The RTX 4070 is Nvidia’s new generation mid-range GPU that replaces the 3090 and seems to be winning out against its older counterpart. Let’s take a look at some of the key specs and benchmarks to see what makes this card tick.
The GPU has 5888 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM. That’s a pretty impressive amount of memory for a graphics card of this price. This should allow the RTX 4070 to handle most modern games at 4K resolution with high-quality settings. The only real bottleneck here is the 12GB of VRAM, which could become an issue if you’re using a lot of graphical settings that require a lot of RAM (like tesselation and advanced anti-aliasing methods).
Benchmark results published online show that the RTX 4070 beats the 3090 TI in 3DMark Vantage performance. It also outperforms the older model in various other tests. This is not a definitive proof of the RTX 4070’s superiority over the 3090, however, as some of the test results are heavily influenced by driver optimizations and can only provide a partial correlation with peak theoretical TFLOPS performance.
The RTX 4070’s upcoming successor, the Ada Lovelace GPU, is expected to exceed the RTX 4070’s performance and bring 2022 flagship performance down to more affordable levels. It will have a smaller silicon die, higher clock speeds and improved efficiency that should lower its bill of materials. The purported 300W TDP will be a big drawback for some, however.