RTX 3080 vs RTX 3070

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1450
  • Max video memory 10240
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 19000
  • Maximum resolution
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
Price now 578$
Games supported 100%

General info

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

Place in performance rating712
Place by popularity7634
Value for money34.2146.23
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)Ampere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameAmpere GA102Ampere GA104
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date16 September 2020 (2 years ago)16 September 2020 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$699 $499
Current price$828 (1.2x MSRP)$578 (1.2x 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 cores87045888
Core clock speed1450 MHz1500 MHz
Boost clock speed1710 MHz1725 MHz
Number of transistors28,300 million17,400 million
Manufacturing process technology8 nm8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)320 Watt220 Watt
Texture fill rate465.1317.4

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).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
Length285 mm242 mm
Width2-slot2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 12-pin1x 12-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 typeGDDR6XGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount10 GB8 GB
Memory bus width320 Bit256 Bit
Memory clock speed19000 MHz14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth760.3 GB/s448.0 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, 3x DisplayPort
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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
CUDA8.58.5

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.

RTX 3080 85.19
+13%
RTX 3070 75.37
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

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 3080 25189
+13%
RTX 3070 22287

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 3080 53713
+24.9%
RTX 3070 43005

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 3080 91747
+3.4%
RTX 3070 88744

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 3080 188064
+21.4%
RTX 3070 154864

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3080 31709
+23.2%
RTX 3070 25739

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 3080 39257
+26.6%
RTX 3070 31020

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

RTX 3080 181140
+34.1%
RTX 3070 135064

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 3080 529548
+5.4%
RTX 3070 502470

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 3080 125061
+25.2%
RTX 3070 99895

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 3080 202162
+35%
RTX 3070 149734

Benchmark coverage: 3%

RTX 3080 165
RTX 3070 188
+13.9%

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 69
RTX 3070 76
+10.9%

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 13
+2.3%
RTX 3070 13

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 44
+0.7%
RTX 3070 44

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 121
+5.8%
RTX 3070 115

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 70
+15.2%
RTX 3070 61

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 17.4
+35.9%
RTX 3070 12.8

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3080 190
+18.8%
RTX 3070 160

Benchmark coverage: 1%

RTX 3080 276
+3.7%
RTX 3070 266

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 HD165
+10%
150
−10%
1440p126
+18.9%
106
−18.9%
4K91
+30%
70
−30%

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 85−90
−72.9%
147
+72.9%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
−47.1%
125
+47.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 111
+11%
100
−11%
Battlefield 5 172
+15.4%
149
−15.4%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 138
−0.7%
139
+0.7%
Far Cry 5 157
+5.4%
149
−5.4%
Far Cry New Dawn 129
+4%
124
−4%
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Hitman 3 172
+0.6%
171
−0.6%
Horizon Zero Dawn 166
+8.5%
153
−8.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 152
−2.6%
156
+2.6%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 194
+16.2%
167
−16.2%
Watch Dogs: Legion 134
+10.7%
121
−10.7%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
−25.9%
107
+25.9%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 96
+10.3%
87
−10.3%
Battlefield 5 156
+18.2%
132
−18.2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 134
+6.3%
126
−6.3%
Far Cry 5 150
+5.6%
142
−5.6%
Far Cry New Dawn 124
+2.5%
121
−2.5%
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Hitman 3 167
+0.6%
166
−0.6%
Horizon Zero Dawn 149
+14.6%
130
−14.6%
Metro Exodus 128
+6.7%
120
−6.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 119
+21.4%
98
−21.4%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 187
+18.4%
158
−18.4%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 303
+31.7%
230
−31.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 119
+7.2%
111
−7.2%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
+4.9%
81
−4.9%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 88
+12.8%
78
−12.8%
Battlefield 5 145
+21.8%
119
−21.8%
Cyberpunk 2077 131
+28.4%
102
−28.4%
Far Cry 5 140
+4.5%
134
−4.5%
Far Cry New Dawn 112
+4.7%
107
−4.7%
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 149
+23.1%
121
−23.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 101
+18.8%
85
−18.8%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Hitman 3 164
+17.1%
140
−17.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 131
+22.4%
107
−22.4%
Metro Exodus 95
+26.7%
75
−26.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 84
+33.3%
63
−33.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 150
+31.6%
114
−31.6%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
+25%
68
−25%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 76
+16.9%
65
−16.9%
Battlefield 5 124
+20.4%
103
−20.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 86
+38.7%
62
−38.7%
Far Cry 5 135
+13.4%
119
−13.4%
Far Cry New Dawn 107
+5.9%
101
−5.9%
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 81
+22.7%
66
−22.7%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Hitman 3 109
+39.7%
78
−39.7%
Horizon Zero Dawn 89
+29%
69
−29%
Metro Exodus 65
+32.7%
49
−32.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 56
+30.2%
43
−30.2%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 86
+38.7%
62
−38.7%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 115
+27.8%
90
−27.8%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
+77.1%
48
−77.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 52
+20.9%
43
−20.9%
Battlefield 5 91
+30%
70
−30%
Cyberpunk 2077 43
+43.3%
30
−43.3%
Far Cry 5 94
+34.3%
70
−34.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 89
+25.4%
71
−25.4%
Forza Horizon 4 85−90
+13.3%
75−80
−13.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 54
+42.1%
38
−42.1%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 85.19 75.37
Cost $699 $499
Memory bus width 320 256
Pipelines / CUDA cores 8704 5888
Memory bandwidth 760.3 448
Thermal design power (TDP) 320 Watt 220 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3080 by AMD

The nearest GeForce RTX 3080's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is faster by 3% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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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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