- GPU: RTX 2070
- Memory: GDDR6 8GB
- Engine Clock: 1410MHz (Base Default) / 1815MHz (Base Boost)/ 1410MHz (OC Default)/ 1845MHz (OC Boost)
- Ports: 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
- Others: 2304 CUDA Cores, 256-bit Memory Interface
- Slot Size: 2.5
- Dimensions: 305 x 130.6 x 48.9 mm
- RGB On/Off Button
An Upgrade For The Future
With RTX cards now in the wild, you can expect more and more triple-A games from companies to follow suit, with Battlefield V is one of the earliest adopters of this technology. Many developers are still debating the usefulness of Ray Tracing technology in gaming, but we’re not here to raise pitchforks and call for heads.
With that said, we got to put the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 through its paces on our test bench this month. The unboxing process for the card was fairly standard – it comes wrapped in an anti-static bag, with the backplate protected with a removable sticker. For our benchmark tests, we paired the card with our current core setup: An i7-8700K processor and 16GB of RAM. We also made sure to install new drivers when we tested the card, since BF5 was released that week.
The card is dressed with an all black design and alongside the three massive fans, there are RGB strips on it that can be programmed to glow with ASUS Aura Sync. The ROG logo of the backplate is RGB capable as well. If you’re not interested in having RGB lights on your build, you can turn it off with just a push of a button. Beside the button, you will also notice a Toggle between Q-Mode or P-Mode. Q-Mode will toggle the card’s quiet mode for less fan noise during medium temps, and P-Mode will keep the fans spinning to ensure constant cooling of the card. The card itself is also massive and quite hefty. So it is a good idea to have a GPU holder to ensure that you have little pressure on your PCIe slot.
As for ports, you have two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts and a single USB Type-C port – more than enough ports for four monitors and even a VR headset on this single card. However, you won’t be able to use the card in a SLI setup, so make sure you don’t go all out and purchase two 2070 cards to SLI. You can also overclock the card with the GPU Tweak app, but make sure you know what you are doing!
When gaming, it performed as we expected. We tested the card with a few of the older games in Battlefield 1, Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. FPS in 1440p games fluctuate between the 90~100 mark, with 1080p going up to a steady 120FPS, and 4K gaming barely touching the 50FPS mark. This means that in certain games, a powerful GTX 1080 Ti could march alongside the RTX 2070 or even beat it.
But what does this mean for a gamer that wants to upgrade? We would recommend waiting for more games to support Ray Tracing before jumping the gun. But, if you are using a card that is a few years old, then by all means the 2070 is still a great and reasonable choice. For the more affluent consumer, they could always go for the RTX 2080 Ti without any issues.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A good card that will tackle most games now and even upcoming games, and also to serve as future proofing your rig.
(to be published in issue December 2018)