After the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080, Nvidia is marketing its GeForce RTX 3070. It is the entry level of this new generation of RTX. Orders will open at 2 p.m., you can order your Founders Edition, but you can also buy one of the custom models from Asus, MSI, EVGA, PNY, Aorus, Zotac, Gigabyte, INNO3D …
Last month, Nvidia’s RTX 3080 ushered in the next generation of graphics cards with far superior performance to the RTX 2080 model it replaced. It is the turn of the RTX 3070 which costs 200 euros less than the RTX 3080 to make its entry, it still promises big performance gains compared to the RTX 2080 of the previous generation and even compared to the RTX 2080 model. Ti. In any case, this is what we observed in our tests.
Where to buy the RTX 3070?
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GeForce RTX 3070: ready for 1440p definition and even 4K
To sum up the interest of the RTX 3070: its performance and its price make this graphics card an ideal must-have for games in QHD definition (1440p). Since the vast majority of PC gamers still use Full HD (1080p) displays, this RTX 3070 will give you the option of adopting a 1440p monitor without having to shell out the cost of an RTX 3080 and its power consumption. additional.
Obviously, each manufacturer and partner of Nvidia adopted a different configuration, however most of these graphics cards will be very similar. Unlike the Founders Edition RTX 3080 which has a completely redesigned design, Nvidia has kept a traditional dual fan configuration with the RTX 3070.
Not to mention that the GeForce RTX 3070 takes advantage of DLSS and ray tracing technology, so you can activate the most with graphic effects with RT or increase the frame rate thanks to DLSS. With DLSS enabled, for example, the RTX 3070 can play a variety of games in 4K definition at 60 fps.
How to choose your GeForce RTX 3070 model?
As you may have noticed, just like the RTX 3080, the RTX 3070 has been developed on a large number of models depending on the manufacturer. Even though the technical specifications of these cards are the same, they are the same chips and the same amount of RAM, there are many differences between these models. Asus, MSI, EVGA, Aorus, PNY, Zotac, Gigabyte… the choice is important.
These brands differ in several areas. Some offer blower fans or open air coolers, others shorten their boards so they can fit in more compact cases. Some are trying to differentiate themselves with lighted fans and LEDs everywhere. A common technique is to make some minor changes to the design of the card itself, such as a small overclocking “Factory” (pre-installed) on the GPU or video memory of the card. These variants carry marketing phrases such as “Overclocked Edition”, “FTW” or “AMP”.
The most important thing to remember is that you will get relatively negligible performance differences between these cards. Some will make more noise, others will have less tendency to heat up while some will allow you to grab a few more IPS. Finally, you will also find software options, a silent mode for example, which reduces the performance of the card to emit much less noise.
More elaborate dual or triple fan designs will be longer, while those designed specifically for compact Mini-ITX cases will be shorter. So feel free to take a look at the tech specs for each card – if you can’t find it, you can always open the case yourself and just measure the space available at the PCI-E ports on the motherboard.
If there is only a little overclocking or a slightly modified cooling system, then the biggest difference between two models is the price. In this case, of course, the cheaper model will be the better. But it’s worth paying a bit more to get a bit more peace of mind, in our opinion. A card from a more reliable manufacturer will always be desirable, with a good warranty and a solid reputation.