Introduction

On our test bench, today is the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO video card. It sits near the top of MSI’s product stack with a big beefy cooler, stout factory overclock and even a bracket to help keep support it within your case. As we found from overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition, there was a significant limitation on the power limit that we felt could help further our overclock beyond the 6% or so that we got out of it with a custom AIB solution.

Like all other GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, this card is impossible to find in the retail environment but has an MSRP of $599. This represents a $100 premium over the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition card, so we will compare it to the AMD Radeon RX 6800 which weighs in at an MSRP of $579 as well as an ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti to see how well it rivals the previous generation’s king.

The GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition has an MSRP of $499.  It is based on the Samsung 8nm manufacturing process and Ampere architecture.  It has 46 SMs, 5,888 CUDA Cores, 184 Tensor Cores (3rd gen), 46 RT Cores (2nd gen), 184 Texture Units, and 96 ROPs.  It has a GPU Boost Clock of 1725MHz.  It has 8GB of GDDR6 memory at 14GHz on a 256-bit bus providing 448GB/s of memory bandwidth.

MSI RTX 3070 Models

MSI has six RTX 3070 models listed on its website and has recently announced its GeForce RTX 3070 SUPRIM X card as its halo product in the RTX 3070 lineup. The card we are reviewing today, the GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO sits just below the SUPRIM in the lineup with the other five cards landing below it.

The five lower cards comprise of the RTX 3070 GAMING TRIO (note: no X) and four Ventus cards that come in a combination of overclocked or stock and with two or three fans.

MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO

The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO comes in a larger than usual but otherwise unassuming box that doesn’t let on how impressive the card is to hold. Once we cracked open the box, we could understand why it may be able to command a $100 premium, so we’ll keep an eye on how it performs to see if it earns its keep.

Specifications

MSI has given the RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO a factory overclock of 105MHz on the boost clock, bringing it from the stock 1725MHz up to 1830MHz. Keep in mind that the boost clock is a target based upon power, workload, and temperature and that value will typically be exceeded via the card’s boosting algorithm NVIDIA GPU Boost. It also sports 8GB of 14GHz GDDR 6 memory that is equal in speed to the reference specifications. MSI quotes power consumption at 240W TGP, which is 20W higher than the reference 220W TGP level.

From a size perspective, it’s simply a huge card. It’s tall, it’s wide and it may even weigh the same as a duck (therefore, a witch?). Specifically, it is 12.7 inches long, 5.5 inches in width and 2.2 inches tall and weighs in at 3.175 pounds. This is about an inch taller, an inch longer and a pound higher than the Ventus Trio class cards. The two fan Ventus models would simply get lost in the TRIO X’s shadow. For comparison, the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders edition’s length is 9 inches long, so the new MSI video card adds 3.7 inches to the length and much wider.

MSI TRI Frozr 2

MSI is utilizing its TRI FROZR 2 cooling setup that rests on three main features: TORX FAN 4.0, CORE PIPE, and FIN+AIRFLOW CONTROL. The TORX FAN 4.0 binds pairs of fan blades together around an outer ring design link that focuses airflow into heatsink and heatpipe system. CORE PIPE is the term for precision-machining the heatpipes for maximum contact over the GPU and FIN+AIRFLOW CONTROL is part of the design of the heatsink fins to direct airflow in a manner that disrupts unwanted airflow harmonics.

Pictures and Information

The RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO comes in a larger than a regulation-sized box that displays a picture of it on the front along with the usual labeling stating the RTX 3070 GPU can be found inside. On the back, MSI toots its horn about the TRI FROZR 2 cooling solution that includes the TORX FAN 4.0, CORE PIPE, and AIRFLOW CONTROL. Other features adorn the back of the box down with the mice type. Inside the box, it included a bracket to help secure the card in the event that your pants video card sags in your case setup.

The front of the card features three TORX FAN 4.0 fans which bind every other fan blade to each other to better direct airflow into the TRI FROZR 2 cooling solution. It’s a full two PCI-e slots wide and sports three Display Port 1.4a connections and one HDMI 2.0 connection.

The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO is equipped with a backplate to help further the distribution of heat. MSI says it is made with Graphene to assist with heat conductivity and strength.

As you can see, this MSI RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO video card utilizes four SP-CAP capacitors on the backside of the GPU. There are no arrays of MLCC being used, but don’t let that be a deterrent. The over boosting crash issue was only related to GeForce RTX 3080 video cards at the onset. NVIDIA has since fixed that issue on a driver level. Plus, MSI has customized the PCB design, power delivery, and other components. SP-CAP capacitors are plenty robust for stable overclocking on this video card.

The video card requires two 8-pin standard PCI-Express power connectors. MSI recommends a 650W Power Supply.

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13 Comments

  1. Nope, the "Continue reading…" link just opens a blank white page.

    Same thing happens when you go to the main site page and click on the review itself?

  2. Hmm

    On my iPhone I get a white screen when trying to view the review. From either the link here or the main page. Could just be high traffic? Not sure – haven’t had a chance to try on desktop yet.

  3. Well crap. It’s mobile that’s entirely bonked for that article. Lemme go find the duct tape.
  4. I just tried MS Edge, Chrome, and Firefox and none of them will show the review.

    I’m on a desktop by the way.

  5. Ok – All fixed, I hope….

    It appears that the plugin responsible for lazy loading images was conflicting with the new fancy graphwork that I put into this one. Disabled lazy loading and we’re in business.. now.. to figure out how to lazy load images.

    While you’re at it, let me know what you think about this chart plugin…

  6. Excellent Review David!

    I like the graphs. More particularly the mouse-over infotip that pops up for each bar. I like it a lot.

    Now my disdain for not being able to get my hands on a 30xx series card grows… Grrrrrrrrr….

  7. Nice clean review. I like the RT feature on the 3070/3080 but do not like the vram amounts. I keep cards for a long time and these cards for me just will not cut it for my use case. I generally do update every generation but the previous card goes to another computer is the issue and even a 3rd if still usable.

    As for AMD RT, they are not speaking up on if they expect performance to improve, showing any significant confidence in it and utterly vague about their upcoming upscaling tech. Probably does not matter if they are selling everything they make. AMD RT maybe as worthless or more so than Turing in the end, don’t know.

    Neither company AMD/Nvidia is making a product I could really sink my teeth into but the 6800/6900 series from my perspective has a slight edge. Nvidia fiasco yet again with their marketing team with Hardware Unboxed makes even supporting Nvidia that much more troubling. Had a 3090 in my Inbox at BestBuy, except could not purchase since was not in a region they had any, so could not purchase (what that is all about, why if I selected Indiana I could, except I would have to fly there and back costing time and money made it even more frustrating).

    While RT is cool, looking at the top 100 games on Steam being played, you don’t find too many RT titles at all as in being popular except now for Cyberpunk 2077. Point blank, gamers don’t care that much or find that feature at this time that significant in general. Now we may but in general gamers do not. Most just see’s it as buzz words is my opinion and only care about game play, smoothness, graphics however achieved.

    Once again a very nice review.

  8. Performance-wise, I think the 3070 sits at a sweet point for me (1440p monitor) but that VRAM is concerning. It also feels like GPUs are on the cusp of a drastic VRAM increase, and the 8GB of RAM for a higher ‘mid-range’ card is concerning. The rumored 3070 TI 16GB GPU sounds pretty perfect to me, mind you.

    Personally I’m looking at a 3080 or a 6800 XT (with availability becoming the ultimate decision maker for either card). I’ll get that performance bump and also get more VRAM than my last GPU (2080S).

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