Intro

 The EVGA RTX 3070 FtW3 Ultra takes on the Reference RX 6800 in 35 Games, GPGPU & SPEC Workstation Benchmarks

EVGA sent BTR a RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra ($609) and we have been evaluating it for the past couple of weeks.  We also received a reference RX 6800 ($569) from AMD within the same timeframe.  Since these cards have become direct competitors because of being priced within 7%, they each deserve a full review.

AMD sent us a reference RX 6800 the week after it launched.  From our VR benchmarks, the RTX 3070 FE (Founders Edition $499) and the reference RX 6800 ($569) are in a similar class with the Radeon delivering higher unconstrained framerates which may support AMD’s justification for pricing it $70 higher than the FE.   We use GPGPU, workstation, and SPEC benchmarks plus 35 games, directly comparing the reference RX 6800 with the $40 more expensive RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra to see what the EVGA card at $609 brings over the RTX 3070 FE at $499.

BTR’s Test Bed 

BTR’s test bed consists of 35 games and 3 synthetic game benchmarks at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and at 3840×2160 as well as SPEC and GPGPU benchmarks.  Our latest games include Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legions, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.  We use a clean installation of Windows 10 64-bit Pro Edition, and our CPU is an i9-10900K which turbos all 10 cores to 5.1/5.0GHz, an EVGA Z490 FTW motherboard, and 32GB of T-FORCE Dark Z DDR4 3600MHz. The games, settings, and hardware are identical except for the cards being compared.

Let’s split this review into two parts – First, let’s take a closer look at the EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra on the next page.