Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review

Test Setup and Clock Speeds

Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review

Test Setup

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

Clock Speeds

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.

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Most Recent Comments

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
Quote:
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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