GeForce 4070 ti vs 3080, GeForce RTX 3080

Today, we will compare the RTX 40 series GPU to the GeForce RTX 3080 10GB (4070 ti vs 3080), a previous generation GPU now two and a half years old, following up on our last mega benchmark involving the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. Of course, we’ll test 50 games, using multiple configurations to test some titles with ray tracing and upscaling enabled in some cases.

4070 ti vs 3080: The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti

is the company’s middle-of-the-road desktop GPU in the RTX 40 series. Before the release of the RTX 4060, the 4070 Ti was the cheapest RTX 40 GPU at a launch price of under $800.

With its 7,680 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM, and maximum clock speed of 2,760MHz through MSI Center or 2,745MHz in-game or silent modes, the MSI RTX 4070 Ti game X Trio 12G is a powerful mid-tier GPU. With so much video memory, these cards can easily handle even the most demanding games, even if they feature several high-resolution textures. This is especially true for more demanding 4K gaming experiences.

4070 ti vs 3080: GeForce RTX 3080

The Ampere generation powers the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, a high-end desktop graphics card. The big GA102 chip offers 8,704 shaders and 10 GB GDDR6X graphics memory.

The gaming performance in 4k surpasses the old GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, being approximately 15% faster. Therefore, maximum detail settings in 4k should run demanding games. However, enabling raytracing will reduce the framerate, making it impossible to play with full details.

Since the RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 3080 are in separate GPU families, you may be wondering what the point of this comparison is. However, companies like Nvidia and AMD frequently upsell gamers by utilizing their already established product families.

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Launching at $700 before the crypto boom, it is now practically hard to find a GeForce RTX 3080 at that price. At a later time, Nvidia decided to take advantage of the market by re-releasing the GA102 and GA104 processors with little improvements to their specifications, selling the RTX 3080 Ti for $1,200 and the RTX 3070 Ti for a more affordable $600.

Still, many gamers purchased a 10GB RTX 3080, and many are considering upgrading to an RTX 40 series product. Still, of course, the problem is that pricing… has increased significantly! The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti has a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $800, with most variants retailing for $850 or more. What’s more,
If you want the more desirable RTX 4080, you will have to pay $1,200 – they are supposed to be priced at the amount, but the actual cost is more like $1,300 (ugh).

You held off on purchasing a GPU during the crypto boom (good move!) and are now in the market for a new graphics card. RTX 2070 Ti GeForce
costs over $800, and if you can find it second-hand, the RTX 3080 may be an attractive purchase at around $500-$550. Depending on your current possessions, this upgrade may still be considerably faster and friendlier.

What advantages does the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti have over the RTX 3080 10GB? The RTX 3080 was released at a lower price than the RTX 4070 Ti, although the latter is now 14% more costly.
However, the die itself is 53% smaller. Despite this, it packs 27% more transistors due to upgrading the TSMC N4 process, a significant improvement over Samsung’s 8LPP.

The GeForce 4070 Ti increases the L2 cache by eight times, going from 6 MB to 48 MB. The core configuration has fewer CUDA cores, but the IPC has improved. The RTX 4070 Ti adds 2GB of VRAM, bringing the total to 12GB, but it significantly reduces memory bandwidth due to a more limited 192-bit wide bus. The RTX 3080 had a 320-bit wide bus, which, when paired with 19 Gbps memory, resulted in a bandwidth of 760 GB/s. However, this is a massive downgrade.

The RTX 4070 Ti utilizes faster 21 Gbps GDDR6X memory, but it experiences a significant 34% reduction in bandwidth due to the narrower bus, resulting in just 504 GB/s. We will be looking at the performance of the RTX 4070 Ti in memory-sensitive scenarios in our benchmarks. Let’s compare the 3080 and 4070 Ti across various games to see how they perform.

We powered our system for testing with the Ryzen 9 7950X3D but disabled the second CCD to ensure maximum performance. Essentially, we turned the CPU into the yet-to-be-released 7800X3D. I used the Gigabyte X670E Aorus Master motherboard with 32GB of DDR5-6000 CL30 memory and the display drivers. As usual, we’ll discuss data highlights for about a dozen games before we delve into the big breakdown graphs. I am interested in resolutions of 1440p and 4K.


We start by comparing Fortnite’s performance using DX11 with the Epic quality settings and no upscaling. In this scenario, the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti outperforms the RTX 3080 by 20% at 1440p. However, the difference is insignificant, and the performance improvement aligns with the price increase (MSRP at launch).

However, the newer RTX 4070 Ti significantly increases performance at 4K, with a 62% improvement from 52 fps to a much more desirable 84 fps. The RTX 3080 performs very jankily at 4K without upscaling, with 1% lows of 29 fps. The RTX 4070 Ti becomes a much more capable 4K gamer in this game.

I find this interesting. We typically find that Fortnite runs slower when using DX12. However, this may not be the case with slower CPUs. Additionally, slower GPUs are also affected by this.

The RTX 4070 Ti experienced a 32% drop in performance, with DX11 at 1440p, while the RTX 3080 experienced a 34% drop. Then, DX12 caused the 4070 Ti to run 26% slower at 4K, while the 3080 actually performed 2% faster, with a significant 59% improvement to 1% lows. DX12 is improving minimum frame rates by lowering overhead, but it is capping overall performance, at least in this example.

Enabling hardware ray tracing amplifies the problem caused by this DX12 limitation on high-end hardware, though we encounter more odd data. The 3080 is about 23% slower than the RTX 4070 Ti at 1440p, which aligns with previous data. However, the surprising results are the 4K performance similarities between the 3080 and 4070 Ti. While the DX12 results with RT disabled showed a 16% reduction in performance for the 4070 Ti, the 3080 only experienced a 4% decline.

Keep in mind that the regular results without ray tracing did not utilize upscaling, so this outcome may be due to setting the super-resolution to the quality mode for the ray tracing test. The RTX 3080 impressed us here, whatever the case may be.

Next up, the RTX 4070 Ti is showcased in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, surpassing the 3080 by 33% at 1440p and 30% at 4K. Ada Lovelace GPU, which is newer but also more expensive, has made substantial gains.

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the 4070 Ti outperforms the 3080 by a reasonably comfortable margin at 1440p (17% here), but it matches it at the more demanding 4K resolution. The difference in memory bandwidth almost certainly causes this, which plays a vital role as the resolution increases.

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Ray tracing enabled, along with FSR 2, shows a similar trend. The RTX 4070 Ti outperformed the RTX 3080 by 27% at 1440p, but despite this significant victory, it only had a 3% advantage at 4K.

The RTX 4070 Ti delivers 17% more frames at 1440p and 26% more frames at 4K, which is what you would typically expect to see in the F1 22 results. Clearly, this game doesn’t require a lot of memory, so the limited bandwidth of the 4070 Ti is not a problem.

We tested Warhammer 40,000: Darktide using the highest quality preset with ray tracing enabled. The RTX 3080 dipped below 60 fps at 1440p, and the 4070 Ti was found to be 18% faster.

The 4070 Ti had an average frame rate that was 33% higher at 4K, but both GPUs experienced stuttering issues with 1% lows of just 12 fps.

A Plague Tale: Requiem performed better on the 4070 Ti at both resolutions tested, with a 16% advantage at 1440p and a 10% advantage at 4K. The performance of the 4070 Ti begins to be limited by memory bandwidth at very high resolutions.

Next up, The Callisto Protocol showcases the 4070 Ti being 30% faster than the RTX 3080 at 1440p, while the margin reduces to 24% at 4K. The game uses FSR 2 with the ultra-quality preset, which is the default configuration, so we haven’t altered it – Needless to say, the native resolution would have lower frame rates.

As the resolution increases, the RTX 3080 performs much better compared to the RTX 4070 Ti in Atomic Heart. For example, the RTX 4070 Ti outperforms the 3080 by 36% at 1440p, which is a massive margin. Although it still maintains a 24% performance advantage at 4K, there is a significant reduction compared to the results at 1440p.

Interestingly, players can achieve much more competitive performance in Cyberpunk 2077, even when they turn off ray tracing. The RTX 4070 Ti achieved just a 10% increase in speed at 1440p with comparable 1% lows when using high-quality settings. Then, the performance at 4K was nearly identical, with 43 fps compared to 44 fps.

Although Ada Lovelace is expected to be more efficient when it comes to RT performance, these results may come as a surprise in light of what we witnessed in Cyberpunk with RT effects removed. The RTX 4070 Ti outperforms the RTX 3080 at both 1440p and 4K resolutions, displaying a 29% boost in speed at 1440p and a 22% increase at 4K.

We tested Hogwarts Legacy with and without ray tracing, similar to Cyberpunk 2077, and we’ll begin with the standard ultra results. Both tested resolutions reveal surprising similarities between the RTX 3080 and 4070 Ti, with the new Ada Lovelace GPU showing only a 6% faster performance at 1440p and a mere 4% faster performance at 4K.

The RTX 4070 Ti enables ray tracing and extends its lead to 12% at 1440p, averaging 65 fps. However, both models performed poorly and experienced stuttering issues in our test, as a 12GB VRAM buffer was not enough to handle 4K.

The latest Hogwarts Legacy patch still needs to address this issue if it has high-quality textures with the added load of ray tracing. In any case, our testing shows that the RTX 3080 visually suffers from a lot of compressed textures and significant pop-in, but it performs well at 1440p.

summarizing the performance.

Now, let’s compare the performance of the RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 3080 across all 50 tested games.

The RTX 4070 Ti GeForce outperforms the RTX 3080 10GB by an average of 21% at 1440p. If the RTX 4070 Ti didn’t have a considerably higher cost, this significant improvement would be a fantastic result.

The RTX 4070 Ti achieved maximum performance in all benchmarks for Forza Horizon 5, Atomic Heart, Modern Warfare 2, Dying Light 2 (without ray tracing), Gears 5, Halo Infinite, Hitman 3, and The Callisto Protocol.

When RT was disabled, the CPU had a slight advantage in games like ACC, CS: GO, PUBG, War Thunder, and Hogwarts Legacy.

The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti slightly reduces the overall margin to 18% at 4K resolution. DirectX 11 was the significant outlier in Fortnite, as it gave the 4070 Ti a massive 62% win. However, the newer GPU also performed very well in titles like Forza Horizon 5 and Modern Warfare II.

As expected, the results were less CPU-limited at 4K, but the RTX 4070 Ti also suffered more frequently due to its more limited memory bandwidth.

What We Learned.

Depending on the resolution, the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is faster than the RTX 3080 10GB by an average of 19%, and the difference can hit a peak of 30–40%. We didn’t find any games where the RTX 3080 was better than the 4070 Ti, but there were a few where they were very close.

Upon reviewing our day-one evaluation of the RTX 4070 Ti, we discovered that it outperformed the RTX 3080 10GB by an average of 21% at 4K. Despite increasing our game testing from 16 to 50 titles, we observed similar performance differences.

The value perspective demonstrates how underwhelming this latest GPU generation is, which is somewhat disappointing. The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti offers a mere 5% improvement in cost per frame compared to the RTX 3080 at MSRP, providing games with a similar level of value two and a half years later.

In fact, the RTX 4070 Ti typically costs $850 at present, making it 2% more expensive per frame compared to the older RTX 3080. However, DLSS 3 Frame Generation is included (that’s sarcasm right there). We are sure that spending more on a 4070 Ti or RTX 4080 will not be incentivized by that.

For the 4070 Ti to make sense, you need to be coming from an RTX 2080 or 2080 Super. MSRP used to be between $700 and $800, and even though they weren’t as good of a deal as the Pascal generation before them, switching from a 2080 series graphics card to a 4070 Ti for about the same price would give you a significant boost in absolute FPS.

Also, as we said in the beginning, if you have a much older GPU, you may find the RTX 3080 attractive at around $550 on eBay, as well as other related GPUs in AMD’s Radeon family, if you look around for used ones.

As we mentioned in our comparison of the Radeon RX 7900 XT and GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, these GPUs do not offer good value, but they currently provide the best performance in this tier. AMD and Nvidia are working together to make gamers give up, and if that’s true, things will not get better. At the same price point, GPU changes are likely to make sense only every 5 years or so, or at least that’s how it is now.

In other words, GeForce RTX 3080 owners should hold out for at least another generation. If games in a year or so are putting too much strain on the 10GB VRAM buffer, you will have to lower the texture settings. Most people will likely find this acceptable, considering its age at that point. I am concluding this GPU comparison.

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I'm Tim Smith, a tech blogger with a penchant for simplifying complex concepts. Dedicated to keeping my readers abreast of the latest in technology, I aim to provide accessible insights into the ever-evolving digital landscape.

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