Today we have our first GeForce RTX 2070 review for you and I suspect, like most other releases, we were under a lot of pressure during this review. For some reason, Nvidia thought it best to send samples a few days before they were released. Therefore, we expect our pattern for the RTX 2070 Founders Edition later this week. Fortunately, MSI got through for us and saved the day at the last minute. In total, we only had about 30 hours of testing time and created this content at the last minute.
MSI also sent in an armor model that is expected to be available somewhere near the MSRP at a lower price, but we'll believe it when we see it. This is not a struggle with MSI, but rather Nvidia's mythically recommended retail prices.
On paper, the GeForce RTX 2070 claims an MSRP of $ 500 for board partner cards like the MSI Armor and less attractive $ 600 for the Nvidia FE model. For the AIB models, we therefore expect a price decrease of around 30% compared to RTX 2080 models for a decrease in the number of CUDA cores by 33%.
Nvidia's own review shows that the RTX 2070 slightly outperforms the GTX 1070 and then the 970, although this is somewhat misleading as it can compete on price with the GTX 1080 and Vega 64. So these are the models we will focus our attention on when comparing performance.
For all tests we use the MSI RTX 2070 Armor and it is compared with the FE versions of the 2080 Ti and 2080 together with the MSI Gaming X versions of the 1080, 1070 Ti and 1070 as well as the Gaming X Trio 1080. Then we have the models Asus Strix Vega 56 and 64 together with AMD's Vega 64 Liquid.
Our test system consists of a Core i7-8700K with 5 GHz and 32 GB Vengeance DDR4-3400 memory. We used Radeon Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1 drivers for the AMD GPUs and GeForce 411.63 drivers for Nvidia. The new RTX 2070 GPU uses driver version 416.33.
We have results for 20 games, but due to the limited time we had, we'll discuss the results of only six of them and then break down the data for all games at the end of the article.
First, we have Far Cry 5 and start with the 1080p test. Here the RTX 2070 was a wisker slower than the GTX 1080, but only 9% slower than the RTX 2080 when you compare the average frame rate. That means we are mostly CPU-bound at this resolution.
At 1440p, the GTX 1080 and RTX 2070 basically deliver the same performance. This means that the 2070 is now 21% slower than the RTX 2080. At 4K, the 2070 and 1080 deliver identical frame rates, making them 23% slower than the 2080.
When testing with Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, we find that the RTX 2070 offers a reasonable performance advantage over the 1080 at 1080p and was 8% faster on average. Not exactly stunning considering the price, but we'll discuss that in more detail towards the end.
The margin is expanded to 13% at 1440p, and now the 2070 is in the middle of the 1080 and 1080 Ti, making it just 14% slower than the RTX 2080.
Even at 4K, the 2070 is between 1080 and 1080 Ti, which means that it was only 13% slower than the 2080, which is an impressive result.
If you move to Forza Horizon 4 and here, the 2070 can barely keep up with the 1080, and overall performance appears to be pretty poor, despite the high frame rates at 1080p. The situation is similar with 1440p, the 2070 comes in a few frames behind the GTX 1080 for a rather disappointing result.
The RTX 2070 can't do better at 4K either because it can only keep up with the 1080, which means that it was 25% slower than the GTX 1080 Ti and the RTX 2080.