Palit GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC Review 9

Palit GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC Review

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Introduction

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The Palit GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC is the company's most premium custom-design implementation of NVIDIA's latest high-end graphics card launch. The RTX 3070 Ti and last week's RTX 3080 Ti launch form part of an attempt to refresh the high-end segment in the face of competition from AMD and its "Big Navi" Radeon RX 6800 series. This graphics cards segment targets those wanting maxed out gaming at 1440p with raytracing, but also the ability to play at 4K UHD with reasonably good details. NVIDIA already has such a SKU in the RTX 3070, which was embattled by the RX 6700 XT and RX 6800 and is possibly what the RTX 3070 Ti launch is all about.



NVIDIA created the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti out of the same GA104 silicon as the RTX 3070 by maxing it out. You hence get all 6,144 CUDA cores physically present on the chip, compared to just 5,888 on the RTX 3070. Another major change is memory, with NVIDIA opting for fast 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory over 14 Gbps GDDR6. This results in a significant 35% increase in memory bandwidth over the RTX 3070. The memory size remains 8 GB, though. Wrapping things up are the slightly higher GPU clock speeds. The resulting product, NVIDIA believes, should restore competition to the sub-$600 market segment by successfully challenging the RX 6800.

Palit bolstered the RTX 3070 Ti with its highest factory overclock, at 1845 MHz boost frequency compared to the 1770 MHz reference. The GameRock OC series from Palit always represented over-the-top designs, and this card is no exception. A neatly executed "icebox" pattern tops the cooler shroud, which isn't unlike the G.SKILL Trident Royal memory modules. This element is illuminated with addressable RGBs.

At this time, Palit is unable to provide an MSRP for the GameRock OC. I'd estimate it'll end up around $1350 in the free market, which is $50 higher than the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition.

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060$9003584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641400 MHz1800 MHz1000 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 3060 Ti$13004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$1000
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$14004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$13005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3070 Ti$1300
MSRP: $600
6144961575 MHz1770 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
Palit RTX 3070 Ti
GameRock OC
$13506144961575 MHz1845 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX 6800$14003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$170046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$15008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3080 Ti$2200102401121365 MHz1665 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

As mentioned earlier, the highlight with the RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC is its crushed ice design that dominates the top of the cooler shroud. It lights up in any color and looks really groovy, particularly when mounted vertically in your case. The PCB is barely 60% of the length of the card, so a significant amount of airflow goes right through cutouts on the backplate.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 30 x 13.5 cm, and it weighs 1410 g.

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.


This BIOS switch lets you toggle between the default "Performance" BIOS and a secondary "Silent" BIOS.


Using this RGB header, you can connect external RGB circuitry to the graphics card.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

Power is drawn from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Along with slot power, this configuration supplies up to 375 W.

Multi-GPU Area

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti does not support SLI.

Teardown

Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

The RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC is very easy to disassemble. Simply undo a bunch of screws from the backplate, and the cooler assembly comes out in one clean piece. The thermal pads for memory are 1.0 mm thick, as are those on the VRM.


The cooler uses a nickel-plated copper base to pull heat form the GPU, while an aluminium base plate pulls heat form the memory and VRM. Six 6-mm-thick heat pipes running through the aluminium fin-stack make indirect contact with the base.


The backplate is made out of metal and lacks any thermal pads, letting it participate in the cooling.

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, videos 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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