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The RTX 3070 came out featuring 2080 Ti-like performance at half the price of the last-gen flagship card. The penalty here is 3GB of memory less than on the 2080 Ti, which could create issues with some games running at 4K sooner rather than later. If you’re not interested about the RTX 3070 but still want to learn more about other GPUs, go visit our graphics cards section, it features dozens of guying guides and other cool content.
The total number of different RTX 3070 aftermarket models is about three dozen, making the quest of finding the best RTX 3070 aftermarket card pretty complicated. Especially if we account for the abominably low availability of all Ampere GPUs, even though the first model, the RTX 3080, came out more than a month and a half ago.
If you’re sticking to the MSRP models the RTX 3070 TUF from ASUS looks like the best RTX 3070 GPU. It has excellent build quality, superb cooling system, dual BIOS setup, and two HDMI 2.1 ports.
For an entry-level RTX 3070 model, the TUF Gaming is an awesome purchase. The card comes in regular and OC variant and since the Ampere OC potential is pretty weak, it’s better to save some money and get the base model.
2. ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070: Best RTX 3070 for overclocking
Those who just can’t help themselves and must have the best performing RTX 3070 can geth the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070. The card has impressive build quality, thermals, and OC headroom (at least compared to other RTX 3070 models).
The downside is that the card’s OC potential isn’t great. You’re looking at just a couple of percent higher performance when you push this card to its OC limits. With that said all Ampere GPUs have dissapointing OC headroom since Nvidia pushed them to their limits out-of-the-box. At least there’s a significant boost to minimum framerate if nothing else.
3. ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Gaming: Best air-cooled RTX 3070
ASUS did amazing work designing the cooling systems on Ampere cards. The company has the coolest Ampere cards on the market, including its RTX 3070 lineup. The RTX 3070 TUF Gaming is the coolest MSRP model we’ve seen and it’s our choice for the best air-cooled RTX 3070 model.
Out-of-the-box you should expect thermals to not come close to 70 degrees Celsius. When overclocked the card will be a tad bit hotter but not that much. The only situation where the RTX 3070 TUF Gaming might come close to 80 degrees Celsius is if the ambient temperature goes way above 30 degrees Celsius.
4. ASUS EKWB RTX 3070: Best RTX 3070 with liquid cooling
At the moment you can’t find a liquid-cooled RTX 3070 card but ASUS and EKWB will soon release a special edition RTX 3000 lineup that features custom water blocks by EKWB, so there’s that. The RTX 3070 version will undoubtedly be way over the MSRP but if you want an RTX 3070 with a preinstalled water block, it looks this will be the only option.
If you just want to equip your GPU with an aftermarket GPU cooler we recommend visiting our guide for the best GPU coolers instead of trying to find a card with a preinstalled water block.
5. Gigabyte RTX 3070 Vision OC: Best white RTX 3070
The Palit RTX 3070 GameRock is the most ridiculously looking RTX 3070 card. Behind the see-through fan shroud, there’s a ton of RGB LEDs that can create a hell of a light show. It’s a bit extreme but if you like RGB this is, hands down, the best RTX 3070 card on the market.
A glorious RGB implementation like this deserves an equally flashy motherboard and case. So, instead of spending hours or days thinking where to get them, check out our best RGB motherboard and best RGB cases guides and find your next mobo and case in just a couple of minutes.
7. Zotac Gaming RTX 3070 Twin Edge: Best RTX 3070 for SFF builds
The RTX 3070 needs much less power than its bigger cousins, so it’s not surprising to see multiple dual-fan RTX 3070 models on the market. MSI, ASUS, Zotac, and Galax all offer dual-fan RTX 3070 variants. Out of those, the three models from MSI, ASUS, and Zotac have ITX-friendly size, perfect for most Mini-ITX cases.
Out of the three, the Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC is the shortest and thinnest. In other words the Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC is the best RTX 3070 card for ITX builds. When it comes to the thermal performance, the ITX-friendly Zotal model is on par with the RTX 3070 FE, which should lead to acceptable thermals inside most ITX cases.
And if you’re looking for an ITX case to put this RTX 3070 into, see our guide for the best Mini-ITX cases. We also recommend checking the best SFX power supply guide since you’ll need a quality PSU that’s ITX-friendly if you plan on building an SFF PC based on the RTX 3070.
Last but not least we have the best overall RTX 3070 card. And the winner is the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070. It’s the coolest card of them all while being extremely quiet. It has the best OC potential and the best overall build quality.
It also comes with two HDMI 2.1 ports instead of one. Finally, it has a subtle but pretty solid RGB implementation. The biggest downside is a very high selling price but we’re looking at the best card overall, not the best price-to-performance champion here.