Speaking in regards to the RTX 3070, Nvidia’s newest $499 GPU launching Thursday, October 29, is hard when it comes to the timing of as we speak’s evaluation embargo. As of proper now, the RTX 3070 is the best GPU on this worth sector by a big margin. In 24 hours, that would change—maybe drastically.

Forward of AMD’s big October 28 event, devoted to its RDNA 2 GPU line, Nvidia gave us an RTX 3070 Founders Version to check nonetheless we noticed match. That is the GPU Nvidia completely wanted to disclose earlier than AMD reveals up in (expectedly) the identical worth and energy vary.

Within an Nvidia-only bubble, this new GPU is a sensation. Just about each main RTX 2000-series card overshot with proprietary guarantees as an alternative of providing brute power value its inflated prices. But with out AMD nipping at its heels, Nvidia’s annoying technique gave the impression to be the proper name: the corporate established the RTX sequence’ unique bonus processing cores as a serious business choice with out opposition, then bought to attend a full 12 months earlier than competing with important energy jumps and delectable worth cuts.

Final month’s RTX 3080 noticed that technique bear unimaginable fruit—even when ordering that $799 GPU is nonetheless seemingly not possible. However what occurs when Nvidia scales down the Ampere 7nm promise to a $499 product that extra individuals can afford? And the way will that evaluate to no matter AMD possible has to supply in the identical vary?

Future-proofing across the 1440p threshold

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We are able to solely reply a few of these questions as we speak. (Till Nvidia proves in any other case, we assume that availability will proceed to be a large asterisk for this and all different RTX 3000-series playing cards.) In excellent news, a minimum of, the RTX 3070 will get off to a roaring begin by rendering its 2019 sibling, the RTX 2070 Tremendous, moot. Each debuted at $499, however the newer choice sometimes approaches, and sometimes bests, the RTX 2080 Ti (whose $1,199 MSRP in 2018 certain appears like a kick within the ray-traced enamel these days).

However RTX 3070’s price-to-performance ratio comes with one important caveat: a not-so-future-proofed VRAM capability of 8GB, delivery within the not-as-blistering class of GDDR6. That matches the most effective RTX 2000-series playing cards however is surpassed by higher-speed GDDR6x VRAM in pricier RTX 3000-series GPUs.

RTX 3080 FE RTX 3070 FE RTX 2080 Ti FE RTX 2080 Tremendous RTX 2070 Tremendous GTX 1080 Ti
CUDA Cores 8,704 5,888 4,352 3,072 2,560 3,584
Texture
Models
272 184 272 192 184
ROPs 96 96 88 64 64 88
Tensor cores 272
(Third-gen)
184
(Third-gen)
544 384 320 n/a
RT cores 68
(2nd-gen)
46
(2nd-gen)
68 48 40 n/a
Core Clock 1,440MHz 1,500MHz 1,350MHz 1,650MHz 1,605MHz 1,480MHz
Increase Clock 1,710MHz 1,725MHz 1,635MHz 1,815MHz 1,770MHz 1,582MHz
Reminiscence Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit
Reminiscence Pace 19GHz 14GHz 14GHz 15.5GHz 14GHz 11GHz
Reminiscence Bandwidth 760GB/s 448GB/s 616GB/s 496GB/s 448GB/s 484GB/s
Reminiscence Measurement 10GB GDDR6X 8GB GDDR6 11GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 11GB GDDR5X
TDP 320W 220W 260W 250W 215W 250W
MSRP at launch $699 $499 $1,199 $699 $499 $699

The factor is, “future-proofed” for PC gaming is relative. What is going on to matter in 3D processing within the close to future, each for the video games you’re keen on and the techniques you run them on? In the event you’re set on having the crispest native 4K rendering for the foreseeable future, the RTX would not leapfrog over the 2080 Ti, significantly with a VRAM allotment that would stress any video games that ship with 4K-specific texture packs.

However should you’re favoring a lower-resolution panel, maybe 1440p or a widescreen 1440p variant—and Steam’s worldwide stats make {that a} protected assumption—then your model of future-proofing revolves extra round processing energy and ray-tracing potential. In these respects, the RTX 3070 presently appears just like the tippy-top choice for a “top-of-the-line” 1440p system… with the bonus of Nvidia’s Deep Studying Tremendous-Sampling (DLSS) for surprisingly aggressive constancy in 4K resolutions, ought to players improve their monitor between now and the following GPU technology. (Till AMD reveals us in any other case, Nvidia’s proprietary DLSS 2.0 pipeline stays the business’s main upscaling choice, and recreation studios have began embracing it in droves.)

In different phrases, should you’re extra concerned about excessive body charges on resolutions lower than 4K, and also you need GPU overkill for such a CPU-bound gaming state of affairs, the RTX 3070 is that this 12 months’s finest breathing-room choice for the worth… a minimum of, except AMD declares an much more compelling proposition on October 28.

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