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PNY GeForce RTX 3070 XLR8 Revel Epic-X RGB Review

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We have with us the PNY GeForce RTX 3070 XLR8 Revel Epic-X RGB graphics card. The XLR8 (reads "accelerate") line of graphics cards by PNY targets the gaming and PC enthusiast community and comes with the trust creative professionals associate with the PNY brand. PNY is a major vendor of professional visualization graphics cards based on NVIDIA Quadro graphics processors, as well as a leading vendor of flash memory products used by photographers and cinematographers. Palit-Gainward has been PNY's manufacturing partner for these XLR8 graphics cards, and the RTX 3070 XLR8 Revel bears a striking resemblance to the Gainward RTX 3070 Phoenix GS.



The GeForce RTX 3070 is a fascinating performance-segment product that's dancing on the edge of the enthusiast segment. NVIDIA claims it's designed to perform better than the previous-generation flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti, but at half the price. This would mean the RTX 3070 has the same performance outlook as the RTX 2080 Ti—to enable maxed out gaming with RTX-on at 1440p resolution, 4K UHD gaming with RTX-off, or DLSS Quality enabled. It should also let e-sports gamers play at 1440p with high refresh rates.

At its heart, the RTX 3070 is based on the 8 nm "GA104" silicon, which it nearly maxes out. This is NVIDIA's second-largest GeForce "Ampere" silicon. The company used a conventional memory setup by giving it 8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit wide memory bus, same as the RTX 2070. For the full details on the RTX 3070 technology and architecture, refer to our RTX 3070 Founders Edition article.

The GeForce Ampere graphics architecture heralds the 2nd generation of NVIDIA's path-breaking RTX technology, which leverages real-time raytracing and AI deep-learning to dramatically uplift eye candy. It combines new Ampere CUDA cores capable of concurrent INT32+FP32 operations, 2nd gen RT cores that double the ray intersection performance over the 1st gen and add more hardware to accelerate newer kinds of raytraced effects, and 3rd gen Tensor cores that leverage the sparsity phenomenon to build and train AI deep-learning neural nets faster.

The PNY RTX 3070 XLR8 Revel Epic-X features a massive triple-slot product design with a triple-fan heatsink. The cooler is longer than the PCB underneath, so airflow from one of the fans flows right through because of vents on the backplate. The card also features a rugged industrial design, and a tastefully executed RGB LED illumination. Interestingly, our card sticks with NVIDIA-reference clock speeds, with its GPU Boost set to 1725 MHz and memory left untouched at 14 Gbps.

GeForce RTX 3070 Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
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 3060$3303584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-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 3060 Ti$7004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$7505888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
PNY RTX 3070
XLR8 Revel Epic-X
Estimated: $770
MSRP: €500
5888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$8503840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$120046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$10008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RX 6900 XT$150051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$1900104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
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