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The EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 XC3 Black is one of 5 versions of the RTX 3070 GPUs from EVGA. The XC3 Black comes in two flavors standard and ultra and our sample is the standard. I’ve long held the opinion that the xx70 cards from Nvidia and its partners are the GPUs for “everyone”. Past versions of the xx70 cars have offered a good price to performance ratio. In the past, we’ve seen the xx70s really dominate at 1080p with high or ultra image quality and perform well at 2K, and can game at 4K resolutions. Nvidia’s AMPERE architecture’s performance gains shifts the resolution up a bit and tear through games at 2k and better yet, still play fairly well at 4k. And to recap, Nvidia claimed the RTX 3070 GPU matches the performance of the RTX 2080 TI from the last generation. EVGA takes this a bit further as the XC3 black edition offers a factory overclock compared to the reference card from Nvidia and offers good cooling with the iCX3 cooler sitting on top of the GPU.

Packaging and Specifications

EVGA uses the standard Black and green color theme for the RTX 3070 XC3. On the front of the box, you’ll find a nice graphic representative of the GPU inside. The back of the box details the specifications and features of the GPU as well as giving a bit of information on the Ampere architecture and the GeForce platform.

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Inside, you’ll find that EVGA kept it simple. The GPU is housed in clear plastic clamshell housing that is molded to keep the GPU secure while in transport.
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With keeping it simple, the only items included are the GPU itself and an installation kit. Right out of the box, the fan shroud as well as the fan hubs have a static plastic covering to protect from scratches and scrapes.
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Specifications

Performance

  • NVIDIA RTX 3070
  • 5888 CUDA Cores
  • 1725 MHz Boost Clock
  • 317.4GT/s Texture Fill Rate

Memory

  • 8192 MB, 256 bit GDDR6
  • 14000 MHz (effective)
  • 448 GB/s Memory Bandwidth

Cooling

  • iCX3 Cooling
  • LED Logo: ARGB

Interface

  • PCIe 4.0
  • HDMI, DisplayPort, DisplayPort, DisplayPort

Dimensions

  • Height: 4.38 in – 111.15 mm
  • Length: 11.23 in – 285.37mm
  • Width: 2.2 Slots

Operating System Support

  • Windows 10 64bit

Requirements

  • Minimum of a 650 Watt power supply.
  • Two available 8-pin or 6+2pin PCIe power dongles
  • Total Power Draw: 220 Watts

Product Warranty

  • This product comes with a 3-year warranty. Registration is recommended.

 

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A Closer Look at the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 XC3 Black Gaming

 

The EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 is a dual-slot design. I appreciate the fact the cooler doesn’t stick out much past the PCIe bracket, EVGA says this card is a 2.2 slot design. The RTX 3070 XC3 measures in at 285mm (L)x 111mm (W)x 41mm( (H).
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The iCX3 cooler design features three 80mm fans to aid in keeping the GPU cool. The fan shroud wraps itself around just the upper of the heatsink leaving the rest exposed. This allows the fans to blow through the heat sink and it does exhaust warm air into the case.
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The fans on the RTX 3070 XC3 stop spinning at temperatures below 55°C to further reduce noise. The raised “e” pattern on the fan blades is designed to reduce turbulent noise further attempting to keep the cooling solution silent while in use.
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EVGA uses a full-length PCB with holes cut into the PCB to allow air to pass directly through from the fins of the heatsink and exhaust directly into the air above the GPU. Unlike the XC3 Ultra gaming, this GPU does not come with a backplate.
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Only the EVGA logo lights up and is aRGB. For those that do not want any light from the card, this can be turned off from the EVGA Precision software. As you can see and as I mentioned earlier, the upper part of the heatsink is covered by the fan shroud.
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Just a touch of RED adorns the EVGA iCX3 cooler. While I appreciate the flash and flair of other GPUs, there are many times when a subdued look is warranted.
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Three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1 ports are provided as outputs. While there are hexagonal shaped vents in the I/O shield, very little heat is exhausted through these vents.
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EVGA recommends a minimum of a 650-watt power supply. Power draw is listed at 200 watts. You’ll need dual 8-pin connectors to power the GPU.
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The EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 XC3 Black Gaming edition is a card built for the masses. Not a whole lot of flash and would fit in with most builds. I appreciate the simplicity of the design of the cooler and the overall aesthetic.
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Test System and Synthetic Benchmarks

Component
Product Name Provided By
Processor Intel Core i9-10900K Intel
Motherboard Aorus Z490 Master Gigabyte
Memory G.Skill Trident Z Royal  @ 3600MHz 16-16-16-36 (XMP) G.Skill
Drive Samsung 240 EVO 256GB SSD, Crucial MX500 1 TB SATA III SSD Samsung/Crucial
Video Cards EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 XC3 Black Gaming, MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 TI MSI/Nvidia
Monitor BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K HDR Gaming Monitor 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz
Case DimasTech EasyXL DimasTech
Power Supply Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W Cooler Master
Operating System Windows 10 2004 x64 Pro with latest patches and updates

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 graphics card against. There will always be a variance from system to system. All games for this review are tested with the HIGHEST IN-GAME  PRESET unless otherwise specified. A fresh build of 2004 and all drivers and games were installed. No changes were made from the defaults in the BIOS, Windows 10 operating system, or provided manufactures software.

Synthetic Tests

3DMark Firestrike from Futuremark is a Semi-synthetic DirectX11 benchmark designed for high-performance gaming PCs. Firestrike performs advanced geometry, illumination, and particle tests with its Graphics benchmark and performs physics simulations using the CPU. Firestrike Ultra Kicks it up a notch and ratchets up the resolution to 4K and turns the quality up a bit.

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VRMARK

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft. It is the 11th major installment, and 21st overall, in the Assassin’s Creed series and the successor to 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins. Set in the year 431 BC, the plot tells a fictional history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. Players control a male or female mercenary who fights for both sides as they attempt to unite their family.

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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. It is the sequel to 2012’s Borderlands 2, and the fourth main entry in the Borderlands series. Borderlands 3 was released on 13 September 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on 30 October 2019 for Apple macOS.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows. It is a reboot of the original Modern Warfare trilogy. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the sixteenth game in the Call of Duty franchise, the fourth game in the Modern Warfare series, and Infinity Ward’s second to be developed in a three-year development cycle. Announced on May 30th, 2019, the game was released on October 25th, 2019.

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Control is a third-person action-adventure video game created by Finnish game studio Remedy Entertainment. The game revolves around the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), a secret U.S. government agency tasked with containing and studying paranatural phenomena. As Jesse Faden, the Bureau’s newest Director, players explore the Oldest House – the FBC’s paranormal New York headquarters – and utilize powerful abilities in order to defeat a deadly enemy known only as the Hiss.

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Death Stranding is a video game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 and 505 Games for Microsoft Windows. It is directed by Hideo Kojima – the first game he and his reformed studio have worked on since the disbandment of Kojima Productions as a Konami subsidiary in July 2015. The game was officially announced during Sony’s E3 2016 press conference. It was released on November 8, 2019, for PlayStation 4 and on July 14, 2020, for Microsoft Windows.

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Deliver Us The Moon is a story-driven action-adventure Sci-Fi game that is currently being developed by KeokeN Interactive. It is set in the near future where the earth’s resources are nearly depleted. The nations of the world have come together to create the Worldwide Space Agency (WSA). Under the banner of the WSA, astronauts were sent to the moon to conduct research aimed at securing the future of mankind. Sadly, due to bickering between countries, no solution has been agreed upon.
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing video game developed by Eidos Montréal and published worldwide by Square Enix in August 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Versions for Linux and macOS systems were released in 2016 and 2017, respectively. It is the fourth game in the Deus Ex series, and a sequel to the 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The gameplay—combining first-person shooter, stealth, and role-playing elements—features exploration and combat in environments connected to the main hub of Prague and quests which grant experience and allow customization of the main character’s abilities with Praxis Kits.

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Far Cry New Dawn is a 2019 first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game is a spin-off of the Far Cry series and a narrative sequel to Far Cry 5. As a result, it features many pre-existing gameplay elements from the series, including a large open world, capturing outposts, and AI or co-op companions; but also introduces several elements from RPG gameplay, including an upgradeable home base and increased reliance on crafting from limited supplies.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft. It was released worldwide on March 7, 2017, as the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise and is the first game in the Ghost Recon series to feature an open world environment. The game moves away from the futuristic setting introduced in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and instead features a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts, and salt flats.

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Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The plot follows Aloy, a hunter in a world overrun by machines, who sets out to uncover her past. The player uses ranged weapons, a spear, and stealth to combat mechanical creatures and other enemy forces. A skill tree provides the player with new abilities and bonuses. The player can explore the open world to discover locations and take on side quests. It was released for the PlayStation 4 in 2017 and Microsoft Windows in 2020.
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Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter with a huge emphasis on cooperative gameplay. In the game, the player assumes the role of an adventurer in the 1930s and can team up with three other players to fight against different mythological enemies like mummies, giant scorpions, and minotaurs. The game’s four playable characters, who can be customized, have different weapons and abilities. Players have a large arsenal of weapons at their disposal. Each weapon has several upgrade slots, which can be used to enhance combat efficiency. Players can switch and upgrade their weapons at the workbenches found in a level. They can also activate different traps, such as spinning blades and spikes, to kill enemies.

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Vulkan
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Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person shooter developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks as a spin-off of the Wolfenstein series, The player assumes control of either Jessie or Zofia Blazkowicz from a first-person perspective; an optional cooperative multiplayer mode is included. Players can complete the game with another player or with an artificial intelligence substitute. Missions can be completed in a non-linear order, and players can unlock new gear and abilities as they progress in the game.

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RTX & DLSS Testing

As ray tracing and the RTX cores have matured a bit, I wanted to test out Ray Tracing only. I set each of the games below to 2560×1440 and turned ray tracing on and if there were options, I set the Ray Tracing options to high.  Note that some games like Death Stranding and Call of Duty Modern Warfare either support Ray Tracing OR DLSS but not both. Which is why you’ll see Call of Duty Modern Warfare in the top chart but not the bottom and similarly Death Stranding appears in the DLSS chart but not the Ray Tracing Chart.

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There are two games that either didn’t show any performance improvement at 1440p or didn’t support DLSS at that resolution. Mechwarrior 5 showed little to no performance difference at 2k with Ray Tracing and DLSS on as compared to off. Deliver us to the moon doesn’t offer standard FHD or 2k Resolutions. 4k was the common resolution for all games. I saw a similar situation with these two games during the RTX 3080 review.

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Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Performance

Nivida claimed the RTX 3070 was as fast as the RTX 2080TI. In my benchmarks, I can see where that claim is true. In most cases, the RTX 3070 XC3 matched the RTX 2080 TI in performance. In my opinion, this is fantastic. Typically in a new generation, we see the performance levels bump up to the next level. For example, the xx70 series of a new generation will have the performance of an xx80 series of a previous generation. However, Nvidia took it just a bit further and it matches the previous generation’s flagship. A flagship that was launched at $1200 for the founder’s edition. Now, that same performance level can be had for $500, or in the case of the EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 Black Gaming edition at $529.

In 1080p, the RTX 3070 was able to pull out over 100 frames per second in most games and a handful of games surpassing 200 FPS. However, CPU bottlenecking still occurred in a few games. Farcry New Dawn and Mechwarrior 5 are the worst offenders and resulted in the RTX 3070 and the RTX 2080 TI matching performance of the RTX 3080.

When the games were benchmarked at 2560×1440 or 2K, the RTX 3070 gets to stretch its legs a bit. At this resolution a lot of games still reached over 144 frames per second and with a little tweaking to the in-game settings, the RTX 3070 would be a sweet 1440 144hz beast. The games that didn’t reach 100 FPS still manages to reach over 60 FPS on average and resulted in smooth gameplay.

When tested at 4K, most games averaged around the 60 FPS mark. Some performed lower coming in around the 40 FPS range. Others were still able to achieve over 100 FPS. Still, even while gaming at 40 FPS visual performance wasn’t terrible. There was some tearing and studdering at times but overall not bad. Dropping the image quality down a notch or two should allow the RTX 3070 to hit the magical 60 FPS in 4k.

For Raytracing performance, a similar pattern of matching the performance of the RTX 2080 IT is seen. Turning on raytracing causes a performance impact and in some cases, the performance impact can be significant. However, Nvidia’s DLSS can regain some of the lost performance and keep the visuals high. Raytracing looks fantastic when it is fully implemented. I remember the first time I fired up Control and was shocked at the reflections in the glass. Single-player games I tend to enable raytracing and DLSS but in games like Call Of Duty or other multiplayer competitive games I turn off Raytracing as I need every frame I can get.

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By default, the RTX 3070 XC3 ships with a very slight overclock. Which yielded an 1860 MHz boost clock during stock testing. I was able to easily boost past published specifications when testing. For overclocking, I was able to push the card just a little bit further and was able to settle in on a stable clock of 2080Mhz on the GPU. For stability testing, I ran a 2-hour loop of the Superposition benchmark at 4K settings. Any crashes or artifacts on-screen caused me to bump the clock and memory speed down a bit. Thermals on this GPU are good as well. During stock testing at 1860 MHz boost clocks, I averaged a temperature of 63°C. Overclocked, the temp jumped up a little bit to 67°C. I didn’t mess with the fan curves at all during this review as temperatures weren’t an issue. The RTX 3070 XC3 was nearly practically on the Dimastech test bench. Sitting just a few feet away during benchmark runs, I never noticed the fans spinning up when temperatures crept up over 55°C and didn’t hear the card at all as testing progressed.

I’ve long been a fan of the xx70 series cards from Nvidia because they’ve always met my needs when I needed a new GPU. For me and until I got into high resolution gaming, those cards pushed 1080p well enough for me to enjoy my gaming sessions at high image quality and I felt the price to performance ratio was justified. As resolutions pushing past 1080p are becoming more common, the RTX 3070 can accommodate.  I really like that this GPU doesn’t have a ton of lighting. There are times where I do like the lighting. The EVGA logo is the only part of the GPU that is lit. The card has an overall subdued appearance. It seems in this case, the EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 doesn’t want to be seen or heard and that’s not a bad thing. The EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 Black Gaming edition is a great performer for the lower end of the $500 range.

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