GeForce RTX 4070 Super Review: NVIDIA Delivers More Performance And Value

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Super: GPU Compute, Rendering And Encoding Tests

We tested all of the graphics cards represented in this article on an ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR X670E HERO motherboard, equipped with a Ryzen 7 7800X3D CPU and 32GB of G.SKILL DDR5 RAM clocked at 6,000MHz. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" defaults, then we disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use and enabled Resizable BAR support. We dialed in memory clock to its optimal performance settings using its EXPO profile, then formatted the solid state drive and installed Windows 11 Professional before performing all updates. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed all of the drivers, applications and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

Our Test System Configuration:

Hardware Used:
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D
(4.2GHz - 5GHz, 8-Core)

ASUS X670E Hero 
32GB G.SKILL DDR5-6000
Samsung SSD 990
Integrated Audio / Network

IRadeon RX 7900 XT
Radeon RX 7800 XT
XFX QICK 319 Radeon RX 7700 XT
GeForce RTX 4070
GeForce RTX 4070 Super
GeForce RTX 4070 Ti

Relevant Software:
Windows 11 Pro 22H2
AMD Radeon v23.12.1
NVIDIA Drivers v546.52
Benchmarks Used:
LuxMark v4
Blender v4
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test v3.6.1
IndigoBench v4.4.15

UL 3DMark
Unigine Superposition
Cyberpunk 2077
Far Cry 6 GOTY Edition
F1 23
Guardians Of The Galaxy

LuxMark v4.0 Benchmarks

LuxMark is a cross-platform, OpenCL-accelerated 3D rendering benchmark. It's a tool based on the open source LuxRender physically-based spectral rendering engine, which accurately models the transportation of light and supports high dynamic range. LuxRender features a number of material types to allow rendering of photo-realistic and artistic scenes. LuxRender is free software licensed under the GPL that offers plugins for packages like Blender, Maya, Cinema 4D and 3DS Max.

lluxmark geforce rtx 4070 super perf

No surprises in our first benchmark. The new GeForce RTX 4070 Super lands smack dab in between the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti and base-model RTX 4070. The GeForce RTX 4070 Super, however, clearly outruns the Radeon RX 7800 XT and trails only the pricier Radeon RX 7900 XT.

IndigoBench Rendering Benchmarks

IndigoBench is based on Indigo 4's advanced rendering engine and offers both CPU and GPU rendering modes for its two built-in models. The standalone benchmark is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux and outputs results in M/Samples per second.

indigobench geforce rtx 4070 super perf

Once again we see the GeForce RTX 4070 Super finish just behind the more powerful GeForce RTX 4070 Ti in IndigoBench. NVIDIA's first RTX 40-series Super GPU also dominates the Radeons here, outrunning even the Radeon RX 7900 XT with both models. 

Blender v4 GPU Rendering Benchmarks

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite that can handle everything from modeling, rigging, and animation, through simulation, rendering, compositing, motion tracking, and even video editing or game creation. The developers offer a standalone benchmark tool that will track performance while rendering a handful of models. We used all three of the default models for these tests...

blender geforce rtx 4070 super perf

Blender is somewhat of a showcase application for NVIDIA's Ada Lovelace GPU architecture. Blender can make use of the RT cores on NVIDIA's GPUs, and as a result, performance is much higher than any competing GPU in a similar class. As expected, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Super outruns the base model here, and finishes just behind the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. All of the Radeons are left trailing by wide margins.

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test Results

The Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool that tests the speed of decoding full-resolution Blackmagic RAW frames. The tool can be used to evaluate the performance at various resolutions and bitrates on the CPU or using OpenCL or CUDA on a GPU. We're reporting two results here, both at an 8K resolution, but at differing bitrates and compression levels.

blackmagic 2 geforce rtx 4070 super perf

The Blackmagic RAW Speed Test doesn't play well with AMD's socket AM5 platform and discrete Radeon cards. When the basic Radeon graphics iGPU incorporated in Ryzen 7000 series processors is enabled, it seems the application ignores any discrete Radeon GPU in the sysytem, and performance tanks into the mid-20 frames per second. Disable the Radeon iGPU, and the discrete GPU will be used, but the Radeons trail the GeForces significantly. If we focus on the GeForce RTX 4070 Super specifically, it lands in the familair position, just behind the higher-end GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. The deltas separating the GeForces are quite small, however.

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