The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series SUPER refresh GPUs were announced at CES 2024, early this January. The GeForce RTX 40 Series SUPER series consists of three new video cards in NVIDIA’s lineup, the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER, and GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER. We detailed this launch in our NVIDIA CES 2024 Announcements article, among other things, which shows the specifications and pricing for the series, and what replaces what is in the product stack.
As a quick refresher, the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER will replace the GeForce RTX 4080, as well as the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER replacing the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. However, the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER will co-exist with the GeForce RTX 4070 which gets an official price cut, with the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER slotting in where the GeForce RTX 4070 previously landed on pricing. We will discuss and review the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER and GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER at their launch review dates.
In this review, we will focus squarely on the new GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER, specifically with the NVIDIA Founders Edition. Our goal will be to see what the difference is compared to the GeForce RTX 4070, and how it compares to the competition video card the AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT. We will look at more comparisons in the future.
As we recall, NVIDIA launched the GeForce RTX 4070 in April of 2023 with an MSRP of $599, so we are about 9 months from that launch. The new GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER will have an MSRP of $599 as well, taking the place of the GeForce RTX 4070 while the GeForce RTX 4070 will now become a $549 MSRP video card. It’s actually been quite a while since NVIDIA has had a “SUPER” lineup, the last time this happened was in 2019 when NVIDIA refreshed the GeForce RTX 20 series GPUs. There was in fact a GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER released for $499 back in 2019, and this was the last SUPER varient of GeForce RTX up until now.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER Founders Edition Specs
The GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER will have a Founders Edition model, as well as custom add-in-board partner models. In this review, we are specifically reviewing the Founders Edition model with the base specifications. The GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER uses the same die as the GeForce RTX 4070, AD104. It uses the full die with more SMs and 20% more CUDA cores, but the memory subsystem and capacity remain the same. The TGP also increases, so it does allow a higher power target. It also has the same RTX features such as DLSS 3, DLSS 3.5, and AVI encoding. Let’s look at a quick comparison table so you can directly see the upgrades compared to the GeForce RTX 4070.
|GeForce RTX 4070
|GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER
Notably, you can see that the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER has more CUDA Cores, more RT Cores, more Tensor Cores, more TMUs, and even more ROPs. Subsequently, the L2 cache size sees a big bump with these specs, from 36MB to 48MB which will help in bandwidth-starved scenarios. NVIDIA has also given the video card a power bump, at 220W and a higher base GPU clock speed. The memory stays the same, with the same bandwidth, but thanks to the L2 cache size increase, SM increase, ROP increase, power, and clock speed, it should overall see a nice bump in raw raster performance over the GeForce RTX 4070.
Typically, NVIDIA has given SUPER series GPUs a unique look that differs from the non-SUPER variants, and the new RTX 40 SUPER series is no exception. NVIDIA has given the GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER a unique blacked-out or stealth look with a neat industrial design. It reminds us of something straight out of a metal refinery or steel plant, it just has this sturdy, manly, balls of steel kind of feeling. It tickles that part of my brain that says: “hardcore gamer.”
The GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER Founders Edition measures exactly the same size as the GeForce RTX 4070 Founders Edition. It is 9.5″ inches long, and a bit over 1.5″ in depth or height, so it’s easily a 2-slot video card. It has 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI and a 16-pin 12VHPWR connector with a 2x PCIe 8-pin adapter in the box, or you can use a 300W or greater PCIe Gen 5 12VHPWR cable. The required PSU is 650W.
Installed into our computer, it has a really nice look, and fits nicely with its size in length and depth. It should fit very well into small form factor PCs. It still uses the same push/pull fan configuration, which works well in our testing. The overall aesthetic is desirable.