All three of the different NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series cards have delivered impressive performance at their suggested retail pricing. The problem right now is that the cards are hard to find and when you can find one the price might be inflated due to the high demand. The GeForce RTX 3070 seems to be a great choice for 1080P and 1440P gaming, but it can stretch into 4K gaming territory as long as you are willing to lower the image quality settings on a few game titles to get a smooth playable framerate.
General performance was slightly better than the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Card thanks to the higher boost clock and lower temperatures due to the GPU cooler. We are talking about huge performance gains, but they are measurable with benchmarks.
The ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 was designed in a more traditional way, but we like it. The card seems well designed with a beefy 10 power phase design for the GPU and each power stage is rated at 50 Amps. That will offer plenty of power to the Ampere GPU for those that are looking to overclock the card. This model come out of the box with a board power setting of 240 Watts, but you can increase the board power limit to 270 Watts in overclocking utilities. Some competitor cards like the top out below this. For example the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio tops out at 250 Watts and the Zotac GeForce RTX Twin Edge OC maxes out at 242 Watts. The only card that we’ve seen with board powers that go higher than this is the EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra that goes up to 300 Watts.
Legit Bottom Line: The ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards is all about toughness and performance!