Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

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Nvidia's new GPUs are here, to the surprise of no-one. More power at a more competitive price and in stores right now. Or rather, the RTX 4070 Super we are testing here is, while The Ti Super variant and the 4080 Super is a few weeks away. This also means a goodbye to the existing 4070 Ti and 4080 models, and price reductions for the existing cards - at least I hope so as Nvidia's homepage at the time of writing still lists the non-Super version of the RTX 4070 at the same price... Needless to say that makes for a pretty bad deal since the hardware has been upgraded.


So, what is the new card capable of? Well, according to Nvidia it's better than the RTX 3090 - with the caveat that it does have half the VRAM. That being said, while Nvidia markets this as a 1440p card, it is actually able to do 4K in select titles, especially using DLSS witchcraft. And unfortunately Nvidia is right, it will beat an RTX 3090 in most tests. Good thing you didn't spend the €4,500 that the RTX 3090 topped out at a few years back. Speaking of price, the RTX 4070 Super FE that we have our hands on here is usually €120 cheaper than the standard RTX 4070. While still not cheap in any metric, it still seems to be the best way to enjoy 1440p gaming with Ray-Tracing and DLSS 3.5.

So, what has changed? Well, the clock speed has gone up, but most importantly for the ability to calculate and generate frames, you get a massive increase in Cuda cores (7168 vs. 5888), slightly higher power usage, but still the same relatively small form factor, and everything else seems to remain the same mostly.

The card itself is very compact, two slots wide, and in complete black. It looks stunning as does all Nvidia FE cards. Subtle, professional and it means serious business. And with the new pricing, Nvidia seems to actually listen to the critics about being too expensive and providing too little performance at the price point - that being said, there has hardly been any competition at the price point from current-gen cards until a few months ago, so at some level, one can hardly blame Nvidia for not being competitive when they literally don't have to.

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At the heart beats the Ada Lovelace architecture, 56 streaming multiprocessors, 56 RT cores, 224 texture units and 80 ROP units. It has a base clock of 1980 Mhz and a boost clock of 2475 Mhz. In short, this should be able to do 1440p with all AAA games. Also, it might be a mistake in our test software as this is a new unsupported card, but we had two cases of the boost clock reporting 2740 Mhz.

Nvidia rates the card at 90 degrees and 220 watt power usage, although ours kept itself under those values, and the temperature never rose above 63 degrees with normal usage. However, it is possible to make the card hotter and more noisy if you force Ray-Tracing Overdrive at 4K onto the card, but then you really haven't bought the right card for the job as the RTX 4070 Super still only has 12 GDDR6X VRAM. This doesn't keep it from having some of the most advanced features of modern gaming such as frame generation, Nvidia Reflex and Ray Reconstruction that builds on existing Nvidia concepts by recognising patterns, and filling in additional pixels in illumination and lightning using AI trained with a large data set, not unlike how DLSS was originally started and used.

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And now for the fun part: the benchmarks.

3D Benchmark

  • Time Spy: 20696

  • Time Spy Extreme: 10289

  • Speed Way: 5160

  • Port Royal: 12922


  • BMW GPU Render: 1:09:89
  • Total War: Warhammer III

    • 1080p: 147.6

    • 1440p: 101.4

    • 4K: 52.6

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    • 1080p: 146.89

    • 1440p: 116.12

    • 4K: 72.56

    Cyberpunk 2077
    Ultra with Ray-Tracing Ultra/Ultra with zero Ray-Tracing

    • 1080p: 171.35/231.97

    • 1440p: 134.16/171.53

    • 4K: 78.75/91.48

    Assassin's Creed Valhalla

    • 1080p: 188.0

    • 1440p: 144.0

    • 4K: 84.0

    Far Cry 6

    • 1080p: 145.0

    • 1440p: 136.0

    • 4K: 79.0

    So, a bit odd. It's usually 5% weaker than the RTX 4070 Ti, and in a few cases 10% worse, but also there are instances where it is better, mostly in 1440p loads. The AMD RX 7800XT is nearly beaten in all tests, only in Far Cry 6 does it outperform the RTX 4070 Super, but it's also 25-30% cheaper depending on make and model and is only narrowly beaten. The RTX 4070 Super is currently at €659 officially, although local pricing will be slightly different, and while I cant deny that it's a nice bonus with all things DLSS, Ray-Tracing and some games actually running in 4K, the asking price is still at least €100 too high with the competition being that close.

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