Feb 10, 2021

Complete Nvidia 3070 Comparison and Ratings


Updated 10Feb2021


All of the cards listed below are fine and sufficient for great mining. The 3070 models are excellent because they run GDDR6 SDRAM, which is the lighter, cooler memory as opposed to GDDR6X. The 3070 (and 3060 ti) are my favorite cards in the Nvidia 30-series! Here are the qualities used to judge best Nvidia 3070 cards, in this order: 

Reputable manufacturer and warranty Aftermarket cooling type Less power consumption Less power connectors Form factor More fans OC benchmarks reports




Some notes:

  1. It bears repeating, all of these cards are worthy miners. Subtle differences set them apart into different tiers.
  2. All 3070’s are powered via 2 x 8-pin PCIe connectors, with the subtle exception of 4 Gigabyte models which run via 1 x 8-pin plus 1 x 6-pin. These models are the Vision OC, Gaming OC, and the two Eagle models.
  3. Speaking of the Gigabyte Eagle models, they’re ranked low because they are built with inferior sleeve-bearing fans, whereas all other models use the far superior ball-bearing fans.
  4. I don’t usually say this, but Zotac makes an excellent version of the 3070 with their Twin Edge model. Runs cool and low power, with good OC ability, and it’s slim.
  5. Aside from the ASUS Dual model, all other ASUS 3070’s don’t run very efficiently. The Knockout, TUF, and ROG Strix models all consume more watts than competitors.
  6. Particularly slim models: EVGA XC3, Zotac Twin Edge, and Gigabyte Eagle models.
  7. Particularly thick models: Gigabyte Aorus Master, EVGA FTW3 Ultra Gaming, ASUS ROG Strix Gaming OC, MSI Gaming X Trio, PNY XLR8 Gaming, Zotac AMP Holo, and MSI Suprim X.
  8. I do not recommend the MSI Suprim X for miners. It consumes almost 25% more watts(!!) than the competitors. As a gaming card it’s probably amazing, but that doesn’t translate well to mining.