With the release of Nvidia’s RTX 30 series, many topics have surrounded the huge top of the product stack. After all, we love high frame rates and great advances in GPU technology! However, one of the most exciting news in the RTX 30 series release for all gamers should be the RTX 3070. It promises performance comparable to or following the giant RTX 2080 Ti, the previous generation Jaguar notebook. Just a fraction of the price-it’s a win all around … it’s also the long-awaited battlefield for future competition.
Today, the wait is over and the battle for uncompromising midrange performance is finally astonishing at the first shot across the proverbial bow. This is a review of the Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition.
- MSRP: $ 499.00
- Core clock: 1.5 GHz (base) 1.73 GHz (boost)
- CUDA color: 5888
- Memory: 8 GB GDDR6
- Memory bus: 256 bits
- Bus: PCI-e 4.0
- Ports: 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
- Ray tracing core: 2nd generation
- Tensor Core: 3rd Generation
After checking RTX 3080 And RTX 3090, Nvidia’s RTX 3070 is adorable and pretty by comparison! It’s not a small GPU, but the RTX-20 series has an advantage over other Ampere-based lines. In terms of thermal design, it’s similar to other 30-series Founders Edition GPUs, but the RTX 3070 is fan-operated and slightly out of the pack. This design is a bit avant-garde, but it worked very well with the RTX 3090 Founders Edition. We need to compare the design thinking of the 3070 to see how it works.
Initially announced in early October release, the RTX 3070 will arrive a little later. However, it’s in time to compete in the $ 400- $ 600 GPU price range, which is the expected price range for AMD’s “Big Navi” GPUs. I can’t say yet what AMD was planning at the time of writing this review, but Nvidia has certainly made a statement on the RTX 3070 … and let me wait until this review is over. I have no intention. In short, the gateway to high-power graphics performance is much easier to access.
The Nvidia RTX 3070 fulfills Nvidia’s promise of 2080 Ti performance at a fraction of the price, but with some concessions. The RTX 3070 has 8GB of DDR6 compared to 11GB of 2080Ti. Of course, the 3070 memory bus is equivalent to the previous generation memory bus. What we’ve found is that despite these concessions, the RTX 3080 still has a lot of fighting, and the Ampere architecture isn’t leaning forward, even at technical disadvantages.
Now let’s look at the numbers.
Synthesis, benchmarking, and thermal performance
Before getting into the numbers, here are the testbench system specifications:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
- cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H150i ELITE CAPELLIX (Closed Loop Cooler)
- sheep: Zadak SPARK 32 GB 3200MHz DDR4
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-Pro
- storage: 500GB Samsung 980 PRO, 1TB WD_Black SN750, 1 TB Seagate FireCuda
- PSU: NZXT E850
- If: Corsair 4000X
For comparison, let’s look at the data collected from the benchmarks of a series of tests that utilize different graphics APIs. This gives an overview of the performance of the RTX 3070, primarily compared to the Nvidia RTX. 2080 Ti..
In the chart, the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti Founders Edition GPUs, along with the heavy weights of this generation, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, show the top layer of the previous generation product stack. There is GIGABYTE RTX 3080 gaming instead of 3080. OC 10G and 3090 have Nvidia’s Founders Edition.
Our main focus is on performance within Nvidia’s own product stack, MSI Radeon RX5700XT Gaming X.. As we did in the RTX 3080 review, these numbers are included to show how AMD’s “Big Navi” needs to work to box the RTX 3070 … but You have to wait a bit longer to see who will win the battle!
First, let’s take a look at the raw power of rasterization.
In 4K game testing, the RTX 3070 showed an average 4% performance improvement over the RTX 2080 Ti.We saw some significant performance improvements Far Cry 5 There was a slight increase Shadow of the Tomb Raider, But overall, things were pretty consistent across the board.. These are purely rasterized numbers, there is no DLSS or RTX … Note that these numbers will come later.
Let’s move on to 3DMark’s TimeSpy benchmark in 4K. In fact, it was within 16% of the RTX 3080’s performance, an 8% increase over the 2080 Ti. Breaking it down further and testing it at 8K to remove the CPU from the equation, the RTX 3070 performs up to 8.5% better than the 2080Ti and 22% lower than the newly cast RTX 3080.
An important note about these numbers: Nvidia’s Dynamic Super-Resolution (DSR) is used to capture data above 4K. This means that both generations will experience a slight performance degradation (~ 3-5%). Remember: The scores you just saw are purely based on rasterization. The 3070 is fighting the 2080Ti, but these numbers show that GPU core technology is taking a leap from generation to generation. But it’s not finished yet. Try real-time ray tracing!
Real-time ray tracing performance
As DLSS matures and more modern titles include real-time ray tracing, it’s interesting to explore the technology extensively, especially with hardware that can handle its performance load. The rest of the RTX 30 series has done a great show in this area, but the RTX 3070 can safely enable DLSS and RTX. When looking at these charts, keep in mind what we are looking for: performance comparable to the RTX 2080 Ti. And that’s mostly what we see most of the time.
At 4K, the RTX 3070 is very close to the performance of the 2080 Ti with both RTX and DLSS enabled. This is surprising given that the RTX3070 has a slower memory bus than the 2080Ti and has less GDRR6, and is using the current generation of architecture. Achieving this level of performance at a lower cost is a testament to Ampere’s power.
In addition to the benchmarks for these existing titles, we ran some synthetic benchmarks specifically aimed at improving the performance of RTX for games that haven’t been released yet. Both Bright Memory and Boundary use heavy shadows, reflective surfaces, and lighting enhanced by Nvidia hardware. We ran these tests with and without DLSS to show the impact. RTX3070 didn’t hit 4K60 Bright memory Or boundary, What it did was to overtake the RTX 2080 Ti by up to 45% in performance. It’s not difficult to do with the last two digits, but the improvements are still improvements.
Thermal performance and sound
Up to this point, the temperature of the RTX 30 series has always been (and relatively) cold, but the RTX 3070 Founders Edition did not follow that trend, as did other trends in the product stack. The GPU design favors other families, but the RTX 3070 does not handle much heat. This is not to say that the card gets hot. Still, it operates significantly cooler than the RTX 2080 Ti. The numbers we saw hovered in degrees Celsius in the mid-1970s and were a bit dull compared to other regions.
However, when it comes to acoustic performance, this GPU keeps things very quiet. The RTX 3070 Founders Edition cooler stays at least consistent with other families, as ambient noise stays within normal operating range when compared to case fans.
In case you miss the coverage of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 so far, Nvidia’s Ampere-based 30 series is a show stopper to say the least. I’ve been hoping for what the RTX 3070 can do with the tremendous performance gains from the previous generation, but I wasn’t disappointed. Simply put, the RTX 3070 delivers Nvidia’s promise of 2080 Ti performance for a fraction of the price. At least most of the time.
There are some incidents where the 3070 appears to be slightly behind the 2080Ti, but not so much. In pure rasterization testing, the RTX3070 shows performance fairly close to the 2080Ti. But that’s not all. A similar story can be seen in real-time ray tracing, an important category in the RTX series. The RTX3070 competed for position with the 2080 Ti, winning some tests and losing others. Despite memory bus, bandwidth, and volume limits, the RTX 3070 has a good fight.
Some of the design concessions found in the RTX 3070 Founders Edition do not necessarily prevent trading. They are just interesting choices … and it can be a bit tricky for me to point out. The thermal design of the RTX 3070 is similar, but changing the fan orientation has a negative impact on thermal performance compared to the other 30 series. Performance isn’t bad, but it’s a bit disappointing that we don’t see the innovation coming from the high-rise GPUs. The final concession for the RTX 3070 is that Nvidia has omitted the white LED logo on the side of the GPU … again, it’s not a big deal … otherwise it slightly lowers the premium of premium custom cards. ..
If you’re disappointed to read this, I’d like to get all this information out in a simple statement. The current bottom of the RTX30 series stack shows (and in some cases even better) the performance of the top consumers. RTX 20 Series Grade GPUs … There’s a $ 700 Garry between the two. That’s big news! In other words, the RTX 3070 provides a wider consumer group with greater access to better technology. It’s an amazing victory in my book.
If you’re one of many people skipping a few generations of GPUs and waiting for the right time to upgrade, this may be the leap you’ve been waiting for. The Nvidia RTX 3070 offers a huge middle tier wonder upgrade path at a reasonable price