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100 W GeForce RTX 3080 vs. 130 W GeForce RTX 3070: Which is the better choice?

100 W GeForce RTX 3080 vs. 130 W GeForce RTX 3070: Which is the better choice?
100 W GeForce RTX 3080 vs. 130 W GeForce RTX 3070: Which is the better choice?
The more expensive RTX 3080 may not always be the faster option if you can find a cheaper RTX 3070 alternative running at higher TGP levels.

It's relatively easy to know which model is faster when purchasing desktop graphics cards. A GeForce RTX 3080, for example, will perform faster than the RTX 3070. For laptops, however, the TGP ranges are so much tighter and with more overlap that lesser GPUs like the RTX 3070 can sometimes be more power demanding than the RTX 3080. The most recent example is the 2021 Razer Blade 17 and its 130 W GeForce RTX 3070 graphics versus the 2021 Blade Pro 17 with 100 W RTX 3080 graphics. Is the lower-power RTX 3080 the faster option than the higher-power RTX 3070?

According to our benchmarks below comparing the Blade Pro 17 and Blade 17, graphics performance is essentially on par between the two models with differences of just a few percentage points. The differences shrink even further when at higher resolutions and settings where performance becomes more GPU bound.

Unfortunately, not all laptop makers make it very clear what TGP values their gaming laptops are targeting. If you're in the market for one, then we recommend researching first to find out more about the GPUs in question. Gamers can potentially save a few hundred dollars by opting for a "slower" RTX 3070 model versus a pricier RTX 3080 one in this manner.

Razer Blade Pro 17Razer Blade 17
10th gen Core i7-10875H11th gen Core i7-11800H
100 W TGP GeForce RTX 3080130 W TGP GeForce RTX 3070
32 GB DDR4-3200 Dual-Channel RAM16 GB DDR4-3200 Dual-Channel RAM
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
27114 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H
26486 Points ∼98% -2%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H
10898 Points ∼100% +3%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
10595 Points ∼97%
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H
6686 Points ∼100% +5%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
6391 Points ∼96%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H
6865 Points ∼100% +2%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
6700 Points ∼98%
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
10966 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H
10140 Points ∼92% -8%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H
37171 Points ∼100% +3%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
36224 Points ∼97%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
18271 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H
17622 Points ∼96% -4%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
195 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
176 fps ∼90% -10%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
140 fps ∼100% +3%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
136 fps ∼97%
1920x1080 High Quality
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
109 fps ∼100% +6%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
103 fps ∼94%
GTA V
1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
185 (2.27min, 143P1 - 495max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
181 (3.66min, 143P1 - 365max) fps ∼98% -2%
1920x1080 Lowest Settings possible
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
185 (3.01min, 143P1 - 534max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
182 (3.86min, 143P1 - 271max) fps ∼98% -2%
1366x768 Normal/Off AF:4x
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
180 (1.864min, 125P1 - 419max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
174 (3.14min, 125P1 - 376max) fps ∼97% -3%
1920x1080 Normal/Off AF:4x
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
181 (2.27min, 143P1 - 430max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
173 (3.66min, 125P1 - 328max) fps ∼96% -4%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
173 (4.33min, 111P1 - 308max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
164 (6.29min, 111P1 - 267max) fps ∼95% -5%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
108 (5.52min, 71.4P1 - 211max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
99.5 (5.74min, 71.4P1 - 185max) fps ∼92% -8%
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
171 (148.1min) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
158 (136.3min) fps ∼92% -8%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
155 (134.9min) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
147 (127.4min) fps ∼95% -5%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
149 (130.5min) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
139 (120.3min) fps ∼93% -7%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
140 (121.3min) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
134 (115.1min) fps ∼96% -4%
The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
460.9 (404min - 489max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
368 (320min - 419max) fps ∼80% -20%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
312.7 (285min - 348max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
288.6 (275min - 301max) fps ∼92% -8%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
208.1 (190min - 220max) fps ∼100% +2%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
204.8 (183min - 228max) fps ∼98%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
108.3 (98min - 117max) fps ∼100% +8%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
100.6 (94min - 107max) fps ∼93%
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
142 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
126 fps ∼89% -11%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
125 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
113 fps ∼90% -10%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
98.4 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
92.3 fps ∼94% -6%
Strange Brigade
1280x720 lowest AF:1
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
522 (30.5min, 393P1 - 828max) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
437 (91.5min, 338P1 - 700max) fps ∼84% -16%
1920x1080 medium AA:medium AF:4
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
278 (83.8min, 235P1 - 402max) fps ∼100% +7%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
261 (31min, 227P1 - 488max) fps ∼94%
1920x1080 high AA:high AF:8
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
223 (77.9min, 166P1 - 356max) fps ∼100% +5%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
212 (26.4min, 158P1 - 413max) fps ∼95%
1920x1080 ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
197 (81.6min, 149P1 - 298max) fps ∼100% +6%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
186 (27.9min, 140P1 - 307max) fps ∼94%

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2021 09 > 100 W GeForce RTX 3080 vs. 130 W GeForce RTX 3070: Which is the better choice?
Allen Ngo, 2021-09-24 (Update: 2021-09-23)