The Bottom Line
- + GeForce RTX 3080-like performance using 40% less power
- + Small and compact design with excellent power efficiency
- + The hidden cable design is a game-changer
- + DLSS 3 is impressive tech and is available in a lot of games
- - 4K performance could have been better
- - Stiff competition from AMD makes the price feel a tad high
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The physical design and look and feel of your standard desktop graphics card have mostly stayed the same in recent years. There have been advancements in underlying hardware and interface technology; the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 features AI-powered DLSS 3 support and PCIe Gen 4, but the way it and any other GPU plug into a PC gaming rig has remained the same. The good news is that over the past year, we've been seeing several companies look at one area that has been long overdue for an overhaul - power delivery.
No matter how stylish a GPU's design is or how customized the ARGB presentation is, having to connect multiple 8-pin PCIe power connectors or one of the new 16-pin 12VHPWR via an adaptor - the result is almost always the same. The unsightly black cable or cables coming out of your GPU put a stink on all of the time you spent carefully managing the flow of cables. Not to mention lessening the impact of stylish builds. And with companies developing new standards for motherboards and cases to hide all cables for a clean build, INNO3D's approach with the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC White Stealth is clean, simple, and elegant.
It shifts the single 8-pin power connector for the GeForce RTX 4070 to the back of the GPU, which you then cover with a plate. To match the stylish white finish, the company also packs in a white cable to ensure the overall look isn't affected even when you don't see much of the cable. What this brings to the look and feel of the GPU is incredible, and when you pair that with the excellent 1440p performance of the GeForce RTX 4070 hardware, it might just be our favorite model to date.
The Ada Lovelace Generation
Below is a summary of the GeForce RTX 40 Series technology, applicable to all models.
There was a time when outright visual quality was the main driver for determining how advanced real-time rendering, especially in games, had progressed. There was also a time when pure grunt in raw hardware power determined how good a game could technically look and how fast it ran. We're now at a point where visual quality and performance go hand-in-hand, with raw power only being a part of the equation.
The GeForce RTX 40 Series, the Ada Lovelace generation, is a lineup of GPUs built on a cutting-edge process node while leveraging and evolving all of the advances in AI and hardware-based ray-tracing that NVIDIA helped become mainstream with the GeForce RTX 30 Series.
Named after mathematician Ada Lovelace, considered the world's first computer programmer, the GeForce RTX 40 Series is built on TSMC 4N process technology - a giant leap forward over the Samsung 8nm process used in the GeForce RTX 30 Series Ampere generation. From a pure numbers perspective, the full NVIDIA Ada GPU features 76.3 billion transistors, up to 18,432 CUDA Cores (70% more than the previous gen), and delivers clock speeds over 2.5 GHz while maintaining the same power requirements of the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.
Ada also introduces the latest generation of RT and Tensor Cores, with the latter introducing brand-new hardware responsible for the next iteration of AI rendering - DLSS 3 and DLSS 3.5. NVIDIA's DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling is one of the reasons why raw power is no longer the be-all-end-all; it's an AI-based form of upscaling that can provide a sizable boost to in-game performance without sacrificing visual fidelity. It can improve upon native rendering.
For this reason alone, DLSS and other forms of algorithm-based upscaling have become some of the most talked about bits of technology in the PC gaming space.
Free frames, enough said.
DLSS 3 combines DLSS Super Resolution (DLSS 2) with NVIDIA Reflex to reduce system latency and the brand-new hardware-accelerated Frame Generation technology. Three bits of rendering tech = DLSS 3. And it's exclusive to the GeForce RTX 40 Series. It gets a little confusing when you throw DLSS 3.5 into the mix, Ray Reconstruction, which greatly improves ray-traced visual quality across all GeForce RTX GPUs. Still, the result is the same - NVIDIA's technology and development tools for rendering, performance, and latency are unmatched in the industry.
Frame Generation is NVIDIA looking to do what it has done for real-time graphics upscaling to the idea of frame-interpolation - or what they call Motion Plus in the TV world. Which, to be fair, is not a fair comparison on account of tech like Motion Plus being - well - terrible. But the fundamental idea is the same, albeit using specialized AI hardware in the GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics cards to generate and create entire frames.
So far, the results, although not without flaws, are impressive - with dramatic improvements to overall performance (in the frame-per-second stakes) seen in games like Cyberpunk 2077, F1 23, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, and Alan Wake II.
As seen with DLSS 3, the Ada generation is much more than "smaller = more," with NVIDIA introducing back-end technology in the form of Shader Execution Reordering - which effectively ensures render tasks happen more efficiently and without running into bottlenecks. This means a leap forward in the real-time rendering of hardware-intensive ray-tracing effects.
The Ada generation also levels up NVIDIA's already formidable content creation chops with the arrival of AV1 encoding for better video quality for streamers without sacrificing anything in the way of performance or more bandwidth.
Specs and Test System
Here, we can see how the specs and hardware stack up for the GeForce RTX 4070 compared to the previous generation's GeForce RTX 3070 and the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti.
Unlike the more powerful cards in the GeForce RTX 40 Series lineup, the GeForce RTX 4070 features similar specs in terms of numbers as its previous generation counterpart - the GeForce RTX 3070. The same number of CUDA Cores, RT Cores, and Tensor Cores. Raw number increases aren't always an indication of performance; however, outside of these baseline specs, the GeForce RTX 4070 features substantially faster boost clock speeds and 50% more VRAM capacity in the form of 12GB of GDDR6X versus 8GB of GRRD6 on the RTX 3070.
The two-fan, two-slot INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC White Stealth is an OC model, so you've also got a Boost Clock speed increase to 2505 MHz over the Founders Editions 2475 MHz Boost Clock. Compared to the GeForce RTX 3070, that's a massive 45% increase. Usually, pushing clock speeds and more memory capacity results in an increase in overall power draw. However, like the other Ada Lovelace generation cards from NVIDIA, the GeForce RTX 4070 is remarkably power efficient and arrives with a TDP rating of 200W.
Another area where we see some progression over the previous Ampere-generation's GeForce RTX 3070 is with more L2 Cache to improve 1% low performance when gaming.
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070
- Model: INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC White Stealth
- Interface: PCI Express 4.0
- CUDA Cores: 5888
- Tensor Cores: 184 (4th Generation)
- RT Cores: 46 (3rd Generation)
- Clocks: Base Clock: 1920 MHz, Boost Clock: 2505 MHz
- Memory: 12GB GDDR6X
- Memory Speed: 21 Gbps
- Memory Interface: 192-bit
- Total Memory Bandwidth: 504 GB/s
- Display Connections: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1 x HDMI 2.1 x 1
- Power Connectors: 1 x PCIe 8-pin (Hidden)
- Recommended PSU: 600W
- What's in the Box: INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC White Stealth, 1 x PCIe 8-pin Cable (White), Back Plate, Warranty Information
Kosta's Test System
- Motherboard: MSI MPG X670E Carbon Wi-Fi
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 7900X
- Cooler: Corsair iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler
- RAM: 64GB (2x32GB) Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB DDR5 DRAM 5200MHz
- SSD: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus-G M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD 4TB, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Plus M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD 8TB
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 850W
- Case: Thermaltake Core P3 Tempered Glass Snow
- OS: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
Physical Design and Cooling
The INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC design leans into the power efficiency of the GeForce RTX 4070 - as when you're talking about average power usage of 176W at 1080p and 1876W at 1440p, you don't need a massive cooler with three fans taking up multiple slots. With a simple dual fan setup and a two-slot thickness, the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC White Stealth is small, compact, and light.
It's also extremely well put together with a metal backplate, ample cooling, and a near-silent design that ensures that it's not loud even when being put through its paces. Temps remained under 60 degrees Celsius even when stressed, with a fan speed of roughly 50% or 1100 RPM.
The efficiency of the GeForce RTX 4070 is wonderful because it means you can get compact GPUs like this and put it in just about any PC case. And the two-tone look of white with grey flourishes is excellent. The show's real star is stealth cable management, which removes the visible power connection on the top of the GPU. The 8-pin power cable on the back didn't pose any issues regarding installation either, and the pack-in white cable complements the look.
Benchmarks - 15 Game Averages
The Games and Tests
In 2023, PC gaming is a complicated and varied space, from indie games to major blockbuster releases and titles that push hardware and technology to their limit with the adoption of effects like real-time ray-tracing.
This is all a way of saying that the 15 in-game benchmarks we've chosen (and run at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K) represent a wide range of styles, not only in terms of genres, like first-person shooters and racing games but also in the API technology (DirectX 11, 12) and cutting-edge features like ray tracing and upscaling technology.
Results include DLSS and FSR 2, where possible, as both technologies are the sorts of things, especially in 4K, which you'd turn on. Six of the 15 game benchmarks also feature ray tracing, a great way to see the additional benefit of NVIDIA's DLSS and Frame Generation technology. Also, each title is set to ultra-equivalent quality settings to push GPU hardware and minimize CPU bottlenecks at higher resolutions.
Also, it's just fun to max out a game's visual settings and see the results. Here's the breakdown of games, graphics settings, and what's being tested.
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Ultra High-quality settings, with the in-game benchmark tool used.
- Borderlands 3: Ultra quality settings, with the in-game benchmark tool used.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II: Ultra quality setting, in-game multiplayer benchmark tool used.
- Cyberpunk 2077: Ultra quality setting, in-game benchmark tool used. AMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS results are included.
- Cyberpunk 2077 (RT): Ray tracing Ultra quality setting, in-game benchmark tool used. AMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS results are included.
- DOOM Eternal (RT): Ultra Nightmare quality setting with ray-tracing enabled, the opening of Mars Core campaign level used to benchmark.
- F1 22 (RT): Ultra High-quality setting with ray tracing, one lap of the Bahrain track benchmarked. AMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS results are included.
- Forza Horizon 5 (RT): Extreme quality setting with ray tracing enabled, in-game benchmark tool used. AMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS results are included.
- Hitman (RT): Ultra-quality settings with ray-tracing, Dubai scene benchmarked. AMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS results are included.
- Horizon Zero Dawn: Ultimate quality setting, in-game benchmark used.
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (RT): Ultra quality setting with ray tracing enabled, the in-game benchmark tool used.
- Rainbow Six Extraction: Ultra quality settings and in-game benchmark tool used.
- Red Dead Redemption 2: Maximum quality settings, with in-game benchmark tool used. AMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS results are included.
- The Division 2: Ultra quality settings with in-game benchmark tool used.
- Total War: Warhammer III: Ultra-quality settings with the in-game Battle Benchmark tool used.
15 Game Average FPS - 1080p Results
The GeForce RTX 4070 first hit the scene in April of 2023, and since that time, we've seen AMD release new Radeon GPUs in the form of the Radeon RX 7700 XT and Radeon RX 7800 XT as competition. The good news is that the MSRP of USD 599 for the GeForce RTX 4070 is holding strong, with some models being sold for less than this. It also means we'll compare the results to AMD's offerings and the previous generation's GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080.
Across the 15-game benchmark suits, the average frame rate of 157 FPS beats the GeForce RTX 3080 by 6.8% and the GeForce RTX 3070 by an impressive 34.2%. Compared to AMD's mid-range offering, the Radeon RX 7800 XT (with Sapphire's flagship NITRO+ model tested), the 1080p results look virtually identical. However, the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC delivers noticeably better performance in games with ray-tracing effects enabled.
What's also impressive here is that the 1% low performance for the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC is sitting at 102 FPS, so you've got triple-digit performance even on the low-end.
15 Game Average FPS - 1440p Results
1440p is the current sweet spot for those serious about PC gaming, and it's one of the fastest-growing sectors for PC gaming displays. The jump from 1080p to 1440p delivers crisper visuals, a sharper image, and more detail in the finer things. Of course, having more pixels to render puts a bigger demand on the GPU - but with an average frame rate of 114 FPS across our 15-game benchmark suite, it's clear that the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC and the GeForce RTX 4070 GPU is best suited for this resolution if you want to play games with high-quality immersive visual settings.
At 1440p, the results are roughly on par with the GeForce RTX 3080 and the Radeon RX 7800 XT while offering a 33% increase over the GeForce RTX 3070. Of course, the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC is substantially more power efficient than the GeForce RTX 3080, and the Radeon RX 7800 XT, and consequently, the benchmark results are more impressive.
Again, RT-heavy workloads are where the GeForce RTX 4070 shines compared to the competition - a technology becoming standard in non-competitive titles. It's not even close, with the GeForce RTX 4070's ray-tracing performance matching the flagship RDNA Radeon products in games like Cyberpunk 2077.
15 Game Average FPS - 4K Results
Native 4K gaming is weird; the jump from 1080p or 1440p to this resolution often results in a massive drop-off in performance for the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC, going from 1440p to 4K sees the average frame rate across our benchmark suite drops by a sizable 44%. Even with 12GB of VRAM and some powerful hardware under the hood, 4K is simply a monster. That said, the average performance of 64 FPS is very respectable, and when you throw in DLSS and Frame Generation, you can get some excellent results.
The raw 4K performance of the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC, like with 1440p performance, is roughly on par with the GeForce RTX 3080 and the Radeon RX 7800 XT. Compared to the previous generation's GeForce RTX 3070, you've still got a 30% increase - which is a nice generational uplift for what was one of the most popular and sought-after GPUs of the Ampere generation.
Benchmarks - 3DMark FireStrike
3DMark FireStrike is a synthetic DirectX 11 benchmark that has been around for many years and covers quite a large portion of games released over the past decade. The three tests cover the resolutions - 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Looking at the 1440p FireStrike Extreme test, the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC's overall score of 20562 represents a 28.4% increase over the GeForce RTX 3070, with the result sitting close to both the GeForce RTX 3080 and the Radeon RX 7700 XT.
As we've found when reviewing cards from AMD's recent 7700 XT and 7800 XT launches, the 3DMark results were not exactly in line with what we saw regarding individual game benchmarking. Strictly looking at the FireStrike results for NVIDIA GPUs, they reinforce the takeaway that the GPU's raw performance is similar to the GeForce RTX 4080 - albeit in a far more power-efficient package.
Benchmarks - 3DMark TimeSpy and Port Royal
With 3DMark TimeSpy being DirectX 12-based, it's a more relevant synthetic benchmark for modern games. The default 3DMark TimeSpy benchmark is a 1440p test, and the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC's overall score of 17186 maintains the 28% increase over the GeForce RTX 3070 that we saw with the FireStrike test. The result slightly edges out the GeForce RTX 3080 while closing the gap between it and the AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT result.
The 3DMark Port Royal synthetic ray-tracing benchmark is also a staple, and here, the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC's overall score of 11156 showcases a 36.7% generational RT improvement compared to the GeForce RTX 3070. It's a result that puts RT performance on par with the GeForce RTX 3080, but again, with considerably less power usage.
With the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC, we saw Cyberpunk 2077's visually intensive RT Ultra mode with DLSS set to Quality hit an average of 66 FPS, with HITMAN hitting 125 FPS with similar in-game settings and DLSS set to Quality.
Benchmarks - 1080p Gaming
Benchmarks - 1440p Gaming
Benchmarks - 4K Gaming
Benchmarks Summary, Ray-Tracing Performance, and DLSS 3
Across all of our benchmarks, the overall picture for the GeForce RTX 4070's overall raw performance is that you've got something similar to the GeForce RTX 3080 in a smaller package that uses substantially less power. It's a GPU tailor-made for high-end 1080p and 1440p gaming with all detail settings cranked and ray-tracing effects turned on. Performance-wise, it's a noticeable step down from the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, but it's also noticeably cheaper and presents one of the best-value GeForce RTX options in 2023.
There is another element to the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC and the Ada Lovelace generation: DLSS 3 and the new Frame Generation technology. DLSS 3 uses specialized AI hardware in the GeForce RTX 40 Series lineup to generate entire frames and, with the aid of NVIDIA Reflex and Super Resolution technologies, push performance to crazy new heights. It's mind-blowing stuff and has already seen some notable improvements to visual quality since its debut late last year.
For the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC, DLSS 3 at 1440p delivers another generation's worth of performance. Compared to native rendering, Cyberpunk 2077's taxing RT Ultra mode sees a 2.8X increase in performance while maintaining excellent visual fidelity. HITMAN and F1 22 also see a sizable 2X increase in performance at 1440p, which is great. DLSS 3, however, seems to work best when the baseline is also pretty high - so for the GeForce RTX 4070, it's a technology best suited to 1440p gaming. Which just so happens to be the GPU's strength.
Although AMD has introduced its version of Frame Generation in the form of FSR 3 and Fluid Motion Frames, which works on all GPUs, including the GeForce RTX 4070 - from what we've experienced in games like Forspoken and Immortals of Aveum, the 1440p results are up to par with DLSS 3.
Temperature and Power Efficiency
NVIDIA's new Ad Lovelace generation has been one of the most impressive we've ever seen regarding power efficiency, and the GeForce RTX 4070 is no different. Looking at the average power usage for 1440p gaming below, the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC not only outperforms the GeForce RTX 3070 by 33% but manages to do so while using 12% less power.
Compared to the GeForce RTX 3080, the result is even more impressive. You've got similar performance, yet the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC draws 39.4% less power on average.
The great news for the stealth cable action of the stylish INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC is that the power efficiency is backed up by excellent thermal performance - with a GPU temperature of 56.7 degrees and a hot spot of 64.1 degrees recorded during a stress test. Throw in stable memory temps and a generous fan curve that sees speeds hover at around 50-60% when the GPU is tested, and you've got the silent performance to match the cable-free stealth design.
Regarding performance, power efficiency, thermals, and the compact design you see with models like the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC - the GeForce RTX 4070 is easily one of the best options when it comes to the GeForce RTX 40 Series. Add in AI features like DLSS 3.5 and Frame Generation and modern touches like AV1 encoding, and the GeForce RTX 4070 is brilliant for content creators, streamers, and those who want to be immersed in the latest games.
The only real downside is that outside of recent sales, we'd love to see the MSRP of USD 599 drop just a little to make it a clear best-in-class winner. After six months on the market, our thoughts on NVIDIA's 1440p gaming GPU haven't changed, even with some stiff competition from AMD in the form of the Radeon RX 7800 XT. Ultimately, features like DLSS are major selling points alongside RT performance - two areas where NVIDIA excels. DLSS at 1440p is more than a step ahead of AMD's FSR upscaling, and for that, it's enough to move the needle in one direction.
Setting aside performance and value, the stealth cable design of the INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC is both brilliant and simple. Removing a visible cable from a GPU installation adds so much to the aesthetics that it makes you wonder why this wasn't done sooner. Coupled with the sleek and compact white design, the result is one of the best GeForce RTX 4070 options currently available.