The EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra is the company's most premium custom-design graphics card based on the GeForce RTX 3070 "Ampere" GPU released to market earlier this week. The EVGA FTW3 Ultra features a gargantuan iCX3 cooling solution that's almost identical to the one taming its RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra, which we also reviewed
. It combines with a custom-design PCB that has a VRM solution fit for GPUs from a segment above, and an interesting series of cutouts that let airflow from the fans through. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 itself is arguably the most important of the three RTX 30-series GPUs launched by NVIDIA thus far as it puts 4K-capable premium gaming performance into the hands of a much larger segment of the market.
The GeForce RTX 3070 marks the introduction of the 8 nm "GA104," NVIDIA's second-largest piece of silicon based on the new GeForce "Ampere" architecture that brings NVIDIA's 2nd generation RTX technology to a larger segment of the gaming market. The company extensively markets the RTX 3070 as being "faster" than the RTX 2080 Ti, which means you should be able to max out games at 1440p with RTX-on, as well as play at 4K Ultra HD with fairly high settings since those are the things the RTX 2080 Ti is good at. The performance outlook of the RTX 3070 should also mean that high refresh-rate e-sports gaming at 1440p and 1080p is possible at a much lower price than what it took in the previous generation. For the full details on the RTX 3070 technology and architecture, refer to our RTX 3070 Founders Edition article
The GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra from EVGA comes with an impressive 1815 MHz factory overclock (compared to the 1725 MHz reference) tamed by the large iCX3 cooler, which features a trio of thick copper heat pipes that pull heat through a copper base-plate, conveying it through two large aluminium fin-stacks that are ventilated by a trio of fans that have individual speed control. Another perk with the FTW3 Ultra is its gorgeous RGB LED embellishments covering the top of the card. You also get handy features, such as ARGB and PWM fan headers, so you can sync your rig's cooling and lighting to that of the card. The FTW3 Ultra draws power form a pair of standard 8-pin PCIe power inputs, which should give the RTX 3070 plenty of power headroom. The $610 pricing from EVGA for the RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra is a tall ask and easily the highest price among the six RTX 3070 cards we reviewed so far. It remains to be seen if the card is more than the sum of its parts.
GeForce RTX 3070 Market Segment Analysis
| ||Price||Shader |
|RX 5700||$330||2304||64||1465 MHz||1625 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|GTX 1080||$330||2560||64||1607 MHz||1733 MHz||1251 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit|
|RTX 2060 Super||$380||2176||64||1470 MHz||1650 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX Vega 64||$400 ||4096||64||1247 MHz||1546 MHz||953 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|GTX 1080 Ti||$650||3584||88||1481 MHz||1582 MHz||1376 MHz||GP102||12000M||11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit|
|RX 5700 XT||$370||2560||64||1605 MHz||1755 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070||$340||2304||64||1410 MHz||1620 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070 Super||$450||2560||64||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|Radeon VII||$680||3840||64||1802 MHz||N/A||1000 MHz||Vega 20||13230M||16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit|
|RTX 2080||$600||2944||64||1515 MHz||1710 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Super||$690||3072||64||1650 MHz||1815 MHz||1940 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Ti||$1000||4352||88||1350 MHz||1545 MHz||1750 MHz||TU102||18600M||11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit|
|RTX 3070||$500||5888||96||1500 MHz||1725 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|EVGA RTX 3070|
|$610||5888||96||1500 MHz||1815 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3080||$700||8704||96||1440 MHz||1710 MHz||1188 MHz||GA102||28000M||10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit|
|RTX 3090||$1500||10496||112||1395 MHz||1695 MHz||1219 MHz||GA102||28000M||24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit|
EVGA has completely revamped their design language with the RTX 30 series. Instead of a transparent cooler shroud we now get classic black paired with silver metal highlights and a black trim. My sample came with a red trim on the sides. However, EVGA confirmed that all retail cards will use a black trim instead. On the back, you'll find a high-quality metal backplate.
Dimensions of the card are 30 x 14 cm.
Installation requires three slots in your system.
Display connectivity options include three standard DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1. The DisplayPort 1.4a outputs support Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a, which lets you connect 4K displays at 120 Hz and 8K displays at 60 Hz. Ampere can drive two 8K displays at 60 Hz with just one cable per display.
Ampere is the first GPU to support HDMI 2.1, which increases bandwidth to 48 Gbps to support higher resolutions, like 4K144 and 8K30, with a single cable. With DSC, this goes up to 4K240 and 8K120. NVIDIA's new NVENC/NVDEC video engine is optimized to handle video tasks with minimal CPU load. The highlight here is added support for AV1 decode. Just like on Turing, you may also decode MPEG-2, VC1, VP8, VP9, H.264, and H.265 natively, at up to 8K@12-bit.
The encoder is identical to Turing. It supports H.264, H.265 and lossless at up to 8K@10-bit.
A dual-BIOS switch lets you activate an "OC" BIOS, which is identical to the default BIOS and just runs a more aggressive fan curve without idle fan stop.
Near the back of the card, you'll find two pin headers. The first header is to provide an RGB signal to other components, so they can be synced with the graphics card RGB. The second one lets you connect a case fan to the graphics card, making it spin at the same rate as the GPU fans. Since the graphics card is the highest heat output in most computers, this makes a lot of sense—idle fan stop during browsing and productivity and running fans when gaming.
Unlike the NVIDIA Founders Edition card that uses the new 12-pin power input, EVGA sticks to industry standard PCIe power inputs. Together with the PCIe slot, this 8+8 power configuration is specified to supply up to 375 W of power.
The GeForce RTX 3070 does not support SLI. Only the RTX 3090 does, and it has very limited SLI support.
EVGA's thermal solution uses a large copper baseplate paired with five heatpipes to move heat away from the GPU quickly. This part of the heatsink also provides cooling for the memory and VRM circuitry.
The backplate is made out of metal and protects the card against damage during installation and handling.
High-resolution PCB Pictures
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