GTX 1660 Super vs RTX 3070

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.79
 
1.15
Architecture
Turing
 
Ampere
GPU code name
Turing TU116
 
Ampere GA104
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
29 October 2019 (1 year ago)
 
16 September 2020 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$229
 
$499
Price now
$734
 
$1963

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1408
 
5888
Core clock speed
1530 MHz
 
1500 MHz
Boost clock
1785 MHz
 
1725 MHz
Transistor count
6,600 million
 
17,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
125 Watt
 
220 Watt
Texture fill rate
157.1
 
317.4

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
229 mm
 
242 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 8-pin
 
1x 12-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR6
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
14000 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
336.0 GB/s
 
448.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones. OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI
+
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.2
CUDA
7.5
 
8.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1660 Super 48.41
RTX 3070 83.00 +71.5%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 1660 Super 474128
RTX 3070 490937 +3.5%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 1660 Super 89616
RTX 3070 154864 +72.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1660 Super 14738
RTX 3070 27095 +83.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

GTX 1660 Super 15531
RTX 3070 31096 +100.2%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

GTX 1660 Super 21347
RTX 3070 43359 +103.1%

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

GTX 1660 Super 60318
RTX 3070 87125 +44.4%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

GTX 1660 Super 55
RTX 3070 66 +20%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

GTX 1660 Super 8
RTX 3070 13 +62.5%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

GTX 1660 Super 82
RTX 3070 155 +89%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01

GTX 1660 Super 30
RTX 3070 38 +26.7%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

GTX 1660 Super 131
RTX 3070 171 +30.5%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

GTX 1660 Super 8
RTX 3070 12.5 +56.3%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

GTX 1660 Super 38
RTX 3070 59 +55.3%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

GTX 1660 Super 63
RTX 3070 112 +77.8%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

GTX 1660 Super 149
RTX 3070 266 +78.5%

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 1660 Super 12665
RTX 3070 21715 +71.5%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super

Cheaper ($734 vs $1963)

Lower power consumption (125 vs 220 watts)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

71.5% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests

Somewhat newer (16 September 2020 vs 29 October 2019)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

More pipelines (5888 vs 1408)

Higher memory bandwidth (448 vs 336 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (8 vs 12 nm)

So, GTX 1660 Super or RTX 3070?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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