Now some people don’t need a video card for gaming, they need the processing power for rendering or 2D/3D production, or in some cases people who game also do work on the side. So it is also important to check out the compute performance on all of the video cards that come in. That includes doing a few different tests. My first test was a simple GPU Compute benchmark using Passmark’s Performance Test 9 and the RTX 3070 XC3 Black did gain a few points on the Founders Edition, but not a significant gap with its 10814 over the FE’s 10726 points.
In Basemark the XC3 Black had enough of a bump to put it up over the RTX 2080 Ti in the DirectX12 results but the OpenGL result ended up lower than the Founders Edition surprisingly.
My favorite compute benchmark is Blender. This is because it isn’t just a random test, but a popular program that is used in the real world. Not to mention it is open source! The EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 Black managed to cut out 4 seconds compared to the RTX 3070 Founders Edition. They are still in a class of their own, especially when you get into running using Optix which takes advantage of the tensor cores in the RTX cards. With that, you can drop the 127 seconds down to 70 which is 3 seconds lower than the Founders Edition as well.