Date Joined: 10/28/20
Pros: This is 32 GB of RAM for those of you who need it. Relatively reserved heatspreader looks nice.
Cons: Ehh, none. Except maybe that it has a relatively reserved heatspreader. You could find something more exciting elsewhere.
Overall Review: It's RAM. It works at its advertised price and it'll get 32 GB in your system.
Pros: Very impressed with the quality of these replacements. Their fabrication and material seems to be identical to the originals.
Cons: None. They fit perfectly.
Overall Review: Fantastic quality. Will consider Geekria again.
Pros: What this TPM gets right:
- It's not an AMD fTPM.
- No configuration required (ie., it functions).
- Re: above: Thanks Windows!
Cons: None. Seems to work fine.
Overall Review: If you need a TPM and you have an Asus motherboard, this is for you, (but check your motherboard's manual). I prefer buying security hardware from somewhere I trust, so it was a big plus that Newegg is the seller and shipper of this item.
Pros: This card gets some things very right:
- Absolutely silent cooler design.
- Decent looking cooler shroud, (excellent aesthetic if you have RGB strips and a vertical GPU mount).
- Short PCB with long cooler allows for a lot of air to pass directly through the finstack.
Cons: Despite what's good, this card falls short in these areas:
- 220W board power with no additional overclocking headroom hurts, especially when this card is labelled as OC (or, presumably in all other cases, overclockable).
- "Boost" clock is 105 MHz (5%) above the Nvidia Founder's Edition card, despite MSI giving this card an MSRP of 12% more than the FE, (but boost clocks mean very little regardless because GPU Boost aggressively overclocks anyway, and pricing will vary depending on availability and other factors).
- Plastic cooler shroud feels less than premium.
Overall Review: This card smells of artificial product segmentation...ie., it doesn't need to be nerfed with such a low power limit, yet MSI seems to have set the limits as low as they have to stay away from eating their own sales for the Gaming Trio (X and non-X lines). If that's not enough, for roughly the same price the Asus TUF 3070 has a stock board power of 240 watts and allows the user to overpower the card up to 270 W.
Adding insult to injury, this card uses the exact same PCB and components as MSI's Gaming Trio 3070 (again, X and non-X lines. See techpowerup's teardown of the 3070 Gaming X Trio and compare with this card.) While the heatsink on the Gaming Trio appears to be different (different shroud and finstack), this card performs so excellently under a 220 W load there's no doubt that it could handle more power, especially given that its components (including VRM, of course) are identical to the Gaming Trio.
In terms of performance, MSI's choice of 220 W for this card costs the user about 5 to 10% of what they'd get out of a card with 240 W to 270 W board power, which, ironically, is about the cost difference between this card and the FE's MSRP.
Having said all that, none of this really seems to be MSI's fault. Gamer's Nexus has reported from an industry contact that board partner margins are at an all-time low thanks to how Nvidia is pricing thier silicon. Additionally, Nvidia's aggressive, often impossible or totally unrealistic pricing (re: 2080 Ti, RTX 3000 launch) has forced partners to make compromises (like this card, where the MSRP of MSI's 3070 Ventus 3X is 12% more than the FE) that just hurt the consumer. Obviously Asus has managed to deliver a 3070 package with an MSRP commensurate with its apparent performance gains, but while MSI has not, I can't believe it's because they don't want to be competitive with other products. The only likely reason is that Nvidia is making it impossible for their partners to work on such narrow margins, who kick then kick the bucket down to consumers.
Altogether: if you cannot find any other 3070 to buy, this card will get an Nvidia GA-104 into your system. However, almost any other model or manufacturer is probably a better price-to-performance option, like the Asus TUF 3070 mentioned above. If you're feeling especially anti-consumer you might even consider Nvidia's own 3070 Founder's Edition, but know that you're solidifying a behemoth's position and controlling power over the industry.