Palit GeForce RTX™ 3070 GamingPro OC

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards are practically impossible to get hold of. Like many other people, when I had saved the cash to buy a RTX 3070 it seemed like there was nothing available from the big “name brands” such as MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS. Fortunately, I noticed that local retailer Wootware had stock of the Palit GeForce RTX™ 3070 GamingPro OC.

On paper when compared to the Nvidia Founders Edition RTX 3070 the Palit card looks quite attractive, with it’s Boost Clock coming in at 1770 MHz over the Founders’ 1725 MHz. Not only is it stated to be slightly faster but it also includes standard 8pin Power Connectors and a slightly higher maximum power draw of up to 112%. With the above in mind I thought it couldn’t hurt to get the Palit, and with current stock levels in mind I didn’t really have much of a choice either. Before we get into how well it performs, here’s a quick run down of the full specifications of this card:

SpecificationPalit RTX 3070Nvidia RTX 3070 (Founders)
Memory Amount8 GB8GB
Memory Interface256 bit256 bit
Graphics Clock1500 MHz1500 MHz
Boost Clock1770 MHz1725 MHz
Memory Clock14 Gbps14 Gbps
CUDA Cores58885888
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)448448
Bus SupportPCI-E 4.0PCI-E 4.0
HDMIHDMI 2.1 x1HDMI 2.1 x1
DisplayPortDP1.4a x 3DP1.4a x 3
Height2.7 slot2 slot
GPU Length294mm242mm
Graphics Card Power220W220W
Recommended System Power650W650W
Supplementary Power Connectors8-pin X212-pin (with 8-Pin Adapter)

At first glance the Palit RTX 3070 GamingPro OC is not the most attractive card I’ve seen this generation, it features 3x fans with a pass-through on the third fan, a 2.7 slot thick – 294mm long shroud with a fair amount of RGB, though it’s fan facing side leads much to be desired in the aesthetic department. Thankfully, when installed in a standard horizontal orientation the card looks quite slick, and it’s lack of over-the-top branding is welcomed. There’s simple yet clean “GeForce RTX” branding along the side of the GPU as well as on the plastic backplate. While I would have loved for the backplate to be made of aluminum and potentially assist with cooling the card, it’s still a massive improvement from budget cards that exclude a backplate all together.

A strange quirk is that the 2x 8-pin power input is located in the direct center of the card, which could lead to some awkward placement of power cables if you don’t plan. It’s not a deal breaker, but it did require me to reroute the cables and had to spend some extra time on cable management.

Customizing the RGB light strip on the fan facing side of the card can be done through Palit’s very own Thunder Master software, downloadable on their website. The software does it’s job of being able to allow you customization such as switching the lighting off completely, cycling through different colours of your choosing or a selecting a preset.

A nifty feature is the ability to change the colour based on the temperature being below 50°C, between 50 and 80°C, between 80 and 90°C, and over 90°C – this makes it really easy to see if your system is performing well at a glance. While the software does it’s job of giving you limited, yet acceptable, customization – the biggest frustration comes down to it being limited to controlling the Palit card by itself – when trying to match the lighting of other components in my build, I needed to use separate software for each and had no clear way of forming a solid theme with symmetry.

Now onto performance, for testing I used an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X running at stock on a Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Cooler, paired with 16GB Aorus 3600MHz CL18 RGB Memory, B550 Aorus Elite Motherboard and Cooler Master 750 Power Supply. For all initial gaming tests the Palit RTX 3070 GamingPro OC was left at stock clocks running the latest Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver Version 461.40.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider the tests were performed in DirectX 12 with VSync and HDR disabled. The RTX 3070 was able to acheive over 60fps in all resolutions with DLSS and RTX enabled, while scraping below 60fps in 4K with the standard non-DLSS “Highest” preset. While it might not be recommended to play on that setting specifically, the card is mostly targeted towards 1440p gaming so it’s great to see such high framerates in a AAA title from 2018.

Metro Exodus sees quite impressive results too, with the RTX 3070 achieving 61fps average with RTX-on in 1440p and 65fps on the “Ultra” Preset with RTX disabled, 1080p performance is extremely smooth with averages in the 70 range and highs over 100fps. Unfortunately this is the first title that starts to show how the RTX 3070 wasn’t necessarily designed for AAA gaming at 4K resolution as it only managed to output an average of 44fps with RTX-on.

Horizon Zero Dawn might technically be a port of a PlayStation 4 game from back in 2017, but since its PC launch a few months back, its still one of the most visually impressive games to date, even while considering that there’s no Ray-Tracing or “Next-Gen” enhancements. At “Ultimate” quality preset the RTX 3070 flies through the benches attaining 61fps average at 4K, 103fps in 1440p and 121fps at 1080p. It’s great to know that no matter what settings or resolution you choose in Horizon Zero Dawn you’ll have a really great and smooth experience with this card.

Moving into synthetic benchmarks we see something interesting that arises thanks to Nvidia’s GPU Boost. While the advertised Boost Clock of the Palit RTX 3070 GamingPro OC might be 1770 MHz, the actual sustained frequency during a run of 3DMark’s Port Royal benchmark was sitting at 1902 Mhz and even peaked as high as 1935 MHz, a whole 200 MHz higher than the on-paper frequency of the Founders Edition. With this the Palit managed a Graphics Score of 8058.

Now 8085 is by no means a record breaking score, but it’s fairly in the middle of the average results seen by a RTX 3070 on Port Royal. I felt it wouldn’t be fair to leave testing a synthetic benchmark at stock performance only and fired up Palit’s Thunder Master Software once again to see how much extra juice we could squeeze out with some Overclocking. Palit features a one click OC Scan on the right which tests the system at a full load and steadily increases both the GPU Core and Memory Clocks until a stable maximum. This whole process took almost an hour to complete so please make sure to test it out when you really have some free time. (I was unfortunate enough to do this at 1am) Upon completion the O.C. Scanner adjusted the Core up by 119 MHz and the Memory a further 200 MHz. While these adjustments might be the most stable for long term sustained loads and gaming, we’re trying to see what the maximum is that we could get out of it, and threw logic in the bin and cranked up the Power Target to 112% eventually getting up to an additional 202 MHz on the Core and 1000 MHz on Memory.

With this overclock we were able to achieve a Port Royal Graphics Score of 8869 thanks to the Clock Frequency now hovering around 2080 MHz and peaking at 2130 MHz. Considering this Palit is considered to be one of the budget versions of the RTX 3070 we were happy to see that you could gain this much performance. This while only running at a maximum of 70°C during our testing with a room ambient temperature of 23°C.

To address the elephant in the room, yes – these cards are incredibly powerful, but with worldwide stock issues and scalpers driving up the prices, one has to try understand what the reason behind this could be. You guessed it, mining. We thought that it wouldn’t be fair to give this card a full breakdown of the gaming performance without testing how well it fairs with crypto mining as most users BUYING ONE OF THESE CARDS FOR GAMING will also likely mine in their off time to generate passive income. We ran Nicehash and used the Pheonix Miner running the DaggerHashimoto algorithm. With stock settings the RTX 3070 GamingPro OC achieved a sustained 51 MH/s at 199W load. This is by no means impressive in the mining world, and as such we launched MSI Afterburner as it has more precise GPU tweaking control.

After some testing (and system restarts) we eventually achieved 60 MH/s at 125W by changing the Power Limit to 52%, Core Clock to -502 MHz and Memory to +1100 Mhz, all while keeping the fan configured to Auto. This now allowed the RTX 3070 to mine at roughly double the efficiency of stock.

To conclude, the Palit RTX 3070 GamingPro OC exceeded my expectations. While it’s meant to be a budget option on the lower end of RTX 3070s, its capable of running AAA titles with maximum detail at over 60fps in 1440p and when enabling DLSS and RTX it even manages to do so at 4K in some titles. The design language of the card might not be appealing to all, but it grew on me in the weeks of using it. The biggest complaint however is definitely the software, as it’s not able to link with other common hardware leading to more apps needing to be installed, and the fact that all settings need to be adjusted via sliders and not text input can get frustrating at times. The mining performance is clearly enough to drive these cards out of stock world-wide but if and when you’re in a position to give buying the Palit RTX 3070 GamingPro OC a chance, I highly recommend it.

The Palit GeForce RTX™ 3070 GamingPro OC was purchased at Wootware and is currently out of stock but available for order at R14,499.00 with new stock arriving mid-February.


Palit GeForce RTX™ 3070 GamingPro OC

A capable Graphics Card that can easily play AAA titles at 1440p and even 4K in some cases, only let down by poor software and an aesthetic that’s not for everyone.