Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC Review 7

Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC Review

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We review the new Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC, which is yet another of Zotac's performance-segment graphics cards designed to be as small and inexpensive as possible, optimized for the huge DIY market. Dating all the way back to its GTX 970 Twin Fan, Zotac has been developing compact graphics cards based on middle-of-the-market graphics cards that are of a short length, convenient to install, and have just the right custom-design bits to allow Zotac to sell the cards at close-to-reference pricing. The GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC in this review is no exception. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 itself is arguably the most important of the three RTX 30-series GPUs launched by NVIDIA thus far as it puts 4K-capable premium gaming performance into the hands of a much larger segment of the market.

With the RTX 3070, NVIDIA is debuting its second silicon based on the GeForce "Ampere" architecture, the 8 nm "GA104." This chip has lighter specs than those of the RTX 3080, but close to double the SIMD muscle as its predecessor, the RTX 2070. NVIDIA put an emphasis on the RTX 3070 being faster than the previous generation flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti. This would mean the RTX 3070 can not only give you maxed out 1440p performance with RTX cranked up, but is also capable of 4K Ultra HD gaming with high settings. It should also cater to high refresh rate e-sports gaming at 1440p and Full HD 1080p. For the full details on the RTX 3070 technology and architecture, refer to our RTX 3070 Founders Edition article.



The Twin Edge OC from Zotac is the most compact of the five RTX 3070 graphics cards we're reviewing today, with dimensions that make it better suited for mid-tower and mini-tower cases, and is strictly two slots thick, just like the Founders Edition. The card is designed for those who just want to game and don't care all that much about RGB bling to revel through their huge tempered glass panels. The company did direct efforts towards making the card quiet by using a dense aluminium fin-stack heatsink and two large fans of different diameters, along with a 3D backplate. You don't miss out on essentials such as idle fan stop. It also features a pair of common 8-pin PCIe power inputs, which means you don't have to deal with NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector. There are two variants of this card, one which sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds and comes in at the $499 baseline price for this SKU and the Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC in this review as its OC variant, which offers a tiny 30 MHz factory overclock of 1755 MHz (compared to 1725 MHz reference) for a marginal premium of just $20. In our review, we put it through its paces to check if this is the card you should pick if all you want is the RTX 3070's near-stock gaming performance, and also how it competes with the NVIDIA Founders Edition.

GeForce RTX 3070 Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
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
Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC$5205888961500 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$7008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3090$1500104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
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