Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Master Review

The top performing 3070 Ti GPU in this test. The Aorus Master 3070 Ti is a big card. This four-slot card is big, bright, beefy and brawny. If you want a GPU that draws attention to itself as much as what it shows on your monitor, then this is a card for you. As if you had any doubt after a glance, it’s Gigabyte’s flagship 3070 Ti.

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Master Review

It comes with a 1,875MHz boost clock, a very nice 105MHz increase over the FE. It’s got a bigger cooler, more power and more features. If you’re looking for the best 3070 Ti you can get your hands on, the Aorus Master is going to be tough to beat.

The Ports

The Aorus Master has several characteristics that set it apart from a basic 3070 Ti. This first is no less than six display outputs. These are 3x DP 1.4a, two HDMI 2.1 and a single HDMI 2.0 port. You can use any four at once. Then there’s the side LCD which can display real time monitoring info or custom text and GIFs.

The 3070 Ti Master is one of few GPUs to come with a four-year warranty. Just don’t tell the miners that last part. You also get a 6-pin and two 8-pin power connectors, dual BIOS and as you’d expect, lashings of RGB lighting.

The Aorus Master’s monstrous cooler packs in a lot of surface area and you’d expect it to laugh off the demands of the GA104 GPU. Gigabyte appears to have tuned the cooler for maximum performance as during a stress test, the cooler reached 70 percent fan speed.

The Competitor

This means the card is louder than the likes of an Asus Strix or MSI Gaming X, but the advantage is its thermal performance, with a recorded peak of just 68c. That’s a great result for a 300W+ GPU. The low temperature meant the card was able to boost to a consistent average of 1,980MHz. That’s the highest clock we’ve seen on the fifteen or so RTX 30 series cards we’ve tested to date.

While it can be heard, the noise is more like the sound of moving air rather than the whirring of fans. You can always adjust the fan curve if you prefer lower noise levels at the expense of a few MHz of boost clock. We’re also a little unsure of the design of the cooler shroud, which may have the effect of trapping hot air inside the cooler. Is this the reason for the unusually high fan speed?

The Master was consistently the fastest of the three 3070 Ti’s across our benchmark suite. It consistently ran 80MHz higher than the FE card, and an impressive 65MHz more than the MSI Gaming X.

The Aorus Master is a great example of a flagship GPU but is it worth the extra money on top of already inflated 3070 Ti pricing? Compared to a $3,000+ 3080 or 3080 Ti, maybe it can! About the only criticism we have is with regards to its cooler.

Conclusion

It performs very well but for some reason it seems to have to work harder than it should. It can’t match the MSI in terms of noise levels. Having said that, the Aorus Master is a card that we’d be proud to own. If your PC is a piece of art as much as it is a bunch of electronics, then you must check out the Aorus Master.

If performance without compromise is at the top of your wish list, this is the 3070 Ti for you.

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