1440p Gameplay Performance

To begin our performance evaluation, we will look at 1440p performance. 4K will be on the next page. We will include Ray Tracing and DLSS under each game, as needed.

Metro Exodus Enhanced

Metro Exodus Enhanced Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

We will start off with Metro Exodus Enhanced, which requires Ray Tracing, it is enabled at all times. We have also included DLSS performance numbers for comparison. When we overclocked the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE performance improved by 7% without DLSS. With DLSS enabled, performance increased by 6%. The overclock did not make the game playable without DLSS, but with DLSS it brought performance more consistently above 60FPS. The overclock is 14% faster than the GeForce RTX 3070 FE. This performance advantage is more like it, and much more acceptable. The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE overclocked is 13% slower than the GeForce RTX 3080 FE, so it is much closer than before.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

In Cyberpunk 2077 at 1440p overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE has improved performance by 7%. It definitely makes this game smoother and more enjoyable, and very playable. This is 14% faster than the GeForce RTX 3070 FE. Interestingly, the Radeon RX 6800 is still faster, however, by 4%. The overclocked GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE is only within 12% of the GeForce RTX 3080 FE however, so it’s inching closer.

Cyberpunk 2077 Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

When we turn on Medium Ray Tracing in Cyberpunk 2077 performance drops to unplayable levels, even at 1440p. Overclocking will not make the game playable. However, it does improve by 7%. The game only becomes playable with Medium Ray Tracing when you enable DLSS. Then it is very playable, and overclocking the RTX 3070 Ti FE will push you over 70FPS average.

Cyberpunk 2077 Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

PUshing the game even higher to “Ultra” Ray Tracing is of course also unplayable, also on the RTX 3080 FE. However, once we turn on DLSS performance improves. This is where overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE really helps. With DLSS enabled, the overclocked RTX 3070 Ti FE is 7% faster. It allows the game to be average over 60FPS, so the overclock really made a difference with DLSS. This is 14% faster than the GeForce RTX 3070 FE. The RTX 3070 Ti FE overclocked comes within 13% of the GeForce RTX 3080 FE with DLSS.

Dirt 5

Dirt 5 Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

In Dirt 5 performance is very good at 1440p, very playable. Overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE does something interesting, it makes it perform just over the Radeon RX 6800, whereas before, it was well under that performance. The performance increase is 8%, and the highest so far. That is 12% faster than the RTX 3070 FE.

Dirt 5 Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

With Ray Tracing turned on, performance is also very playable. Overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE here also takes it over the Radeon RX 6800 performance by 5%. Before, it was just at the same performance. Overclocking has improved performance by 6%. It’s within only 10% of the GeForce RTX 3080 FE, now that it is overclocked. That’s very close in performance.

Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

In Watch Dogs Legion overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE has improved performance by 7%. However, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 is still faster, even compared to the overclocked RTX 3070 Ti FE. Overclocked, it’s within 9% of the GeForce RTX 3080 FE, the closest performance yet.

Watch Dogs Legion Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

Turning on Ray Tracing is demanding in this game. We aren’t sure what is going on with the Radeon RX 6800 here, we tested and re-tested, and 19FPS was consistent. This game just received a new patch, and we are using that patch, it’s possible there is a bug or driver bug, it shouldn’t be that slow. Regardless, the GeForce RTX cards are also not playable without DLSS. Overclocking has improved performance by 14%. When we turn on DLSS, performance gets a lot better, but still arguably not playable. The GeForce RTX 3080 FE is, however.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

Horizon Zero Dawn performs very well at the highest settings at 1440p. Overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE has improved performance by 7%. This pushes performance over the Radeon RX 6800 by 4%. It is 14% faster than the RTX 3070 FE. It’s only 6% lower than the RTX 3080 FE, so a much better value over the RTX 3080 for this game at 1440p.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

MIcrosoft Flight Simulator 2020 Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

In Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 we don’t see much scaling at 1440p, as we are mostly CPU bound currently. The GeForce RTX 3080 is the only one that really stands out. Overclocking doesn’t help much, but that changes at 4K.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

In Red Dead Redemption 2 the AMD Radeon RX 6800 is strong once again, it’s actually just ahead of the overclocked GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE. Overclocking it has improved performance by 7%. This makes it 14% faster than the GeForce RTX 3070 FE. It’s within 11% of the RTX 3080 FE performance.

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Wolfenstein Youngblood Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

In Wolfenstein Youngblood overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE has improved performance by 7%. The RTX 3080 FE is still 16% faster.

Wolfenstein Youngblood Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

This game is very playable with Ray Tracing turned on. Overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE has improved performance by 8%. This makes it 15% faster than the GeForce RTX 3070 FE. Turn on DLSS, and performance skyrockets.

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4 Comments

  1. The newer RT games with some AMD support do indeed seem better in RT performance but still behind Nvidia even if close, Dirt 5 for example. Other games like Resident Evil Village I believe also shows this.

    Love to see some indebt comparisons between FSR and DLSS, FSR looks to have a more supported outcome in the mid to long term. DLSS has continue to improve, I was not impressed with either 1.0 and games using 2.0 had to many artifacts. Newer DLSS versions and games seem to make this feature shine. Just a matter of how well supported in the games I play.

    I would pick the 6800 over the 3070 Ti based off of having double the Vram. I don’t think the 3070 Ti would be a good medium to long term card 2-5 years. Sweet spot is the 6800XT and the 3080FE in my book.

    Very nice rundown/article/review

  2. The article has actually make me reconsider getting a 3070Ti. My watch list covered the RTX3070 and RTX3080. So I’m adding the 3070Ti to the list.

  3. I hadn’t even gotten through the first page, and noticed that EVGA Precision X1 was used – still not sure if I like it more or less than MSI’s ubiquitous Afterburner software, but what prompted me to give Precision X1 a shot was that they have it [URL=’https://store.steampowered.com/app/268850/EVGA_Precision_X1/’]listed on Steam as well![/URL] Using it now with a Gigabyte card to test out.

    Very nice to not have to worry about keeping the software up to date, thanks [USER=3]@Brent_Justice[/USER]

  4. Hey Brent,

    Nice writeup! I think I found a typo though. In section 5
    “In the above graph, we are looking at board power. Remember, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 are using GDDR6X memory, this affects the board power quite a bit. This is why the [B][U]GeForce RTX 3070 Ti[/U][/B] draws so much more power than the [B][U]GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.[/U][/B] ”

    I think that sentence was supposed to refer to a different card?

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