After a recent review of a relatively extreme version of the RTX 3070, I had the opportunity to test something normal, namely affordable (ie in terms of prices, provided that they are normal and the card is in stock) RTX 3070 from MSI. The card is currently sold at a somewhat meaningless price and is not available, like other graphics cards, which somewhat worsens the profitability rating.
The Ventus series is more or less a piece of references, mostly cheaper cards, often do not even stop the fans at rest. Today’s tested card is a bit mature, compared to previous models, it stops the fans and even has reasonable cooling. I mounted the card on the customer’s computer, so it is a normally purchased piece, MSI provided at least RTX 2070 SUPER from its stock for testing, which I wanted to add to the comparison tests.
It’s a bit annoying that I forgot to take a picture of the card properly, so somehow I kept in my head the information that I should do it before handing over the PC, then I handed over the PC and I remembered that I should take a picture of the card. I am glad in advance that MSI decided to improve the VENTUS range, compared to previous generations, the new models are quieter and stop the fans, the temperatures also went down.
The card itself lives in a simple cardboard box, of course it is protected by foam padding and antistatic packaging. The card is also surprisingly light, weighing some 850 grams. It will take up two slots in the computer, but I would definitely leave the third free, as the plastic fan holder easily interferes with it. The card measures only 232 millimeters in length, so it fits comfortably in many cabinets that would not have to accept a long card.
MSI decided to use a plastic backplate, which is a great insulator, but it is not a good heat spreader, a metal or no backplate would be better in my opinion. The card does not contain any specialties of RGB LEDs, additional displays, quad bikes for fans, coffee holders and so on, which I actually welcome, not everything has to be a circus.
Like other GeForce RTX 3070s, this card also offers four monitor outputs, there are three DisplayPorts 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1 output, multiple monitors do not support the GPU as well. The additional power supply is provided by two eight-pin, the power limit is then set to a healthy 220 Watts, ie no crazy limit. We won’t find two BIOSes or other special tweaks on the card, I didn’t try overclocking, because in my opinion the card is not built for that.
Now for the test set, I used more or less such a “regular” hi-end computer based on the AMD AM4 platform with the AMD X570 chipset. The processor is not overclocked in any way, it is cooled by a cheap CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML240L, the memories are set to 3600 MT / s with timing CL14-14-14-32 1T.
The assembly consists of the following components:
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
- G.Skill TridentZ NEO 2x8GB DDR4-3800 CL16 – nastaveno na 3600 MT/s CL14
- Gigabyte X570 AORUS PRO
- ADATA SX8200 Pro 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD x4 Gen3
- Seasonic SSP-750RT 80PLUS Gold 750W zdroj
- Fractal Design Focus G cabinet
- Windows 10 Pro v2004
The fans in the cabinet are then set to automatic with a Normal preset and are controlled according to the CPU temperature. I had about 24 ° C in the test room. The test monitor was the Samsung U32H850, which has a native 3840×2160 resolution and supports FreeSync, and with NVIDIA cards it also works as a G-Sync Compatible.
Source: Diit.cz by diit.cz.
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