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RX 7700 XT Vs RTX 4070: Can AMD Win?

This comparison will evaluate the relative performance of the RX 7700 XT to the RTX 4070 in an effort to choose the best graphics card for your needs.

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NVIDIA RTX 4070 

Rated: 8.8/10

AMD RX 7700 XT

Rated: 8.4/10


Pros And Cons

GPUProsCons
GeForce RTX 4070✅Superior gaming performance
✅Better power efficiency
❌Slightly higher average temperatures
Radeon RX 7700 XT✅Lower temperatures
✅Potentially more affordable
❌Higher power consumption
Key Takeaways
  • The RTX 4070 outperforms the RX 7700 XT with an average of around 78 FPS compared to the RX 7700 XT’s 70 FPS. The RTX 4070 consistently performs better in various titles.
  • The RTX 4070 consumes less power by approximately 11.7%. The RX 7700 XT exhibits cooler temperatures on average, peaking at around 56°C compared to the RTX 4070’s peak of around 62°C.
  • The current price difference between the RTX 4070 and the RX 7700 XT maintains a 20% difference. 
  • The NVIDIA RTX 4070 is recommended for gamers seeking top-tier performance and cutting-edge technology. While the AMD RX 7700 XT offers respectable performance and a more affordable price point.
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Comparison Table

Technical SpecsNVIDIA RTX 4070AMD RX 7700 XT
GPUAD104Navi 32
ArchitectureAda LovelaceRDNA 3.0
Shading Units58883456
Tensor Cores18454
RT Cores4654
ROPs6496
Memory Bus192-bit192-bit
Memory Speed504.2 GB/s430 GB/s
Best VariantsBest RTX 4070Best RX 7700 XT

Architectural Differences

  1. Process Size: The RTX 4070 uses very complex 4nm processing nodes for its board design, whereas the RX 7700 XT uses both 5nm and 6nm processing nodes to allow maximum power without a huge hike in cost.
  2. Clock Speed: The base clock of the RTX 4070 is higher than its rival at 1920MHz vs the 7700 XT’s 1700MHz base. However, the win in boost clocks goes to the RX 7700 XT with a frequency of 2544MHz versus the 2475MHz boost clock of the RTX 4070.
  3. VRAM: Both cards are equivalent in VRAM size at 12GB, whereas the RTX 4070 has faster GDDR6X RAM at a speed of 504GB/s, which is slightly faster than the RX 7700 XT’s speed. They both also use an identical 192-bit bus.
  4. TDP: The RX 7700 XT has a higher TDP than Nvidia at around 245 watts, whereas the RTX 4070 is rated for a TDP of 200 watts.
  5. Other Features: Both cards support hardware-accelerated ray tracing and AI upscaling. Nvidia’s earlier entry in both those fields has made the company an expert in these technologies, whereas AMD has not had the best reputation associated with these features.

In the dynamic realm of graphics cards, two titans stand poised for battle: the NVIDIA RTX 4070 vs AMD RX 7700 XT. In this article, we compared both GPUs to see if either card makes sense for the average consumer.


Gaming Performance Benchmarks

To help evaluate the capabilities of the RX 7700 XT vs RTX 4070, we put both cards in our test bench with the following specifications:

Testing Rig

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 Performance
Cyberpunk 2077 @1440p RT on, Ultra Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • While playing Cyberpunk 2077, the RX 7700 XT got an average framerate of only 23 FPS, whilst the RTX 4070 was around 60% faster with a framerate of 37 FPS.
  • The 1% lows put the final nail in the coffin as the framerate dropped to 19 FPS in demanding scenes on the RX 7700 XT, whereas the RTX 4070 had 1% lows of 29 FPS.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Performance
Hogwarts Legacy @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Hogwarts Legacy ran around 4.4% better on the RTX 4070 with a framerate of 70 FPS, whereas the RX 7700 XT got a framerate of around 67 FPS.
  • The RX 7700 XT outperformed its brother in terms of 1% lows, going as low as 60 FPS, whereas the RTX 4070 got down to around 58 FPS

The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us Performance
The Last Of Us @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The Last Of Us at Ultra settings ran about 10% better on the RTX 4070. The RX 7700 XT got an average framerate of around 77 FPS, whereas the RX 7700 XT could only get around 70 FPS.
  • 1% lows hovered around 59 FPS for the RTX 4070, whereas the RX 7700 XT got lows of around 49 FPS

Hitman 3

Hitman 3 Performance
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  • In my Hitman 3 gameplay, the RX 7700 XT got 166 FPS, whereas the RTX 4070 had an average framerate of around 172 FPS. The RTX 4070 was around 3.6% better.
  • 1% lows were identical between the two cards, with the RX 4070 getting down to 140 FPS at its lowest, whereas the RX 7700 XT got down to around 139 FPS.

Starfield

Starfield Performance
Starfield @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 4070 also stayed around 12.5% ahead of the RX 7700 XT in Starfield at the Ultra preset. AMD’s card had 54 FPS, whereas the RX 7700 XT got to around 48 FPS.
  • The 1% lows highlighted the difference. The 4070 dipped to 43 FPS, while the RX 7700 XT fell to around 36 FPS.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

 Microsoft Flight Simulator Performance
Microsoft Flight Simulator @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In Flight Sim 2020, the RTX 4070 led by 14.5%, averaging around 63 FPS compared to AMD’s card at 55 FPS.
  • In this test, both cards had similar 1% lows. The RX 7700 XT occasionally dropped to around 51 FPS, while the RTX 4070 saw a slightly larger dip to around 53 FPS.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • While playing the RDR2, it ran about 10% better on the Nvidia card at an average of around 130 FPS, whereas the AMD RX 7700 XT ran the game at around 118 FPS.
  • The RTX 4070 showed smoother 1% lows, albeit not significantly noticeable at high framerates. It dipped to 110 FPS, while the RX 7700 XT managed 98 FPS.

Remnant 2

Remnant 2 Performance
Remnant 2 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • During our Far Cry 6, the RTX 4070 had an average frame of 52 FPS at the Ultra quality preset, whereas the RX 7700 XT was a hair behind with a framerate of 51 FPS.
  • The difference in performance between the two cards was also pretty small in terms of their 1% lows. The RTX 4070 had a minimum framerate of 44 FPS, whereas the RX 7700 XT got a minimum of 43 FPS.

Witcher 3 – Next Generation

Witcher 3 Performance
Witcher 3 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • While playing Witcher 3, I observed the RTX 4070 was around 23% faster than the RX 7700 XT. The former got 74 FPS, whereas the RX 7700 XT averaged 60 FPS.
  • The 1% lows were close despite the large difference in average framerates. The RTX 4070 got a minimum framerate of 60 FPS, whereas the RX 7700 XT lowered to 54 FPS.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 performance
Forza Horizon 5 @1440p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Forza Horizon 5, the RTX 4070 had an average performance of around 130 FPS in our tests, whereas the RX 7700 XT performed around 10% worse with an average of 118 FPS.
  • In the last game of our testing, there was a notable difference in the 1% lows between the two cards. The RTX 4070 dropped to around 110 FPS in intense scenes, while the RX 7700 XT reached approximately 98 FPS.

Overall Gaming Performance

FeaturedRTX 4070RX 7700 XT
Average FPS78📈70📈
%1 lows70📉63 📉
Winner: NVIDIA's RTX 4070

In our comparison of 10 games at ultra settings, the RTX 4070 averaged 78 FPS, outpacing the RX 7700 XT at 70 FPS by about 12%. In 1% lows, the RX 7700 XT hit around 63 FPS, while the RTX 4070 dropped to around 70 FPS.


Power Consumption

FeaturedRTX 4070 (W)RX 7700 XT (W)
Average Power Consumption189⚡️214⚡️
Winner: NVIDIA's RTX 4070

The RX 7700 XT, consumes less power than its competition at around 189 watts, instead of the 214 watts that the RX 7700 XT consumes on average. The power efficiency of the RX 7700 XT is around 22% lower than the RTX 4070.


Temperatures

FeaturedRTX 4070 (°C)RX 7700 XT (°C)
Average Temperature 62🌡️56🌡️
Winner: AMD's RX 7700 XT

In our testing, the RTX 4070 peaked at around 62°C on average, whereas the RX 7700 XT had a much lower average temperature of 56°C. This rather significant temperature difference can be attributed to our variant of the RX 7700 XT having an overbuilt cooler despite having a relatively lower TDP.


Price And Availability

GPUMSRPCurrent Price
NVIDIA RTX 4070💲600💲549
AMD RX 7700 XT💲449💲449
Difference28.7%20%

The difference between the MSRP of both stands at 28.7%, while the current price difference remains at 20%. This suggests that despite the reduction in price for the RTX 4070, it still retains a higher percentage difference from its initial price compared to the RX 7700 XT. 


Final Verdict – What We Recommend?

NVIDIA RTX 4070: The RTX 4070 is a top choice for gamers seeking cutting-edge technology and superior gaming experiences. Boasting a higher base clock speed, faster VRAM, and overall better gaming performance than its competitor, the RTX 4070 sets a new standard for high-end graphics cards.

AMD RX 7700 XT: While the RX 7700 XT offers respectable performance and a more affordable price point, it falls short compared to the RTX 4070 regarding raw performance and features. Despite its slightly lower power consumption and cooler temperatures, the RX 7700 XT struggles to match the performance and efficiency of the RTX 4070, making it a less compelling option for gamers seeking top-tier performance.

Gamers prioritizing top-tier performance and cutting-edge technology may prefer the NVIDIA RTX 4070, while those seeking a more budget-friendly option with respectable performance might consider the AMD RX 7700 XT.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the RX 7700 XT use more power than the RTX 4070 despite having worse performance?

The RTX 4070 uses very efficient technologies in its design, giving it exceptional performance without a huge power draw.

Is the RX 7700 XT substantially newer than the RTX 4070?

The RX 7700 XT is around 5 months more recent than the RTX 4070, but this doesn’t matter much as both cards are from the same generation.

How low will the price of the RX 7700 XT go after the initial sales?

Nothing is confirmed now, but a price drop is expected to bring the RX 7700 XT in the same price bracket as the RTX 4060 Ti.


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