tl;dr:After the GeForce RTX 3080 with 10 GB for 700 euros and the GeForce RTX 3090 with 24 GB for 1,500 euros, Nvidia is sending the 500 euros GeForce RTX 3070 with 8 GB into the race. In the test, it had a hard exchange of blows with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti – with advantages and disadvantages for both. The Founders Edition is convincing.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition in the test
The GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 showed a very high performance with and without ray tracing in the test, whereby the GeForce RTX 3080 in particular made a big leap in performance compared to its predecessor and at the same time came up with an attractive price of 699 euros – if the card would be deliverable (at this price).
What about the availability?
The availability of the first two gaming ampere graphics cards worldwide is catastrophically poor even weeks after the launch and Nvidia itself does not expect that anything will change significantly this year. Against this background, the start of the GeForce RTX 3070 was pushed back two weeks in order to have more goods in stock. Next Thursday it will show what the relationship between supply and demand will be in this case.
At the launch in September, the interest in the GeForce RTX 3070 was enormous. With an MSRP of 499 euros, the model penetrates an even more attractive price region and is expected to perform as much as the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which cost well over 1,000 euros, for two years before. That would give a decent performance boost compared to its direct predecessor, the GeForce RTX 2070 (Great) to speak, which was also more expensive. With the next smaller GA104 GPU used for the first time, the power consumption will drop significantly compared to the larger models. On the opposite side is a memory of only 8 GB, which has remained unchanged for two generations or the GeForce GTX 1070 from 2016.
Founders Edition today, custom designs on Thursday
ComputerBase uses a Founders Edition model to determine whether the overall package of the GeForce RTX 3070 is convincing. At first glance, it is surprisingly small, optically and haptically but still as high-quality as the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. A test with the first three custom models will follow in time for the market launch on October 29th.