX 4070 for $599 in April 2023, and they launched the RTX 3080 Ti for $1199 in June 2021.

Due to its exceptional performance and demand, the RTX 3080 Ti is still selling for a high price. The current market price of the RTX 4070 is $549 to $649 for its MSI variant. On the other hand, the RTX 3080 Ti is available in markets from $999 for its ZOTAC variant to higher tags for different variants.

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Considering the availability factor, the RTX 4070 and the RTX 3080 Ti are currently easily accessible through numerous online and physical vendors. They are simple to order online from various e-commerce sites like Amazon, Newegg, and others.

Which One Would I Recommend?

  • If you prioritize an unmatched gaming experience with top-of-the-line performance and have no financial limitations, I recommend the RTX 3080 Ti. Its gaming performance is far superior to that of the RTX 4070.
  • However, if you’re looking for an efficient GPU with minimal running costs, I suggest looking at the RTX 4070.
  • The RTX 4070 is far more affordable than the RTX 3080 Ti and offers about 85% more power efficiency and 11.2% greater thermal efficiency, which lowers electricity bills. The GPU also delivers excellent gaming performance at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

Pros And Cons

GPU Pros Cons
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • Performance at 4K
  • Minimal noise
  • Ray Tracing
  • Content creation
  • Power consumption
  • Temperature
  • Cost
  • Only 12GB
GeForce RTX 4070
  • DLSS 3
  • Power-efficient
  • Economical
  • Thermal management
  • Performance for 4K
  • Only 12GB
  • 16-Pin Connector

Common Questions Answered

Does the RTX 3080 Ti beat the RTX 4070 in gaming performance?

The RTX 3080 Ti outperforms the RTX 4070 at all gaming resolutions. At 4K resolution, the RTX 3080 Ti performs about 55% better than the RTX 4070.

What is NVIDIA DLSS, and how does it work?

NVIDIA DLSS is a real-time deep learning image enhancement and upscaling technology that uses a performance multiplier powered by AI and Tensor Cores. It boosts frame rates by rendering the game at a lower resolution and then upscaling it to a higher resolution using AI algorithms.

Does the RTX 4070 cost less to operate than the RTX 3080 Ti?

Yes, the RTX 4070 has a lower running cost. It is 85% more power efficient than the RTX 3080 Ti, thus reducing electricity costs.


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