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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review: Taking on Turing's Best at $499

Fast and efficient, the RTX 3070 basically matches the previous gen 2080 Ti at less than half the cost.

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Based on what we've seen already, the 4K results are likely to favor the 2080 Ti just slightly, and the 3070 will need to run many games at medium to high settings to get 4K performance above 60 fps. That's basically the same as the 2080 Ti, with a much more palatable price tag. Whether you'll be able to buy one later this week is another matter. 

9 Game Average

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We'll just focus on the overall picture at 4K once again, as the individual results are below and mostly tell the same story. At 4K ultra, the 3070 averages 68 fps across our nine-game suite. That's good, but four of the games are below 60 fps, while two of the games run at more than 100 fps, somewhat skewing the results. 4K60 is within reach of the 3070, just not at maxed-out settings in all games. The 4K medium results meanwhile range from a low of 73 fps in Metro Exodus to a high of 140 fps in Strange Brigade, and every game breaks 60 fps.

Looking at the competition, the 2080 Ti is about three percent faster than the 3070, so again, the memory capacity and bandwidth deficit didn't really factor into things as much as we expected. The 3070 is also 35 percent faster than the 2070 Super, 53 percent faster than the 2070 FE, 130 percent faster than the GTX 1070, and 95 percent faster than the Vega 56.

If you're running a card that's three or more years old, upgrading to the 3070 should provide a significant boost to performance. If you have anything more recent — at least in the high-end category of GPUs — you can probably stick with whatever you have for a couple of more years.

Borderlands 3

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The Division 2

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Far Cry 5

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Final Fantasy XIV

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Forza Horizon 4

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Metro Exodus

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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  • mikeymyke
    Wow quite late on the review, just like the other reviews.
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  • tupoun
    Hello, please stop these 1.000,- € cards present as 499,- $ GPUs. Thank you.
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  • thusinutz
    Did this post time travel a from a period where we naively believe that a 3070 could be bought for usd 500? I'll keep my 1070 for perpetuity. Thanks.
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  • Krotow
    Please don't irritate people with 500$ price for 3070. It was never true. Think 1000$ and above now.

    Lack of RGB is giant bonus for anyone who want his PC being hidden and silent under table.
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  • thusinutz
    Krotow said:
    Please don't irritate people with 500$ price for 3070. It was never true. Think 1000$ and above now.

    Lack of RGB is giant bonus for anyone who want his PC being hidden and silent under table.
    I created an account just to complain about this LOL
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  • etre
    Well, maybe keep the price out of the title, like is a salient point.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    The initial GPU review posts, which all went up on the appropriate launch dates (as in, not one second late on any of them) were all a single monolithic page. There are reasons behind that, but the short summary is that the managing editors at Tom's Hardware are now redirecting the original URL into the new paginated version. The text and charts have not changed, on any of the reviews. It's just a change in the presentation. The original review was posted at https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3070-founders-edition-review and the new version with pages is at https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3070-founders-edition-review -- which is why the comments reset. (You can still read the original comments in the old forum thread if you want:

    https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3070-founders-edition-review-taking-on-turings-best-at-499.3657278/
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  • Krotow
    Ironically initial reviews with old MSRP prices appeared on most painful moment in GPU purchasing history ever :)
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  • ctn.gooners
    Just logging into to complain the horrible availability of this card on Best Buy. Their ordering system doesn't work and just being screwed by scalpers.

    Best Buy needs to honor orders base in the time it was ordered rather than releasing them.

    And shame on Nvidia. Horrible company to allow it
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  • Crazzy Crisis
    I hate to break it to the people in the comments but the MSRP for the 3070 is still $499. You can buy one at that price, albeit with infamously extreme difficulty. Use Hotstock and keep an eye on stores that are not Ebay for stock. Literally just bought a 3070 on 1/6/21 for MSRP after 3 weeks of waiting. On Best Buy, which another comment was complaining was facilitating bots to instantly sweep up everything.

    Stop being so dramatic, it's just a graphics card. It will not change your life. If you want to complain about paying $1000 bucks to scalpers, go for it. But you paid the idiot tax and put money in their pocket. Do not assume the rest of us need to as well.
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