Is it worth spending an extra $100?

Today, we are comparing the GeForce RTX 4070 with the more affordable RTX 4060 Ti 16GB GPU. Recently, the prices of these two GPUs have seen an adjustment, with the former dropping to $550 from the initial MSRP of $600, while the 16GB 4060 Ti has undergone a similar reduction, going from $500 to the current retail price of $450.

This is partially due to Nvidia’s response to the recent introduction of the Radeon RX 7800 XT.

Speaking of which, if you have a budget of around $400 to $600 for a new graphics card, we strongly recommend exploring the 7800 XT. We currently see it as the best value for money in this price range. However, if you specifically want a GeForce GPU, your choices are the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB and the RTX 4070.

At a price of $450, the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB is 25% more affordable than the RTX 4070. However, most models remain closer to the $500 MSRP, making them only 17% cheaper. It’s still a significant discount, and one of the advantages is that the RTX 4060 Ti provides more VRAM.

However, it comes with 26% fewer CUDA cores, an 11% decrease in L2 cache, and due to slower memory and a narrower memory bus, the bandwidth has decreased by 43%. This suggests that there will be situations where the 4060 Ti is significantly lagging behind.

For our tests, we used a Ryzen 7 7800X3D paired with the Gigabyte X670E Aorus Master and 32GB of DDR5-6000 CL30 memory. We will briefly discuss data from about half a dozen titles before delving into comprehensive comparative charts. The interesting resolutions here are 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. In total, we looked at 56 configurations. As always, all data presented is current and updated for this presentation. Let’s dive in…

Benchmarks

Starting from F1 23, we observe that at 1080p, the 4070 is 20% faster, but then 30% faster at 1440p and 4K. This is a reasonable result for the 4060 Ti 16GB, especially considering the 4070 is now 33% more expensive.

When ray tracing is enabled with the ultra-high preset, the 4070 has a 33% advantage at 1080p, 32% at 1440p, and 30% at 4K – margins quite similar to those we observed using the high preset.

In Hogwarts Legacy, the scaling is comparable. The RTX 4070 is up to 32% faster, particularly noticeable at 4K.

With ray tracing enabled, we encounter processor limitations at 1080p with the RTX 4070, making it only 12% faster than the 4060 Ti. However, this gap widens to 42% at 1440p. In 4K, the performance of both GPUs is disappointing, although the 4060 Ti is ahead, perhaps due to its 4GB of additional VRAM.

In The Last of Us Part 1, the 4070 provided 29% more frames at 1080p, 35% more at 1440p, and 21% more at 4K. It appears that VRAM capacity could be a limiting factor for the 4070 at 4K, explaining the narrower performance gap.

In Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the RTX 4070 was 30% faster at 1080p, 28% faster at 1440p, and 29% faster at 4K, showing consistent scaling in all tested resolutions.

With ray tracing enabled, the 4070 was 23% faster at 1080p. Potential processor limitations may influence these results, especially as the performance gap widens to 37% at 1440p.

Dying Light 2 seems to be sensitive to memory. Here, the 4070 shows a significant performance improvement of 39% at 1080p and 1440p, and 44% at 4K.

With ray tracing enabled, the 4070 is 28% faster at 1080p, 35% at 1440p, and 37% at 4K.

In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the RTX 4070 showed some of the largest margins we noted. It was 38% faster at 1080p, 42% faster at 1440p, and 44% faster at 4K.

In Fortnite, we observed a performance increase of 29% at 1080p, 28% at 1440p, and 30% at 4K, showing consistent scaling.

With ray tracing enabled, the increase was still 33% at 1080p and 1440p, and 41% at 4K.

Performance Summary

We have just examined data from some of the more than 40 tested games, with and without activated RT. We will now assess how these two GPUs compare across all tested games, starting with the 1080p data…

At 1080p, the RTX 4070 was on average 26% faster, with some margins reaching 39%. Unfortunately, games like CSGO, Apex Legends, Spider Man with RT, and Hogwarts Legacy with RT are all CPU-limited. Additionally, Death Stranding has a 240 fps frame limit, which also constrains the 4070 at this resolution. Excluding these factors, the 4070 shows on average 28% faster performance.

Focusing on ray tracing results, the 4070 was on average 25% faster, closely corresponding to the mixed workload chart.

Increasing the resolution to 1440p allows for a clearer comparison. Here, the 4070 widens its lead, being on average 31% faster, with several instances of 40% or more improvements.

Isolating ray tracing results at this resolution, the 4070 achieved on average 32% better performance.

At 4K, the 4070 was on average 33% faster. The only unusual result occurred in Hogwarts Legacy, where the 12GB VRAM buffer of the 4070 was exceeded, resulting in a drop in performance.

Inspecting only the 4K ray tracing data, the 4070 was on average 29% faster, with the Hogwarts Legacy result being the primary exception.

What We Learned

The GeForce RTX 4070 is on average 30% faster than the 4060 Ti 16GB – and can be up to 40 to 45% faster, depending on the game and quality settings. This means that if you were to buy these GPUs based on their new reduced prices, the RTX 4070 would only cost 22% more, making it by far the more cost-effective option.

However, price reductions are not necessarily universal yet, with the $50 reduction hitting some 4060 Ti 16GB models, as well as some RTX 4070 models now offering improved prices. It is evident that the 7800 XT has put downward pressure on the price of the 4070 (thank you, Radeon!). As always, GPU prices tend to be somewhat volatile, and prices in your region may vary significantly from what we are seeing in the US.

In short, if the price of the RTX 4070 is lower than 30%, it is worth considering compared to the 4060 Ti 16GB.

In Australia, the most affordable in-stock RTX 4060 Ti 16GB is available at a price of 760 AUD, while the RTX 4070 costs 900 AUD. This is only an 18% increase, suggesting that Australians should not consider opting for the 4060 Ti.

The only advantage of the RTX 4060 Ti lies in its larger 16GB VRAM buffer. Even though we believe it should be a standard configuration for products priced above $400, 12GB should suffice for the foreseeable future.

A few additional notes…

#1: The price reduction of the 16GB 4060 Ti to $450 not only made it a competitive alternative to the RTX 4070 but also made the 8GB base model entirely redundant at $400. You would be foolish not to pay the 13% premium to double the VRAM, as it will certainly prove to be a worthwhile investment in the near future.

#2: Regarding the DLSS 3 frame generation generation, we have seen comments suggesting an interest in comparisons of different GeForce GPUs using the frame generation technology. However, there is a reason we are not going there. The technology works the same way on an RTX 4060 and an RTX 4090. Thus, scaling remains consistent; all supported GPUs get the same image smoothing results, with the only difference being the starting frame rates.

In conclusion, that’s how the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB and RTX 4070 compare across a wide range of games. The RTX 4070 is generally about 30% faster, so you know how much the 4060 Ti will have to be cheaper before it becomes a more cost-effective option.

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