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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Founders Edition Review

The GeForce RTX 4070 is set to hit the retail market in less than 24 hours. We tested the $599 GPU across 13 games and got some interesting results. On paper, the RTX 4070 is 40% weaker than the RTX 4080 in terms of shader strength with a delta of 30% in memory bandwidth. Going by the MSRP, the RTX 4070 should costs half as much as the RTX 4080.

GPUNvidia RTX 4060 TiNVIDIA RTX 3060 TiAMD Radeon RX 7600AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT
GPU DieAD106GA104Navi 33Navi 32
SMs60764654
Cores4,3524,8642,0483,456
RT Cores34383254
Tensor Cores136152NANA
Base clock2,310 MHz1,410 MHz1,720MHz2,171MHz (Game)
Boost clock2,535 MHz1,665 MHz2,655MHz2,544MHz
Bus Width128-bit256-bit128-bit192-bit
Bandwidth288GB/s448GB/s288GB/s432GB/s
Memory8GB GDDR68GB GDDR68GB GDDR612GB GDDR6
Memory Clocks18Gbps14Gbps18Gbps18Gbps
TBP160W200W165W245W
LL Cache32MB L24MB L232MB L348MB L3
MSRP$399$326$269$449

Test Bench

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D
  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus X670 Hero
  • Memory: 16GB x2 @ 6000MT/s
  • Cooler: Noctua NH-D15

NVIDIA RTX 4070 vs RTX 3070 Ti: 1080p Benchmarks

As we saw with the RTX 4070 Ti, the performance varies substantially from game to game. In Plague Tale Requiem, we see the RTX 4080 lead the RTX 4070 by over 90% at 1080p while Crysis Remastered nets a delta of less than 10%. Dying Light 2 behaves similarly granting a lead of over 90% to the RTX 4080. In ray-traced games, the RTX 4080 is generally 40% to 60% faster than the RTX 4070.

The RTX 4070 leads the RTX 3070 Ti by just 9% in Plague Tale rasterization. Enabling raytracing pushes the delta to 18%. In most rasterized games, there’s a nominal difference between the two GPUs. Raytraced games see the RTX 4070 lead the 3070 Ti by 10% to 20% with some outliers extending it to ~25%.

NVIDIA RTX 4070 vs RTX 3070 Ti: 1440p Benchmarks

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Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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