Back in August, Nvidia announced its new RTX 20-series cards based on the Turing architecture. Three cards were announced – the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, which launched almost a month ago, and the RTX 2070. With a lot made over the high prices of the 2080 and 2080 Ti cards, the RTX 2070 has almost gone unnoticed – until now that is, as today we can publish our first 2070 review.
The card in question is not the Nvidia Founders Edition, however – but the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G. This is MSI's flagship 2070 model, with features including a custom PCB, a hefty factory overclock and – of course – bling-tastic RGB lighting. With an MSRP of £605.99 it comes in almost £40 more expensive than Nvidia's Founders Edition, so the question is – how competitive can it be at this price?
|GPU||RTX 2080 Ti (FE)||GTX 1080 Ti||RTX 2080 (FE)||GTX 1080||RTX 2070 (FE)||GTX 1070|
|Rays Cast||10 Giga Rays/sec||1.1 Giga Rays/sec||8 Giga Rays/sec||0.877 Giga Rays/sec||6 Giga Rays/sec||0.65 Giga Rays/sec|
|RTX Performance||87 Trillion RTX-OPS||11.3 Trillion RTX-OPS||60 Trillion RTX-OPS||8.9 Trillion RTX-OPS||45 Trillion RTX-OPS||6.5 Trillion RTX-OPS|
|GPU Boost Clock||1635 MHz||1582 MHz||1800 MHz||1733 MHz||1710 MHz||1683 MHz|
|Memory Clock||14 Gbps||11 Gbps||14 Gbps||10 Gbps||14 Gbps||8 Gbps|
|Total Video Memory||11GB GDDR6||11GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||616 GB/sec||484 GB/sec||448 GB/sec||320 GB/sec||448 GB/sec||256 GB/sec|
First of all – it is worth taking a quick look at the RTX 2070 specs as it has been a while since these were first announced. The 2070 uses the TU106 GPU which is equipped with 2304 CUDA cores, 144 texture units and 64 ROPS. As part of the Turing architecture, the 2070 also boasts 288 Tensor cores and 36 RT cores.
Memory is provided by 8GB GDDR6 which is exactly the same as the memory found with the RTX 2080 – so it operates over a 256-bit bus providing 448 GB/s bandwidth, with a stock frequency of 1750MHz.
While the Founders Edition (FE) RTX 2070 has a boost clock of 1710MHz (which is 90MHz faster than reference 2070 speeds), this MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G ups the boost clock to 1830MHz, though memory is left at stock. There is no dual-BIOS functionality and no need to download software to achieve this speed – meaning it runs at 1830MHz out of the box.
If you're interested in reading more about the Turing architecture, we published a detailed breakdown within our initial RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti reviews. It's obviously the same design as used with the RTX 2070, so all of what you can read there applies to this card as well.
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