NVIDIA 30-series GPUs has been pretty eye catching because the lineup carried really good MSRP with it, but that didn’t last long – thanks to the scalpers and the shortage, which has driven the cost up higher and now its impossible to get your hands on one. So, we reached out to Gigabyte to review their RTX 3070 and in this review, we are going to see some performance benchmarks from the games and compare with some other GPU that we have in our hand.
Look and Feel
The Gigabyte Gaming OC 8GB has a pretty nice design that isn’t too striking, and it looks quite alright with a 3-fan design respectively. Now the OC card can be overclocked, which is a good option to have. Under heavy loads you do not want your GPU to overheat in anyway possible, so the extended heatsink design on the GPU gives better air flow, therefore providing better heat dissipation. On the back, you will realize that the RTX 3070 does not have a USB-C port unlike the 20 Series which had one. Instead, you get 2x DisplayPort and 2x HDMI respectively.
Gigabyte’s Gaming OC RTX 3070 comes with the following specification under the hood, it shouldn’t be so far off from the reference card but there are some slightly higher figures with the Gigabyte’s card.
Our benchmark with the Gaming OC card revolves mostly around gaming – so we tested some game titles that can push the GPU’s performance. That said, we benchmarked with the following system configuration in our test bench:
The benchmark scores are divided into three different parts: 1080p Ultra, 1440p Ultra and 4K Ultra – to see how capable these cards are under different games at different resolutions. If you look at the score below, the 3070 handle things rather smoother than expected. 1080p gaming, which has been the staple resolution for gaming, the GPU excels pretty on point maintaining impressive scores in all the titles benchmarked above.
In 1440p gaming, where gamers these days are going for to experience a better gaming graphics and immersiveness – The card managed to pull through with many good scores keeping way above expectations. If you compare with the 1080p, the score difference is not too staggering, like take in case with Horizon Zero Dawn – the game hit an average fps of 131 in 1080p whereas in 1440p it has a score of 126 fps, which is merely 5 fps less. This shows that with the 3070, there is a chance that 1440p can be the new 1080p.
Finally, for the niche gamers who enjoy at 4K, this is where the scores are significantly different from 1440p with Horizon Zero Dawn outputting average frame rates of 79 fps (vs. 126 fps 1440p). Now, that particular score isn’t bad to begin with, because the higher the graphics go, the demanding the games become, therefore putting more stress onto the GPU. Most games still was in that acceptable range of fps, so if you do play at 4K, you best bet is isn’t going to bother you as you will be enjoying that rich and nice graphics through and through.
Vs. Radeon RX 6700XT
One of the GPUs we had in hand was the RX 6700XT, which AMD claims to go head on with the RTX 3070 and if you have not read that review yet, you can click here to do so. But let’s say if you want better frames per second through and through, you are going to go for Team Green. Another reason to go with NVIDIA is Ray Tracing, if that is something of an importance to you.
The Ampere powered NVIDIA GeForce RTX3070 is a good graphics card to get and upgrade if you are coming from a 10-Series card, for those who are using the 20-Series, you don’t have to although the performance difference is quite significant too. Given the fact that you won’t be able to buy the RTX 3070 for a long while, when the GPU Shortage moments are over for good and when you do have the penny and dime to get one, go for it. Gigabyte does have some added features such as RGB Fusion if you want to color-ify your build which is going to keep you occupied for a short while.
Special thanks to Gigabyte Malaysia for loaning us the Gaming OC 8GB for us to review.