I received the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card to do a review of the video card. I’ll be explaining the features and what I think of the video card. I will be comparing the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Superclocked to the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card. I will also be doing a performance report.
To be honest, this video card is not really a “gaming card” per se. It is designed for high-performance workstations, so if you want to play games, you’ll have to find another video card. If you want to play high-performance games with a good framerate, then you’ll probably have to pay more money.
EVGA is known for making high-performance graphics cards, and their latest model – the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card – is no exception. The new video card is based on the NVIDIA Turing architecture, and comes with a large number of features that make it a good choice for gaming.
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING (08G-P5-3767-KR) video card is on our test bench today. EVGA’s FTW3 ULTRA GAMING RTX 3070 card has the fastest factory overclock of the four RTX 3070 cards on the market. It has three fans and is fitted with EVGA’s iCX3 cooling system.
This card, like all other GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, is unavailable in stores, however it has an MSRP of $689.99 straight from EVGA at the time of writing. To acquire the card from EVGA, join their notification line and wait for your turn (which will most likely take a long time). We’ve seen the card show up on NewEgg and BestBuy from time to time, but it’s still as hard to come by as any other RTX 30 Series card. This is more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition card, so we’ll compare it against the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT GAMING X, which has a similar price tag.
This card seems to have undergone NVIDIA’s LHR (Lite Hash Rate) treatment and is identified as part number 08G-P5-3767-KL at the time of publishing. The only variation between the two versions of the card is the hash rate modification.
The Ampere architecture and Samsung 8nm manufacturing process are used to create the GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. There are 46 SMs, 5,888 CUDA Cores, 184 Tensor Cores (3rd gen), 46 RT Cores (2nd gen), 184 Texture Units, and 96 ROPs in this chip. It features a 1725MHz GPU Boost Clock. It features 8GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14GHz on a 256-bit bus, with a memory bandwidth of 448GB/s.
Models of the EVGA RTX 3070
On their website, EVGA lists four RTX 3070 variants. The RTX 3070 FTW ULTRA GAMING, the card we’re looking at today, is at the top of the heap, with the largest cooler and factory overclock. The images below show how it compares to the XC3 version.
ULTRA GAMING EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 (08G-P5-3755-KR)
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING is packaged in a standard-size video card box that clearly states that it is an EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA model. We discovered a black-clad GPU with three fans and a solid metal backplate after we broke open the box.
The boost clock of the GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING has been factory overclocked by 90MHz, taking it from 1725MHz to 1815MHz. Keep in mind that the boost clock is a goal set by the card’s boosting algorithm, NVIDIA GPU Boost, depending on power, workload, and temperature, and that number will almost always be surpassed. It also has 8GB of 14 GHz GDDR 6 memory, which matches the reference specs in terms of performance. The card comes with a 220W TGP from EVGA.
It is larger than a standard size card in terms of size. It’s a little taller, a little wider, and has a little more thud when it hits the desk than the XC3 series. It has a length of 11.8 inches, a height of 5.38 inches, and a width of 2.75 slots. This is still smaller than the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO, which we just reviewed. In addition, the EVGA video card is 2.8 inches longer than the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders edition, which is 9 inches long.
Cooling for the EVGA iCX3
EVGA is using their iCX3 cooling system, which consists of three HDB 2.0 noise motor fans with raised “E”s on the fan blades to minimize noise. The fans have an asynchronous fan mode that turns off when the temperature drops below 55 degrees Celsius. Cuts on the PCB (together with cutouts on the backplate) enhance airflow and minimize exhaust recovery. EVGA claims a 5.1 percent improvement in cooling performance over the iCX2 cooling system, as well as a 9.7% reduction in noise.
As a side note, it appears that the iCX3 branding is used for all levels of EVGA cards, as the 3070 XC3 we recently reviewed had a completely different cooling system while still being called iCX3.
Information and Photographs
The RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO arrives in a little box with a picture of it on the front and the typical labeling indicating that it contains the RTX 3070 GPU. Other characteristics are mentioned on the rear of the box to decorate the back of the box down with the typical mouse type.
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING has an iCX3 cooling system with six heat pipes and three fans on the front (note this is one more heatpipe than the XC3 variant of this card). The aluminum backplate and cutouts where the rear fan may blow right through the card are visible when the card is turned over. It has three Display Port 1.4a connectors and one HDMI 2.0 connection, and it’s a full two-plus-ish PCI-e slots wide.
A backplate is included with the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING to assist with heat dispersion. On the rear of the card, you’ll also find a fan header and an RGB header, which you can utilize with EVGA’s Precision X1 software to manage another fan or some RGB bling.
Two 8-pin PCI-Express power connections are required for the video card. A 650W power supply is recommended by EVGA.
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