Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC Review 11

Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC Review



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Today, we bring you our review of the Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC, the company's premium custom-design graphics card based on NVIDIA's RTX 3070 Ampere GPU that's out to woo the same class of performance-segment buyers who made the RTX 2070 Super popular—performance with some future-proofing. Palit has given the JetStream OC its highest state of factory OC tune, its best aesthetics, and high-end features relevant to overclockers. The card is targeted at those looking for a premium RTX 3070 they can overclock further.

The GeForce RTX 3070 "Ampere" is based on NVIDIA's second consumer silicon based on the new architecture, the GA104, and almost maxes it out. This chip is smaller than the GA102 that powers the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, but has a much higher CUDA core count than the previous-generation flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti. In fact, NVIDIA claims that the RTX 3070 beats the RTX 2080 Ti, which means it's built for roughly the same use cases—1440p gaming at high frame rates, with sufficient performance for 4K UHD gaming. The e-sports crowd can expect high refresh-rate performance up to 1440p resolution, something that required them to fork out at least $700 on an RTX 2080 Super. For the full details on the RTX 3070 technology and architecture, refer to our RTX 3070 Founders Edition article.

NVIDIA's GeForce Ampere architecture introduces the company's 2nd generation RTX real-time raytracing technology. It combines new Ampere CUDA cores that can do concurrent FP32+INT32 math operations per clock cycle, 2nd generation RT cores that in addition to doubling the intersection performance add fixed-function hardware for more raytraced effects, and the 3rd generation Tensor cores, which leverage sparsity to speed up AI inference performance significantly over the previous generation. The RTX 3070 features 5,888 CUDA cores, 46 RT cores, 184 Tensor cores, 184 TMUs, 96 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface, running 8 GB of 14 Gbps memory.

As mentioned earlier, the Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC is the company's premium custom-design RTX 3070 product positioned a notch below the RTX 3070 GameRock, and it brings you a large cooling solution that's three slots thick, and two large fans, RGB LED lighting is included, too. Palit even included a large factory overclock of 1815 MHz GPU Boost (compared to the 1725 MHz reference). You also get a few handy features, such as dual-BIOS, which lets you select between the default factory-OC BIOS and a quiet BIOS with lower clocks. The card's design sees the PCB being much shorter than the cooler, which means much of the airflow form the second fan goes through the heatsink and out of vents on the backplate. While exact pricing is difficult to find at the moment, once things normalize, the card should retail for around $520, or $20 higher than the NVIDIA Founders Edition.

GeForce RTX 3070 Market Segment Analysis
RX 5700$3302304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
GTX 1080$3302560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super$3802176641470 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$6503584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641802 MHzN/A1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$5005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Palit RTX 3070
JetStream OC
$5205888961500 MHz1815 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$5803840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$65046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$7008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3090$1500104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit


Package Front
Package Back

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

The Palit RTX 3070 JetStream is mostly black, with some white text on the back and front. The cooler shroud is made from plastic, while the backplate is out of metal.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 30.5 x 13.5 cm, and it weighs 1252 grams.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

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.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

Unlike the NVIDIA Founders Edition card that uses the new 12-pin power input, Palit 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.

This dual-BIOS switch lets you toggle between the default BIOS (position 1) and a quiet BIOS that runs lower fan speeds, but also lower clocks.

You may connect other RGB circuitry to this ARGB header.

Multi-GPU Area

The GeForce RTX 3070 does not support SLI. Only the RTX 3090 does, and it has very limited SLI support.


Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

Palit's main heatsink provides cooling for all important components on the graphics card: GPU, memory, and VRM.

The backplate is made out of metal and protects the card against damage during installation and handling.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

These pictures are for the convenience of volt modders and people who would like to see all the finer details on the PCB. Feel free to link back to us and use these in your articles or forum posts.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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