RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?

JT JT 14 December 2020
RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?

Is it worth paying $100 more  to get Nvidia’s RTX 3070,   or are you going to be just fine with the 3060 Ti? I’ve compared both in 13 games at 4K, 1440p,   and 1080p as well as content creator  workloads to help you decide which to pick.

Spec Differences

RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?Starting with the spec differences, both cards  have 8 gig of GDDR6 memory at the same speed.   The 3070 is rated 20 watts higher but has a  higher boost clock speed and 21% more CUDA cores,   but has a $100 higher MSRP as a result,   though actual prices could differ depending  on availability issues that exist near launch.

Test PC Setup

RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?This is the system that I’m using to test out  both graphics cards, so an overclocked i9-10900K   at 5.2GHz with 32gb of DDR4-3200 CL14 memory in  dual channel.  We’ll first dig into the gaming results,   then check out cost per frame, power draw,  and content creator workloads afterwards.

Gaming benchmarks

Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested  in the Sydney landing challenge.  RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More? There was more of a difference seen  in the 1% lows, at 1080p the 1%   low from the 3070 was 17% higher than the 3060  Ti, however the average FPS was just 9% higher. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested  using the games benchmark,   and the differences were similar with the 3070  10% faster in average frame rate at 1080p,   and similar differences at  the higher resolutions too. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?Battlefield 5 saw an above average difference  between the two, but despite that there’s   still not too much difference. Even at 4K  the 3060 Ti was still able to pass 60 FPS   with the highest ultra setting preset. The  3070 was 20% faster than the 3060 Ti here,   the largest difference at 4K  out of the 13 games tested.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was  tested with the games built in   benchmark. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?The 3060 Ti wasn’t quite  able to pass 60 FPS at 4K this time,   unlike the 3070, but again I’m testing  the highest setting presets here which   you could of course lower, but this does mean  the 3070 was reaching 15% higher frame rate.

For Control I’ll start with ray tracing  off results. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?Both were somewhat usable   at 4K but not amazing, 1440p ran a lot  better, at least with high settings. The   3070 was reaching 16% higher average FPS at this  resolution, and 13% higher at the lower 1080p. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?With ray tracing on 1440p was still playable on  both, though 1080p was a smoother experience with   the 3070 running 11% faster. This game does  of course have DLSS which will further boost   performance on both graphics cards, I just  wanted to see raw ray tracing only results. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?Dirt 5 was also tested with and without  ray tracing. Without ray tracing there’s   generally a below average difference here, the  3070 was reaching 13% higher average FPS at 4K.RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?With ray tracing enabled frame  rates are cut significantly,   probably not too worthwhile given even 1080p  is below 60 FPS on both cards, granted I’m   using max settings which could be lowered, but  for comparison's sake the 3070 was 7% ahead. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?I’ve tested Metro Exodus with  the game's benchmark tool,   the differences in 1% low were much  smaller when compared to the averages   which seems pretty typical with this game  based on other comparisons I’ve done.RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More? Death Stranding on the other hand was another game  where the 3070’s 1% lows were a fair bit higher,   only a little behind the average FPS from  the 3060 Ti. At 1440p, the 1% low from the   3070 was 23% higher than the 3060 Ti, meanwhile  the difference to average FPS was lower at 11%. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?The Witcher 3 had the largest difference  between these two graphics cards at 1080p   and 1440p resolutions, with the 3070 16% and 17%   ahead of the 3060 Ti respectively. At 4K  there was a slightly larger 18% difference,   making this the second largest improvement on the  3070 out of the 13 games we’re looking at here.RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More? Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was tested with  the games benchmark, and this game had the   smallest difference out of all games. Basically no  change at 1080p, the 3070 was 5% ahead at 1440p,   and 8% ahead at 4K, so yeah probably not  worth spending 25% more money on a 3070 for.RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More? The differences in Watch Dogs Legion were  very similar to the average differences   out of all games, so what we’re looking at here  is fairly representative of most games covered.   The 3070 is definitely faster, I just don’t  think there’s much difference in practice. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?Call of Duty Modern Warfare was tested in campaign  mode and only had small changes at 1080p, the 3070   was just 5% ahead in average FPS. Things pick up  a bit at 1440p though, where the 3070 was now 12%   faster, then 15% faster at 4K, so larger  differences at higher resolutions. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?Rainbow Six Siege was the only game tested  with Vulkan, and the performance differences   were a little above average with the 3070  when compared to the rest of the games,   but still the 3060 Ti is delivering great  results and isn’t too far behind in average FPS.   The biggest difference was to 1% low  at 1440p, where the 3070 was 37% ahead.

1080p Gaming Results

RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?At 1080p on average over all 13 games tested  the 3070 was 10% faster than the 3060 Ti   in average FPS. Results could vary a fair  bit based on the specific game though,   with as little as a 2% gain with Assassin’s  Creed down the bottom of the graph,   or up to a 16% boost in The Witcher 3 up the top.

1440p Gaming Results

Stepping up to 1440p and the 3070  was now 12.5% faster than the 3060 Ti   on average. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?This trend of bigger differences at  higher resolutions is expected as the GPU can   get to work and system limitations  depend less on other components.

4K Gaming Results

RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?This continues at 4K, where the 3070 is now over  14% faster than the 3060 Ti on average. Best case,   Battlefield 5 was 20% ahead with the 3070 at the  top of this graph, while Assassin’s Creed was   still stuck at the bottom, though it wasn’t just a  small 2% change anymore as was the case at 1080p.

Cost Per Frame

RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More? The 3060 Ti is able to deliver better value  in terms of cost per frame. It’s $100 less,   but as we’ve seen for the most part  the difference in frame rates isn’t   all that large. The 3060 Ti is still  definitely offering good performance,   so combined with a better price  it’s just a better value pick.

Power Draw

RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?When looking at total system power draw  from the wall, the 3070 was drawing less   than 7% more wattage in Control at 4K. With  this extra power, the 3070 was also reaching   17% higher average FPS in this game which  certainly sounds better in terms of efficiency.

Performance Per Watt

RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?The performance per watt measurements aren’t  perfect as I’m taking the wattage numbers from   the last graph which is one game and applying them  to the average frame rates of all 13 games tested,   so take this as an approximation. The  3070 is performing better in all games,   but based on power draw results in control at 4K,   it doesn’t need too much extra power to achieve  this, so the 3070 is winning in this aspect.

Content creator workloads

Not with gaming covered let’s also take  a look at some content creator workloads. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?I’ve tested DaVinci Resolve with  the Puget Systems benchmark. The   difference was very small, with the 3070  scoring just 2% higher than the 3060 Ti.RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More? My Adobe Premiere export test was actually  consistently a little faster on the 3060 Ti,   but it’s only a 13 second  difference in a 9 minute render,   so again nothing major and  kind of margin of error stuff. RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More?The V-Ray benchmark was only scoring 4% higher  on the 3070. Both of these offer huge gains   compared to older Turing graphics cards if  you’ve caught any of my previous comparisons,   but relative to each other  there’s not much difference.RTX 3060 Ti vs 3070 - Is 3070 Worth $100 More? Blender was tested with the Open Data  Benchmark. The longer classroom test   was completing 11% faster with the 3070,  while the shorter BMW test was 9% faster,   or just 3 seconds, again nothing too large.

Conclusion

So as expected, the more expensive 3070  outperforms the 3060 Ti, but in many of   the games tested, I don’t think it’s that big  of a difference that you’d notice in practice,   and the same deal in content creator workloads.

Assuming MSRP, to get the 3070 you’re paying 25%   more money for a 10% boost in games at 1080p,  or 12 and a half percent boost at 1440p.   That percentage difference becomes smaller  in the context of an entire new system,   that’s more relevant if you’re  only upgrading the graphics card. Unless you’re going for high resolution  gaming like 4K and have the money,   honestly I think the 3060 Ti is the better value  pick for most people, it still performs very well.

You could argue the 3070  has better power efficiency,   and hey if you’re going to be smashing the GPU  for hours every day and pay a lot for power   then over a long period of time  the 3070 may be more worthwhile.

I’ve actually compared it  against the 2080 Super from   last generation, as Nvidia  were saying that the 3060 Ti beats it,   so definitely check out that review if you  want to get an idea of how well the 3060   Ti compares to the more expensive options from  last generation.

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