Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC Review 11

Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC Review

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Graphics Card Temperatures

Temperature & Noise Comparison
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF OC40°CFan Stop62°C28 dBA1768 RPM
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF OC (Quiet BIOS)40°CFan Stop62°C28 dBA1736 RPM
EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra42°CFan Stop65°C34 dBA1781 RPM
EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra (OC BIOS)30°C30 dBA64°C35 dBA1940 RPM
Gigabyte RTX 3070 Gaming OC45°CFan Stop70°C32 dBA1828 RPM
Gigabyte RTX 3070 Gaming OC (OC BIOS)45°CFan Stop68°C35 dBA2049 RPM
MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio41°CFan Stop64°C28 dBA1510 RPM
NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition38°CFan Stop74°C30 dBA1791 RPM
Palit RTX 3070 JetStream OC44°CFan Stop75°C35 dBA1746 RPM
Palit RTX 3070 JetStream OC (quiet BIOS)46°CFan Stop76°C34 dBA1544 RPM
ZOTAC RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC49°CFan Stop70°C35 dBA1955 RPM
Testing notes & interpretation
  • GPU temperatures listed here are based on GPU-Z measurements of the on-chip temperature sensor.
  • We report these GPU temperatures under a constant load for ease of comparison, as well as an idle state most end users will experience often. This combination helps dictate cooling needs and provides context for how well the thermal solution performs.
  • Please note that GPU temperature is contingent on a variety of factors. Some, including clock speed, voltage settings, cooler design, and production variances, are beyond the control of the end user. Others, such as ambient temperature, case design, and airflow pathway affecting the GPU, can be mitigated to certain extents.
  • The data in the table above shows results for similar cards, achieved in identical conditions during previous TechPowerUp reviews.

Fan Noise

Noise Testing Details

In past years, gamers would accept everything for a little bit more performance. Nowadays, users are more aware of their graphics card's fan noise and power consumption.

In order to properly test how much noise a card's fan emits, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 2236 sound-level meter (~$4,000). It has the measurement range and accuracy we are looking for.

Fan Noise Measurement Setup

The tested graphics card is installed in a system that does not emit any noise on its own, using a passive PSU, passive CPU cooler, passive cooling on the motherboard, and a solid state drive. Noise results of other cards on this page are measurements of the respective reference design.

This setup allows us to eliminate secondary noise sources and test only the video card. To be more compliant with standards like DIN 45635 (we are not claiming to be fully DIN 45635 certified), the measurement is conducted at a distance of 100 cm and 160 cm off the floor. Ambient background noise inside the room was well below 20 dBA for all measurements. Please note that the dBA scale is not linear but logarithmic. 40 dBA is not twice as loud as 20 dBA since a 6 dBA increase results in double the sound pressure. The human hearing perception is a bit different, and it is generally accepted that a 10 dBA increase doubles the perceived sound level. 3D load noise levels are tested with a stressful game, not with Furmark.

Just like the Founders Edition, the Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC has fan stop, which is great for keeping system noise levels low outside of gaming, as they shut down completely.

Gaming noise levels are clearly higher than the NVIDIA Founders Edition, as are temperatures. It seems Palit's cooler is having a hard time keeping up with the FE, and Palit didn't want to compromise on temperatures. The problem is the increased power draw, which means more heat and has the cooler working harder to keep the card cool. On the next page, we'll show that the cooler is actually better than the FE heatsink, but that advantage is nullified due to the higher power draw of the card.

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