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Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC review: a flashy makeover for those who want that RGB
5:00 pm | February 25, 2024

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Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC: Two-minute review

Following years of anticipation, Intel jumped into the GPU market dominated by AMD and NVIDIA with some respectable results last year. 

Both the Intel Arc A750 to the Intel Arc A770 showed real promise and managed to undercut the best graphics cards both chipmakers had to offer despite, at least on price if not necessarily matching performance benchmarks. 

Regardless, the A770's price just kept it from being one of the best cheap graphics cards for those looking for a GPU that could provide good ray-tracing alongside hardware-accelerated AI upscaling. Though it couldn’t match the sheer raw 1440p power of an AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT or Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti, general performance was more than respectable for the $349 launch price. 

With third-party variants of the A770 available, the Acer BiFrost Arc A770 OC might be a more attractive buy, especially now that the Intel Limited Edition cards are no longer being manufactured. There are a few things that lean in its favor including customizable RGB lighting through the Predator BiFrost Utility and overclocking capabilities. 

Sure, the lighting that comes with the BiFrost Arc A770 OC looks more attractive than the original A770, but that’s pretty much the biggest plus when it comes to this GPU over the Intel reference card. Performance power doesn’t increase much even with overclocking, which means that the dual-8-pin connection pulls even more power for no real reason, but you can make adjustments to its power draw if that's an issue. Be sure to make sure Resizable BAR is activated through your motherboard's BIOS settings as well because performance will absolutely tank if you don't. 

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An Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC on a gray deskmat

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An Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC on a gray deskmat

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As mentioned previously, the Acer BiFrost Arc A770 OC comes feature-packed with ray-tracing and AI upscaling capabilities. When it comes to ray-tracing, it’s not going to deliver performance that matches AMD let alone Nvidia, but that doesn’t mean that ray-tracing performance wasn’t good. 

When tested with the Dead Space Remake and Cyberpunk 2077, framerates stayed within the 30 fps ball-park. On the other hand, Intel’s XeSS AI upscaling technology is as good as DLSS and AMD FidelityFX in games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023), Forza Horizon 5, and Hi-Fi Rush. Though 1440p performance is generally great, for more fps, brining it down to 1080p delivers better overall results.

There are around 70 games that support XeSS so far with more popular games like Fortnite, League of Legends, and Counter Strike 2 missing from the list. During playtesting some games performed horribly including Crysis Remastered and Forza Motorsport (2023) even when dropped down to borderline potato settings. 

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As in TechRadar's original A770 review, older games may have performance issues due to driver compatibility, since games developed with DirectX 9 and Direct X 10 were not made with the Arc GPUs in mind, meanwhile, AMD and Nvidia drivers have over a decade of legacy support for these games built-in since earlier versions of the drivers were developed back when those games were first released. That said, DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 performance is much better, and Intel's drivers are being actively improved to support these games.

One thing that surprised me is that the A770 provides pretty decent performance when using Adobe Suite software like Premiere Pro and Photoshop if your project scope is kept reasonable. In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see Adobe provide official support for the graphics card in the future.

Acer does have a Predator BiFrost Utility that allows users to change RGB lighting within its card, but outside of that, it’s not as useful as Intel’s own Arc Graphics utility driver. Both allow users to have various system overlays alongside overclock power limit, temperature limit, and fan speed. One thing's for sure, even when running at full power, the Acer BiFrost Arc A770 OC wasn’t incredibly loud compared to other power-hungry GPUs available.

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Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC: PRICE & AVAILABILITY

  • How much does it cost? US MSRP $399 (about £320 / AU$560)
  • When is it available? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK, and Australia

The Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC is currently available now in the US, UK, and Australia. Right now, there are ways to get around the $399 MSRP with some stores like Newegg selling the GPU for around $279. With the original A770 going for as high as $429, the BiFrost Arc A770 OC could be considered a better buy. 

For gamers on a more restricted budget looking for the best 1440p graphics card capable of playing many of the best PC games of the past couple of years, the BiFrost Arc A770 is definitely more accessible than comparable Nvidia and AMD graphic cards. Individuals who are working with a higher budget should definitely consider getting the AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT, which is just $50 more at $449 and provides much better 1440p performance. 

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Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC: Specs

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Should you buy the Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC?

Buy the Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC if...

You need for budget level price with nearly mid-tier performance
With solid ray tracing and AI upscaling capabilities, the 1440p performance on the BiFrost A770 OC is commendable.

You require a GPU to match your RGB ready desktop’s flyness
The dual fan design and RGB lighting does look cool compared to the original A770.

Don't buy it if...

You want the best midrange GPU
Due to developer support at the moment, the A770 lags behind AMD and NVIDIA, which means performance won’t be the best for many of the top-tier games.

You want a GPU that uses less power
The Acer BiForst Arc A770 uses a lot of power but the performance doesn’t really reflect that.

Also consider

If my Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC review has you looking for other options, here are two more graphics cards to consider...

How I tested the Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC

  • I spent around two weeks with the Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC
  • I used the Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC for gaming and creative test

Testing with the Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC happened over a two-week period on a second home computer where I split between gaming and creative tasks. On the gaming side, titles played during testing included Crysis Remastered, Call of Duty Modern Warfare III, Forza Horizon 5, Forza Motorsport (2023), and Dead Space (2023)

Creative usage was split between Premier Pro and Photoshop.  I’ve been testing gaming desktops alongside components for around three years for TechRadar and fully understand how GPUs are supposed to perform compared to similar tech. 

We pride ourselves on our independence and our rigorous review-testing process, offering up long-term attention to the products we review and making sure our reviews are updated and maintained - regardless of when a device was released, if you can still buy it, it's on our radar.

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First reviewed February 2024

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super review: second only to the RTX 4090, and finally worth buying
5:00 pm | January 31, 2024

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super: two minute review

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 wasn't my favorite graphics card - by a long shot - when it was released in late 2022, so in a lot of ways the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super that's just gone on sale has a pretty easy bar to clear, and it does so by delivering better performance than its non-Super sibling at a much lower price.

To be clear, you are mostly getting a price cut on the RTX 4080 with this card, with some extra performance akin to some well-tuned overclocking. In a different universe, this card could have been released in 2022 and pretty much buried the rival AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX out the gate, rather than give Team Red a chance to own the sub-$1000 premium tier essentially all on its own.

However, now that the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super is available for a US MSRP of $999.99 (about £800/AU$1,400), the market as it stands has just had a GPU whale-bellyflop its way into it, and there's only so much you can relitigate the past in a review like this.

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On its merits, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super is essentially the best graphics card you can buy right now, other than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090. It provides a roughly 1.4% performance gain (geometric mean) on the Nvidia RTX 4080 with most of that coming in terms of synthetic benchmarks. 

On the other side, it manages to outperform the RX 7900 XTX by about a geometric average of about 7% both in synthetic performance and gaming, across raster and ray-traced workloads, both with graphics upscaling and native resolutions.

It even comes within 18% overall of the RTX 4090, which is a hell of a thing considering it costs about 40% less at MSRP. In short, if you're an enthusiast looking for the best 4K graphics card but you're not a creative professional who needs the kind of power that an RTX 4090 brings to the table, then the RTX 4080 Super is the perfect card for you.

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If you're lucky enough to pick up a Founders Edition of the RTX 4080 Super, you'll get the same gorgeous black finish that we saw on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super, and considering how quickly these cards are probably going to sell out, these might be something of a showpiece for those wanting to flex.

That said, if you're the type of gamer who lives and breathes RGB, then one of Nvidia's AIB partners will likely offer a better card for your build. Expect them to run higher than MSRP, however, which unfortunately negates the key advantage of this card.

There's no doubt that this card is a seriously premium purchase no matter which way you go though, so someone looking for the best cheap graphics card or the best 1440p graphics card to satisfy a midrange price point will still only be window shopping the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super, but at least with the Super, it might not be so out of your reach as it once was.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super: Specs & features

While you are getting more from the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super in terms of specs — including more compute units, faster clock speeds, and faster memory — the TGP of the card is still 320W, so even though you have more of everything, you everything ends up just a bit underpowered as a result, leading to a card that is slightly faster in terms of performance, but not by much.

You would need about 336W to power all of the added hardware in the RTX 4080 Super to the same extent that the base RTX 4080's hardware was, so if you have an overclocking target, you know where you need to be. Thankfully, Nvidia does let you overclock its cards, so you do have some headroom if you want to squeeze the most out of those extra shaders.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super: Price & availability

  • How much is it? US MSRP listed at $999.99 (about £800, AU$1,400)
  • When is it out? It was released on January 31, 2024
  • Where can you get it? You can buy it in the US, UK, and Australia

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super is available in the US, UK, and Australia (among other markets) from January 31, 2024, with a US MSRP of $999.99 (about £800 / AU$1,400).

This puts it directly against the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX in terms of price, and effectively takes the lead as the best value among the top-tier premium cards. It's also about 17% cheaper than the RTX 4080 it effectively replaces. 

Considering that the original launch price of the RTX 4080 essentially knocked 1.5 stars off its final score from me, that $200 price difference really is that big a deal at this stage since it puts enough room between it and the $1,600 price point of the RTX 4090 to make the RTX 4080 worth buying.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super: Performance

In terms of performance, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super offers the best bang for your buck of any of the top-tier premium cards, rivaling the performance of even the RTX 4090.

Of course, this was true of the base RTX 4080, but where the RTX 4080 Super really delivers is bringing this level of performance below the $1,000 price point that separates the enthusiast segment from the creative professional class who have company money to throw around.

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Synthetic benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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On synthetic performance, the RTX 4080 Super is second only to the RTX 4090 overall, and where it falters against the RX 7900 XTX is mostly when dealing with 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy workloads (both regular as well as Extreme and Ultra versions), but as expected, whenever ray tracing is involved, the RTX 4080 Super shines. 

The RTX 4080 Super also outperforms the RX 7900 XTX when it comes to raw compute performance, so machine learning workloads will run much better on the RTX 4080 Super than the RX 7900 XTX.

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Creative benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Creative benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Creative benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Creative benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Creative benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Creative benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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In terms of creative performance, the RTX 4080 Super walks away the winner against the RX 7900 XTX, even if you don't factor in the fact that Blender Benchmark 4.0.0 workloads wouldn't even run on the RX 7900 XTX (though the RX 7900 XT was able to run them, just not nearly as well).

The RTX 4090 is still the card you'll want for creative workloads, 100%. But if money is a bit tighter than it used to be now that interest rates are non-zero and money means something again to VCs, the RTX 4080 Super is a good compromise.

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Gaming benchmark results for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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The gaming performance of the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super is likewise second only to the Nvidia RTX 4090, with strong native 4K ray tracing performance before you even factor in DLSS, which — thanks to Frame Generation and Nvidia Reflex — drives frame rates up even further on games that support it. 

While barely a blip higher than the RTX 4080 non-Super in gaming performance (about 0.4% better overall), it is about 7% better than the RX 7900 XTX, which retails for the same price currently.

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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Final performance figures for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

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With an average (geomean) frame rate of about 80 fps at 4K compared to the RTX 4090's 87 fps average, the RTX 4080 Super all but eliminates any real need to splurge on the RTX 4090 if you're just looking to game. 

The RTX 4090 might be the best graphics card for creatives or machine learning scientists out there, but for gamers, you are much better off with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super, since that extra $600 can buy you a whole lot of other components like the best SSD or best processor for gaming, something even the PC gaming enthusiasts out there can appreciate.

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Should you buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super?

Buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super if…

Don’t buy it if…

Also consider

How I tested the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

I spent about a week and a half with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super all together, with much of that time spent benchmarking the card on our test bench.

I did use the card as my primary workstation GPU for content creation, and in addition to my standard battery of benchmark tests, I also used the card for high-end 4K gaming on titles like Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.

I've been reviewing computer hardware for years now, and having extensively tested and retested every major graphics card release of the last two generations, with nearly two dozen graphics card reviews completed in the last 18 months, I know how a card like this is supposed to perform given its price and target audience, so I'm well-equipped to give you the buying advice you need to help you make the right decision with your money.

First reviewed in January 2024

AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT review: decent enough, but not as good a value as it should be
6:55 pm | January 24, 2024

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AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT: two minute review

Well, not everything can be fixed by giving it an extra 8GB VRAM.

The AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT is Team Red's latest play at the lower midrange graphics card market, and for what it is, it's a decent enough graphics card, offering great 1080p performance with some very solid 1440p performance to boot. 

It offers substantially better ray tracing performance than the AMD Radeon RX 7600, making one of the best 1080p graphics cards on the market right now, but the card unfortunately doesn't live in a vacuum. 

With a US MSRP of $329.99 (about £265/AU$420) and with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 offering better performance overall for about $30 less, the RX 7600 XT becomes a lot harder to recommend, which is frustrating since this market segment is much more price sensitive than the midrange and premium tiers are.

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An AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT on a table

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There's no reference card model from AMD, so as with the AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT, you're limited to whatever AIB partners like XFX and ASRock produce. This means that the design of the cards are going vary considerably, as will their prices and clock speeds.

Essentially, what you're getting with the RX 7600 XT is an overclocked RX 7600 with an extra 8GB VRAM. It's specs are otherwise pretty much identical, which goes a long way to explaining the level of performance you're getting with this card.

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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In terms of synthetic performance, the RX 7600 XT comes in about 2% better than the RX 7600, and about 2% worse than the RTX 4060, with the expected difference between stronger rasterization performance for the RX 7600 XT and better ray tracing for the RTX 4060 holding true here.

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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For gaming, the RX 7600 XT is pretty great for a 1080p card, as was the RX 7600 before it, and the extra VRAM does help it get some extra 1440p performance, especially when it comes to minimum frame rates which help determine a game's stability. Its ray tracing performance is also generally improved over the RX 7600 as well.

Compared to the RTX 4060, however, it comes in about 5% behind overall, which is where we were really hoping to see the RX 7600 XT differentiate itself thanks to the extra VRAM.

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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Benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

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In 1440p gaming performance, the extra VRAM does give the RX 7600 XT about 10% better performance on average compared to the RX 7600, and it ekes out a win against the RTX 4060 in non-ray-traced gaming performance at 1440p, but it gets about 25% lower ray-traced 1440p performance than the RTX 4060.

Given the price difference here, the RTX 4060 is simply the better value for both 1080p and 1440p gaming, despite having 8GB less VRAM.

In the end, the memory bandwidth, constrained by a 128-bit memory bus, is simply too small for the larger frame buffer to really make a substantial enough impact. For that, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT becomes harder to recommend than it should be.

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AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT: Price & availability

  • How much is it? US MSRP listed at $329.99 (about £265/AU$420)
  • When is it out? It is available January 24, 2024
  • Where can you get it? You can buy it in the US, UK, and Australia

You can get the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT starting on January 24, 2024 with an AMD MSRP of $329.99 in the US, which converts to about £265 in the UK and AU$420 in Australia.

Since there's no reference model for this card, you'll also likely find this GPU selling for higher once all the added bells and whistles like RGB lighting and such are factored in.

This is easily the biggest disadvantage of this card, considering that the Nvidia RTX 4060 is $30/£24/AU$36 cheaper, and the RX 7600 is even cheaper than that at $269.99 (about £215/AU$380). Still, for some who want to make sure that their gaming PC is setup for the future with the extra VRAM, the extra investment might be worth it.

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Should you buy the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT?

Buy the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT if…

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How I tested the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT

I spent about a week with the AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT, putting it through a full battery of benchmarks and general performance testing, including playing some of the best PC games on the market on the highest settings available at 1080p.

I've been reviewing PC hardware for several years now, and I have extensively tested and retested every major graphics card release of the past two generations of graphics cards, so I am intimately familiar with their varying degrees of performance. As such, I know how well a card needs to perform for a given price, relative to the market, and given my lifelong passion for PC gaming, I also know what the intended audience for a graphics card is going to demand, and whether the cards I review meet these exacting standards.

First reviewed in January 2024

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super review: the true RTX 4080, overshadowed by the looming RTX 4080 Super
5:00 pm | January 23, 2024

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super: two minute review

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super is a difficult card to rate, despite it being without a doubt one of the best graphics card releases of this generation.

For a US MSRP of $799.99, you're essentially getting a pared-down Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080, including 16GB GDDR6X VRAM, a wider 256-bit memory bus so you can actually play the best PC games at 4K (with tweaks), with noticeably less power draw. On the flipside, you're also getting a card that is only marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, despite its seriously upgraded specs.

As far as the design goes, unfortunately, there is no Founders Edition for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super, so you don't get the sleek-as-hell all-black metallic finish of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super. Instead, you'll have about a half-dozen or so board partners like Asus, MSI, and others making these GPUs. Which card you get will determine a lot from overclock settings to cooling and RGB lighting effects.

The Asus Tuf Gaming model I reviewed is identical to the Asus Tuf Gaming RTX 4070 Ti I reviewed, and it's a massive chonky card for what it's worth. Given the power requirements and the need to dissipate a lot of heat, you can fully expect that whatever RTX 4070 Ti Super card you pick up, it's going to be a triple-slot monster.

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In terms of performance, there's no getting around the fact that this is essentially the Nvidia RTX 4080 we should have gotten a year ago (it's built off the RTX 4080's AD103 GPU, rather than the RTX 4070 Ti's AD104), and for that, it is one of the best 4K graphics card models to hit the market this year. It's gaming performance is superb pretty much across the board, with the only area it struggles to be playable is where every other graphics card struggles other than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, and that's native ray tracing at 4K.

Even there, however, this card manages to average about 32fps (though its average minimum/1% fps dips below the 24fps that registers as fluid motion, so yeah, it can sometimes be a bit of a slideshow). 

Unfortunately, the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT is also right there further complicating the picture for this card. Outside of creative workloads that rely on CUDA (like Blender or V-Ray), the RX 7900 XT goes toe-to-toe with the RTX 4070 Ti Super in terms of gaming performance, though the RTX 4070 Ti Super will generally handle ray tracing better.

Surprisingly though, AMD's FSR seems to be at the point where it is battling Nvidia DLSS to a draw by and large, with the only real difference being whether you have ray tracing turned up to its highest setting or not. Given the recent price cut for the RX 7900 XT down to $749.99 in the US, anyone looking at the RTX 4070 Ti Super will have to ask themselves some hard questions.

This is especially true given the big looming release set to drop at the end of January, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super. Though 25% more expensive at MSRP than the RTX 4070 Ti Super, given the high cost of entry for this card, it suffers from a similar problem as the original RTX 4080 had; it's too close in price to a clearly better card, and so ultimately, you'll almost certainly be better off buying the RTX 4080 Super in a week's time. Which is a shame, because the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super is a fantastic card that really should have hit the scene a whole lot sooner than it is.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super: Price & availability

  • How much is it? MSRP listed at $799.99 (about £640, AU$1,120)
  • When is it out? It was released on January 24, 2024
  • Where can you get it? You can buy it in the US, UK, and Australia

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super goes on sale January 24, 2024 for a listed MSRP of $799.99 in the US, which is about £640 in the UK and AU$1,120 in Australia.

This is the same MSRP as the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti is replaces, which is definitely a positive given the generally terrible pricing of Nvidia best graphics cards this generation.

As stated above though, AMD isn't sitting on its laurels, and it's dropped the price of its competing RX 7900 XT graphics card to counter this release. And, given, their relative levels of performance, it's a smart move as it makes the RX 7900 XT a better value as a result, at least enough to be competitive in the absence of any RX 7050 XT-series releases thus far.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super: Specs & features

  • 16GB VRAM
  • Wider memory bus
  • Slightly faster clock speed

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super: Performance

  • Marginally better than RTX 4070 Ti
  • Loses to RX 7900 XT in gaming performance
  • Extra VRAM makes 4K gaming much smoother

Where it counts, the RTX 4070 Ti Super is a fantastic graphics card for work and play, though it's definitely more of a refresh of the RTX 4070 Ti, which is unfortunate since it really should have shown better performance given its specs.

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super

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In terms of synthetic performance, the RTX 4070 Ti Super averages about 4.5% better performance than the RTX 4070 Ti, and about 13% slower performance than the RTX 4080, which more or less matching the RX 7900 XT. On this latter point, much like other AMD vs Nvidia comparisons, in pure rasterization, AMD comes out on top with Nvidia winning out in ray tracing workloads.

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Creative benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Creative benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Creative benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Creative benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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For creative performance, the RTX 4070 Ti Super greatly outperforms the RX 7900 XT, but falls well short of where the RTX 4080 lands. If you're looking for the best creative graphics card, then, the RTX 4080 Super is definitely going to be one to look out for considering it's only going to retail for $200 more and should be much more powerful.

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1080p gaming benchmarks for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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1080p gaming benchmarks for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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In gaming performance, no card really comes close to the RTX 4080, but the RTX 4070 Ti Super more or less ties the RTX 4070 Ti and the RX 7900 XT.

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1440p gaming benchmarks for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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1440p gaming benchmarks for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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In 1440p gaming performance, the additional 4GB VRAM in the RX 7900 XT starts to become a factor to the RTX 4070 Ti's detriment, but overall, the RTX 4070 Ti Super comes up about 3.5% behind the RX 7900 XT, and roughly tied with the RTX 4070 Ti.

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4K gaming benchmarks for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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At 4K, the additional 4GB VRAM in the RTX 4070 Ti Super vs the RTX 4070 Ti starts to really have an impact, giving the RTX 4070 Ti Super about 6.5% better performance on average but a nealy 10% higher fps floor at 4K than the RTX 4070 Ti. 

The RTX 4070 Ti Super also runs about even with the RX 7900 XT as well.

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Final benchmark results for the RTX 4070 Ti Super

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Wrapping things up, a couple of other points I definitely want to hit on, namely that the biggest thing holding this card back in a lot of ways is its TGP. With the same TGP as the RTX 4070 Ti, you get the sense that this card leaves something on the table in terms of performance given its specs. On the plus side though, it does manage to squeeze some extra performance from the same amount of power, which is a good thing. If you want to try and overclock this card to tap into its full potential, have at it.

It's not going to run particularly hot (unless you overclock the hell out of it) and it's gaming performance is exceptional, even into 4K, where you can expect to average about 70 fps at 4K when not using ray tracing, or you can turn ray tracing on and flip DLSS to balanced or performance for the same amount of frames or better.

It's ultimate value proposition isn't as good as the RX 7900 XT's, but it's better than the RTX 4070 Ti's, and since AIBs are likely to be switching themselves over to the Super rather than keep putting out non-Super RTX 4070 Ti's, this card is effectively giving you something extra for no additional cost.

The ultimate value tell though will be how the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super performs, and it's unfortunately the case that the success of this card depends very much on how well Nvidia's last major graphics card of this generation is received.

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Should you buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super

Buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super if…

Don’t buy it if…

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How I tested the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super

Test system specs

This is the system we used to test the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super:

CPU: Intel Core i9-14900K
CPU Cooler: MSI MAG Coreliquid E360 AIO Cooler
RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5-6000
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z790 Tomahawk WiFi
SSD: Samsung 990 Pro 4TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Power Supply: Thermaltake PF3 1050W ATX 3.0
Case: Praxis Wetbench

I spent about a week working with the Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super, running our standard battery of tests on it and similar cards in its price category.

I ran it through a number of real world use cases where it will be used, primarily  gaming and content creation. 

I've been reviewing computer hardware, including graphics cards, for years now, and I am intimately familiar with the kind of performance you should expect from a graphics card at this price point. I bring that knowledge to bear on my graphics card reviews and make sure that every graphics card I compare to the card under review is retested using the most up-to-date drivers to get the best relevant data for comparison, even (as in this case) it means I only test the most relevant competing cards to provide the reader with the most important comparative data when they are considering making their next graphics card purchase.

First reviewed in January 2024

I spent about a week working with the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super, including using it as my main work PC graphics card for content creation work. I ran our standard battery of tests on it and its two main competitor cards due to time constraints (you can see my RTX 4070 review for its relative performance versus many more cards, and than consider a roughly 12%-15% better performance over that for the RTX 4070 Super). 

I've been reviewing computer hardware, including graphics cards, for years now, and I am intimately familiar with the kind of performance you should expect from a graphics card at this price point. I bring that knowledge to bear on my graphics card reviews and make sure that every graphics card I compare to the card under review is retested using the most up-to-date drivers to get the best relevant data for comparison, even (as in this case) it means I only test the most relevant competing cards to provide the reader with the most important comparative data when they are considering making their next graphics card purchase.

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A report of a GPU security flaw appeared online, reported by Trail of Bits. According to the researchers, millions of Apple iPhones and MacBooks, along with devices with AMD or Qualcomm chips, are affected. The issue, neatly called LeftoverLocals, is with GPU memory that stores AI data, which uses the graphics unit rather than the SoC. The vulnerability allows hackers to extract personal information that is easily accessible on the local memory of the GPU. Apple confirmed it is aware of the problem and has already patched some devices with the M3 or A17 Bionic chip, but older iPhone 12...

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC: adding a little bitta oomph to your 4070 Super
5:00 pm | January 17, 2024

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PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC: Two-minute review

The PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC is another solid entry into the Nvidia Lovelace family from PNY, and gamers or creators (or both) looking for a little extra performance for their money will very pleased if they bought this card.

With a US MSRP of $599.99 (about £480/AU$840), this card sells for the same as the Founders Edition in my Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super review, but it comes with a few nifty extras that make an already excellent graphics card even better.

In the main, this comes from the slightly faster factory boost clock of 2,490 MHz, up from the Founders Edition's 2,475 MHz boost. To be clear, this is only 0.60% faster, so the actual performance in real terms is a couple of points here, a frame or two there, and isn't the kind of thing that you're going to really notice even if you have the benefit of having both cards to test side-by-side like I do (if you want to see raw performance numbers vis-a-vis the competition, check out the Founders Edition review and tack on about 0.5% to the RTX 4070 Super's scores, more or less).

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That said, extra performance is extra performance, however small, and with the PNY RTX 4070 Super Verto OC, you get a little bump in performance right out of the box. After that, you also have the PNY VelocityX overclocking software, where you can take things a good bit further, especially thanks to the 12VHPWR cable allowing for some extra wattage into the GPU.

That said, anytime you're overclocking any computer hardware yourself, either through a software tool or otherwise, do be careful not to push things too far and potentially damage your card. At $600, this is still a good investment.

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In terms of design, the dual-fan shroud for the PNY Verto series is the same as it is on other cards, but that's not terrible. It's not the flashiest design, but the dual fan design and exposed heatsink does allow for better cooling that is noticeable in my testing, which shows the PNY card running a few degrees cooler than the Founders Edition running the same 3DMark Speedway stress tests.

If there's one thing that I'm sad about its that with the 4070 Super, the 220W TGP means that you need to have either two 8-pin connectors or a 16-pin connector, so unlike the card in my PNY GeForce RTX 4070 XLR8 review that was able to sport a single 8-pin power connector, you're stuck with a 16-pin here. 

There is an adapter in the box to let you plug two 8-pin cables into the card, but any time an adapter is involved, you're going to have to deal with some cable management issues.

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Beyond that, the PNY RTX 4070 Super Verto OC is a little bit longer and taller than the Founders Edition (9.74 inches vs 9.4 inches and 4.74 inches vs 4.3 inches), though they both take up about the same amount of slot space as a dual slot card. 

The PNY card's extra length does give it a bit more heat sink to work with though, and the heatsink and fan overhang the PCB allowing for direct air passthrough for better cooling performance. Essentially, you'll be able to slot this card into just about any of the best PC cases that aren't special "mini" chasses without an issue and get some extra cooling performance in the process.

Wrapping up, the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC is a solid choice for anyone looking to pick up an RTX 4070 Super thanks to some solid extras for the same price as MSRP. You won't get a whole lot of bling with it, but if what you're looking for is the best 1440p graphics card to play the best PC games or do some 3D modeling on the side, this card will get you the performance you need to make it happen.

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PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC: Price & availability

  • How much is it? US MSRP $599 (about £480, AU$840)
  • When is it out? January 17, 2024
  • Where can you get it? You can buy it in the US, UK, and Australia

The PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC goes on sale on January 17, 2024, with a US MSRP of $599.99 (about £480, AU$840), and will be available in the US, UK, and Australia at launch or soon thereafter.

This puts it at the same MSRP as the Founders Edition card, which means you get some extra performance thrown in essentially for free, and the VelocityX overclocking software lets you tinker a bit with the card to squeeze out the best possible performance from this GPU.

In terms of other third-party GPUs, you're likely to find better cooling, flashier designs, and possibly better performance via OC settings, but for the price, the PNY RTX 4070 Super Verto OC is a great value for this GPU, even if it's pricier than the competing AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC: Specs

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Should you buy the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC?

Buy the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC if...

You want an overclocked card for a great price
At MSRP, this card gives you both faster factory clocks as well as the ability to easily tweak your card's performance.

You want great cooling
The design of the RTX 4070 Super Verto OC lets air blow through part of the heatsink unobstructed, providing better cooling than the Nvidia Founders Edition.

Don't buy it if...

You want something flashy
The PNY Verto series isn't big on RGB, so if you want something shiny, this card isn't for you.

You're on a tight budget
Despite its extras, the PNY RTX 4070 Super Verto OC is still an expensive card, so you might want to check out the RX 7800 XT for great gaming performance at a better price.

PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC: Also consider

If my PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC review has you looking for other options, here are two more graphics cards to consider...

How I tested the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC

  • I spent about two days testing the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC
  • I tested its gaming performance and content creation performance specifically
  • I used out standard battery of benchmark tests

Having tested the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super already, I looked into how much the PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Super Verto OC exceeded that baseline performance, and where it fell short, if applicable. I did this using a more precise series of benchmark tests that pushed the card's thermals to the limit, as well as repeatable synthetic benchmarks to determine comparable scores.

I also tinkered with PNY's VelocityX overclocking software to see how well that software affected the card's performance for better or worse.

I've been a hardware reviewer for many years now and I've spent more time at TechRadar's PC component test bench than I'd like to admit, so I know my way around graphics cards and what they ought to be capable of given their specs and pricepoints; knowledge that I leverage to its fullest to make sure that our customers get the best possible product for their money.

First reviewed January 2024


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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super review: the best midrange graphics card on the market, with some caveats
5:00 pm | January 16, 2024

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super: Two minute review

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super is a graphics card with a lot of expectations built up around it after it's announcement at CES 2024, and if you've yet to upgrade your graphics card in a minute and you've been waiting for a sign, this release is what you've been waiting for, whether you end up buying it or going with a competing card from AMD or Intel.

Looking across the lineup of Nvidia graphics cards in 2023, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 definitely reviewed as one of Team Green's best thanks to fantastic performance and a more accessible price compared to the rest of the GPU market at the time. At $599.99 in the US (about £480/AU$840), the RTX 4070 Super is going to retail (at MSRP) for the same launch price as the card it refreshes, while the RTX 4070 will see a healthy price cut when the RTX 4070 Super goes on sale on January 17, 2024.

In terms of what you're getting for that same amount of money, you're going to get substantially more SMs for more processing power as well as a slightly faster base clock speed. But, sadly, we're still stuck with just 12GB GDDR6X VRAM which does hamper this card's 4K potential. If you're looking for the best 4K graphics card, you may have to wait to see what the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super or Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super have to offer later in January.

If what you're looking for is the best 1440p graphics card on the market, well, in terms of sheer performance, look no further. Between upgraded specs and DLSS 3 with Frame Generation, Nvidia Reflex, and a host of other tech packed into this card, you'll be playing the best PC games at high settings with the best 1440p monitors for many years to come.

Still, it's not an unqualified win for Nvidia here. For one, the price of the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super is still $100 (about £80/AU$140) more than the AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT that it's directly competing with. And while the RTX 4070 Super does outperform the best AMD graphics card for the midrange on a number of levels, gaming sadly isn't one of them, unless you lean heavily on ray tracing.

Even in places where you factor in DLSS, without frame generation, Nvidia lags behind the RX 7800 XT overall when it comes to gaming. And once AMD releases its own frame generation tech for FSR in the coming weeks, the advantage Nvidia gets from DLSS 3 with Frame Generation will likewise tighten up. On this point, gamers are going to have some harder questions to ask themselves than anyone else, and the price of the RX 7800 XT alone might be more than enough to tip the scales for them.

Still, it's hard to argue that Nvidia hasn't delivered an absolutely phenomenal card with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super, and for midrange users out there who want fantastic gaming as well as content creation features and raw performance, this is almost certainly going to be at the top of the list when making your choice about a new upgrade.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super: Price & availability

  • How much is it? US MSRP $599.99 (about £480, AU$840)
  • When is it out? January 17, 2024
  • Where can you get it? You can buy it in the US, UK, and Australia

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super goes on sale on January 17, 2024, for $599.99 in the US (about £480/AU$840), which is the same price as the launch MSRP of the RTX 4070 when it launched in April of 2023.

And while we love to see prices stay more accessible for gamers and creators, Nvidia is still charging a premium for its card vis-à-vis AMD's competing RX 7800 XT, which has competitive performance for about $100 less.

Still, despite not being the best cheap graphics card on the market, for what you're getting, the price on the RTX 4070 Super is a very good value overall. While not quite AMD levels of performance for price, this is about as good a value as you're going to get from an Nvidia GPU on the market today (at least until we see what the RTX 4070 Ti Super and RTX 4080 Super are working with later this month).

Value score: 4/5

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super: Design

  • Gorgeous all-black finish
  • Same size as base RTX 4070
  • Still requires 16-pin power

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super Founders Edition is easily one of the sexiest graphics cards I've laid hands on in a long while. The all-black shroud, fans, and trim give it a very sleek look that might not have any of the flash of RGB bedazzled third-party cards, but as far as Nvidia's lineup goes, this is easily the most attractive.

In every other way, barring the Super branding, this card is identical to the original RTX 4070, so it comes with all its positives and negatives as well. Its smaller than its larger siblings, so its much more manageable in a wider variety of cases, but it is still heavy enough that some kind of GPU support is going to be needed if you don't have a vertical card adapter for your case.

The cooling solution is also fairly good and has plenty of power for cooling. Its 16-pin connector means that if you don't have an ATX 3.0 power supply, you'll need to use a two-8-pin-to-one-16-pin adapter, which might make cable management a bit of a hassle.

Design score: 4.5/5

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super: Features & specs

  • 21% higher SM count
  • Slightly faster base clock
  • STILL just 12GB VRAM

When it comes to the RTX 4070 Super, there is a lot to appreciate here. For the same price as the RTX 4070, you're getting a far more SMs (56 to the RTX 4070's 46, a 21% increase), so that also means that you're getting a hefty upgrade in terms of CUDA cores (7,168 to 5,888), ray tracing cores (56 to 46), and tensor cores (224 to 184) over the original RTX 4070. 

You're also getting a slightly higher base clock rate of 1,980MHz , which is about 3% faster than the base RTX 4070. For that, the RTX 4070 Super also has a 220W TGP, which unfortunately means that you're not going to get any RTX 4070 Super cards with an 8-pin connector like you can with the RTX 4070.

Beyond that, there isn't too much different spec-wise with the RTX 4070 Super than you have with the RTX 4070, and this unfortunately includes the 12GB GDDR6X VRAM configuration. Mind you, this is plenty for 1440p gaming, but if you've got one of the best 4K monitors, you'll have to accept some settings compromises if you want to game seriously at 4K.

This is a dual-slot card that is identical in size to the RTX 4070 Founders Edition, as well as utilizing the same cooling solution, so it will run a slight bit hotter thanks to the increased power flowing into the card, but it's not a whole lot so that it'd be noticeable.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super: Performance

  • Outstanding overall performance
  • 12GB VRAM hampers 4K potential
  • Falls behind RX 7800 XT somewhat in gaming performance

In terms of performance, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super is about as solid a graphics card as you'll find in the midrange, offering fantastic gaming performance, while outshining the competition in non-gaming tasks like content creation and compute-heavy workloads.

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

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During synthetic workload tests, the RTX 4070 Super loses out somewhat to the RX 7800 XT on some tests while winning out on others, so when you don't factor in ray tracing, it's a bit of a wash. Once ray tracing is included, however, you so end up with about 23% stronger ray tracing performance for the RTX 4070 Super, which is expected given the maturity of Nvidia's tech versus AMD's.

It's also worth noting that the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super's compute performance is about 18% better than the RX 7800 XT, and overall, the RTX 4070 Super outperforms the RTX 4070 by about 17%, on average. 

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

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Moving on to creative benchmarks, as expected, the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super outperforms the AMD RX 7800 XT when it comes to 3D rendering tasks thanks to the strength of Nvidia's CUDA processing, which most renderers use. 

In terms of rasterization performance, the two cards are about even, while the RTX 4070 Super pulls slightly ahead of the RX 7800 XT in terms of video encoding, but only by about 1%. Over its predecessor, the RTX 4070 Super renders 3D scenes and rasterizes noticeably faster, but it's pretty much even on the video encoding side.

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

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When it comes to gaming performance, however, the RX 7800 XT pulls ahead of the RTX 4070 Super in a big way, especially at lower resolutions.

In 1080p gaming, the RTX 4070 Super consistently lags behind the RX 7800 XT when ray tracing isn't factored in, and when it is, this advantage is generally diminished (on average) when bringing balanced upscaling to bear, though the RTX 4070 Super and the RTX 4070 tend to do much better than the RX 7800 XT when pure ray tracing is involved.

Against its predecessor, the RTX 4070 Super offers about a 14% average FPS increase over the RTX 4070 at 1080p, an advantage that I expect will grow wider once better drivers are released to support the RTX 4070 Super post-release.

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

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The story is similar with 1440p gaming where the RX 7800 XT does generally outperform the RTX 4070 Super when ray tracing isn't involved, and lags behind when it is. 

Upscaling helps here as well, but broadly speaking, the RTX 4070 Super is going to outperform the RX 7800 XT when ray tracing, and overall provides about a 9% better fps than the RTX 4070, on average. I suspect this latter figure will be higher once post-release drivers are installed, since the RTX 4070 outperforms the RTX 4070 Super in Metro: Exodus when it shouldn't, and so i believe this game is a bit of a driver outlier.

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Benchmark results for the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super

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At 4K, the RX 7800 XT manages to hold up better in absolute terms thans to its larger 16GB frame buffer vs the RTX 4070 Super's 12GB, but the GDDR6X memory and more mature ray tracing cores make ray tracing at 4K a better overall experience with the RTX 4070 Super than with either of the two other cards tested against here.

Ultimately, then, it comes down to whether you're really all that enthusiastic about ray tracing performance. If so, the RTX 4070 Super is the card you're going to want, but at $100 cheaper, the RX 7800 XT offers a much more compelling option for pure rasterized graphics than the RTX 4070 Super. This, ultimately, keeps the RTX 4070 Super from running away with the title of best midrange graphics card, but it's a much tougher fight for the RX 7800 XT than it was when it first launched against the RTX 4070.

Performance score: 4.5/5

An Nvidia RTX 4070 Super on a purple deskmat on a desk

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Should you buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super?

Buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super if…

Don’t buy it if…

Also consider

How I tested the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super

Test system specs

This is the system we used to test the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D
CPU Cooler: MSI MAG Coreliquid E360 AIO Cooler
RAM: 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5-6000
Motherboard: Gigabyte X670E AORUS Extreme
SSD: Samsung 990 Pro 4TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Power Supply: Thermaltake PF3 1050W ATX 3.0
Case: Praxis Wetbench

I spent about a week working with the Nvidia RTX 4070 Super, including using it as my main work PC graphics card for content creation work. I ran our standard battery of tests on it and its two main competitor cards due to time constraints (you can see my RTX 4070 review for its relative performance versus many more cards, and than consider a roughly 12%-15% better performance over that for the RTX 4070 Super). 

I've been reviewing computer hardware, including graphics cards, for years now, and I am intimately familiar with the kind of performance you should expect from a graphics card at this price point. I bring that knowledge to bear on my graphics card reviews and make sure that every graphics card I compare to the card under review is retested using the most up-to-date drivers to get the best relevant data for comparison, even (as in this case) it means I only test the most relevant competing cards to provide the reader with the most important comparative data when they are considering making their next graphics card purchase.

First reviewed in January 2024


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PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti review: a great 1080p GPU with added extras
6:30 pm | December 23, 2023

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PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti: Two-minute review

When we reviewed the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Founders Edition earlier this year, we were slightly disappointed with the mid-range offering from its small performance boost compared to the base 4060 (let alone 3060 Ti) alongside 8GB VRAM and design issues. Regardless of its faults, it was still a worthy buy for many reasons, like DLSS 3 being the current standard when it comes to AI upscaling tech while overall ray tracing performance saw significant improvements as well. As third-party versions of the GPU have been released, the PNY Geforce RTX 4060 Ti is a strong contender for the best graphics card using the RTX 4060 Ti GPU available on the market. 

Despite still inheriting the under-the-hood flaws of Founders Edition, the PNY take on the GPU makes some significant improvement in terms of its design. The most obvious is that it only needs a single-power 8-pin PCIe power connector and not the special 16-pin adapter. Of course, this means opportunities for overclocking are severely diminished. 

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Meanwhile, having only 8GB VRAM is a shame considering that many of the most visually impressive AAA games released over the past year blows past that even at 1080p. When it comes to best bang for buck, the 16GB RTX 4060 Ti can be purchased for around $50 more. With DLSS 3 also comes Frame Generation. This employs AI-enhanced hardware to enhance resolution by generating new frames and interleaving them among pre-rendered GPU frames. While this enhances the fluidity and visual smoothness of games during rendering, it comes with the trade-off of heightened latency and input lag. Then there’s the reality that only around 50 games even support Frame Generation.

Even when pushing the PNY RTX 4060 Ti past its limit, it still manages to keep cool and quiet. Just be mindful that aesthetically, the overall design is a bit bland. If a potential buyer is looking for something to complement their RGB lighting extravaganza build, it’ll unfortunately stand out like a sore thumb. Compared to the Founders Edition, Nvidia still is unmatched with the sleek unified build.

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Those looking for raw native power in the 1440p or above range will need to look at the best 1440p graphics cards and best 4K graphics cards, but this GPU becomes more of a testament to how awesome DLSS 3 is in terms of AI upscaling. Not only can this make 1440p gaming a pleasurable experience, it can handle some games at 4K with some settings tinkering.

If a fantastic 1080p experience playing more esports games at high frame rates like Fortnite and League of Legends matters more than playing Cyberpunk 2077 or Alan Wake II at max settings, the PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti could be considered a seriously attractive purchase, especially when it comes to form over function.

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PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti: Price & availability

  • How much does it cost?  MSRP listed at $389 but can be found for around $350 (around £395/AU$575) 
  • When is it available? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK, and Australia

The PNY Geforce RTX 4060 Ti is currently available now in the US, UK and Australia. Though the MSRP on PNY’s online store is $389, it can be found for as low as $350 on other stores like Amazon or Newegg. Due to the more 1:1 nature of the PNY take vs. the Founders Edition, interested buyers are usually going to save a solid $10 for the same performance.

For PC Gamers on a budget, those looking for one of the best cheap graphics cards for their new rig can look toward its AMD rival the RX 7700 XT. Be mindful that AMD FidelityFX isn’t as good as DLSS, Nvidia simply does ray tracing better at the moment and that card is about $40 more. However, the Radeon RX 7700 XT comes packed in with 12GB VRAM if that matters. When it comes to overall gaming experience between the two, the Geforce RTX 4060 Ti is a very solid performer.

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PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti: Specs

A PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti on a desk with a pink desk mat.

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Should you buy the PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti?

Buy the PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti if...

You require great native 1080p performance
The AD106 GPU features phenomenal 1080p performance even with Ray Tracing enabled where it applies.

You want the best upscaling tech available
DLSS3 improves on the steller upscaling tech and allows some fantastic performance alongside image quality at 1440p. For games that use it, Frame Generation pushes that even further.

Don't buy it if...

You require more than 8GBs of VRAM
Right now, running visually demanding games at 1080p with max settings alongside ray-tracing may bring the graphics card down to its knees with only 8GBs of VRAM. It may be best to get the 16GB 4060 Ti for around $50 more.

You are looking to push your graphics card to the absolute limit
Compared to the 16-pin PCIe power connector set-up of the Founders Edition, slicing that in half does limit potential overclocking.

PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti: Also consider

How I tested the PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti

  • I spend about two weeks with the PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti
  • I played games alongside Adobe creative Suite including Premier Pro and Photoshop

I used the PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti as the graphics card on my main computer for about two weeks. 

Some of the games played included Dead Space (2023), Cyberpunk 2077, Alan Wake II, and Starfield. Outside of gaming, video and photo content was created on Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Considering this is a 1:1 spec of the 4060 Founders Edition, the benchmarks were the same. 

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First reviewed December 2023

MediaTek Dimensity 8300 brings Armv9 CPU, 60% faster GPU and Generative AI capabilities
3:47 pm | November 21, 2023

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MediaTek announced its latest 8000-series chipset with the Dimensity 8300. The new SoC is fabed on TSMC’s second-generation 4nm process and comes as a direct successor to last year’s Dimensity 8200 offering performance upgrades across the board. MediaTek Dimensity 8300 Dimensity 8300 features 4x Arm Cortex-A715 performance cores clocked at up to 3.35GHz alongside 4x Arm Cortex-A510 efficiency units at up to 2.2GHz clock speeds. All eight cores are based on the Armv9 CPU architecture and MediaTek claims up to 20% faster CPU performance and 30% peak gains in power efficiency...

Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 brings 15% faster CPU, 50% more powerful GPU
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