I made a post-Christmas purchase of the HP Victus 15L, equipped with a GTX 1660 Super graphics card and a modest 500-watt power supply. Realizing the need for a GPU upgrade, I embarked on a search for a suitable replacement, with considerations ranging from power consumption to thermal management, given the constraints of my compact case.
GPU Comparison: RTX 3070 vs. RTX 4070
In my quest for an upgraded GPU, I initially considered the RTX 3070. However, concerns arose regarding its power requirements, which matched my current power supply’s limit and raised temperature issues, particularly in my small case with limited ventilation. Additionally, the RTX 3070’s age and cost, nearly comparable to the newer RTX 4070, led me to explore the latter as a more viable option.
Gaming Performance Analysis
The decision to invest in the ASUS Dual RTX-4070 proved to be a game-changer. Through extensive benchmarking at 1080p, the tangible improvements in gaming performance became evident, showcasing substantial frame rate increases across various titles, such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Red Dead Redemption 2.
|RTX 1660 SUPER
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider
|Avg. 108 fps (High)
|Avg. 157 fps (Ultra)
|Horizon Zero Dawn
|Avg. 74 fps (Ultra)
|Avg. 146 fps (Ultra)
|Red Dead Redemption 2
|Avg. 75 fps (High)
|Avg. 85 fps (Ultra)
|Rise of the Tomb Raider
|Overall 52 fps (Ultra)
|Overall 192 fps (Ultra)
Thermal Management and Reliability
The ASUS Dual RTX-4070 not only outperformed its predecessors but also demonstrated exceptional thermal management. Running the built-in benchmarks at 1080p, I experienced no overheating or noise issues during extended gaming sessions. This reliability added to my overall satisfaction with the upgrade.
Compatibility and Future-Proofing
The ASUS Dual RTX-4070 seamlessly integrated into the compact HP Victus case, with its lower power requirements alleviating concerns about strain on the existing power supply. Furthermore, the continuous updates from ASUS have contributed to ongoing improvements in performance, ensuring that my gaming experience remains top-notch.
A Game-Changing Upgrade
In retrospect, the ASUS RTX-4070 stands out as the most impactful upgrade to my PC. Not only did it defy the limitations of a supposedly “low-end” and “non-upgradable” system, but it also enabled me to run any title at ultra settings without a hitch. The ASUS RTX-4070 has, without a doubt, elevated my gaming experience to new heights, proving to be a worthwhile and satisfying investment.