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The 3000 series graphics cards are so popular that prices are skyrocketing. We are testing one of the cheapest with the Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge. Actually a bargain for the current range of games. But the market makes it difficult to get started with affordable 4K gaming. The Nvidia's Geforce RTX 3070 is the smallest of the new 3000 series that Nvidia has introduced and whose delivery has promptly postponed by two weeks in order to prevent an immediate sell-out. Despite its positioning as a "high-end entry-level card", it offers such impressive key data that it should easily enable 4K gaming.

 

Zotac Geforce RTX 3070 Review & Specification

Our test sample comes from Zotac. The Geforce RTX 3070 Twin Edge with a clock speed of 1,500 MHz and a boost of up to 1,725. This roughly corresponds to the reference card from Nvidia, which the chip manufacturer advertises on its website for 499 euros - but has not been able to deliver for a long time. Those who hit this early can consider themselves lucky. The high demand is currently driving all prices of all 3000 graphics cards upwards; but it is understandable.

First, even the small RTX 3070 offers roughly as much performance on paper as a 2080Ti and costs around half. Second, Nvidia is also serving PCIe 4.0 for the first time with the RTX 3000s. There is no longer any system-related performance bottleneck in the way of the “dream team” for full performance from the AMD platform and Nvidia graphics. Third, AMD cannot yet provide an adequate model and we are still waiting for the 6000 series. So it's no wonder that gamers are now starting to tinker with new PC systems and are desperately looking for inexpensive 3070 cards.


Very good benchmark results for the RTX 3070
In the test laboratory, the Zotac impresses with two 90 mm fans with low noise emissions under load and silence when idling. Two 90mm fans don't seem much at first, but the graphics chip is satisfied with a maximum of 220 watts of power consumption, which means that there is significantly less waste heat than its bigger siblings RTX 3080 (test) and RTX 3090. The "small" RTX 3070 convinced in all of our tests for gaming in FullHD and WQHD resolution with very high frame rates and demanding detail settings.

So let's take a look at our 4K tests: 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra delivers 8,314 points and Time Spy Extreme 6,512. These are two very demanding synthetic benchmarks, but the scores achieved correspond to frame rates that are always between 30 and 42fps and that is just enough for smooth gameplay. The Zotac achieved 6,695 points on our test platform in the Final Fantasy 15 benchmark with 4K resolution.

 

The 3D-Mark result in the "Time Spy Extreme" test for the Zotac Geforce RTX 3070.
This is a high result which indicates constant playability. Rise of the Tomb Raider returns an average of 93fps for the 4K resolution, an impressive result, because here you can even see reserves. Also delivers an average of 4K 63fps and can therefore convince the testers.

The only drawback that the Zotac RTX 3070 and all other 3070 cards have is the relatively small memory of eight GB. Sure enough, that's enough to play every current game, but it's not very future-proof. You also have to know that in the event of memory overfilling with modern graphics architecture, the image quality is first reduced before the frame rates drop into an unplayable range.

Data: Zotac Geforce RTX 3070 Twin Edge

  • Price: 600 euros
  • Price / performance: good
  • Graphics chip: GA104-300-A1 (ampere)
  • Chip clock standard / boost: 1500/1725 MHz
  • Video memory: 8 GB GDDR6
  • Connections: 3x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1x HDMI 2.1
  • Guarantee: 3 years (5 years after registration)

Zotac Geforce RTX 3070 Twin Edge Conclusion:
For the list price of 550 euros, the Zotac Geforce RTX 3070 Twin Edge would be a bargain. The performance is convincing and even in demanding 4K gaming. The problem: it is currently not available for less than 600 euros, if at all.

Zotac Geforce RTX 3070 Pros:
High performance
Smooth 4K gaming
Low power consumption
Relatively quiet
PCIe 4.0

Zotac Geforce RTX 3070 Cons:
(Poor availability)

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