NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming At 4K, Ultrawide & With RTX On

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by Rob Williams on November 3, 2020 in Graphics & Displays

With NVIDIA’s new $499 GeForce RTX 3070 in-hand, we’re taking a look at gaming performance across a wide-range of games, including some sporting ray tracing features. NVIDIA promises a card that goes up against last-gen’s $1,199 RTX 2080 Ti, and overall, it delivers on that.

Page 3 – UL 3DMark & Unigine Superposition

3DMark: DX11 & DX12 Performance

UL 3DMark Fire Strike 4K Graphics Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)
UL 3DMark Fire Strike 1080p Graphics Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)
UL 3DMark Time Spy 4K Graphics Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)

According to 3DMark, the RTX 3070 trades blows with the RTX 2080 Ti, which probably shouldn’t be a surprise at this point. Compared to the last-gen cards, especially the 2070 SUPER that occupied the 3070’s $499 price-point, huge generational gains (~40%) in performance can be seen.

3DMark: RT, DLSS & VRS Performance

UL 3DMark Port Royal Ray Tracing Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)
UL 3DMark DLSS Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)
UL 3DMark Variable Rate Shading Tier 1 Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)
UL 3DMark Variable Rate Shading Tier 2 Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)

While 3DMark’s main tests earlier showed the 3070 and 2080 Ti to trade blows pretty evenly, the RTX 3070 falls short of the 2080 Ti’s performance in each one of these specific subtests, including ray tracing. We have to imagine that the Ti’s extra 3GB of memory helps in some cases here. We’ll be scraping these results after this article in preparation for the next launch, and will update the DLSS test to DLSS 2.0, as well as introduce a just-released ray tracing test that touts support for the new Radeons.

VRMark: Cyan & Blue Room

UL VRMark Cyan Room Frame Rate (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)
UL VRMark Blue Room Frame Rate (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)

VRMark seems to agree with 3DMark’s feature tests, in that the RTX 3070 is going to sit behind the 2080 Ti in most of these intense graphics battles. It’s really hard to consider that a bad thing given the price of the new card, but it’s also hard to not keep drawing comparisons between the two since they so often align on the performance ladder.

Superposition: 1080p Extreme Performance

Unigine Superposition 1080p Extreme Score (NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070)

We’re foregoing our 4K Superposition test this go-around due to a bug we discovered in our testing scripts, but at 1080p, the RTX 3070 seems to be favored over the RTX 2080 Ti, but only by a super slight positional measurement. In this test, the 3070 comes out 36% ahead of last-gen’s RTX 2070 SUPER.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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