PNY GeForce RTX 3080 10GB XLR8 Gaming UPRISING EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan Edition

When something is itchy scratch it. If you’ve been following the site, you know I have only just recently (October 30, 2020) upgraded to a Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge graphics card. I guess I was done and would call it a day. As luck would have it, I was browsing local selling sites and got a good deal on a relatively unknown RTX 3080 card a PNY GeForce RTX 3080 10GB XLR8 Gaming UPRISING EPIC-X RGB Triple Fan Edition.

I am not new to the brand and have used some of their ram and usb thumbdrives a while back but I was not aware they were in the graphics card business as well. From what I know and remember they are under the same company Palit/Gainward. A few years back I have used either Palit or Gainward graphics card and didn’t have issues with them. So I will take the chance on this PNY card since the price was $800 and comes with 3 years warranty. I know that ain’t cheap but hey where can you get a GPU nowadays.

Let’s go over the specs of this badboy

Product Specifications

  • PNY Part Number VCG308010TFXMPB
  • CUDA Cores 8704
  • Clock Speed 1440 MHz
  • Boost Speed 1710 MHz
  • Memory Speed (Gbps) 19
  • Memory Size 10GB GDDR6X
  • Memory Interface 320-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 760
  • TDP 320 W
  • NVLink Not Supported
  • Outputs DisplayPort 1.4 (x3), HDMI 2.1
  • Multi-Screen 4
  • Resolution 7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
  • Power Input Two 8-Pin
  • Bus Type PCI-Express 4.0 ×16
  • Card Dimensions 12.48” x 4.53” x 2.36”; 3-Slot
  • Box Dimensions 7.48” x 14.96” x 3.54”

This card is heavy and for the price I paid, I would say build quality is really nice. Fan noise is also silent to normal acceptable level when under load.

I’ve been running the card for 2 days now and everything is working as it should. It might not be the fastest card out there but this run close to FE cards. I wouldn’t OC this anyway since most if not all reviewers have mentioned there is no sense overclocking these cards since the difference in performance would be very little to negligible.

Some things I like to point out about the card. Please do take note of my current setup

Ryzen 5 3600
Asrock B450 Gamint ITX/AC
Arctic Freezer 34 Esports Duo
Cooler Master NR200
2x 120mm Arctic P12 Top Exhaust Fan (Running PWM Standard Mode from BIOS)
1x 92mm CoolerMaster Sickleflow Rear Exhaust Fan (Running PWM Standard Mode from BIOS)
I live in a tropical country (There are only 2 seasons Summer and Rainy Season)
Mi Curved Ultrawide Monitor 3440x1440p

  1. The card idles around 30-35C GPU fan is around 1100 to 1350RPM
  2. The card goes up to around 70-80C when doing benchmarks like Heaven Benchmark
  3. I go a maximum of 75-76C during normal gameplay
  4. I can keep temps between 65-71C if I turn on the airconditioning in my room
  5. Fan noise for me is very acceptable except when the card hits 78C and above which doesn’t really happen not unless you are doing heavy synthetic benchmarks
  6. Don’t be fooled with RGB, yes the lights cycles thru the colors but the RGB is not controllable, basically it is fixed.

All in all I would say I am happy with this card. The temps don’t really bother me that much because that is an acceptable fact since I live in a tropical country and the weather here will always be in the warm side of things.

I have also decided to underclock this card with very little to no performance hit at all. If anyone reading this is interested my fan curve is shown below. Basically I set MSI Afterburner with this settings: Core Clock -295 .85v 1800Mhz. After undervolting it still boosts to 1830Mhz from time to time which could indicate that the card is still not too hot.

Zotac Gaming RTX 3070 Twin Edge

With the launch for Nvidia’s 30 Series GPU, I decided it was time for an upgrade from my aging Zotac GTX 1070ti Mini. I feel like my old card is about to run out of juice for the upcomming AAA games. It’s been 5 years since I bought my 1070ti and I let the 20 series passby since I felt like my card can still handle what I throw at it.

This was my old GTX 1070ti Mini (apologies for the dust, haven’t had time cleaning the rig lately)

With the release of Nvidia’s Ampere cards everything changed specially for gamers all over the world. 4k 60p gaming was now a reality and is actually playable. I on the other hand opted to buy the lowest model which is the 3070 series. I still actually own and use a 1080p monitor because held myself from buying a high refresh rate and high resolution monitor since I felt like the 1070ti was not really meant to be used for 1440p or high refresh rate monitors. I did tell myself that once I buy a new GPU that I would also upgrade my current 24” IPS Panel 1080p monitor.

I wouldn’t go into the technical details like the specs for the card since most if not all the information about this card can be found online (google). I ordered the card during launch date 29th Octoboer 2020 and got it just today 31st October 2020. Photos below was I was unboxing the gpu. The size of the box is basically the same size as my Zotac GTX 1070TI Mini.

The build quality is what you can expect from Zotac which was not new to me as I have been using a Zotac card for a while now. The size of this 3070 is just a tad bit bigger than my 1070ti (you can see a few photos I took below for comparison). One reason I bought this card is because of the size. I might go back to a mini-ITX system sometime in the futuer so I wanted to have a card that I can use on a mini-ITX case.

Aesthetically this card is perfect for me since it only has white leds for the “Zotac Gaming” logo. I am not really a fan of RGB and most mini-itx people like myself don’t really play with rgb that much. The only reason I have those rgb fan and AIO on my system is because I had no choice as bought that system (used) and those parts came with it. I figured I rather keep it this way and just change things when I move back to mini-ITX, this saves me money and time. This card is very quiet when not under heavy load like gaming. Infact I seldom see/hear the fan spinning. I played a few hours of The Division earlier and set everything to ultra settings with vsync on as I was limited to 1080p and 75Hz and based from MSI Afterburner with riva tuner, I was only hitting less than 100watts at less than 60 degrees celcius. The fan seldom spins and if it does, it would only spin around 800-1100rpm. Ofcourse things change when I turned vsync off it was running less than 70 degrees celcius but I was hitting around 169-180watts with the fans spinning anywhere between 1,700 to 1,900rpm. Even with the fans running at those speeds it was not really loud at all. Your cpu tower/case plays a role with this and I think my Tecware Forge M is doing a great job at it.

I ran 2 benchmarks runs using Unigen Heaven and Results are below

My system is running:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • 16GB Patriot Viper Steel 3200Mhz (2x8GB kit)
  • A320M-HDV R4.0
  • XPG Lite 512GB NVME
  • EVGA 750Watts Supernova G3

All in all I am happy with the performance of this card. I wasn’t really aiming for 4k gaming at this point in time. I only wanted to have a nice 1440p gaming experience and I think the 3070 is just about right and costs much less than it’s bigger brothers the 3080 and 3090. It might not beat the 2080ti or 2080 super in all games but it definitely is on par with those 2 cards plus I will be having the latest technology that is incorporated with the GPU. I know I might not maximize my card with the current CPU and resolution I am using but a new 27” IPS Panel 144hz monitor is in the works.

My one and only gripe about this card is the position of the pci power connectors which really makes connecting 2x8pin connectors hard in a sense that you have to put some effort into it. After installing the card, I guess I figured out why they had to do this design. Since the cards’ height is” taller”, there might not be enough room to fit the cables without the side panels hitting it or getting in the way. As you can see from the photos below, with both 8pin cables connected, I had to bend the cables to make sure my tempered glass panel will close properly. Imagine if they did put those pins near the edge or right at the edge, you won’t be able to close your side panels properly.

So here is how it looks like now with the card install. Hopefully you get a rough idea about those 2x8pin ports and why Zotac had to move it in. Basically they need to make way for the power connector cable and their sockets