In this buyer’s guide, we’ve covered some of the best RTX 3070 graphics cards on the market to help you choose the right option for your needs and budget.
When it was released in late 2020, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 was one of the best bang-for-your-buck graphics cards ever made—offering significant leaps in performance over the RTX 2070 at the same price point.
The card is based on the ground-breaking Ampere architecture, featuring improved hardware-accelerated raytracing, NVIDIA’s second-generation RT Cores and 3rd-gen Tensor Cores. At its MSRP of $499, the RTX 3070 offers faster gaming performance than the RTX 2080 Ti at a fraction of the MSRP price.
This value advantage of RTX 3070 has been distorted somewhat by the GPU shortages—which means that any 3070 cards on the market right now are sold wildly above this MSRP. But, in recent weeks, GPU prices have started to come back to a reasonable level.
And, in this list, we’ve showcased our picks for the four best RTX 3070s right now.
A Quick Look at the Best RTX 3070 Video Cards
The table below lists our choices for the best RTX 3070 graphics cards currently available.
ASUS ROG Strix OC
EVGA FTW3 Ultra
ASUS Dual V2 OC
ZOTAC Twin Edge OC
*For our full overview on each of the RTX 3070 video cards listed above, click on the “Read Review »” and you’ll be taken to our write-up on it.
1. ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070 OC
The top RTX 3070 video card right now
We’ve picked out the ASUS ROG Strix time and time again in our round-ups of the best NVIDIA graphics cards—and at so many price points we’re drawn in by its excellent performance and value offerings.
The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3070 OC is by many metrics the most powerful RTX 3070 on the market. This card packs in 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and 5888 CUDA Cores. The ROG STRIX OC firmly lives up to its name, reaching boost clocks of 1935 MHz in OC mode.
For cooling, ASUS has opted for the same excellent triple axial-tech fan design found in most of their ROG STRIX OC offerings – delivering quiet air-cooling and maximum performance.
This card’s 2.9 slot design gives this card even more surface area to conduct heat—improving thermal performance and overclocking headroom. It even features a metal backplate to add extra protection and increase cooling surface area.
How does the ROG STRIX OC perform? In the FP32 single-precision benchmark, this card churns out a theoretical performance of 22.79 TFLOPS—not too far off some overclocked RTX 3070 Ti’s.
According to GPU Monkey, this card performs an average of 86ps Battlefield 5’s 4K benchmark and 54fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4K benchmark. Weirdly, the Battlefield 5 score is on par with ASUS’s ROG STRIX RTX 3070 Ti, although the Shadow of the Tomb Raider shows the Ti version flexing its muscles a tad more.
Overall, the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3070 OC is the most powerful RTX 3070 out there—and also the best. It’s our top recommendation for an RTX 3070 for your dream mid-tier gaming PC.
2. EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra
Our runner-up pick for the best RTX 3070
Whilst the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra Gaming doesn’t reach the same heights in performance as the ASUS ROG STRIX OC, the FTW3 Ultra is still a capable gaming powerhouse in its own right.
Powered by 8GB of 256-bit GDDR6 VRAM and the same 5888 CUDA Cores, the graphics chip in this card reaches a boost clock of 1815 MHz Boost Clock. The FTW3 Ultra Gaming is topped with a beautiful triple-fan ICX3 air cooler.
Airflow pockets in this card’s heat sink allow air to move more freely, removing heat faster. This technology also allows EVGA to make this card fractionally shorter than other RTX 3070—with a length of 11.81 inches or 300mm.
How does this card perform? In the FP32 single-precision benchmark, this card churns out a theoretical performance of 21.2 TFLOPS.
According to GPU Monkey, this card performs at an average of 81 fps in Battlefield 5’s 4K benchmark. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the FTW3 delivers an average of 52 fps in its 4K benchmark.
As you can see, it’s a notch below the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3070 OC—but still perfectly capable. That’s the story of the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra Gaming—not the best value but still a good pick for anyone looking for a great RTX 3070.
3. ASUS Dual RTX 3070 V2 OC
A more affordable RTX 3070 option
If you’re looking to get anywhere close to the RTX 3070 FE’s original value proposition given its competitive MSRP, budget cards like the ASUS Dual RTX 3070 V2 OC and the Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC are great choices.
Like the Zotac RTX 3070 graphics card listed below, this ASUS card sports a smaller dual fan cooling array. And, while it won’t provide as much cooling as the two options above, the dual fan design will still hold up well and it also helps bring the cost of this card down.
In terms of performance, the ASUS Dual RTX 3070 V2 OC won’t quite match the options above. However, the in-game difference will be minimal and, so, if you aren’t looking to spend extra money to eek out small average FPS gains, then this is a worthy option.
GPU Monkey found this card produces an average of 79 fps in Battlefield 5’s 4K benchmark. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the ASUS Dual V2 OC provides an average of 51 fps at 4K resolution.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks, the ASUS Dual RTX 3070 is a solid option to consider. On the other hand, you could also take a look at an RTX 3060 Ti for a cheaper option that will still provide excellent in-game performance.
4. ZOTAC RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC
A compact RTX 3070 for mini PCs
For a more compact option that will fit in a mini-ITX or micro-ATX case, the Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC is worth checking out.
The Zotac Twin Edge OC offers the same standard 8GB 256-bit GDDR6 and 5888 CUDA cores as the majority of the RTX 3070 line-up. This card swaps out the triple-fan air cooler seen on higher-end 3070’s for a dual fan setup.
This offers less performance headroom and overclocking potential than some of the other picks on this list—but the IceStorm 2.0 air cooler is still perfectly capable and quiet. For added aesthetic appeal, Zotac has lit up its logo with a white LED—but there is no RGB lighting.
Also, with its small footprint and 2-slot design, the Zotac NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC is also a perfect GPU for a small form factor PC.
How does our budget pick perform when put to the test? In the FP32 single-precision benchmark, this card delivers a theoretical performance of 20.67 TFLOPS.
In their testing, GPU Monkey found this card runs at an average of 79 fps in Battlefield 5’s 4K benchmark. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the Zotac Twin Edge OC delivers an average of 51 fps in the 4K benchmark.
If you’re looking for a smaller RTX 3070 video card, the Zotac NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC is an excellent pick that doesn’t skimp on performance.
Is an RTX 3070 the Right Video Card for You?
If you want to forego building your own PC, you could always opt for a prebuilt gaming PC or a gaming laptop. You can check out our recommendations for the best RTX 3070 desktops here and our recommendations for the best RTX 3070 laptops here.
However, with the GPU shortage seemingly winding down and prices returning to normal levels, it is once again possible to save money by building your own PC. So, if you’re looking to build your own gaming computer and you need a solid mid-range GPU, then the four RTX 3070 graphics cards listed above are worth considering.