After a fairly lacklustre RTX 3080 Ti launch from NVIDIA, we have a bit more of the same today! The new 3070 Ti’s are dropping, and not only will it probably be near impossible to get one, but the prices also won’t be great. As we saw with the recent 3080 Ti launch, even some retailers were increasing the prices astronomically! However, some were not, and companies like SCAN here in the UK did their best to keep prices where they should be! Either way, it’s so hard to get excited about new GPU launches these days as there isn’t enough stock, prices are crazy, and we have bots and scalpers wearing out their F5 keys like there is no tomorrow.
PALIT RTX 3070TI GAMEROCK 8GB OC
So, what does the Palit RTX 3070 Ti GameRock offer us in terms of specs? It comes packing 8GB of Micron GDDR6X, 6144 Shaders, a GPU clock of 1575 MHz with a boost of 1845Mhz and a 1188Mhz memory clock. Again we are seeing NVIDIA has implemented its LHR technology to limit Eth hash rates to hopefully try and make this card a bit less appealing to miners. All in all, it looks like a decent GPU on paper, but with everything currently going on, will it be enough to make you want to sit in virtual queues hoping and praying you are one of the lucky ones to get through and actually be able to purchase one?
One thing is for sure about the GameRock line of GPUs from Palit, they are very unique looking. The GameRock line features a very distinct, almost crystal type aesthetic. This is very similar to a few other products out on the market now and definitely, helps it stand out from the competition, if nothing else. RGB LEDs also light this crystal area of the GPU, so there is no missing it all, and while this won’t be for everyone, I reckon a good few people will quite like this look.
A Closer Look
So here it is in all its glory, the PALIT RTX 3070 Ti GameRock edition GPU! As you can see, the crystal type area covers the whole fan shroud and as we will see in a bit, is fully RGB backlit as well. As mentioned, this is either going to be a love it or hate it type of design, but with some RGB thrown in, it gives you plenty of customization options to have it match the rest of your build!
The RGB fun isn’t over just yet! The GEFORCE RTX and GameRock logos are both lit with RGB LEDs when the card is powered on. We can see the heatsink from this side, which also means the heat will have more room to dissipate, hopefully keeping our card a bit cooler and allowing for maximum frames in our favourite games. This RTX 3070 Ti GameRock comes with two 8-pin power connectors, which are pretty much smack dab in the middle of the card. We have seen this on the previous 3080 model, but on the 3070 Ti, they have been moved slightly to the left. This could be a bit of a pain when it comes to cable management and is a bit of a weird one from Palit, but it is what it is.
The RTX 3070 Ti GameRock even has an almost hidden A-RGB header, allowing you to plug the GPU into the motherboards aRGB header and even daisy chain aRGB products together. This will allow you to more easily sync up all your aRGB goodness and make sure you are getting the effects and colours you want across all your components.
As mentioned the dual 8-pin power connectors are pretty much bang on in the middle of the GPU. This will likely frustrate some users when it comes time to manage their cables but there isn’t a whole lot that can be done! Even on Palits 3080, the power connectors are more towards the middle of the card rather than the end.
On the side that is going to face the motherboard, we have plenty more heatsink on show to make sure air is moving through this card as much as possible and dissipating the heat.
There is quite a bit going on with the backplate for the RTX 3070 Ti GameRock GPU. The thing I am most happy to see is the well-ventilated area towards the rear of the card. This funky kind of design is going to allow for more heat to dissipate through the card and not get stuck on the backplate. While some may argue that it doesn’t look quite as nice as if the backplate was whole, it does give a small boost to cooling the GPU. Aside from this, we have a nice graphical image with the GameRock logo covering most of the rest of the backplate. I am not sure how I feel about the pair of stickers and FCC info that is printed on the backplate though. While I can appreciate a lot of this is a legal obligation to include, most other GPU manufacturers find a way to do it without including it on the backplate itself. I’m not going to be overly picky on it but it does kind of ruin things just a tad!
Performance of silence, what is your pleasure? Either way, Palit has you covered on their RTX 3070 Ti GameRock GPU. Simply switch between the (P)erformance and (S)ilence modes with a flip of a switch! They couldn’t have made this any easier for the end-user.
For display inputs, we have three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI port. This is going to be enough for most users and will allow you to run multiple monitors off of a single GPU. Yes, I know, nothing new there but still nice to see! However, sometimes it would be nice to see a pair of HDMI inputs instead of just the one for those who want to run dual HDMI monitors without having to get a DisplayPort adapter or cable.
On the backside of the GPU and Palit has once again made sure that no hot air is going to get trapped inside this card. As you can see, the heatsink is quite visible and should allow for the heat to dissipate with the airflow inside your case. I know this may seem like a small and almost pointless detail, but when you add this with the ventilated backplate, it is sometimes multiple small things that add up to make a big difference. After all, we want to try and keep our GPUs as cool as possible so we can get the most performance from them!
As mentioned, the RTX 3070 Ti GameRock has a massive amount of RGB on it and is probably one of the most RGB covered GPUs we have ever seen. While this won’t be for everyone, there is no denying that it makes a statement and is rather unique in its own rights! I quite like it and would happily add one of these to the light show inside my PC without hesitation!
How We Test
We continue to update our testing methods around once per year. As such, we re-test older hardware to reflect changes over time. These can be driver updates, Windows updates, game patches, and more; all of which have an impact on performance figures. Furthermore, we update our test bench to newer and more relevant hardware. This means that our new reviews aren’t always comparable to those of older reviews, so please compare the testing methodology on older reviews should you be trying to compare them with newer ones.
Replicate Our Results
When it comes to our benchmarks in our reviews, the benchmarks are pretty self-explanatory and kept as simple as possible, although there are a few exceptions. Remember that your choice of a graphics card, CPU, the silicon lottery, and other factors can yield different numbers, and there’s always a margin for error when using any software.
Links are provided below, as well as the settings we use. We encourage you to not just look at how one product compares to any other, but how it compares to your own. If you’re looking to build a new system, you should benchmark your current PC using the benchmarks available to you. You should then look at the percentage improvement from your current hardware to the hardware tested here to give you a ballpark figure of how much of an upgrade this will provide you with.
Graphics Card Test System
|Motherboard||ASUS Crosshair VIII Dark Hero (Wi-Fi)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 5900X|
|RAM||2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL 3200MHz|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-D15S|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX750|
|Storage||Seagate FireCuda 520 2TB|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro Build 19041|
- Killawatt style electricity usage meter wall plug
- Precision Gold N05CC Decibel meter
To gauge performance levels which are easily reproduced time after time, by both ourselves and our readers, we now stick strictly to games default profiles. We now use the “High” profiles for all games or their respective equivalent at all resolutions. V-Sync is always disabled in our testing, as are FreeSync and G-Sync technologies or similar. Graphics card power usage is set to optimised or balance, and the system power mode set to High Performance within Windows and the available GPU driver software. Identical settings are used for all resolutions unless otherwise stated.
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Dirt 5
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Final Fantasy XV
- Borderlands 3
- Metro Exodus
- FarCry New Dawn
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Wolfenstein Youngblood
- 1080p (Full HD)
- 1440p (2K)
- 2160p (4K)
- 4320p (8K)
Some tests will also include features such as Nvidia DLSS and Ray Tracing. However, these will be clearly labelled and may only appear in reviews for graphics cards that support those features. 8K testing will only appear in reviews of flagship cards that we consider capable.
- 3DMark Fire Strike (download)
- FireStrike Ultra
- Port Royal DXR
- TimeSpy Extreme
- Unigine Superposition (download)
- 4K Optimised Benchmark
- HWMonitor (download)
- GPU-Z (download)
- MSI Afterburner (download)
Everyone has a reasonable noise level preference when it comes to components on a computer. Some can handle all fans at 100% load to keep temperatures down; some want an entirely silent computer. To accurately gauge the noise output of a graphics card, we position a Precision Gold N05CC one meter above our open-air test bench and take an average reading at idle and load.
We take power readings during the idle state with no background applications running. Then again at 50% completion of the Unigine Superposition benchmark, using the average as the final published result.
We take temperature readings after 10 minutes of desktop idle with no background programs running, then take the recorded maximum delivered from Unigine Superposition after a 4K optimised run, confirming the numbers are accurate with HWMonitor. Furthermore, the ambient temperature is always kept +/- 1c from 21c.
3DMark FireStrike Ultra
3DMark TimeSpy Extreme
3DMark Port Royal (DXR)
Unigine Superposition 4K Optimised
DIRT 5 is a fun, amplified, off-road racing experience created by Codemasters. Blaze a trail on routes across the world, covering gravel, ice, snow and sand, with a roster of cars ranging from rally icons to trucks, to GT heroes. With a star-studded Career, four-player split-screen, innovative online modes, livery editor and more new features, DIRT 5 is the next generation of extreme racing.
Available now on Steam.
Dirt 5 Performance
Become Eivor, a legendary Viking raider on a quest for glory. Explore England’s Dark Ages as you raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power.
• Lead epic Viking raids against Saxon fortresses throughout England.
• Dual-wield powerful weapons and relive the visceral fighting style of the Vikings.
• Challenge yourself with the most varied collection of enemies ever found in Assassin’s Creed.
• Shape the growth of your character with every choice you make and carve your path to glory.
• Explore a Dark Age open world, from the harsh shores of Norway to the beautiful kingdoms of England.
• Personalize your experience by growing your clan’s settlement.
Available now on UPlay.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Performance
Aperion is on the precipice of ruin. You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Tear through foes as you climb through the elemental realms and challenge the mad god, Macros who awaits you at the top. Ascend in Godfall, the first-of-its-kind, looter-slasher, melee action-RPG.
Available now on EPIC.
Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.
Available now on Steam.
For the first time, players take control of Noctis’s greatest foe in this brand-new episode of FINAL FANTASY XV! Delve into the dark tale of scorned saviour Ardyn Lucis Caelum and unravel the secrets surrounding his mysterious past.
Available now on Steam.
Experience Aloy’s entire legendary quest to unravel the mysteries of a world ruled by deadly Machines. An outcast from her tribe, the young hunter fights to uncover her past, discover her destiny… and stop a catastrophic threat to the future.
Unleash devastating, tactical attacks against unique Machines and rival tribes as you explore an open world teeming with wildlife and danger. Horizon Zero Dawn is a multi-award-winning action role-playing game – and this Complete Edition for PC includes the huge expansion The Frozen Wilds, featuring new lands, skills, weapons and Machines.
Available now on Steam.
The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and a mayhem-fueled adventure! Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four new Vault Hunters. Play solo or with friends to take on insane enemies, score loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.
At the hard edge of the galaxy lies a group of planets ruthlessly exploited by militarized corporations. Brimming with loot and violence, this is your home—the Borderlands. Now, a crazed cult known as The Children of the Vault has emerged and is spreading like an interstellar plague. Play solo or co-op as one of four unique Vault Hunters, score loads of loot and save the galaxy from this fanatical threat.
Available now on Epic Games Store.
Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Flee the shattered ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in the greatest Metro adventure yet.
Explore the Russian wilderness in vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter.
Available now on Epic Game Store.
A corruptive presence has invaded the Federal Bureau of Control…Only you have the power to stop it. The world is now your weapon in an epic fight to annihilate an ominous enemy through deep and unpredictable environments. Containment has failed, humanity is at stake. Will you regain control?
Winner of over 80 awards, Control is a visually stunning third-person action-adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Blending open-ended environments with the signature world-building and storytelling of renowned developer, Remedy Entertainment, Control presents an expansive and intensely gratifying gameplay experience.
Available now on Steam.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint puts you in the boots of the Ghosts, an Elite US Special Operations Unit stranded behind enemy lines. This time there is no briefing. All contact has been lost with Auroa. This archipelago is home to Skell Technology, a high-tech company. You are sent there with your unit for a recon mission, but your helicopters are shot down: Skell Tech has fallen into the wrong hands. The Wolves, a lethal ex-US military unit gone rogue, have taken over the island.
Led by your ex-brother-in-arms, Colonel Cole D. Walker, they have reprogrammed Skell’s drones into killing machines and are ready to use them, no matter the casualties. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a military shooter set in a diverse, hostile, and mysterious open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op. Injured, without support, and hunted down by ex-Ghosts, you must fight to survive while lost in Auroa. Choose the right alliances and decide how to take down your toughest enemy.
Available now on UPLAY.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the first modern co-op Wolfenstein adventure.
Nineteen years after the events of Wolfenstein II, BJ Blazkowicz has disappeared after a mission into Nazi-occupied Paris. Now, after years of training from their battle-hardened father, BJ’s twin daughters, Jess and Soph Blazkowicz, are forced into action.
Team up with a friend or play alone. Level up, explore, and complete missions to unlock new abilities, weapons, gadgets, cosmetics, and more to complement your playstyle and customize your appearance.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood features the most open-ended Wolfenstein experience to date. From a new base of operations located deep in the heart of the Paris catacombs, plan how and when to attack and dismantle the Nazi regime.
Available now on Steam.