I mentioned before that these cards are pretty close when it comes to their actual hardware specifications, but how do these different specs translate into in-game performance?
Well, as you might expect you are going to get a slightly faster card out of the 3070 – but it is only a slight performance increase. In fact, if you look at the price difference between these two cards (about £80), you might even begin to think like me that the price difference is actually a fair depiction of the power and performance difference between these two cards.
Firstly, you have the EFps performance of both cards. The 3070 is roughly 7% faster when it comes to effective frames per second in-game than the 3060 Ti, with speeds like 282 EFps in CS:GO (compared to the 3060 Ti at 271 EFps), 205 EFps in Overwatch (compared to the 3060 Ti at 182 EFps), and 186 EFps in Fortnite (which clocks in at 174 EFps on the 3060 Ti).
These speeds come courtesy of iserbenchmark.com,, who have done some pretty expansive testing between these two cards. In fact, they also found out that the effective speed of the 3070 is actually 16% higher than the speed of the 3060 Ti. Again, this performance lead over the 3070 shouldn’t be too surprising, and it isn’t that massive of a difference in actual speed – just about enough to validate the tiny price difference between these two cards. But it isn’t the only uptick in speed though.
So whilst the last stats refer to the rate at which 3D gaming environments are rendered and modeled effectively, the stats for individual aspects such as lighting, reflections, and gravity should all be looks at individually – and on average, these benchmark results each clock out at around 15% higher on the 3070 than they do on the 3060 Ti. Again, the situation is that if you are looking for a GPU that handles modern gaming with all of its added caveats in a stable manner, then you should definitely be considering a 3070 over the 3060 Ti.
Let me take a moment here though to talk about why you shouldn’t be put off by the dip in the performance of the 3060 Ti though. If you did end up buying this card, plugging it in, and rinning it for modern gaming, you won’t be finding yourself with a dud card that gives out low performance. The 3060 Ti is more powerful than the 2080 Super, so you already have a card that sits happily on top of the performance table when it comes to GPUs designed for mass consumers over the past few years.
In fact, thanks to this card being part of the Ampere line up you can expect it to be reasonably well futureproofed as well against developments in video games as the years go by.
What I’m trying to say here is this: When it comes to in-game performance, the 3070 is the card that comes out on top inside all of the different benchmark tests you can put it through – but only by a small margin, and that the 3060 Ti on its own is still a good card. This leads me to my next point.