NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (85W) vs RTX 3070 (95W) – the 95W GPU wins but the smaller GPU is fast as well

Nowadays it’s getting a bit complicated for the regular consumer to pick the right laptop for its needs. Thing is, there are so much different CPUs and GPUs on the market and sometimes that is a bit confusing – for example, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 can be found in three different versions – 85W, 95W, and 130W.

For today’s article, we are about the compare the 85W version and its 95W sibling. Hardware-wise, these are almost identical GPUs, they just have different clocks and power limits. In the mobile world 10W TGP gap isn’t that small so let’s check how faster is the 95W GPU compared to the 85W GeForce RTX 3070.

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

Contents


GeForce RTX 3070 variants

As we said, not much of a difference between these two. They are both Ampere video cards that use GA104 chip. The smaller one is clocked lower at 780 MHz/1290 MHz for the core and 1500 MHz memory clock. The bigger GPU has 930 MHz/1410 MHz base and boost clocks and the same memory clock.

The other specs are all the same and you can see them in the table down below.

  GeForce RTX 3070 [85W] GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA104 GA104
Shader units 5120 5120
ROPs 80 80
Base Clock (MHz) 780 930 (+19%)
Boost clock (MHz) 1290 1410 (+9%)
Memory clock (MHz) 1500 1500
Memory size (MB) 8192 8192
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256 256
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 85W 95W (+12%)
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

Far Cry 5 Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [85W] 101 fps 96 fps 92 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W] 108 fps (+7%) 103 fps (+7%) 98 fps (+7%)

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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 [85W] 137 fps (+5%) 89 fps 60 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W] 131 fps 96 fps (+8%) 68 fps (+13%)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [85W] 94 fps 83 fps 58 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W] 100 fps (+6%) 89 fps (+7%) 61 fps (+5%)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [85W] 96 fps 96 fps 73 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W] 104 fps (+8%) 102 fps (+6%) 81 fps (+11%)

Verdict

It’s not a surprise that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (95W) is the winner but its lead isn’t too significant when compared to the 85W GPU. This leads us to the point where both GPUs are faster enough to beat previous-gen monsters like the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.

This is great news for all of us because the overall performance is increased and the TGP levels are decreased. Lower power consumption and higher performance – this is exactly what the mobile world needs the most.

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 [85W]

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