The excitement around the upcoming RTX 3000 series release has been building for a while now, with the GPU lovers among us eagerly anticipating its eventual release.
With what feels like almost endless months of no info other than the vague roadmap, we now have a lot more info available thanks to a sneaky leak.
Chiakokhua, a retired engineer well known for his previous leak / accurate prediction of the AMD chipsets two years, recently leaked a screenshot of all the details you might need about the new RTX 3000 series.
However, knowing the necessary info about the new GPUs coming this year only helps you out so much. What if you want to pick up the RTX 3070, but don’t know how it comes to its similar equivalent in the RTX 2000 line?
To help you out in making this difficult decision, here is all the information you might need about the new RTX 3070 GPU, compared using benchmarks, spec, and price comparisons against the RTX 2070 Super.
RTX 3070 vs RTX 2070 Super: Specification Comparison
While looking at all these newfound specs and interesting changes coming with this new line of GPUs, make sure you remember that this is all still based on a leaked image. It is entirely possible that the final specs might be different, or some of this info remains slightly inaccurate, so maybe don’t go and make a pre-purchase of the RTX 3070 before finding out the complete specs first.
|GeForce RTX 3070||GeForce RTX 2070 Super|
|Boost Clock||1900 MHz||1770 MHz|
|VRAM Speed||16 Gbps||14 Gbps|
RTX 3070 vs RTX 2070 Super: Anticipated Benchmark Performance
Actually, trying to understand or explain proper benchmarks for a GPU that hasn’t actually released yet is pretty surprisingly tricky, as we don’t really understand the actual performance realities until we can get our hands on it.
Thanks to the significant leaks, though, we can pretty quickly make a guesstimation about what to expect thanks to some pretty specific spec reveals.
The RTX 3070 is designed to be an entry model into the new RTX 3000 series, offering up slightly reduced performance and total speed when compared to its beefier brothers.
Though it is a planned release to accommodate those that want to dip into the RTX 3000, the RTX 3070 is still designed to be a big upgrade from the previous RTX 2000 series, especially the RTX 2070 Super.
While the RTX 2070 was meant to be a great stopgap card for those that struggle to afford the more potent RTX 2080 cards, it is far surpassed by the new RTX 3070.
Boasting up to 600 more GPU cores and almost triples the RT cores, the central tenet of the new RTX 3000 lines is hugely increased potential for GPU processing power.
Thanks to the massive increase in RT cores, expect to find that light rays in your games and movies appear ridiculously well rendered, as well as just generally massively more beautiful. Thanks to this increase in ray tracing capability, graphical scenes in cinematic games are going to appear even more vibrant and focused than ever before.
The boost clock is a decent update, offering up about 130 MHz, but the main thing to focus on is the increase in available GPU cores.
While both cards are still operating on precisely the same transistor size, 7nm, there are still plenty of fundamentally significant differences that make them distinct cards, not the list of which is the fact that they are obviously going to cost pretty different prices.
RTX 3070 vs RTX 2070 Super: Price Comparison
Sadly, despite all of the available info we have about the RTX 3070, we still lack actual, concrete evidence for what its final price is going to be. It is designed to be a card for those that cannot quite afford the might of the RTX 3080 or the RTX 3080 Ti, so it should be a fair amount cheaper than them.
For comparison, the RTX 2070 is currently about $500, making it an extremely affordable card. However, we should expect RTX 3070 to stay in line with this pricing for the next generation – sitting in the mid-range slot of the Nvidia graphics card lineup.
However, if you were already hoping to pick up an RTX 2070, you are in luck, because the price of the older RTX 2000 series cards is likely to go down to make way for the brand new RTX 300 series.
When Is The RTX 3070 Going To Become Available?
All the oodles of information we have available about the new RTX 3000 line, and the RTX 3070 means explicitly nothing if we can’t actually get our hands on it. So, when is it actually going to be made available to the public?
Thankfully, the leaker actually did include a decent amount of useful information about the release date of the new RTX 3070 card.
We can expect the RTX 3070 to be available sometime in the third quarter of 2020, which means it is really only a few months away! Interestingly enough, it is actually going to be releasing at the same time as the RTX 3080, making it clear that the folks at NVidia intend for the RTX 3070 to be bought as a more wallet-friendly option.
So, expect to see the precise release date appearing shortly, but the main thing to keep in mind is that all of this info is subject to change. Make sure you know precisely what spec the RTX 3070 is going to have before you buy it, as you might otherwise end up with a product that you don’t actually want.
One final good quality about the RTX 3070 is that, as it is releasing at the same time as the RTX 3080, the RTX 3070 likely will not sell out straight away, as most GPU fanatics will be picking up the more robust, more powerful and more expensive RTX 3080.
So, if you have your heart set on a new RTX 3070, don’t worry too much; you shouldn’t find it challenging to get it when it finally releases later this year.
If you are looking to do a build now, and can’t wait for the RTX 3070 Super to be released, here are some of our graphics card guides you might find useful in narrowing your search.