Introduction

On our test bench, today is the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC 8G video card (model GV-N3070VISION OC-8GD.) It sits one notch below the AORUS 3070 MASTER 8G and differs only in color scheme to the 3070 GAMING OC 8G. It sports a white motif that would fit right in with the NZXT N7 Z490 motherboard inside the Fractal Design Focus G White case.

Like all other GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, this card is impossible to find in the retail environment but has an MSRP of $579 or maybe $619 with the latest round of price increases. This represents a 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. The GeForce RTX 3070 supports NVIDIA Reflex, NVIDIA RTX IO, NVIDIA Broadcast, and DLSS. This is the perfect GPU for all types of gamers or content creators.

GIGABYTE RTX 3070 Models

GIGABYTE has five RTX 3070 models listed on its website. The card we are reviewing today, the GeForce RTX 3070 VISION sits just below the AORUS 3070 MASTER 8G in the lineup with the EAGLE and EAGLE OC cards landing below it.

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC 8G

The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC 8G comes in a regulation size video card box that identifies it as a GeForce RTX 3070 VISION model from GIGABYTE. Once we cracked open the box, we found a white-clad GPU sporting three fans and a solid metal backplate.

Powerful GeForce RTX™ 30 VISION series accelerates your work with incredible boosts in performance. Whether you are doing VIDEO EDITING、3D ANIMATION、PHOTOGRAPHY、GRAPHIC DESIGN、ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION or BROADCASTING, it can save you a lot of time.

Specifications

GIGABYTE has given the GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC 8G a factory overclock of 90MHz on the boost clock, bringing it from the stock 1725MHz up to 1815MHz. 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 GDDR6 memory that is equal in speed to the reference specifications. GIGABYTE does not publish the TGP, but we do expect it to be a fair bit higher than the reference 220W TGP.

From a size perspective, it’s a fairly standard size card. While it is long, it’s not tall so your case doesn’t have to grow two ways make room for it. Specifically, it is 11.25 inches long, 4.5 inches tall, and 2 inches wide. This is about an inch shorter on each measurement compared to the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO that we recently looked at. For an additional comparison, the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders edition’s length is 9 inches long, so the GIGABYTE video card is 2.25 inches longer.

GIGABYTE WINDFORCE 3X

GIGABYTE is utilizing its WINDFORCE 3X cooling setup that consists of a cooling system features 3x80mm fans with unique fan blades that spin in alternate directions and 5 copper heat pipes that directly touch the GPU. GIGABYTE says that fans spinning in alternate directions can reduce the turbulence of adjacent fans and increase air pressure. The unique blade fans improve upon regular fans by splitting the airflow by a triangular fan edge and guide the air through a 3D stripe curve on the fan surface. Finally, graphene nano lubricant is utilized to increase the life of the fan.

 Pictures and Information

The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC 8G comes in a regulation-sized box that displays the usual labeling stating the RTX 3070 GPU can be found inside. On the back, GIGABYTE shows off a pictures of the card and points out the use of the WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System, RGB FUSION 2.0, and PROTECTION METAL BACKPLATE. Other features adorn the back of the box down with the mice type.

The front of the card features three alternate spinning fans that bring fresh air to the heatpipe system. It’s a full two PCI-e slots wide and sports two Display Port 1.4a connections and two HDMI 2.1 connections.

The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC 8G uses the better power phase design to allow the MOSFET to operate at lower temperature, and over-temperature protection design and load balancing for each MOSFET, plus the Ultra Durable certified chokes and capacitors, to provide excellent performance and longer system life.

Fully automated production process ensures top quality of the circuit boards and eliminates sharp protrusions of the solder connectors seen on the conventional PCB surface. This friendly design prevents your hands from getting cut or inadvertently damaging components when making your build.

The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3070 VISION OC 8G is equipped with a backplate to help further the distribution of heat. GIGABYTE says it is made of metal and both look good and provides structural protection to the card.

The video card supports GIGABYTE Screen Cooling which allows air to pass through completely from the front through the back of the card. It has an extended heatsink that goes past the PCB to allow air to pass through. In this way air fully flows over part of the heatsink completely. This is similar in design to the Founders Edition air pass-through. GIGABYTE says it is made of metal and both look good and provides structural protection to the card.

This video card also supports a direct touch heatpipe system where the pure copper heatipes directly touch the GPU. The heatpipes also cover the VRAM through a large metal plate contact.

The video card requires one 8-pin and one 6-pin standard PCI-Express power connectors. GIGABYTE recommends a 650W Power Supply.

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David Schroth

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

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2 Comments

  1. It’s ugly. :)

    But almost rebellious compared to most others with from FE to various other styles. Sort of like a white brick.

    Thanks, @David_Schroth for the review. Always nice to read a review of something most might pass over. Your tests also show how power-hungry Ampere can get, even at the mid-tier level.

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