NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition Review


Temperature & Power Consumption

The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition Temperatures:

GeForce RTX 3070 Temperatures

At idle on our open air test bench we were sitting at around 33C at idle with no fan noise as they don’t spin. After playing PUBG for over an hour at 1440P we found that the temperatures topped out in the 70C range. The fans were running around 1490 RPM at full gaming load.

Power Consumption

For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For load numbers we ran Rainbow Six Siege at 1440P and recorded the peak power number while the in-game benchmark was running. This is done to ensure the results are repeatable.

Power consumption on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 is super impressive as it topped out at 405 Watts, which is 48 Watts less than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti! So, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 performs within say 5% of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and just happens to use less power. It also runs cooler and quieter, so the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 is actually quite impressive for a $499 card!

Let’s wrap this up!