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ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Introduction,In our endless quest to recover all the reviews that we\’d written prior to the OC3D Server giving up the ghost and taking all December\’s work with it, we\’re now on to the graphics cards and the ASUS RTX 3070 TUF. A card with a triple fan cooler, some subtle RGB lighting, an all metal shroud and a very attractive price tag. There is a lot to like about it, particularly as the RTX 3070 is the sweet spot of the Nvidia Ampere range, blending affordability with excellent performance.,The ASUS TUF range is a strange beast. We\’ve had some rip-roaring successes but recently we tested the RTX 3060 Ti model and found it good, but very much overpriced. The 3070 is thankfully much closer to the other models available on the market and so, as long as the performance is good, will be a product we look at more kindly than we did the 3060 Ti. After all, the only issue with that was the cost, and we know that\’s not a problem on this particular card.,Technical Specifications,The TUF has two different modes, the OC mode for those of us who always want to push the possiblities further, and a regular mode that is only a hair slower but will help keep the temperature a little cooler. Obviously we\’re running it in the OC mode for our testing, because we\’re nothing if not big fans of performance.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Up Close,There is a bold simplicty to the TUF packaging. Product image. Model name. Features on the back. Done. No big swathes of RGB effects or all the things we used to see – knights and jet planes mainly – on old GPU boxes. It\’s nice and speaks to the laser focus of the design.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ,Maybe we saw the Strix covering style so much we got used to it, but the shroud on the TUF is a refreshing change with enough angles to keep your eye interested without looking like a failed origami experiment. There are three fans with the central one spinning counter to the outside two to help eliminate dead spots and help keep things frosty even under harsh loadings.,
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ,Around the back we have a lovely brushed aluminium backplate to help spread the heat across the full width of the card. We have to say we don\’t quite understand what the tyre print is about, unless it\’s a play upon how tough/TUF the card is? You can also see that ASUS have adopted the cutout on the inside of the card that helps push air towards the CPU area for extra cooling.,
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ,From the side view you get to enjoy both the aluminium shroud we spoke about above, as well as the wealth of heatpipes and high fin density on the DirectCU cooler. The Ampere GPU is very efficient and so not very hot by default, but the TUF promises to give you all the headroom you need for any manual overclocking efforts you want to undertake.,
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ,With a lengthy cooler on a smaller PCB the twin 8pin PCIe power inputs are a little further in than normal but still much better placed than they are on the Nvidia Founders Edition. You can also see the TUF logo just below it that is your port of call for RGB customisation.,
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ,Lastly around the back we have two HDMI ports that support 8K60, a big improvement upon the potential of the previous generation, alongside the three popular DisplayPort outputs.,
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Test Setup,With the RTX cards potentially requiring PCI Express 4.0, and the impressive performance from the AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs, we thought it was the perfect time to revamp our GPU test rig, and if we\’re changing the bench rig we need to throw away all of our results. This meant that we\’ve spent a lot of time choosing new games that would be show off the next generation of GPUs whilst also covering the majority of the type of games people play. Yes we could use DOTA and Fortnite if we\’re just going for popularity, but neither of those really stretch your graphical capabilities.,We\’ve also slightly switched up our graphs too. By and large we\’re the same as before with the three resolutions, but we\’re including frame percentile results too. Just showing a minimum frame rate is pointless as you could have one single frame that was lagged and the card would look worse than it is. Instead the percentile shows the average of those bottom results, which are more representative of real-world \’worst case\’ expectations.,Clock Speeds,Out of the box the TUF is pretty quick, but as we know the real benefits of modern graphics drivers is their ability to boost your card to its power and thermal limits, and the TUF gave us a peak of 2025 MHz and an average of an excellent 1988.3 MHz. That should be borne out in our benchmark results so let\’s get down to those.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Borderlands 3,Borderlands 3 saw Gearbox Software return to developing their most famous IP following the somewhat dubious reception The Pre Sequel received. Borderlands has plenty of settings to tweak and, despite looking superficially similar to Borderlands 2, it’s significantly more demanding upon your hardware. At higher resolutions only the most performance rich need apply. Naturally we run with everything at the maximum possible settings.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Control,Remedy Entertainment’s Control is one of those games that demonstrates everything available to you in modern engines and with modern hardware. Not only does it have destructible environments but it supports all the hardware tricks, including Ray Tracing and DLSS on hardware with either or both of those features. We’re testing in every possible combination to demonstrate how each can impact your frames per second. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing on, and the third graph with Ray Tracing and DLSS on and off for performance impact demonstration purposes.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Crysis Remastered,Crysis used to be the definition of a system’s performance potential, being one of the first game engines that used all the tricks available to it to push image quality to ever higher places. Of course that was long in the past so Crytek have remastered it to the point that even Pixar would probably struggle to turn everything on to maximum. Is that a case of a stern test or poor optimisation? That’s a debate for another day.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Dirt 5,The latest version of Codemasters long running Rally game has plenty of visual splendour. Sure it’s never going to be mistaken for Richard Burns Rally or any of the genuine sims out there, but if you want to get muddy and know your “medium left over crest don’t cut”s from your “5 right tightens” then it’s a good place to start.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,F1 2020,Despite being launched at a time when there wasn’t any motorsport – or any sport – in the world, F1 2020 is everything it could realistically be. No, the track list doesn’t match the real 2020 F1 season, but the cars are close to their real-life counterparts and the graphics engine brings all the glorious imagery we’ve come to expect from Codemasters F1 titles. We’re running with it all to the stops, because of course we are.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Gears 5,A game where we always mentally add “of War” to the title, the most recent addition to the Gears franchise saw The Coalition stick rigidly to the formula that has made this title a success on the Xbox. It’s more of a ‘best of’ than a new title, but still brings all the graphical glory to your screen as befits a game aimed at the console market. With everything turned up to ten the graphics can bring even beefy systems to their knees.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Horizon Zero Dawn,Alongside God of War, Horizon is one of the best titles from this generation of games. A massive open world and story rich game with none of the ‘collect 500 tiny things’ that plagues many open world titles, the breath-taking vistas and gorgeous animation of Aloy’s adventures should be experienced by all gamers. The PC release required some fine tuning to be all it could be, but graphically it’s still jaw-dropping and with everything up to the hilt as we have here, few games look better.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Metro Exodus,Along with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Control, Metro Exodus is one of a triumvirate of games in our test suite that takes full advantage of all your graphical hardware can offer. With Ray Tracing and DLSS support along with the gritty, post-apocalyptic aesthetic for which 4A Games are famed, it is a great title with which to flex the power of your new graphics card. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing and the third with both RT and DLSS on.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Microsoft Flight Simulator,A title that doesn’t just require you to have some beefy hardware to maximise the visuals, but also a fairly empty hard drive to squeeze on one of the largest install sizes on the market, the newest instalment in the famous Flight Simulator series is gorgeous. Without any combat you’ve plenty of time with which to appreciate the satellite based ground imagery as well as the hand-crafted airports. With all the detail settings maximised it’s a stern test of your system.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Monster Hunter World,Capcom’s Monster Hunter World might be, compared to other titles in our test suite, getting a little long in the tooth but it’s still a gorgeous title with beautiful scenery punctuated by boss fights that wouldn’t look out of place in a From Software title. The introduction of the Iceborne expansion pack boosted the graphics a little further, and as always we’re running everything as high as we can push.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Resident Evil 3,Another Capcom title, the newest instalment of the remade Resident Evil franchise continues to up the ante in graphical glory. As someone old enough to have played the originals, seeing Jill Valentine in all her high definition glory never stops being impressive, and whilst the gameplay doesn’t quite shine as brightly as the two games that bracket this in the Res line-up, it’s still fun to turn everything up to max and murder some zombies.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Shadow of the Tomb Raider,Lara has been a firm fixture in our benchmark suite for as long as we can remember. Shadow might have had a mixed response as it took Miss Croft out of both her and the players comfort zones – particularly if the player hadn’t tried Rise of the Tomb Raider, but there is no denying the graphical splendour available from the Foundation engine. It brings Ray Tracing and DLSS to compatible hardware, and we’re testing in every possible combination. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing on, and the third graph with Ray Tracing and DLSS on and off to demonstrate performance changes.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,The Witcher 3,The original Witcher flew under the radar a little bit in the mainstream, whilst winning an army of fans amongst the RPG hardcore. The Witcher 2 brought everything to it’s knees and was the Crysis of it’s time. The Witcher 3, rightfully, is legendary amongst gamers as the perfect blend of open-world, choices matter, graphically gorgeous role playing. Comfortably one of the best games ever, the pressure CD Projekt must be under to see Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 4 hit the same heights is enormous. We know they say Geralt is retired, but money talks.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Total Warhammer 2,Creative Assembly rewrote the book for strategy games with their Total War series, and with Total Warhammer they brought fantasy into that sphere. Total Warhammer 2 took all that was great about the first entry and filled it so full of content that you can play the Mortal Empires campaign for literal years if you wish. The CPU does as much work as the GPU here, thanks to hundreds of units and vast draw distances.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Total War Saga: Troy,A game everyone probably owns thanks to the free 24 hours on the Epic Store, Troy might not have the breadth of some of the more fully-fledged entries in the long Total War series, but it’s still a good way of showing off the well-rounded nature of your system. You need every component to be finely tuned to really pump those frames out.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,3DMARK: Port Royal,One of the first Ray Tracing benchmarks to appear, the value of Port Royal cannot be overstated. Games always take a while to adopt new technologies but benchmark/demos can get on board much faster and show off where your hard-earned is going. With the next generation of consoles supporting Ray Tracing too it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a bigger part of our lives.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,3DMARK: Time Spy,If you’ve been using 3D Mark since the days when it was largely full of dragons and Matrix-esque FPS games, you’ll appreciate Time Spy taking you on a trip down memory lane whilst also showing the future too. It’s always a  lovely thing to watch which, as people who’ve seen the Fire Strike benchmark a thousand times or more, is a feature we appreciate.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Unigine Superposition,The Unigine range of benchmarks has been long standing parts of the OC3D test suite. From Heaven to Valley and now Superposition it’s one of the best ways of not only testing your new purchase but putting it through the mill too. In fact the Superposition test is the one we use to test our temperatures. If you haven’t seen it running you’re really missing out.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Temperatures and Power Draw,Modern graphics cards no longer rely upon the user to overclock them, as the drivers now make the most of any spare power or thermal headroom available to boost the clocks to give the smoothest performance. Thus the temperature graph is a little less important than it used to be unless the manufacturer has created a godly cooler, whilst Power Draw is fun on your energy bill, but most of us just care about performance rather than a handful of Watts here and there. With slight variance in ambient temperatures we\’re also including the delta temperature too, so you know exactly how well the card performs relative to the air temperature.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review,Conclusion,The graphics card market has rarely been more swamped with excellent options than it is right now. The RTX 3060 Ti is an affordable card that has excellent performance, the RTX 3070 and AMD RX 6800/6800XT are fantastic cards for the hardcore gamer who still has an upper limit on their budget, whilst the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 is for the people either want to game at 4K without worrying about settings, or who want to game on some theoretical future 8K panel respectively. It\’s so nice to not have a selection of cards at the lower end, and then some that require selling your kidneys to afford.,The ASUS RTX TUF in 3060 Ti guise was a victim of the tremendously aggressive MSRP of the Nvidia card and the quality of this particular cooler upping that price to the point it was untenable. Here though, on the RTX 3070, that TUF cooler is placed on card with a more sensible MSRP and thus the pricing of the TUF is much closer to that of its contemporaries and, indeed, below that of some of the higher end RTX 3070 offerings. This scores it massive points with us.,Quality is the first thing that strikes you when you take the card out of the package. That all metal cooler feels gorgeous in the hand. We know that it\’s insane to judge a card based upon how it feels when for the rest of its life you won\’t be touching it, but first impressions count for a lot and in a world of plastic shrouds on metal backplates to have an all metal cooler is a big tick in the desirability column for ASUS. Additionally it isn\’t just scoring high on the strokability scale that gives this cooler some serious cred, but it works very well indeed. Just cast your eye on the temperature graph on the previous page and you have to look a long way down before you come across the TUF. Maximum temperature of 60°C even running at nearly 2 GHz highlights the efficiency of the Ampere GPU itself, but also that the many heatpipes and thick heatsink cooled by those three fans works like a superstar.,Performance is what counts and here the TUF continues the trend of the RTX 3070 GPU being the best choice for those of you who want a card which can do it all at nearly every setting. Yes if you want to run a Ray Traced game at 4K you might need to tolerate a frame rate below 60 FPS, but it nearly every other scenario it spanks out very smooth gameplay with no obvious lags or stutters, and none of those sudden frame drops which can leave us looking aghast at the respawn screen.,If you\’ve been patiently saving up for a new graphics card and the RTX 3070 hits your budget sweet spot then you could do much worse than look at the ASUS TUF. It\’s built like a tank, quiet, and hugely capable and wins our OC3D Performance Award.,ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Review  ,Discuss the ASUS RTX 3070 TUF in our OC3D Forums.

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