What we bought: An NVIDIA RTX 3070, two years late


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It only lasted about two years, but I finally bought an NVIDIA RTX 3070 last month. Along the way, I’ve tried almost everything to get my hands on one for the actual retail price. I joined Discord servers dedicated to posting stock alerts. I found Twitter accounts doing the same for Canadian retailers. But as persistent as I was, I could never beat everyone else who wanted a 3070 as much as I did. By the time summer came, I was ready to give up, and I would have done it had it not been for the crypto crash.

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If you haven’t been following the market, Bitcoin and Ethereum’s shift has dramatically affected GPU prices, especially on the NVIDIA side. The company’s add-in board partners, companies like ASUS and EVGA that manufacture the most GPUs you can buy, are reportedly struggling with overstock after crypto miners flooded the used market with cheap 30-series video cards. According to some reports, the problem is so bad that NVIDIA may delay the release of its next-generation Ada Lovelace architecture until the end of the year to give its partners time to sell their existing stock. Either way, you can buy a current-gen GPU for the first time in nearly two years without jumping through hoops.

When I finally pulled the trigger on my ASUS Dual RTX 3070, I paid $740 CAD pre-tax or about $565 USD. I probably could have found a used model for less, but I decided I wouldn’t mind spending more to get a video card with a full warranty that someone hadn’t abused for crypto mining.

Close-up of the hardware BIOS switch of the ASUS Dual RTX 3070

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What you probably need to know is why I didn’t wait a little longer for the arrival of NVIDIA’s next-generation GPUs. The answer is twofold. Unless the US decides to regulate cryptocurrencies, it’s hard to see a future where the market doesn’t recover and mining becomes lucrative again. Even if it doesn’t, by the time NVIDIA’s new GPUs are available to buy, they may not be easy to find.

All signs point to the company opening the Ada Lovelace generation with RTX 4090, 4080 and 4070 models. Not only will they likely be more expensive than their 30-series counterparts, but you can bet they’ll be in high demand with gamers who want the latest and greatest – particularly the 4070 as the most mainstream model from the range. the threesome.

For those reasons, I thought there would be a short period of time where I could buy a new GPU at a reasonable price. Having a GTX 1660 Ti with a QHD monitor made my decision easier. I started to see that the 1660 Ti sometimes struggled to maintain a consistent 60 frames per second in games like Star Wars Jedi Cases Order at 1440 p. The fact that the 1660 Ti doesn’t include NVIDA’s DLSS upscaling technology also meant I was looking at a future where I would have to play some games with reduced quality.

Shot of the writer's desk

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I can safely say that I will not regret buying the RTX 3070 with its successor just around the corner. Play games like god of war with all graphics settings maxed out and without a single hitch was lovely. Even more revealing is revisiting games like Check and finally experience them with ray tracing. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in trying to make the perfect purchase that we don’t buy the product that would suit our needs right now. I’m glad I didn’t fall into that trap.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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