Power and Temperature

To test the power and temperature we perform a manual run-through in Cyberpunk 2077 at “Ultra” settings for real-world in-game data.  We use GPUz sensor data to record the results.  We report on the GPUz sensor data for “Board Power” and “GPU Chip Power” when available for our Wattage data. 

Board Power Draw Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

In the above graph, we are looking at board power. Remember, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 are using GDDR6X memory, this affects the board power quite a bit. This is why the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti draws so much more power than the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. Overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE has increased power draw by 9%. This is very close to the performance advantage we saw, which was 7-8%. It’s not perfectly efficient, but it is close. The overclocked GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE consumes 4% less power than the GeForce RTX 3080 FE. They are surprisingly close to each other.

GPU Temperature Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition

When we overclocked the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition we set the fans to 100%. The temperature while overclocked peaked at 62.3c, which was just fine. It’s a big improvement over default temperatures when you turn those fans up. The memory temperature was 68c with the fans at 100% and overclocked. By default, the memory is 82c.

With the fans at 100% they are loud, very loud. It’s something we don’t recommend. The fans sound louder than the fans on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with it at 100% fan speed. The advantage of custom add-in-board partner video cards will be an overclock with a quieter sound profile.

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Brent Justice

Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented...

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4 Comments

  1. The newer RT games with some AMD support do indeed seem better in RT performance but still behind Nvidia even if close, Dirt 5 for example. Other games like Resident Evil Village I believe also shows this.

    Love to see some indebt comparisons between FSR and DLSS, FSR looks to have a more supported outcome in the mid to long term. DLSS has continue to improve, I was not impressed with either 1.0 and games using 2.0 had to many artifacts. Newer DLSS versions and games seem to make this feature shine. Just a matter of how well supported in the games I play.

    I would pick the 6800 over the 3070 Ti based off of having double the Vram. I don’t think the 3070 Ti would be a good medium to long term card 2-5 years. Sweet spot is the 6800XT and the 3080FE in my book.

    Very nice rundown/article/review

  2. The article has actually make me reconsider getting a 3070Ti. My watch list covered the RTX3070 and RTX3080. So I’m adding the 3070Ti to the list.

  3. I hadn’t even gotten through the first page, and noticed that EVGA Precision X1 was used – still not sure if I like it more or less than MSI’s ubiquitous Afterburner software, but what prompted me to give Precision X1 a shot was that they have it [URL=’https://store.steampowered.com/app/268850/EVGA_Precision_X1/’]listed on Steam as well![/URL] Using it now with a Gigabyte card to test out.

    Very nice to not have to worry about keeping the software up to date, thanks [USER=3]@Brent_Justice[/USER]

  4. Hey Brent,

    Nice writeup! I think I found a typo though. In section 5
    “In the above graph, we are looking at board power. Remember, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 are using GDDR6X memory, this affects the board power quite a bit. This is why the [B][U]GeForce RTX 3070 Ti[/U][/B] draws so much more power than the [B][U]GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.[/U][/B] ”

    I think that sentence was supposed to refer to a different card?

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