Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics card: pre-orders have begun!

Here's where to find the best value Ampere GPU on the market.

The RTX 3070 is now officially available for pre-order. Our 3070 review shows that Nvidia's promise of RTX 2080 Ti performance at half the price is pretty accurate, so expect a lot of demand for the new cards. In this article, we'll share the best places in the US and UK to pick up your new RTX 3070 now that we've reached the 1PM GMT / 9AM ET release date.

So why is this card so hotly anticipated? Put simply, it brings the advancements of Nvidia's bleeding-edge Ampere GPUs like the RTX 3080 and 3090 down to a more mainstream price point, while still offering more than enough performance for the 1080p and 1440p screens that are the most popular amongst gamers. If you're building a mid-range to high-end rig, this is a great choice with a good degree of future-proofing, thanks to HDMI 2.1 support, 8GB of VRAM and DLSS/RT capabilities. It's also cheaper than AMD's competing RX 6800, which doesn't have a DLSS alternative and may not be as competitive in RT performance.

All that is to say that this card is expected to go fast, even though Nvidia has claimed that a greater number of cards will be available, so here's what you need to know - and the web pages you should probably bookmark!

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Where can you buy the RTX 3070 in the UK?

You can buy the RTX 3070 from a range of major US and UK retailers, which we've summarised in a handy table below. Stock is expected to sell out quickly, so do consider checking a second or even third retailer if you aren't able to order from your normal favourite store.

Retailer Price Range
Overclockers £469 and up
Ebuyer £469 and up
Scan £469 and up
Aria £469 and up
AWD IT £469 and up
CCL £469 and up
Novatech £469 and up
Box £469 and up
Currys PC World £469 and up
Falcon Computers £469 and up
CCL £469 and up
Nvidia UK £469
Amazon UK £469 and up

If you prefer Nvidia's Founders Edition card, with its unique 'flow-through' dual-fan design, take a look at the Nvidia Store where this variant is exclusively available.

Where can you buy the RTX 3070 in the US?

The RTX 3070 is available from a wide range of major stores, which we've summarised in a handy table below. Stock is expected to sell out quickly, so do consider checking a second or even third retailer if you aren't able to order from your normal go-to! Note that Nvidia's web store is out of commission at present, with the firm handing responsibilities over to Best Buy for shipping out the Founders Edition models of the card.

Retailer Price Range
Nvidia FE (via Best Buy) $499 and up
B&H Photo $499 and up
Amazon US $499 and up
Newegg $499 and up
Best Buy $499 and up
B&H Photo $499 and up

Of course, you can also buy the RTX 3070 at Best Buy, where you'll be able to get the exclusive Founder's Edition of the card.

How fast is the RTX 3070?

The RTX 3070 is about 60 per cent as fast as the incredible RTX 3080, for about 60 per cent of the cost, based on our tests at 4K. That margin drops at 1080p and 1440p, where the CPU is more of a bottleneck, making the RTX 3070 the ideal choice at these resolutions. From a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, you'll normally see a doubling of frame-rate, although this does change on a per-game basis. Compared to the RTX 2080 Ti, the RTX 3070 is about the same - slightly slower in some games, slightly faster than others, depending on whether you go for a card that is overclocked out of the box (such as the 2080 Ti Founders Edition we tested) or not (like the RTX 3070 Founders Edition). For more details, check our RTX 3070 review. That excellent price to performance suggests that the card is likely to join our round-up of the best graphics cards very soon.

The RTX 3070's closest AMD competitor will be the RX 6800, when that card launches next month. The smallest member of the three Big Navi cards announced so far, the RX 6800 should offer better performance than the RTX 3070 but may trail the Nvidia card in ray-tracing performance and costs $80 more. The RX 6800 also doesn't have an alternative to the RTX 3070's DLSS feature, which boosts performance significantly in supported games. If you're planning on a Ryzen 5000 build, then the RX 6800 will be able to eke out extra performance through giving these processors easy access to Radeon 6000 GPU memory. Ultimately, we won't know which card is the best bet until our RX 6000 reviews are out, but there are arguments to be made for both sides.

What's the RTX 3070 price?

Nvidia's official recommended retail prices for the RTX 3070 start at $500/£450/€520. This could increase depending on the retailer and the specification of the card, as custom versions from other partners may receive some factory overclocking to boost performance, more ports or other additions. However, the Nvidia Founders Edition will remain at the stated price - unlike previous generation cards, which came at a premium for the FE model.

Are pre-built RTX 3070 desktop PCs available in the UK?

There are a range of UK and US retailers with RTX 3070 graphics cards available who will build an RTX 3070 desktop PC for you. You do pay a premium for the privilege - and your computer won't arrive as early - but this is still a great option for anyone without the time or inclination to build for themselves.

Retailer Price range
Overclockers £1000 to £3000
PC Specialist £1000 to £3000
CyberPowerPC £1000 to £3000
Novatech £1000 to £3000
Chillblast £1000 to £3000
Box Cube and Box Custom PCs £1109 to £4109

Are pre-built RTX 3070 desktop PCs available in the US?

There are a range of American system integrators that can take care of the hard work of building a high-end gaming rig and sending it to your door. Here are some of our faves.

Retailer Price range
Origin PC $1000 and up
iBuyPower $1000 and up
Maingear $1000 and up
CyberpowerPC $1000 and up
Digital Storm $1000 and up
Falcon NW $1000 and up
NZXT BLD $1000 and up

That's all the RTX 3070 order info we've come across so far. Of course, we'll return to update this page regularly with all the best RTX 3070 prices when they're available and as soon as when we spot them, so do stay tuned! We'll also tweet out cards from @dealsfoundry, so be sure to follow us there if you want instant updates as soon as stock appears.

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