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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) vs RTX 3070 (95W) – the bigger GPU is faster but the 95W version is a decent performer too

The NVIDIA Ampere mobile GPUs are already on the market. As always, the new ones come with better performance compared to the previous generation (in our case – Turing). Thanks to the different TGP versions of the new video cards there is something for everyone.

That’s why we are going to compare the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) and GeForce RTX 3070 (95W). The 130W GPU is the most powerful while the 95W variant is placed in the middle of the pack (there is an 85W version as well).

As you may already guess, the GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) offers higher frequencies and more performance while the 95W sibling is more efficient while keeping the FPS at high levels as well.

You can also check our dedicated article about All laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 / 3070 Max-Q.

Contents

GeForce RTX 3070 variants

No so much to say about the specs of these two graphics cards. The GeForce RTX 3070 [130W] comes with 1110 MHz/1620 Mhz core clock and its memory is set to 1750 Mhz. 

The more modest 95W variant has 930 MHz/1410 MHz base and boost clocks and the memory is clocked lower – 1500 MHz.

In addition, everything else regarding these two is the same – CUDAs, ROPs, memory bus, etc.

 GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]
ArchitectureAmpereAmpere
GPU chipGA104GA104
Shader units51205120
ROPs8080
Base Clock (MHz)1110 (+19%)930
Boost clock (MHz)up to 1620 (+15%)1410
Memory clock (MHz)1750 (+17%)1500
Memory size (MB)81928192
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256256
TGP (Total Graphics Power)130W (+37%)95W
DirectX version12.112.1
Technology8nm8nm
RTX capabilitiesYes Yes
Release date01.202101.2021
Detailed specsLinkLink

Synthetic benchmarks

Gaming tests

Far Cry 5Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]120 fps (+11%)115 fps (+12%)109 fps (+11%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]108 fps103 fps98 fps

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Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]145 fps (+11%)108 fps (+13%)77 fps (+13%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]131 fps96 fps68 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]106 fps (+6%)95 fps (+7%)67 fps (+10%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]100 fps89 fps61 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]113 fps (+9%)110 fps (+8%)90 fps (+11%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]104 fps102 fps81 fps

Verdict

Sure, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) is faster but the 95W variant shows some impressive performance gains over the last generation as well. Yes, this is a slower GPU compared to the 130W offering but not by much. The overall performance difference is around 10%.

If money isn’t a problem then the GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) will give you great performance and don’t forget to pick a machine with good cooling too. If you want to spend less money, the GeForce RTX 3070 (95W) is a decent choice as well – its performance isn’t too far behind the 130W sibling and the end price is lower.

You can also check our dedicated article about All laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 / 3070 Max-Q.

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

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]