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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition Review – Turing at $599

Time to meet the more value-friendly RTX brethren.

I know we are a bit late to the party with this one, and that’s ok. We had a testbench failure which required complete rebuild and retest to ensure continuity. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 is now on the bench!

The Nvidia RTX series has been out for about a month now and was met with a ton of criticism from the community. Firstly because of the price as now the flagship card is at a price point of where the TITAN model normally existed. Add to that the fact that anyone purchasing an RTX model card still is basically betting on the delivery of developers with the new features that RTX cards have that make them special such as DLSS and RTX or DXR performance. The specialized Tensor and RT cores in the Turing based GPUs are very powerful as we showed the capability in the RTX launch article. If you have not read that yet, its worth a read here.

Needless to say, if and when RTX/DXR goes mainstream it has the capability to really change the realism and depth which can exist in your favorite titles. Now comes the crux of the situation, and it is something I pointed out in my original review and it still seems to fester in the minds of the community and I can understand it. There is no content to test DXR except a few prepared demos which are not even real benchmarks as the only benchmark that exists is FFXV which Steve from Gamers Nexus has already proven that with the way objects not within visual distance are still being drawn and the LOD issues are all cumulating to the point at which the benchmark is less than reliable.

Now we are met with the RTX 2070 which I briefly mentioned in the original coverage and this is targeted to be the more value friendly option with Ray Tracing capabilities built in.

 

Thankfully the RTX 2070 is “targeted” by Nvidia at 1440p gaming so we should see less of the issues we saw with RTX 2080/Ti where it could suffer due to potential bottlenecks at lower common resolutions. The RTX 2070 does carry the same memory size and bus of the bigger brother RTX 2080 so memory should be the least limiting factor for this GPU is my hope.

The RTX joins the RTX Stable with a price point of $599.99 for the Founders Edition and the “reference” model taking up a $499.99 price point.

  • GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition Ti  $ 1,199.00 (Source: Nvidia)
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition $ 799.00 (Source: Nvidia)
  • GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition $ 599.99 (Source: Nvidia)

This price point is still a bit tough for many to swallow as they compare the price to 3rd party market where they can get a 1080 or even 1080 Ti for a similar price point at this time. This I have to agree with to a certain extent but at what point do you also realize that you are then buying into 2+ year old tech and that in itself means that newer optimizations will likely be targeted at technologies and tech which the older gen may not support. Now, this is very dependent as the Pascal cards are still plenty capable. but if you compare true launch price to launch price of a 1080 which for the founders edition was $699.00, and the RTX 2070 readily beats that same FE card at $100.00 less. Maybe I just see things a little differently but as I see some of the action being taken along with Microsoft putting full support behind RTX like technology with the launch of DXR (DirectX Ray Tracing) we can be quite sure that at least some AAA titles will see ray tracing capabilities soon. and we already have a full list of titles “coming” the issue is how will adoption go after that point?

Features

  • New Turing based GPU featuring hardware-based acceleration and hybrid rendering capabilities
  • New Streaming Multiprocessor (SM)
  • Turing Tensor Cores
  • Real Time Ray Tracing (RTX)
  • New shading enhancements
  • Deep Learning Features for Graphics (DLSS and more)
  • All new dual fan Founders Edition cooler
  • Integrated VirtualLink port on the rear I/O (USB Type C)
  • GDDR6 High-Performance memory
  • GPU Boost 4

Specifications

Graphics CardNvidia GeForce RTX 2070
Graphics EngineNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Core TU106-400A-A1
Bus PCI Express 3.0
Video MemoryGDDR6 8GB
Core Clock (OC)GPU Boost Clock: 1710 MHz, GPU Base Clock: 1410 MHz
CUDA Cores2304
RTX OPS45T
GIGA Rays/s6
Memory Clock14000 MHz 
Memory Interface256-bit
ResolutionMax Resolution:7680×4320
InterfaceHDMI Output: Yes x 1 (Native) (HDMI 2.0b)
Display Port: Yes x 2 (Native) (Regular DP)

DVI-DL: Yes x 1 (Native)

VirtualLink (USB Type C) : Yes x 1 (Native)

HDCP Support: Yes

Power Connectors1 x 8-pin
Accessories2 x Instruction Guides
Dimensions9.0″ x 4.435″
228.60 x 112.6 Millimeter

Here we can see one inclusion is Nvidia opted for one less DisplayPort connector in favor of having a native DVI Dual Link port on the RTX 2070 which I found interesting and this must be based on their market research that at this price point many users have at least one DVI display which they want to feed.

 

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