The Test

Because NVIDIA is not productizing any other reference-quality GeForce RTX 2070 card besides the Founders Editions, which have non-reference specifications, we've gone ahead and emulated the true reference specifications with a 90MHz downclock and lowering the TDP by roughly 10W. This is to keep comparisons standardized and apples-to-apples, as we always look at reference-to-reference results.

CPU: Intel Core i7-7820X @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 7 (F9g)
Power Supply: EVGA 1000 G3
Hard Disk: OCZ Toshiba RD400 (1TB)
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 4 x 8GB (16-18-18-38)
Case: NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition
Monitor: LG 27UD68P-B
Video Cards: AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (Air Cooled)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Video Drivers: NVIDIA Release 416.33 Press
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.1
OS: Windows 10 Pro (April 2018 Update)
Spectre/Meltdown Mitigations Yes, both
Meet The GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition Battlefield 1
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  • beisat - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Thanks for the review, nice as always.
    Was hoping to upgrade my 970 before Turing was announced, but I feel like I'm getting ripped of with these cards. The review did nothing to change that feeling, but that was to be expected.
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  • Luke212 - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Please investigate why Turing is slower than Volta for HGEMM. If it was using the tensor cores they should be not that slow. Reply
  • SMOGZINN - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    On the "The Test" page you show that the "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition" is one of the cards being compared, but it does not show up in the benches. Reply
  • Targon - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    From the information, seeing Vega 64 going up to a temp of 86C would put it into thermal throttle range, which would cripple performance. From my own experience, manually adjusting the fan settings in Global Wattman to go up to 4500rpm and with a temperature target of 75C will avoid the throttle issues in the first place and also improving performance significantly, even without tweaking clock speeds or voltages.

    So, if Vega 64 is getting throttled and still hitting the numbers reported, that implies that with the fan profile adjusted as I suggested, we would be seeing Vega 64 doing a bit better in terms of framerates.
    Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Let's be honest: Vega isn't here for competition purposes, it's just included as a courtesy. Reply
  • atl - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Would be good to have some SLI & Cryptocurrency benchmarks included Reply
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    These RTX cards are going to be a fantastic value...
    ...next summer when they drop the prices.
    Reply
  • eva02langley - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Even there, I don`t know if Navi can really be a 250$ GPU with 1080 GTX performances. Reply
  • sandman74 - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    980 owner here gaming at 1440p. Really wanted to upgrade but when I cost everything up, PC gaming has suddenly become a very expensive hobby.

    Decided to completely abandon the PC as a future gaming platform mostly thanks to the pricing of the new gpu cards.

    2.5yrs since the 1080 for barely better performance. RTX isn’t viable on this card. My own view is the new line up sucks.

    Practically all my mates are on consoles these days which is a shame but it’s a sign of the times. Tried the BF5 beta on my xbox one S and was blown away at how decent it was. Had real fun playing with friends which is what matters.

    So I can only imagine it’s even better on the Xbox One X which you can buy for the price of just this GPU.

    Prices have gone insane, so I’m stepping out. Total respect for those that can justify the prices and carry on PC gaming. I can’t.
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  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    tl;dr rather get a heavily discounted 1080 Ti (which will probably be factory overclocked and have a beefier cooler). Reply

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