NVIDIA published an article this morning confirming that the GeForce RTX 3070 would not be available to purchase until October 29, but what really caught our eye was the benchmarks that were included at the bottom of the article.
The benchmarks suggest that the mid-range GeForce RTX 3070 has higher performance than NVIDIA’s previous flagship, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. This is pretty remarkable, being that the GeForce RTX 3070 costs only $499 – exactly half as much as the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which debuted in 2018 at an MSRP of $999.
You can decide whether the results were cherry picked or not, but GeForce RTX 3070 users can supposedly expect performance that’s very close to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in games such as Borderlands 3 and Control. The mid-range Ampere model even manages to best the Turing flagship in select titles (e.g., DOOM Eternal, Minecraft, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood).
“The GeForce RTX 3070 delivers incredible performance and features, including NVIDIA Reflex and Broadcast, for $499,” NVIDIA boasted. “Across a variety of ray-traced and rasterized DirectX and Vulkan titles, the GeForce RTX 3070 delivers similar or faster performance than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (which sold for twice the price) and is on average 60% faster than the original GeForce RTX 2070.”
Of course, NVIDIA critics have a different way of looking at this. Does the GeForce RTX 3070 merely prove that the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti was massively overpriced?
If you’re a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti owner, let us know if you regret the decision.