Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review

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A perfectly cut, high density foam core always speaks of the eye for detail the designers have, and can raise an affordable product into a very premium feeling item. We won't pretend the RTX 3070 is cheap, although it's magnificently affordable given its performance, but in this packaging it could cost a grand or more and we wouldn't have been shocked.

Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review  

The RTX 3070 FE itself will be familiar to you if you read our reviews of the 3080 FE card. A very smooth and sleek design with plenty of fins to help increase the surface area for cooling, with two fans keeping the air flow constant. The 'inside' fan has a vent at the back to allow airflow to the top half of your case, whilst the one at the bracket end is used for GPU cooling and also exhausting that hot air out of the back bracket, rather than spilling out into your case.


Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review  

The rear of the RTX 3070 FE is an exercise in minimalism, with a single backplate only showing the through hole that has been a feature of all the latest RTX cards we've reviewed, whether from Nvidia or partners. Anything that helps stop your graphics card becoming a wall in the middle of your case and let some air reach the upper half, has to be a good thing.


Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review  

Power is a 12 pin PCIe, that actually uses a single 8 pin PCIe adaptor. We don't know why either. However, getting RTX 2080 Ti performance from a single 8 pin shows how efficient the latest Ampere GPU is.


Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review  

Although the power connector is a strange shape, or rather an uncommon number of pins, Nvidia supply an adaptor cable so you can be up and running instantly.


Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review  

Outputs are the standard Nvidia selection of three DisplayPort 1.4s and an HDMI 2.1. The HDMI is the big change, allowing 8K60 and significantly higher refresh rates at lower resolutions thanks to the increased bandwidth.


Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review  

Size is always difficult to get across without any sense of scale to compare things to, so here is the RTX 3070 on top of the RTX 3080. It's a svelt thing and perfect if your case internals are somewhat limited in available space.


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27-10-2020, 14:04:51

demonking
Nice review, nice card mostly.

Shame about the 12pin, feels like Nvidia are trying to force that one on the masses at the moment, Warranty still invalidated by using anything other than the supplied adapter?

Hopefully these are actually available but the rumour mill is that these are in short supply too. Lets hope not, these are priced pretty well though longevity of 8gb of vram might become apparent in the near future.

Next week will tell how well these are priced Quote

27-10-2020, 15:05:48

KingNosser
Seems like a decent little card, but why 8pin to 12pin cable needed why not just use an 8pin seems really un-needed to me, and like all the 3k series it's slap bang in the middle of the card like a huge sore thumb.

Otherwise it's actually a better card than i was expecting far closer to the 2080ti, but it's not faster than a 2080ti Nvidia marketing at it's best.

but yea not bad tbh.Quote

27-10-2020, 15:08:54

AngryGoldfish
So it's faster than a 2080Ti even in some Ray-Traced games, draws less power, is more than half the price, and has an excellent cooler design. But 8GB is pretty feeble, power draw is not great, availability is likely to be meagre, the price is still high for a midrange card, and it's slyly reviewed the day before AMD announces a likely superior alternative.

Oh, and stupid 12-pin connector.Quote

27-10-2020, 15:21:48

KingNosser
When it comes to AIB's can expect to see these selling at £525+ imho so it's a long way from the £469 of the FE and the chances of you getting one well good luck.Quote

27-10-2020, 15:27:16

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
So it's faster than a 2080Ti even in some Ray-Traced games, draws less power, is more than half the price, and has an excellent cooler design. But 8GB is pretty feeble, power draw is not great, availability is likely to be meagre, the price is still high for a midrange card, and it's slyly reviewed the day before AMD announces a likely superior alternative.

Oh, and stupid 12-pin connector.
It starts to creak at 4k, usually allowing the 2080Ti to win. In fact overall the 2080Ti does win in Hardware Unboxed's review.

Which is kind of annoying really. I mean, had they found a way to shove it to 10gb or 12 or 12 this card could be bargain of the decade. Instead? it's a Macdonalds. It will fil you up for about ten minutes and then you'll be hungry again.

1440p is such a grey area now too. It seems to be where all of the high end previous gen cards go to die. So there are many in that category, all of which provide a very pleasant gaming experience.

TBH I would rather have seen this at £80 more, with more VRAM. Because it would have prolonged the life of this card another year or more. Instead? once those heavy hitting new console games designed from the ground up to utlilise all of their power? it's going to struggle something rotten.

I suppose all of this is fine when you have a 1440p monitor, but the whole thing being rammed in our faces by every manufacturer of everything now is 4k.

What it does do, however, is give AMD a really big chance of getting a foot in and making tons of sales.Quote
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