7 Best RTX 3070 Aftermarket Cards for 2020

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The RTX 3070 came out a few days ago, 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. Despite its limited memory buffer, the RTX 3070 is quite popular, with most AIB partners offering multiple RTX 3070 models.

The total number of different RTX 3070 is about three dozen, making the quest of finding the best RTX 3070 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.

Down below you can find the best RTX 3070 cards in various categories. We have the best cards selling at MSRP, best cards for overclockers, best RTX 3070 cards regarding design and aesthetics, and more. Also, don’t forget that a GPU like this one demands a fairly powerful CPU. Before we start, a word of advice. If you’re interested in the RTX 3070 and can delay the purchase for a couple of weeks, do it. AMD RX6000 series is just around the corner and by the looks of it, it will come with competitive performance and double the amount of memory found on the RTX 3070.

The RX6700 XT is more expensive than the RTX 3070 but considering the average price of an RTX 3070 AIB model, the difference between the two shouldn’t be higher than about 15 percent. If the performance is as advertised (watch out for RX6000 reviews on or around November 18th), the RX6700 XT could end up being a much better buy than the RTX 3070. Okay, now let’s check out the best RTX 3070 cards you can buy, backorder, or pre-order (some models aren’t out yet) right now.

Best RTX 3070 – Our Picks

Best RTX 3070 – Our Picks
AwardModel 
Best MSRP RTX 3070 CardASUS RTX 3070 TUF Gaming Asus Rtx 3070 Tuf Gaming
Best RTX 3070 For OverclockingEVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra Evga Rtx 3070 Ftw3 Ultra
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070 Asus Rog Strix Rtx 3070
Best Air-Cooled RTX 3070ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Gaming Asus Rtx 3070 Tuf Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070 Asus Rog Strix Rtx 3070
Best RTX 3070 With Liquid CoolingASUS EKWB RTX 3070 Asus Ekwb Rtx 3070
Best White RTX 3070Gigabyte RTX 3070 VISION OC Gigabyte Rtx 3070 Vision
Best RGB RTX 3070Palit RTX 3070 Game Rock Palit Rtx 3070 Gamerock
Best RTX 3070 For SFF BuildsZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge Zotac Gaming Geforce Rtx 3070 Twin Edge
Best RTX 3070 OverallASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070 Asus Rog Strix Rtx 3070

Best MSRP RTX 3070 Card

Asus Rtx 3070 Tuf Gaming
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Gaming
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1845 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
2× HDMI 2.1

If you’re sticking to the MSRP models, the RTX 3070 TUF from ASUS looks like the best choice. It has excellent build quality, superb cooling system, dual BIOS setup, and two HDMI 2.1 ports. For a base RTX 3070 card, 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.

Of course, other MSRP RTX 3070 models are also great buys. In fact, most RTX 3070 cards that have three-fan cooling solutions should work just fine. Some won’t have dual HDMI ports, others won’t offer dual BIOS, and not all cards have as high build quality as the RTX 3070 TUF Gaming but they are worth their official price.

When it comes to dual-fan cooling designs, it’s better to wait for reviews and see how they perform regarding thermals but also noise. At the moment we can recommend the Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC (and its non-OC variant) since it performs well and has pretty respectable thermal and noise results.

Best RTX 3070 For Overclocking

Those who just can’t help themselves and must have the best performing RTX 3070 have two choices. Both are impressive when it comes to build quality, thermals, and OC headroom (at least compared to other RTX 3070 models). The ROG Strix is a bit cooler, has an extra HDMI port, a bit higher power limit, and comes with higher out-of-the-box overclock but when pushed to their limits, the ROG Strix and the FTW3 Ultra are pretty much neck-to-neck.

On the flip side, even at max OC, you’re looking at just a couple of percent higher performance. At least there’s a significant boost to minimum framerate. Further, both of these cards are just too expensive for what they offer. You can get almost the same performance with an overclocked MSRP card that costs considerably less.

ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1815 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
2× HDMI 2.1
Evga Rtx 3070 Ftw3 Ultra
EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1815 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a

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 the ROG Strix RTX 3070 is the coolest RTX 3070 card on the market, period.

The price difference is massively on the side of the TUF Gaming model making it a much better buy over the ROG Strix. That said, most other base and OC models also have respectable thermal performance. As long as the card in question has a triple-fan cooling solution it should work fine inside a well-ventilated case. And when it comes to high-end models, the MSI Gaming X Trio and EVGA FTW3 Ultra are extremely close to the thermal performance of the two ASUS models.

Asus Rtx 3070 Tuf Gaming
ASUS RTX 3070 TUF Gaming
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1845 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
2× HDMI 2.1
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1815 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
2× HDMI 2.1

Best RTX 3070 With Liquid Cooling

Asus Ekwb Rtx 3070
ASUS EKWB RTX 3070
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock-
Boost Clock-
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
1× HDMI 2.1

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.

Best White RTX 3070

Gigabyte Rtx 3070 Vision
Gigabyte RTX 3070 VISION OC
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1815 MHz
Outputs2× DisplayPort 1.4a
2× HDMI 2.1

It’s great that Gigabyte decided to offer its Vision OC model in the RTX 3070 flavor. This is one of the most attractive RTX 3070 cards overall and definitely the best white RTX 3070 card. Galax (KFA2) offers a white edition of its 3070 EX Gamer model but this one isn’t as pretty as the Vision OC. The design suffers from unnecessary grey details. And while even the Vision OC isn’t completely white (the front of the cooler shroud is covered in brushed-aluminum) the combination of brushed metal and white cooler shroud fits together seamlessly. Now all you have to do is to get a white motherboard and a white case and you’re done.

Best RGB RTX 3070

Palit Rtx 3070 Gamerock
Palit RTX 3070 Game Rock
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1845 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
1× HDMI 2.1

The Palit RTX 3070 Game Rock 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. If that’s too extreme there are other, subtler RGB implementations out there. Our favorites are the RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio from MSI and the ROG Strix from ASUS. The EVGA FTW3 Ultra is another RGB-rich model that offers an ultra-bright RGB lightshow. Finally, there’s the Gigabyte RTX 3070 Master, another highly attractive RGB model.

Best RTX 3070 For SFF Builds

ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1725 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
1× HDMI 2.1

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. Further, this is the only card that has official reviews at the moment and its thermal performance puts it on par with the RTX 3070 FE (which is also great for ITX builds, but it’s also extremely hard to get), which should lead to acceptable thermals inside most ITX cases.

The MSI RTX 3070 Ventus 2X is pretty much the same as the Twin Edge and the ASUS is a bit longer so the two probably have a pretty similar thermal performance to the Zotac card. But, just to be safe, wait for official reviews and results before making the purchase. Also, if you own a smaller or sandwich ITX case, it would be best to wait for some ITX tests running the cut-down AIB models since the RTX 3070 FE didn’t fare well when put inside a compact case.

Best RTX 3070 Overall

ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3070
Memory8 GB GDDR6
Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1815 MHz
Outputs3× DisplayPort 1.4a
2× HDMI 2.1

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.

The EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra is almost as good as the ROG Strix but it doesn’t come with two HDMI 2.1 ports (they could be useful and considering its the price, you should get the second HDMI port), runs a bit hotter, and has a lower power limit than the ROG Strix.

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Goran Damnjanovic

Goran Damnjanovic

Goran is Levvvel's senior hardware writer. He studied psychology but found that video games and PC hardware were much more interesting. Over the years he's developed expertise in everything gaming tech related.

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