Again, sticking with the theme here and being concise: is the RTX 3070 faster or equivalent than the RTX 2080 Ti. I’d say yes. Results flipflops depending on the game but in most cases its a few FPS away from the RTX 2080 Ti and despite if its above or below, the important thing is that its close. But how close or how far it is from the RTX 2080 Ti shouldn’t be the concern here, its that did NVIDIA stick with their word unlike the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090? Hmmm close enough.
Its because we all fell for Jensen Huang’s overselling of the RTX 30 series that after the launch reviews came, everyone’s expectation is already tempered to expect less. And this time it was a just action and while we already a month or so away from those promises, the pain of stock shortage is still here and that, along with pricing problems will be the main concern here. The NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition is a good card especially for the price of the FE but with retail channels not getting the card, this “collectors” item is seemingly serving more of a marketing function. That said, we’ll treat it as that: a teaser for the partner cards that will be launching on the 29th.
Going back to the RTX 3070, there’s nothing to pick on about it. Now western folks will probably have a healthier market structure for pricing of the previous-gen RTX 20 series cards. Over here in Southeast Asia, we’ve seen the RTX 2070 Super balloon to nearly $800 in the last few months before they started to fizzle out due to the RTX 30. Still, that was recent and that situation disallowed a lot of users to buy RTX 2070 Super at a fair price. The RTX 3070 serves as the savior for these people and with pricing starting at $499, its a very attractive option. Let’s just hope availability improves soon.