Overclocking The RTX 3070 You Were Hoping To Buy One Year
270W And Beyond!
Tuesday we met the RTX 3070 Founders Edition and today come the partner boards, with unique cooling, power draw and clocks. Of all the cards that TechPowerUp tried, it was EVGA’s RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra which was the best overclocker of the lot and so it is a good place to start while window shopping for an RTX 3070.
The board power is set to 270W out of the box, and the Boost clock set to 1815 MHz though all other frequencies remain the same, which is a pity as the MSRP is $110 more than the Founders Edition. As with other FTW cards, this RTX 3070 features dual BIOS and enough RGBs to light up a room. It also has a fan header on it, so you can have one case fan running the exact same speed as the fans on the card, which is a nice feature.
When overclocking, TPU did see some indication of why there is such a price premium on the card. They saw the average GPU clock increase to 2101 MHz, a serious jump from the FE’s 1725 MHz and the memory could be boosted from 1750MHz to 2110 MHz. Those increases did have a noticeable effect on performance, though the did also bump the power limit up to 300W.
As you look through this and the following reviews you will notice that the AIB partners have done a brilliant job with their versions of the RTX 3070 and also that, for those that list it, all carry at bit of a price premium over the Founders Edition.
The EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra is the best overclocker in our testing today, thanks to a generous power limit increase to 270 W, that can be adjusted even further. The large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler achieves excellent temperatures and features fan stop.