1440p Gaming Performance

To start the bidding today, we will look at the 1440p performance of the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO video card in an assortment of games. Remember, the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti is a custom factory overclocked video card. All of the games are running at the highest quality selections available sans Ray Tracing and DLSS which we will look at separately. For each game, we are using the game benchmark included with the game and reporting the average frames per second.

Watch Dogs: Legion

In Watch Dogs: Legion we do have the HD Textures installed. We are running in “Ultra” quality with the Extreme Detail slider maxed out, as well as the Headlights quality option maxed out. In this way, we are running “maximum” game settings. The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO trailed the AMD Radeon RX 6800 by 8 FPS or about 10.9% and the ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti by 4 FPS or about 6.2%. Overclocking the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO brought it to near parity at 67.3 FPS with the ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti just 0.7 FPS higher. Overall, all cards in the line up provide for a great experience playing Watch Dogs: Legion.

Dirt 5

Dirt 5 probably is not a fair game to compare cards on at this point as NVIDIA has told us that they’re still working on driver optimizations for the game while AMD had them available at launch. Regardless, the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO served up 75.2 FPS and was outperformed by both the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and the ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti. Overclocking the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO boosted performance by 7.1% pulling it up alongside the 2080 Ti. All cards played great with Dirt 5 at 1440p.

Horizon Zero Dawn

In Horizon Zero Dawn the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO averaged 102 FPS just behind the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti. Overclocking the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO increased performance by 8.8% bringing it just 1.3 FPS shy of the RX 6800. With all cards turning in scores over 100 FPS, they’re all great choices for Horizon Zero Dawn.

Red Dead Redemption 2

In Red Dead Redemption 2, the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO rang up 64.1 FPS compared to the 68.8 FPS and 68.3 FPS of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti respectively. Overclocking the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO put it right in between the other two at 68.4 FPS.

Metro Exodus

In Metro Exodus, the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO pulled 60.2 FPS out of its hat, about a single FPS short of the hats worn by the ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti and the AMD Radeon 6800. However, overclocking the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO produced 62.2 FPS allowing it to take the lead over the others.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, because all of the cards performed so well, we went ahead and turned on Ray Tracing for testing at 1440p. The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO jumped to the front of the line with 71 FPS. The ASUS ROG STRIX 2080 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 6800 turned in 70.6 FPS and 66 FPS respectively. Overclocking the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO increased its lead over the others by a full 5 FPS.

David Schroth

David is a computer hardware enthusiast that has been tinkering with computer hardware for the past 25 years.

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  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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