NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 vs RTX 3070

General info

Comparison of GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.54
 
2.97
Architecture
Ampere
 
Ampere
Code name
GA102
 
GA104
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
1 September 2020
 
1 September 2020
Launch price (MSRP)
$699
 
$499
Price now
$1391
 
$1071

Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
8704
 
5888
Core clock speed
1450 MHz
 
1500 MHz
Boost Clock
1710 MHz
 
1725 MHz
Transistor count
28,300 million
 
17,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
8 nm
 
8 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
320 Watt
 
220 Watt
Texture fill rate
465.1
 
317.4

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 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 4.0 x16
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
285 mm
 
242 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 12-pin
 
1x 12-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070: 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
GDDR6X
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
10 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
320 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
19000 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
760.3 GB/s
 
448.0 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI
+
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 Ultimate (12_2)
 
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
2.0
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.2
 
1.2
CUDA
8.5
 
8.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RTX 3080 94.59 +11.1%
RTX 3070 85.14

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

RTX 3080 589024 +22.9%
RTX 3070 479404

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

RTX 3080 202725 +30.7%
RTX 3070 155091

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RTX 3080 33440 +27.1%
RTX 3070 26306

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

RTX 3080 40910 +31.6%
RTX 3070 31096

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

RTX 3080 47287 +16.3%
RTX 3070 40646

3DMark Vantage Performance

RTX 3080 93066 +8.8%
RTX 3070 85505

Passmark

RTX 3080 23628 +11.1%
RTX 3070 21267

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

11.1% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (320 vs 256 bit)
More pipelines (8704 vs 5888)
Higher memory bandwidth (760.3 vs 448 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

Cheaper ($499 vs $699)
Less power hungry (220 vs 320 watts)

So, RTX 3080 or RTX 3070?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080.
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