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RTX 4070 Vs RX 7900 XTX: Which Is Better [Tested]

We compare the RTX 4070 vs RX 7900 XTX in Gaming Benchmarks & discuss their overall gaming performance along with average power consumption and thermal statistics.

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In our earlier comparison, we observed AMD’s top-tier RX 7900 XTX surpassing NVIDIA’s last-generation RTX 3080 Ti in performance benchmarking. Now, we’ll review the RTX 4070 vs RX 7900 XTX. This time, we aim to delve even deeper into the extent of their performance difference.

Key Takeaways

  • In our extensive review, the RX 7900 XTX outperformed the RTX 4070 by 48.2% with an average FPS of 121.7 compared to only 74.4 FPS achieved by the RTX 4070.
  • We also observed that the RTX 4070 consumes 48.1% less power than the RX 7900 XTX.
  • The RTX 4070 showed us that it is 8.4% more thermally efficient than the RX 7900 XTX.

Comparison Table

Technical SpecsGeForce RTX 4070Radeon RX 7900 XTX
ArchitectureAda LovelaceRDNA 3.0
CUDA Cores588812288
Tensor Cores184192
RT Cores4696
Release DateApr 12th, 2023Nov 3rd, 2022
Approximate Price
599 USD999 USD
Best VariantsBest RTX 4070 CardsBest RX 7900 XTX Cards

Architectural Difference

  • Process Node: Both the RTX 4070 and the RX 7900 XTX employ a 5nm process size. This shows how both AMD and Nvidia are aiming to pack goodness in smaller sizes.
  • Clock SpeedThe RX 7900 XTX operates at a base frequency of 1855 MHz which can be ramped up to 2499 MHz. Whereas, the RTX 4070 has a base clock of 1920 MHz, which can be boosted up to 2475 MHz.
  • VRAM: In terms of memory, the RTX 4070 arrives with a 12GB DDR6X memory, whereas the RX 7900 XTX comes with a whopping 24GB DDR6X memory. 
  • TDP: With regards to the TDP, the RX 7900 XTX arrives with a 130W TDP rating. On the other hand, the RTX 4070 has a lower TDP rating of 355W. We suggest a 550W and 750W PSU for each card respectively.
  • Bus Width & Memory Bandwidth: The RTX 4070 is composed of a 192-bit bus width whereas the newer RX 7900 XTX employs a whopping 384-bit width. The cards arrive with 504.2GB/s and 960.0 GB/s of memory bandwidth respectively. 
  • Supported Technologies: The RTX 4070 employs Nvidiaโ€™s DLSS 3 technology, using AI upscaling to enhance gaming visuals and performance. However, the latest RX 7900 XTX uses FSR (using FidelityFX Super Resolution), which is known to double the framerates.

RTX 4070 Vs RX 7900 XTX: Gaming Benchmarks

Now that the technical aspects of the RTX 4070 and RX 7900 XTX are scrutinized, we’ll shift the focus to the next stage of comparison. This is where we will assess the performance of these two GPUs through thorough testing using various modern games on 4K resolution.

Testing Rig

Here are the specs of the testing rig:

Hitman 3

Hitman 3
Hitman 3 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Right from the start, the RX 7900 XTX makes it clear to us that it outperforms the RTX 4070 in terms of average FPS by a whopping 44.7%, with 164 FPS compared to the RTX 4070’s 104 FPS.
  • When it comes to 1% lows, the RX 7900 XTX outperforms the RTX 4070 by 53.2%, with frame rates of 126 FPS and 73 FPS, respectively.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RX 7900 XTX surpasses the RTX 4070 by a staggering 70%, displaying an impressive 86 FPS in contrast to the RTX 4070’s 41 FPS.
  • While checking the 1% lows, the RX 7900 XTX dominates the RTX 4070 in terms of 1% lows, delivering a significant 62.2% increase with 59 FPS compared to 31 FPS.

God Of War

God of War
God of War 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In the race for average FPS, the RX 7900 XTX emerges as the winner, exhibiting a remarkable 41.1% increase with 123 FPS, while the RTX 4070 lags behind with only 81 FPS.
  • We notice that in terms of the 1% lows, the RX 7900 XTX provides a superior performance of 56.2%, showcasing 107 FPS versus 60 FPS.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RX 7900 XTX outshines the RTX 4070 when it comes to average FPS, achieving a noteworthy 52% increase with 123 FPS, while the RTX 4070 falls behind at just 72 FPS.
  • With a 62.4% difference of 1% lows between the two, the RX 7900 XTX shows us that it surpasses the RTX 4070 at 1% lows, delivering an impressive 103 FPS versus 54 FPS.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • With a remarkable 38.3% increase and an impressive 118 FPS, the RX 7900 XTX again outperforms the RTX 4070, which is limited to an average of 80 FPS.
  • We noticed that the RX 7900 XTX excels in 1% lows, where it exhibits a remarkable 45% increase with 106 FPS compared to 67 FPS.

Marvel’s Spiderman Remastered

Marvel's Spiderman Remastered
Marvel’s Spiderman Remastered 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Here, the RX 7900 XTX beats the RTX 4070 in terms of average FPS, with a significant 49.5% increase resulting in 73 FPS, while the RTX 4070 manages only 44 FPS.
  • Under our observation of the 1% lows, the RX 7900 XTX again outshines the RTX 4070 by a significant 65.3%, with frame rates of 67 FPS and 34 FPS, respectively.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RX 7900 XTX seals the deal with this last game, where it showed a 50% increase with 165 FPS, compared to the RTX 4070’s 99 FPS.
  • We see that the RX 7900 XTX delivers a significant 37.3% improvement over the RTX 4070 in 1% lows, delivering frame rates of 127 FPS compared to 87 FPS.

RX 7900 XTX Vs RTX 4070: Overall Gaming Performance

Overall Gaming Performance
Overall Gaming Performance 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)

Expectedly, the RTX 4070 failed to keep up with the RX 7900 XTX in terms of average FPS, with the latter achieving 121.7 FPS compared to the RTX 4070’s 74.4 FPS. This makes the RX 7900 XTX achieve a higher average FPS with a difference of 48.2%.

Power Consumption

Average Power Consumption
Average Power Consumption 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)

Our testing revealed that the RTX 4070 showed us that it utilized an average power consumption of only 192.3W, which is 48.1% lower than the RX 7900 XTX’s average of 314.3W.

Thermal Statistics

Average Thermal Statistics
Average Thermal Statistics 4K Gaming Benchmarks โ€“ Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)

According to our calculations, the RTX 4070 operated at a lower average temperature of 62ยฐC, while the RX 7900 XTX had an average temperature of 67.5ยฐC. This makes it have an 8.4% difference in their average thermal statistics.

Pricing And Availability

After our extensive market analysis, we found that the RX 7900 XTX arrives with an MSRP of $999, while the RTX 4070 has a price tag of $599, costing almost 50% less than the RX 7900 XTX.

RTX 4070 Vs RX 7900 XTX: What We Recommend

RX 7900 XTX: If you wish to get extremely high performance and are willing to invest in a future-proof card, the RX 7900 XTX is what we recommend you get.

RTX 4070: For those who are looking to get a card that performs greatly, conserves power, is relatively thermally efficient and costs significantly less, the RTX 4070 should be your blind buy. 

The decision between both cards should be in tune with your particular needs.

Pros And Cons

GPUProsCons
RTX 4070Significant improvement in performance.
DLSS 3.0 provides enhanced performance.
Lacks DisplayPort 2.0 support.
Moderate performance at 4K.
RX 7900 XTXGreat performance at higher resolutions.
Well-designed reference card.
Competitive pricing compared to Nvidia.
Relatively costly option.
Takes a lot of slot space.

FAQs

Is 7900 XTX better than 4070 ray tracing?

No, the RX 7900 XTX is not significantly better than the RTX 4070 Ti at ray tracing. While the former has more ray tracing cores, each core performs better than the latter.

What is the difference between the RTX 4070 and RX 7900 XTX in terms of memory?

The RTX 4070 has 12GB of GDDR6X RAM, while the Radeon RX 7900 XTX has 24GB of GDDR6X memory.

Which GPU is more power efficient, GeForce RTX 4070 or Radeon RX 7900 XTX?

The RTX 4070 uses 40.6% less power than the RX 7900 XTX, according to our benchmark tests.


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