NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 vs AMD Radeon RX 6800

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1500
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 14000
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon RX 6800
Radeon RX 6800
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1815
  • Max video memory 16 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 16000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 620$
Games supported 100%

General info

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

Place in performance rating1216
Place by popularity34no data
Value for money46.2340.28
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)Navi / RDNA2 (2020−2022)
GPU code nameAmpere GA104Navi 21
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date16 September 2020 (2 years ago)18 November 2020 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$499 $579
Current price$578 (1.2x MSRP)$620 (1.1x MSRP)
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost 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. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores58883840
Core clock speed1500 MHz1815 MHz
Boost clock speed1725 MHz2105 MHz
Number of transistors17,400 million26,800 million
Manufacturing process technology8 nm7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)220 Watt250 Watt
Texture fill rate317.4505.2

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).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
Length242 mm267 mm
Width2-slot2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 12-pin2x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount8 GB16 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit256 Bit
Memory clock speed14000 MHz16000 MHz
Memory bandwidth448.0 GB/s512.0 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 (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). 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 Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
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API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.56.5
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL2.02.0
Vulkan1.21.2
CUDA8.5no data

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.

RTX 3070 75.37
+5.9%
RX 6800 71.19
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

RTX 3070 22287
+5.9%
RX 6800 21049

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 3070 43005
RX 6800 52384
+21.8%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 3070 88744
RX 6800 97749
+10.1%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3070 154864
RX 6800 189456
+22.3%

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3070 25739
RX 6800 33415
+29.8%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3070 31020
RX 6800 43786
+41.2%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

RTX 3070 502470
+5.6%
RX 6800 475862

Gaming performance

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

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD150
−8.7%
163
+8.7%
1440p106
−5.7%
112
+5.7%
4K70
−2.9%
72
+2.9%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 147
+86.1%
79
−86.1%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 125
+76.1%
70−75
−76.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 100
−105%
205
+105%
Battlefield 5 149
+110%
70−75
−110%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 139
+75.9%
79
−75.9%
Far Cry 5 149
+5.7%
141
−5.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 124
+1.6%
122
−1.6%
Forza Horizon 4 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Hitman 3 171
+141%
70−75
−141%
Horizon Zero Dawn 153
−32%
202
+32%
Red Dead Redemption 2 156
+120%
70−75
−120%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 167
−19.8%
200
+19.8%
Watch Dogs: Legion 121
+5.2%
115
−5.2%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 107
+50.7%
70−75
−50.7%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 87
−97.7%
172
+97.7%
Battlefield 5 132
+85.9%
70−75
−85.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 126
+59.5%
79
−59.5%
Far Cry 5 142
+6%
134
−6%
Far Cry New Dawn 121
+2.5%
118
−2.5%
Forza Horizon 4 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Hitman 3 166
+134%
70−75
−134%
Horizon Zero Dawn 130
−29.2%
168
+29.2%
Metro Exodus 120
−15%
138
+15%
Red Dead Redemption 2 98
+38%
70−75
−38%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 158
−19.6%
189
+19.6%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 230
−20.4%
277
+20.4%
Watch Dogs: Legion 111
+6.7%
104
−6.7%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 81
+14.1%
70−75
−14.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 78
−108%
162
+108%
Battlefield 5 119
+67.6%
70−75
−67.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 102
+30.8%
78
−30.8%
Far Cry 5 134
+6.3%
126
−6.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 107
+0%
107
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 121
−28.9%
156
+28.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 85
−3.5%
88
+3.5%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Hitman 3 140
+97.2%
70−75
−97.2%
Horizon Zero Dawn 107
−20.6%
129
+20.6%
Metro Exodus 75
−14.7%
86
+14.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 63
−12.7%
70−75
+12.7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 114
−17.5%
134
+17.5%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 68
−4.4%
70−75
+4.4%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65
−122%
144
+122%
Battlefield 5 103
+45.1%
70−75
−45.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 62
−12.9%
70
+12.9%
Far Cry 5 119
−5%
125
+5%
Far Cry New Dawn 101
−5%
106
+5%
Forza Horizon 4 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 66
−9.1%
72
+9.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Hitman 3 78
+9.9%
70−75
−9.9%
Horizon Zero Dawn 69
−1.4%
70
+1.4%
Metro Exodus 49
−12.2%
55
+12.2%
Red Dead Redemption 2 43
−65.1%
70−75
+65.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 62
−12.9%
70
+12.9%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 90
−7.8%
97
+7.8%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 48
−47.9%
70−75
+47.9%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 43
−130%
99
+130%
Battlefield 5 70
−1.4%
70−75
+1.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 30
−6.7%
32
+6.7%
Far Cry 5 70
−28.6%
90
+28.6%
Far Cry New Dawn 71
−21.1%
86
+21.1%
Forza Horizon 4 75−80
+5.6%
70−75
−5.6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 38
−18.4%
45
+18.4%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 75.37 71.19
Novelty 16 September 2020 18 November 2020
Cost $499 $579
Pipelines / CUDA cores 5888 3840
Memory bandwidth 448 512
Chip lithography 8 nm 7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 220 Watt 250 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

and

AMD Radeon RX 6800
AMD Radeon RX 6800

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3070 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3070 from AMD is Radeon RX 6800, which is slower by 6% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon RX 6800 by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 6800 from NVIDIA is RTX A4500, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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