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Nvidia RTX 3070 — Is the gaming performance worth it?

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Msi Gaming X Trio Rtx 3070 Nvidia Graphics Card Cover

RTX 3070 specs and basic technical notes

There are plenty of models out now for the Nvidia RTX 3070, but our review will measure the performance of the MSI Gaming X Trio. This model comes attached to a massive aluminum air cooler with a triple-fan design and a few RGB accents to customize. All in all, it’s a premium-looking graphics card with a small factory overclock and silent operation. If you’re trying to decide on a model variant, this is definitely a good one to consider.

 

 

We’ll keep the technical discussion short for the sake of focusing on the games. There’s plenty of in-depth analysis out there if you’re into that. Here are a few basic specs and other things to note about this card:

Interface PCIe 4.0
CUDA cores 5888
Boost clock 1830 MHz
Memory speed 14 Gbps
Memory 8 GB GDDR6
Memory bus 256-bit
Interface ports
x3 DisplayPort 1.4a /
x1 HDMI 2.1
Power consumption 240W
Power connectors x2 8-pin
Recommended PSU 650W
Card dimensions (mm) 323 (L) x 140 (W) x 56 (H)
Card weight 1441g
Max number of displays 4
Maximum resolution 7680×4320

It doesn’t require the 12-pin connector that the Nvidia Founder’s Edition cards use. Two rated 8-pin connectors are all you need. Moving on, this card uses 240W of power at full load and radiates a substantial amount of heat that will warm up your case and the area around it. The room temperature will definitely be affected. Fortunately, as was just mentioned, the card radiates a lot of heat. The temperatures never broke 70 degrees Celsius, which is great for preventing long-term wear and definitely offers some peace of mind.

The MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio is also a huge, heavy card and the same goes for other AIB models from this generation. You’ll want to check the measurements before assuming it will fit in your PC. It’s also recommended to secure the card using the included support bracket to prevent sagging over time. Dragon Center software¬† controls the RGB lights for all MSI cards, though there is rainbow wave pattern default effect.

These cards also support PCIe 4.0, but pairing a PCIe 3.0 x16 motherboard slot with a RTX 3070 will barely reduce your performance this generation.

Kevin Foley
About The Author
Senior Staff Writer with PC Invasion since 2020, advocate for playing on the hardest difficulty options, and a graphics fanatic. Kevin's go-to gaming genres are shooters, RPGs, tactical strategy, and environmental puzzlers. His favorite franchises of all time include Halo, Mass Effect, Portal, KotOR, Super Smash Bros., Fortnite, and The Elder Scrolls. When he's not writing about games, he's investigating PC tech to see how it can improve gaming experiences.