The brand new Nvidia RTX 3070 has now launched into the wild and, alongside the Founders Version playing cards, the inexperienced staff has additionally allowed third-party graphics card producers to unleash their manufacturing unit overclocked SKUs proper from the get-go. And so we now have the Asus TUF RTX 3070 OC, a barely higher-clocked model of the third-tier Ampere GeForce card.
And it is fairly the beefy sibling; sat subsequent to the FE model of the extra mainstream Nvidia GPU it’s actually a chunky trying card. However that is ever been the best way with this RTX 30-series—the Founders Version variations have all benefitted from Nvidia’s personal engineering efforts to shrink down the dimensions of the PCB and create playing cards that do not essentially bulk as much as match the big GPUs at their hearts.
The identical can’t be stated for the third-party variations, the place they’re usually far bigger than the reference playing cards from Nvidia. That wasn’t so obvious with the RTX 3080, nonetheless, because it was nonetheless a somewhat massive boi, however the RTX 3070 is a extra svelte wee factor. And fairly pretty with it.
This Asus TUF RTX 3070, nonetheless, is each bit the chonk possibility, that includes the identical GPU cooler as we have seen on the Asus TUF RTX 3080 OC card. Which means we are able to anticipate some significantly spectacular cooling efficiency, and on condition that that is the overclocked SKU, we would nicely want it.
The place the MSRP for the RTX 3070 is ready by the Founders Version GPUs, at $499 (£469), this Asus OC card is inevitably costlier. With a UK worth of £500 at choose retailers, and a £550-odd normal worth, we are able to anticipate the greenback worth to come back in across the identical form of $550 at finest.
TUF RTX 3070 specs
GPU – GA104
Lithography – Samsung 8nm
CUDA cores – 5,888
SMs – 46
RT Cores – 46
Tensor Cores – 184
OC Mode Increase clock – 1,845MHz
Gaming Mode Increase clock – 1,905MHz
Reminiscence bus – 256-bit
Reminiscence capability – 8GB GDDR6
Reminiscence pace – 14Gbps
Reminiscence bandwidth – 448GB/s
When it comes to the uncooked specs, the Asus model of the RTX 3070 barely differs from the unique Founders Version, sporting the identical GPU configurations of 5,888 CUDA cores because of the Ampere structure’s redesigned SMs delivering twice the potential floating level logic as its Turing-based forebears. We have gone into depth in regards to the Turing structure in our RTX 3080 FE assessment, so you’ll be able to try the total particulars there.
Alongside the GPU itself, you additionally get the identical 8GB of GDDR6—not the GDDR6X that fills out the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 playing cards—which is actually the one place the place the just lately introduced, and instantly competing, AMD RX 6800 has any potential positive factors. The brand new Huge Navi card has 16GB of GDDR6, with some fancy Infinity Cache function to spice up reminiscence bandwidth, and guarantees efficiency slightly larger than the RTX 2080 Ti.
In some circumstances. These listed benchmarks from AMD do comprise slightly caveat about how that efficiency was achieved.
However I’ve probably not skilled any issues with the VRAM measurement of both the RTX 3070 or RTX 3080, which each have much less video reminiscence than the brand new AMD playing cards launching in November. So, I am nonetheless unconvinced about how massive a promote that can actually be for PC avid gamers.
The Asus TUF RTX 3070 OC, because the identify implies, is a manufacturing unit overclocked model of Nvidia’s newest graphics card, and so the clock pace has modified, with Increase clocks on the totally different modes going as much as 1,905MHz. In actuality that does not equate to a lot, as a result of the Founders Version already goes manner above its 1,725MHz Increase clock pace anyhow. Realistically it seems like OC playing cards are dropping relevance in immediately’s market, particularly GeForce playing cards.
In our personal testing the Founders Version averages out at 1,862MHz in gaming exams, whereas this Asus card is available in with a better 1,901MHz on common. That is simply one other 39MHz on common on high of the Nvidia-built card with its reference clock, and inevitably would not actually make a blind little bit of distinction within the general gaming efficiency metrics.
Which is to say that it’s nonetheless a mighty spectacular graphics card. The Asus GPU continues to be delivering gaming efficiency that’s both simply forward of the RTX 2080 Ti—the $1,200 high Turing GPU from the final technology—or simply behind it. However nonetheless it falls on a game-by-game foundation the efficiency delta is at all times negligible.
At 1440p you are usually stepping into three figures for common body charge efficiency, which makes this ~$500 card an impressive gaming GPU. However on condition that it is buying and selling blows with the RTX 2080 Ti that additionally makes the RTX 3070 a reasonably spectacular 4K card too.
If you wish to nail 60fps at 4K in each sport you are going to want to regulate your need to run on the absolute highest graphics settings, however these wishes are solely going to wish slightly pruning to get there.
The place it does commonly lag behind the RTX 2080 Ti, nonetheless, is within the ray traced efficiency. The highest Turing GPU comes with an entire lot extra devoted RT silicon inside it, which makes it a extra pure ray tracing chip. That stated, you will not discover a graphics card with this stage of ray tracing efficiency, for this worth wherever.
However in case you had been hoping for an overclocked GPU that would take the brand new Nvidia Ampere silicon additional you can be dissatisfied. Even below Efficiency Mode—there may be additionally a Quiet Mode change on the Asus card’s PCB—it isn’t constantly sooner than our Founders Version card. Generally it does ship a number of further FPS, however it does additionally drop a number of right here and there too.
Take a look at rig
CPU – Intel Core i7 10700K
Motherboard – MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi
RAM – Corsair Vengeance RGB Professional @ 3,200MHz
CPU cooler – Corsair H100i RGB Professional XT
PSU – NZXT 850W
Chassis – DimasTech Mini V2
It does additionally chew by means of much more energy than the more-efficient Nvidia card, because of that need for overclocking efficiency. With a peak energy draw of over 300W it does ask an entire lot extra of your PSU than the less-thirsty FE GPU. Although it’s far cooler, to the tune of virtually 10°C on common.
That is the advantage of Asus’ beefy cooling answer, however it’s the identical one you’d discover on the non-OC model of the TUF RTX 3070. And that makes it supremely robust to advocate this overclocked SKU as a substitute.
Actually, I really feel like proper now overclocking is over. Nvidia has instructed me it is simply gotten higher at getting essentially the most out of its chips, so it may possibly assure clock speeds nearly on the limits of what the silicon can do for everybody. I actually obtained nothing out of overclocking the RTX 3070 Founders Version card when it comes to a efficiency increase.
Which means the silicon lottery could possibly be a factor of the previous, and to me it looks like that is the place manufacturing unit overclocked graphics playing cards belong now too. You are merely not getting something extra in your cash, particularly in terms of playing cards such because the Asus TUF the place you’ll be able to nonetheless get the identical nice cooler on the cheaper non-OC playing cards.
So, ultimately, the RTX 3070 is a very spectacular graphics card in all its guises, principally outperforming the ultra-enthusiast GPU of the earlier technology and smashing the equally costlier RTX 2080 Tremendous throughout the board too. However I would counsel avoiding the worth premium of overclocked playing cards… nicely, except that is all that is left when the launch inventory has been ravaged anyhow.