The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 has been announced - l 'most affordable entry to the new Amp rangeera of Nvidia.
While "affordable is certainly a relative term, as this is still going to be an expensive card, it won't come with the exorbitant price tag of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.
Nonetheless, If you are excited about the new technology that Nvidia is ushering in this new generation of GPUs, then for many people the RTX 2070 will be the best GPU, offering specs that bring the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti to shame at a much higher price point. low.
So before the October release of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, we went ahead and gathered all of the graphics card info we currently have in one place. As more information comes along, we'll update this article, so be sure to bookmark it if you have the RTX 3070 on your wishlist.
Get straight to the point
- What isis? The current entry level Nvidia GPU Ampere
- When was it released? October 2020
- How much does it cost? $ 499 (£ 469, around AU $ 680)
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RTX 3070 release date
Nvidia announced the RTX 3070 alongside the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 during its September 1 event. However, it did not won't release at the same time as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 or RTX 3090.
Instead, it looks like Nvidia is making more of a staged version this time around, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 is expected to hit store shelves in October 2020. Unlike the RTX 3080 with its September 17 release date or the RTX 3090 with its September 24th release date, however, we don't have an exact date.
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RTX 3070 price
Of the three new GPUs announced by Nvidia, the RTX 3070 is the cheapest at $ 499 (£ 469, around AU $ 680). It certainly won't be an easy expense to swallow, but given the level of performance Nvidia claims with the RTX 3070 - it beats the RTX 2080 Ti on paper - it could be a lot worse.
RTX 3070 specifications
The official specifications of the RTX 3070 are:
- CUDA cores: 5 888
- Memory: 8 GB of GDDR6
- Memory interface: 256-bit
- TDP: 220W
- Power connectors required: 1 x 8 pin PCIe
- PCIe interface: 4.0
Don't take the (relatively) low price for granted, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 has nothing to do with a whopping 5888 CUDA cores with a 1.73 GHz boost clock, you are watchingFP32 theoretical performance 20TFLOP - this is more powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti, and it 's right on paper.
What may keep it from really blowing the 2080 Ti out of the water - especially at 4K - is the fact that the RTX 3070 is limited to just 8GB of GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory bus.
This compares to the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, the card it replaces, which comes with 2,560 Nvidia CUDA cores, 14 Gbps 8 GB GDDR6 memory, a 1770 MHz boost clock and a base clock of 1605 MHz.
So basically we get a much more powerful GPU with the same memory as the last gen. Thi will likely be a bummer for many, but there is no reason to panic just yet. In our testing, many 4K games still don't use more than 8GB of VRAM at any given time, with a few exceptions.
What will likely optimize this further, however, is the newthe Nvidia RTX IO API. This will work alongside the new Microsoft DirectStorage API to optimize the pipeline between your storage and your graphics card. Ideally, this means that less data will have to be stored in your graphics memory in the first place, and should limit the loss of performance - although, obviously, more VRAM would still have helped.
Unlike the RTX 3080, which sees a massive increase in power consumption, with the flagship rocking a TDP of 320W, the RTX 3070 is a bit more fuel-efficient, with a TDP of 220W. This is still an increase over the 185W TDP of the RTX 2070 Founders Edition, but not to the point that you have to replace your power supply.
In fact, the massive increase in CUDA cores, coupled with a higher boost clock, means the RTX 3070 will likely be considered the most power efficient graphics card in the Nvidia Ampere line. .We haven't had a chance to test the performance yet, so we're just relying on the datasheets provided by Nvidia, but the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 seems to make 4K gaming a lot more accessible to everyone. .
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