Leaked GeForce RTX 3070 benchmarks suggest that NVIDIA's US$499 Ampere card will be a strong performer
NVIDIA may have delayed the release of the RTX 3070 until October 29, but benchmark results have already hit multiple websites. To date, the card has appeared on 3DMark, Geekbench and Ashes of the Singularity, screenshots and links to which we have provided below. Undoubtedly, more benchmark results will be published online ahead of the card's release next week, but the current picture is a good one for NVIDIA's entry-level Ampere card.
So far, the RTX 3070 either matches or performs better than the RTX 2080 Ti. For example, the RTX 3070 outperforms the RTX 2080 Ti by a few per cent in Ashes of the Singularity at 1080p and is 1 FPS shy of the flagship Turing GeForce card at 4K. Similarly, the RTX 3070 scores in the same ballpark as the RTX 2080 Ti does in Geekbench Open CL. The RTX 3070 holds its own in various 3DMark benchmarks, too.
Overall, the early benchmark data corroborates with NVIDIA's claims of the RTX 3070 being a hair faster than the RTX 2080 Ti. While the RTX 3070 is a generation on from the RTX 2080 Ti, it will only retail for US$499. The RTX 2080 Ti may remain the easier card to get a hold of for the time being though, based on the stock levels of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 at launch. AMD has its 'Big Navi' cards around the corner too, and early performance looks compelling.