• GPU: RTX 2070
  • Core Clocks: 1,830 MHz
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR6 @256-bit
  • Ports: 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x USB Type-C
  • Slot Size: Triple
  • Dimensions: 295 x 140 x 56 mm
  • Weight: 1485g
  • Pros:
  • Quiet while operating
  • Design
  • Cons:
  • Will need triple slots

Gaming On A High

With RTX capable games slowly crawling out of the woodwork, more and more brands will be creating their version of the cards. This month is no different as we unboxed and reviewed the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z 8G. The unboxing process is hassle-free: simply slide the card out, remove the port covers, connect everything together and you are good to go!

Glows quite nicely

Glows quite nicely

First up, let’s talk about the design of the card. It features two Torx Fan 3.0 that are equipped with Double Ball Bearings that will keep them running for years. The fins of the card also feature a wave-curved design that allows for more airflow. All of these combined to allow for a card that performs a little more quietly compared to other cards in the same vein. The card is also pretty thick compared to other cards, and this is definitely a benefit as it allows the card to run cooler.

During our testing and during gameplay, the card does run a little quieter and stops when in idle mode. The card does, of course, feature RGB lighting as well that surrounds the fan, and can be configured to even glow in a rotating fashion. Speaking of fashion, the backplate of the card is not your average black metal but instead sporting a brushed metal two-tone colour.

Right out of the box, MSI boasts that the card does come with a boosted clock speed of 1,830MHz, and that is higher compared to the founder’s edition and reference cards. This means that the card could theoretically score better in our benchmark tests compared to other current RTX 2070 cards. This rings true during our tests as it does score better compared to the previous generation of cards such as the GTX 1080. It performs very well when you are playing games in 1440p and 1080p. While the former will most likely max out at 60 FPS on current games, the latter will be able to tackle games at 144fps without many issues when games are not run on ultra-high settings. When running Witcher 3 on Ultra settings, we managed to get the game running on a stable 90FPS without drops in frames aside from crowded areas.

The two-toned backplate of the RTX 2070 GAMING Z

The two-toned backplate of the RTX 2070 GAMING Z

If all you need is a great graphics card that will perform well on current and future games, the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z 8G is a great pickup, provided that you just want to game on 1440p and 1080p, and will run cooler compared to other cards. Provided that you have the space for the large cooler and the moolah to get the card.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great RTX 2070 card that can power most of the recent and upcoming games decently while doing it quietly.

(to be published in issue February 2019)