Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review
Published: 27th October 2020 | Source: Nvidia | Price: |
With the RTX cards potentially requiring PCI Express 4.0, and the impressive performance from the AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs, we thought it was the perfect time to revamp our GPU test rig, and if we're changing the bench rig we need to throw away all of our results. This meant that we've spent a lot of time choosing new games that would be show off the next generation of GPUs whilst also covering the majority of the type of games people play. Yes we could use DOTA and Fortnite if we're just going for popularity, but neither of those really stretch your graphical capabilities.
We've also slightly switched up our graphs too. By and large we're the same as before with the three resolutions, but we're including frame percentile results too. Just showing a minimum frame rate is pointless as you could have one single frame that was lagged and the card would look worse than it is. Instead the percentile shows the average of those bottom results, which are more representative of real-world 'worst case' expectations.
Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition - Driver: 456.96
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 3600MHz
Corsair RM1000i PSU
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT AIO
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Corsiar Obsidian 500D RGB SE
Windows 10 x64 "May 2020" Update
As the launch date for the Ampere cards moves further into the past, so the drivers have seen some updates and some of the games we test have also had Ampere based patches. This will bring some performance increases, particularly at 1080P, when compared to the first benchmarks we ran on the latest Nvidia cards. As you'll soon find out, the RTX 3070 FE isn't found wanting even without this increase. Those of you with an RTX 2080 Ti, look away now.