NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review: Gaming, Thermals, Noise, & Power Benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review: Gaming, Thermals, Noise, & Power Benchmarks

This review and benchmark of the NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition GPU looks at thermals, power, gaming, overclocking, and performance vs. the GTX 1070, RTX 2070, 3080, 5700 XT, et al.
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Sorry, there’s an error in the specs section at 4:00. We based it off initial info from announcement, but final spec is actually 14Gbps memory and 448GB/s memory bandwidth. That doesn’t change any benchmark data, but the specs table should read 14Gbps and 448GB/s.

RTX 3070 Founders Edition Tear-Down:
TESTING METHODOLOGY:
AMPERE ARCHITECTURE:
PCIE 4 vs. PCIE 3:
RTX 3080 Founders Edition review:

Benchmarks today look at the RTX 3070’s performance in gaming most heavily, but also include a big focus on thermals (including GPU, MOSFET, & GDDR6 memory temperatures), mechanical design and pressure application, frequency boosting, and overclocking. The gaming benchmarks include a lot of video cards, but some noteworthy ones are the RTX 3070 vs. GTX 1070 comparisons, RTX 2070 & 2080 Super comparisons, and AMD RX 5700 XT benchmarks. Remember that you can always look at old charts and determine a relative percent difference between your current card and something that is on these charts, then roughly approximate where yours would fall relative to the 3070 (just some simple percent scaling math will work). The GTX 970 could be compared in this fashion.

RELATED PRODUCTS (Test Bench Parts)

NVIDIA RTX 3070 FE will theoretically appear on Amazon here:
NVIDIA RTX 3080 FE on Amazon:
ASUS RTX 3080 TUF Gaming on Amazon:
ASRock RX 5700 XT Taichi on Amazon:

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition
02:00 – GPU Reviews Are Weird Right Now
04:38 – Block Diagram of RTX 3070 & Die Shot
05:02 – Strong Point: Pressure Map of RTX 3070
06:08 – 3070 FE Pressure vs. Other Cards
06:27 – Coldplate Depth on RTX 3070 Cooler
06:56 – RTX 3070 Frequency Validation vs. Temperature
07:57 – 3070 vs. 3080 & 3090 Boost Frequency
09:09 – GPU Noise-Normalized Thermals
10:38 – Memory Noise-Normalized Thermals
11:25 – Hot MOSFETs in Auto VBIOS Thermals
12:24 – Auto VBIOS GPU Thermals
13:11 – Weak Point: Fan Hysteresis on RTX 3070 FE
14:20 – Noise-RPM Response on RTX 3070 FE Cooler
15:13 – Game Benchmarks & Cards That Aren’t on Charts
15:43 – Red Dead Redemption 2 (1080p, 1440p, 4K)
18:14 – DirectX 12 vs. Vulkan Performance (RDR2)
18:56 – Rainbow Six Siege (3070 vs. 1070, 2070, 5700 XT, etc.)
20:10 – Frametime Plot – RTX 3070 vs 3080 in Rainbow Six
22:33 – Three Kingdoms GPU Benchmarks (4K, 1440p, 1080p)
24:06 – Horizon Zero Dawn (4K, 1440p)
25:19 – Shadow of the Tomb Raider (4K, 1440p)
25:47 – Microsoft Flight Sim 2020, GTA V, Strange Brigade
26:37 – Quake II RTX Path Traced Benchmarks (4K, 1440p, 1080p)
27:11 – Control RTX Benchmarks (& DLSS2) – 4K, 1440p
27:45 – Minecraft RTX – 4K, 1440p
28:08 – Power Consumption & Overclocking Power
28:58 – Power Efficiency vs. RTX 3080
29:37 – Conclusions of RTX 3070 Founders Edition

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Editorial, Testing: Steve Burke
Additional Testing: Patrick Lathan, Mike Gaglione
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman

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