Nvidia RTX 4070 laptop vs RTX 4060 laptop: Which is better for gaming?

Choosing between the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 laptops can be difficult (Image via Ecosis)
Choosing between the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 laptops can be difficult. (Image via Ecosis)

The Nvidia RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 laptops are some of the latest offerings from Team Green. They bring the heightened performance and features of the Ada Lovelace lineup to a portable lineup. These machines are designed to handle the latest titles without breaking a sweat. Supercharged by the power of DLSS 3 with frame generation, you can expect sky-high framerates in some of the latest titles.

I use an RTX 4060 laptop daily, and there's no video game it can't handle. However, choosing between the 60-class and 70-class video cards can be quite difficult. I was riddled between the options while purchasing a notebook. In this article, I will detail the differences between the two and help you make a more informed decision.

NOTE: This article is subjective and solely reflects the writer's opinion.

Nvidia RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 laptop GPUs are some of the best for gaming

RTX 40 series laptops bring the best in performance. (Image via Nvidia)
RTX 40 series laptops bring the best in performance. (Image via Nvidia)

All major laptop makers have launched multiple designs with both the 4070 and 4060 graphics processors on board. Before delving into finer details about the GPUs, I urge you to check the maximum power rating for each model. This vastly alters the performance you can expect from your machine. Ideally, we are looking for a power rating of at least 100W for ideal operation.

Specs comparison

Since both the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 laptop graphics cards are based on the same architecture, a quick look at the specs reveals much about what you can expect from them. The 4070 is based on the much larger AD106 graphics processor as compared to the 4060 which uses the AD107.

On top of this, the 4070 packs significantly more CUDA, Tensor, and RT cores that should theoretically translate to better performance. However, both graphics processors use the same 128-bit GDDR6 memory and 32 MB cache, which limits the benefits of the beefier specs sheets of the higher-end offering.

A detailed comparison of the specs sheets is as follows:

RTX 4070 laptop GPURTX 4060 laptop GPU
Graphics processorAD106AD107
CUDA cores4,6083,072
Tensor cores14496
RT cores3624
L2 cache32 MB32 MB
VRAM128-bit 8 GB GDDR6128-bit 8 GB GDDR6
Max. boost clock1,695 MHz1,890 MHz
Max. TDP115W115W

The VRAM buffer is the biggest bummer of the 4070 laptop GPU. Most video games falter at higher resolutions with 8 GB of VRAM, which doesn't help justify the much higher price tag of laptops with higher-tier graphics processors.

Read more: 5 best RTX 4070 gaming laptops

Performance comparison

A quick look at the specs of the RTX 4070 and 4060 laptops. (Image via Nvidia)
A quick look at the specs of the RTX 4070 and 4060 laptops. (Image via Nvidia)

In a detailed performance comparison, we can fully understand how much you gain or lose by opting for either graphics processor. Here's a detailed comparison of them in some popular video games today. These numbers have been sourced from the PC Support and Gaming Test YouTube channel.

RTX 4060 laptop GPURTX 4070 laptop GPU
Assassin's Creed Valhalla95 FPS103 FPS (+8.4%)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt next-gen61 FPS66 FPS (+8.2%)
Horizon: Zero Dawn88 FPS96 FPS (+9.1%)
Cyberpunk 207779 FPS87 FPS (+10.1%)
God of War61 FPS73 FPS (+19%)

As evident, the jump from the 4060 to the 4070 laptop GPU isn't very significant. The 70-class card is about a 10% better performer in most video games.

This makes the RTX 4060 laptop GPU a much better choice if you're looking for the best value from your setup. It can handle most games at 1440p too. Some older and well-optimized titles run at 4K resolutions without major issues.

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