Today, we bring you our review of the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio, the company's premium implementation of the newly launched RTX 3070 "Ampere" performance-segment GPU. MSI has always managed to surprise us with the power, noise, and factory-OC optimization of its Gaming X and Gaming Z lines of premium custom-design graphics cards, and we have the same expectations form this one. Right off the bat we see that the card looks almost identical to the MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio, which is a huge card. This means all that cooling muscle is being used to tame a GPU that's much smaller and with 100 W less typical board power than the RTX 3080, which bodes well for the card's noise and thermals on paper, right away.
The GeForce RTX 3070 is an important product for NVIDIA as it offers more than double the performance per dollar than the RTX 2080 Ti, and NVIDIA claims the RTX 3070 even beats it. This would mean the RTX 3070 is able to do the same things as the RTX 2080 Ti—maxed out gaming at 1440p with RTX-on, and 4K UHD gaming with reasonably high settings, including mid-tier settings of RTX. This would bring 4K UHD gaming to an even wider audience while also delivering high refresh-rate gaming to the 1440p and 1080p e-sports segments. At the heart of the RTX 3070 is the new 8 nm "GA104" silicon, which is much smaller than the "GA102" that powers the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. The RTX 3070 nearly maxes out the "GA104." NVIDIA cut costs where it could by giving this card the same 8 GB of 14 Gbps, 256-bit GDDR6 memory as the RTX 2070. For the full details on RTX 3070 technology and architecture, refer to our RTX 3070 Founders Edition article.
Switching gears back to our MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio review sample, we see that the card uses the same awesome Tri Frozr 2 cooling solution as the RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio series. This cooler features a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat is drawn from six copper heat-pipes that are bunched up in the middle to form the GPU contact base—a technology MSI calls Core Pipe. The heatsink is ventilated by three identically sized TorX 2 fans featuring webbed impellers to direct all their airflow axially. The biggest perk of picking up this premium RTX 3070 is the RGB bedazzlement you get with the card, with a large silicon diffuser along the top edge of the card that's most visible when viewed from your case's window; and RGB elements along the top of the card near the fans. Under the hood is a custom PCB optimized for high power limits, which draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors for sufficient physical headroom to raise power. With factory-overclocked speeds of 1830 MHz (compared to 1725 MHz reference), this card has the highest clock speeds on paper. But many more factors go into putting those clock speeds to use. In this review, we take the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio for a spin to tell you if it's worth paying a $60 premium over the $500 baseline pricing for the RTX 3070.
|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|
|MSI RTX 3070|
Gaming X Trio
|$560||5888||96||1500 MHz||1830 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|
For their RTX3070, MSI has reused the design for their GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio. The card is dominated by black with some gray highlights. The three fans are 95 mm in diameter. On the other side is a backplate.
Dimensions of the card are 32 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.
Unlike the NVIDIA Founders Edition card that uses the new 12-pin power input, MSI 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.
MSI uses six heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU surface. The main heatsink also provides cooling for the memory chips and VRM circuitry.
The backplate is made out of a plastic/carbon mix, which MSI calls "graphene". It protects the card against damage during installation and handling. Note the thermal pads, which soak up a little bit of heat from the GPU area and VRMs.
Near the top of the card, a metal bracket is attached the the PCB and IO shield, which improved torsion strength of the card to protect against sagging.
An additional heatsink has been placed on the GPU MOSFETs.
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