[FPS Benchmarks] Borderlands 3 on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3070 (130W) – a 16% performance gap


Borderlands 3 is a unique-looking game because of the cell shading tech. Its cartoonish look isn’t something that you can see every day and that’s why this title feels a bit more unique than the other games on the market.  On the other hand, if you want to enjoy the graphics of this game with all its glory, you’re machine must be equipped with at least a good mid-range video card.

Despite that, if your device struggles on max settings, you can lower the visual quality without losing too many visual details – Borderlands 3 looks just fine even on Medium preset. For today’s article, we have two GPUs that can eat this game for breakfast –  NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) and RTX 3070 (130W).

Let’s see what these two are capable of.

GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 variants

  GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA106 GA104
Shader units 6144 (+20%) 5120
ROPs 96 (+20%) 80
Base Clock (MHz) up to 1185 (+7%) 1110
Boost clock (MHz) up to 1605 1620 (+1%)
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 1750
Memory size (MB) 8192 8192
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 256
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W 130W
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 01.2021 01.2021
Detailed specs Link Link


Synthetic benchmarks

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

Borderlands 3 Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3080 [130W] 131 fps (+14%) 119 fps (+16%) 109 fps (+15%) 96 fps (+19%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 115 fps 103 fps 95 fps 81 fps


As you can see, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) is 16% faster on average which is a normal performance difference for these two graphics solutions. Both contenders offer smooth gameplay even with maxed-out visuals. If your wallet is wide enough, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (130W) will give you almost (because there are other RTX 3080s with bigger TGPs) the best possible performance on the mobile market.

But if you don’t care about the 16% performance gap, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) can save you a lot of money.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 [130W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]

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