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NVIDIA has released its newest graphics card, the NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition. Based on the current 3000 series card architecture we get a graphics card that is lower in price and lower in performance. With a suggested retail price of $499.00 USD, this makes the NVIDIA RTX 3070 FE very affordable for almost everyone. But the biggest question is can it handle the workload or our demanding games we like to play. Can we crank up the graphics to the max and not have to worry about slow down? Make sure you watch the video for more insight into the NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition.

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The NVIDIA 3070 FE has all the same visual features that the 3080 and 3090 Founders Edition graphics card have. The new bold style is quite different than what we have seen in the past. With a more refined and sleeker look, it kind of gives you the feeling that you are looking at a luxury vehicle.

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The top of the 3070 FE is just as sleek with a solid back cover over two-thirds of the card. The remainder of the card is taken up by a pass-thru cooling fan.

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A closer look does show us that the air pass through the card and a good portion of the cooling heat pipes and fins. The air that does exit the card here will be pushed up towards the top of a PC case and should be helped along with the normal fans mounted at the top. Thus this will help minimize any warm air that could be sucked into an air cooler. If you are water cooling your CPU you have nothing to really worry about.


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This the other side of the pass-through fan that is located at the right side of the 3070 FE

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The fan located on the left side of the card is identical to the other one, but this cooling fan does the normal job of pushing the air out through the card and exit out the rear where the video connections are located. The RTX 3070 flow-through system is up to 16dBA quieter and has a 44% higher thermal performance than the RTX 2070 Founders Edition.

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Connections to the NVIDIA 3070 FE is pretty normal with a single HDMI and three display ports. But the HDMI 2.1 — GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs (and all of the 3000 series cards) are the first available to feature HDMI 2.1 support with support for 4K@120Hz (4K120). HDMI 2.1 increases total bandwidth over HDMI 2.0b from 18Gigabits/sec to 48 and adds support for high-dynamic-range (HDR) supporting brighter images with higher contrast and more vibrant colors with better shadows and highlights.

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The NVIDIA Ampere architecture Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) is the building block of the GPU, and it’s full of different Cores and Units and memory. One of the big changes in the NVIDIA Ampere architecture SM is with a 32-bit floating-point (FP32) throughput. NVIDIA designed a new datapath for FP32 and INT32 operations, which results in all four partitions combined executing 128 FP32 operations per clock. Does this help gaming? Yes. Graphics and compute operations and algorithms rely on FP32 executions, and so do modern shader workloads. Ray tracing denoising shaders benefit from FP32 speedups, too. The heavier the ray tracing rendering workload, the bigger the performance gains relative to the previous generation.

Let’s look at the numbers: RTX 3070 has 5888 CUDA cores—over twice the CUDA cores that the RTX 2070 has. It delivers 20.3 TFLOPs of shader performance plus dedicated RT Cores with the equivalent 39.7 TFLOPs of performance, for a total of 60 effective TFLOPs of performance while ray tracing.

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GPU GeForce RTX 2070 (Founders Edition) GeForce RTX 3070 (Founders Edition)
SMs 36 46
CUDA Cores  2304 5888
Tensor Cores 288 (2nd Generation) 184 (3rd Generation)
RT Cores 36 (1st Generation) 46 (2nd Generation)
Texture Units 144 184
ROPs 64 96
GPU Boost Clock 1710 MHz 1725 MHz
Memory Clock  7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Total Video Memory  8192 MB GDDR6 8192 MB GDDR6
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth  448 GB/s  448 GB/s
TGP 185 Watts 220 Watts

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Testing Methodology:

There are many ways to benchmark GPUs. With these benchmarks our goal is to do two things: first to show the performance of the card and secondly to make them easy to replicate. With a similarly configured system you should be able to get similar results to compare your current graphic card against. There will always be a variance from system to system.


All benchmarks will be running in 1080p resolution or higher where possible. Gaming benchmarks are being done with the Highest In-Game Preset.

Video Drivers supplied by NVIDIA were used during the testing of all video cards. An Intel i9-9900K with 32GB of Ram was used as the base PC for all testing done.


Synthetic Tests

3DMark is the standard that everyone uses when comparing your hardware to others. The free version offers a few ways to test your system. We like to use those benchmarks as well so you can see how your hardware does against what we are reviewing.


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is another free benchmark that we like to use as it can put stress on your system in a few different ways and is very easy to.


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Game Testing

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter video game with survival horror and stealth elements. Set in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the former Russian Federation, the player must cope with the new hazards and engage in combat against mutated creatures as well as hostile humans.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Eidos Montréal in conjunction with Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix.

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Borderlands 3 is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games.

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Final Thoughts

The NVIDIA 3070 FE has instantly changed what we all called the mid-level graphics card. With performance that can beat out the 2080 series and at a lower cost than most 2080’s yet currently be the lowest 3000 series card available. From what we can see, the NVIDIA 3070 Founders Edition is ready to handle anything you can toss at it. Hopefully, we will see the same kind of performance and results from the partner’s 3070 graphics cards that will be released in just a few days.


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So here are my thoughts on purchasing the RTX 3070 FE. If you are still banging away on a 1080 or lower end 20 series card, then it is a no brainier to upgrade. If you are currently using a top-end 20 series card… well, that is going to be your choice. For an MSRP of $499, it would be hard to pass up the jump in performance and technology. The NVIDIA 3070 has instantly changed what we all called the mid-level graphics card. With performance that can beat out the 2080 series and at a lower cost than most 2080’s yet currently be the lowest 3000 series card available.

If you are looking/hoping to purchase this card in the US you are supposed to be able to get it at BestBuy and MicroCenters. I do have a feeling this card will be in high demand like the 3080 and 3090 cards so hopefully, there is a large stockpile of them.

Make sure you watch the video for more insight into the NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition.

作者 frank