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[Comparison] NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (85W) vs RTX 3070 (95W) vs RTX 3070 (130W) – the battle of the TGPs

Finally, the long-awaited mobile NVIDIA Ampere GPUs are here and we are happy to share our impressions with you alongside some gaming tests and synthetic benchmarks as well. Just like every new video card generation, the new one (Ampere) promises more performance to the table while bringing the power consumption and heat dissipation to lower levels.

As always it sounds good on paper but in real life, the performance always differs from machine to machine. And it’s normal – the GPUs come with different TGP levels, different clocks, some laptops have much better cooling solutions compared to other not-so-expensive devices, etc.

So, hardware-wise, the new GeForce RTX 3070 is a far more-superior graphics card than its predecessor (GeForce RTX 2070) – it offers a higher ROP count, more CUDA cores, and a better 8nm tech process. Interestingly, at least for now, the GeForce RTX 3070 can be found in three different TGP variants.

Let’s check them all and see what is the actual performance gap between them.

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

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GeForce RTX 3070 variants

As we said, the GeForce RTX 3070 comes in three different TGP levels – 85W, 95W, and 130W. The two main differences between these three siblings are TGPs and frequencies. Speaking of which, the modest GeForce RTX 3070 (85W) has a 780 Mhz/1290 Mhz base and boost clock, and the memory is set to 1500 MHz. The next one on the list is the 95W version that comes with 930 Mhz/1410 MHz base and boosts frequencies while the memory clock is the same as the smaller sibling – 1500 MHz.

However, the bigger 130W graphics solution is clocked much higher and probably it’s suitable for heavier laptops with decent cooling. The GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) core is clocked at 1110 MHz/1620 Mhz and the memory frequency is higher as well – 1750 Mhz.

The three GPUs share a lot of similar specs that you can see in the table down below like the same ROP count, memory type, memory bus, shader units, etc.

 GeForce RTX 3070 [85W]GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]
ArchitectureAmpereAmpereAmpere
GPU chipGA104GA104GA104
Shader units512051205120
ROPs808080
Base Clock (MHz)780930 (+12%)1110 (+42%)
Boost clock (MHz)12901410 (+12%)up to 1620 (+26%)
Memory clock (MHz)150015001750 (+17%)
Memory size (MB)819281928192
Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit)256256256
TGP (Total Graphics Power)85W95W (+12%)130W (+53%)
DirectX version12.112.112.1
Technology8nm8nm8nm
RTX capabilitiesYes YesYes
Release date01.202101.202101.2021
Detailed specsLinkLinkLink

Synthetic benchmarks

Gaming tests

 

Far Cry 5Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [85W]101 fps96 fps92 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]108 fps (+7%)103 fps (+7%)98 fps (+7%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]120 fps (+19%)115 fps (+20%)109 fps (+18%)

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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 fps89 fps60 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]131 fps (-4%)96 fps (+8%)68 fps (+13%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]145 fps (+6%)108 fps (+21%)77 fps (+28%)

 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [85W]94 fps83 fps58 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]100 fps (+6%)89 fps (+7%)61 fps (+5%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]106 fps (+13%)95 fps (+14%)67 fps (+16%)

 

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 fps96 fps73 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [95W]104 fps (+8%)102 fps (+6%)81 fps (+11%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]113 fps (+18%)110 fps (+15%)90 fps (+23%)

Verdict

There is no doubt that the GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) is our clear winner in this article. Thing is, even the smallest GPU – the GeForce RTX 3070 (85W) seems like a fast product that can easily outperform its 125W predecessor – the GeForce RTX 2070. This is good news for all people that are looking for a decently-sized gaming notebook that isn’t too big and heavy. With its 85W TGP, this video card can be fitted (probably) in thinner devices compared to the other siblings in this comparison.

The GeForce RTX 3070 (95W) offers a good mix of performance and power consumption and this one looks much faster compared to GeForce RTX 2070. However, the GeForce RTX 3070 (130W) is the behemoth in our article – based on our previous test, it seems that this fella can outperform the GeForce RTX 2080 Super (150W) with ease – progress is definitely a good thing.

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]

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

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