Many of the cards for the RTX 3070 AICs were already announced during the initial announcement in September so there’s nobody that’s going to be surprised in terms of looks. In terms of performance, we already saw a preview of what the RTX 3070 can do thanks the our earlier RTX 3070 Founders Edition review. It was all a matter of which cards perform better, look better or cooled better, which your requirement is.
I’m happy to report that the ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3070 OC delivers the expectations one may have from an ASUS card: good build quality, good cooling and good performance. Talking about performance first though, even overclocked out of the box, the RTX 3070 variant we have are quite to close to each other that the differences are negligible meaning that any of these card will performance on a typical gaming scenario. Pushing it a little more specific, the ASUS TUF GAMING cooler is definitely for enthusiast desktop builds which is pretty much the standard for most of the RTX 30 series cards we’ve seen. The ASUS TUF cooler on the RTX 3070 looks the same as the RTX 3080 TUF GAMING but the layout of the heatsink itself is different and the overall weight is a tad bit lighter. Not that it affects cooling specific for the RTX 3070 in a negative way.
This card is a factory overclocked model with an 1815Mhz Turbo clock out of the box. We’ve seen these GPUs boost graciously past 1900Mhz and my manual OC attempts have managed to push these cards well into the 1900Mhz range but honestly doesn’t yield any sizable different and its better to leave overclocking to GPU Boost or you can try OC scanner to see if you get anything worth it. I’d have to point out that this card has ASUS’ dual BIOS for their GPUs which allows selection of a performance mode or a quiet mode. Performance mode was default for our sample and was the mode we tested in. The difference is pretty much in the fans’ behavior with quiet mode allowing the card to be a bit more relaxed while Performance mode has a more aggressive fan curve. One of the changes I’d like to note about Performance mode is that in contrast to previous Performance settings from ASUS graphics card, Performance mode for the TUF GAMING RTX 3070 OC actually lets the fans stops even in Performance mode.
For countries that have access to the RTX 3070 Founders Edition, that card is simply without argument the most best value card you can find right now in the entire NVIDIA stack. There is just no arguing with that. Unfortunately that creates a conundrum for partners that also gets more confused by different region situations. Here in the Philippines, ASUS managed to sell non-OC TUF GAMING RTX 3080 cards at SRP of Php41,000. Currently, the ROG STRIX RTX 3070 OC is listed for Php40,000. That is absolutely insane to see a card that is on average 25% faster for a Php1000 difference in pricing. Going back to the TUF GAMING RTX 3070 OC, ASUS has not provided local pricing to us as of yet but its pretty safe to say it will be priced above the $499 NVIDIA SRP and even moreso with the local Philippine SRP of PHP29,500 for 3070 cards.
That being said, any card is a good card if you can get it but as I mention in all my RTX 30-series reviews, the best way to frame this is to imagine a world where supply was great and plentiful and you can head out to buy a $500+ RTX 3070, a world wherein the ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3070 can exist as a viable option that provides excellent cooling, performance and build quality. We don’t live in that world right now but that doesn’t change the fact that the ASUS TUF GAMING RTX 3070 is simply one of the finest cards around.
ASUS backs the TUF GAMING RTX 3070 OC with an extended 3-year warranty. We give it our B2G Gold Award!