We had a chance to play with ASUS new ROG STRIX RTX3070 O8G Gaming GPU, a card that is like a very good magician….great performance, great looks, but disappears when the show ends(nobody in SA as stock of the card at the moment).
What I loved about the card is that it really brought my personal rig(an old i7 6700 that I use for testing) up to(or close) today’s standards of gaming. The first thing I did was update my 3DMark software and ran the trusty Time Spy benchmark. Here I got a good overall score of 10500 for the whole system and the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX3070 O8G gaming got a 14097 in the graphics score department. When I ran the Port Royal benchmark in 3DMark I got a score of 8362 for the card, which in my book is really good. I do think that if I were to run this on a newer PCIe 4.0 system that I would be able to get better scores overall, so expect better scores on the new Ryzen 5000 series and Intel 11th gen chipsets.
Moving over from synthetic benchmarks to real-world gaming(you know, the thing we actually want to use this card for), I fired up Shadow of The Tomb Raider. Here I got a maximum of 149FPS and an average of 74FPS for the game, this was done at 1080p, DX12 and everything set to maximum. The next test that I ran is Strange Brigade, where I ran both the Vulcan and DX12 versions of the game. On the Vulcan test, I got an average of 127FPS and on the DX12 version of the game, I got an average of 111FPS. Again I ran the game at everything Ultra and at 1080p(this is due to my current screen is only 1080p).
I also ran my current favourite(yes I know AC Valhalla is out) Single-player game Control and I was blown away by the Raytracing in the game thanks to the STRIX. I got a decent frame rate as well(more than 60FPS). Games like Starcraft II also performed very well especially if you doing a massive Zerg Rush, and I didn’t detect any frame drops when I did the rush.
The ROG STRIX RTX3070 O8G Gaming is slightly bigger than a normal 2 slot design(almost a 3 slot). The card does feature just a splash of RGB on the top of the GPU and this to me personally is awesome. The card uses 2 8pin power connectors but not the fancy connectors that the Founders Editions have (which to me is a good thing). For connecting your display’s you can look at 2 HDMI ports and if you using Display Ports then you have a total of 3 connectors.
Overall I was really happy with the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX3070 O8G Gaming, it has lots of performance and if you so do like can even get a little bit more by overclocking the unit. My only problem would be that there is no stock of all the 3000 series Nvidia cards and if you do get the card it would be expensive. However, you really do get what you pay for and I would recommend this to any gamer that is looking to upgrade(when it’s available) their current older gen cards for future-proofing. It’s a beautiful card and I would love to personally also upgrade to this card as well.