In-Game Benchmarks

Now we finally get into the in game performance and that is the main reason people pick up a new video card. To test things out I ran through our new benchmark suite that tests 9 games at three different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, and 4k). Most of the games tested have been run at the highest detail setting and a mid-range detail setting to get a look at how turning things up hurts performance and to give an idea of if turning detail down from max will be beneficial for frame rates. In total, each video card is tested 48 times and that makes for a huge mess of results when you put them all together. To help with that I like to start with these overall playability graphs that take all of the results and give an easier to read result. I have one for each of the three resolutions and each is broken up into four FPS ranges. Under 30 FPS is considered unplayable, over 30 is playable but not ideal, over 60 is the sweet spot, and then over 120 FPS is for high refresh rate monitors.

So how did the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition do? Well, starting at 1080p all of the tests were of course over 60 FPS, but a majority were even higher with 11 being 120+ FPS and 5 between 60-119 FPS. No big surprises here and frankly the biggest limitation for a lot of these is on the CPU side with a card like the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition. At 1440p the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition dominated once again, this time with 9 up over 120 and 7 in the 60-119 FPS range. All being smooth with a majority perfect for high refresh rate gaming. Then at 4K the lower VRAM and memory interface being 256-bit where the higher-end cards like the RTX 3080 have a 320-bit interface and 384-bit on the new 3080 Ti. Even then the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition still handled things with all of the testing being playable. 11 were smooth at 60+ FPS and 5 were playable but not smooth at 30-59 FPS. Nvidia has cemented the 3070 Ti at the top of the 1440p range with even more games now reaching 120 FPS and beyond which is impressive considering these are all modern high detail games running at their highest detail settings.

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Of course, I have all of the actual in game results as well for anyone who wants to sort through the wall of graphs below. Diving into the numbers a little more starting with Watch Dogs Legion I have retested all of the cards after our 3080 Ti review which had issues with slowdowns that showed inconsistent numbers. The RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition matched the 6700Xt here on the 4K result and was faster at 1440p but a little slower at the ultra detail at 1080p. This was 7 FPS at 4k and 4 FPS at 1440p at ultra compared to the original RTX 3070 and 3 FPS at 4k and the same at 1440p (CPU limited) in high detail. The RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition sees the biggest improvements at 4k when compared to the RTX 3070 which is partially due to having the two extra SMs, but the faster memory will make a big difference as well. Not to mention some of the games we are testing are starting to reach the limits of our CPU as well at those resolutions. The RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition does show a consistent performance increase in all of the games which pushes it up closer to the RX 6800XT, sadly we haven’t been able to get our hands on a 6800 which would be the best comparison here but the card shortages have hit us as well.

4k

1440p

1080p

RTX 3070 Ti FE

72.06

115.25

130.63

RTX 3070 FE

64.93

109.18

128.17

% Improvement

11%

5.6%

1.9%

 

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