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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition review: Petite powerhouse

By Koh Wanzi - 16 Oct 2018

Introduction

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

A smaller Turing card

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 is the company's most affordable Turing GPU to date. At US$599 for the Founders Edition card, it is far more accessible than its bigger siblings, the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti. The biggest question then is about performance. How fast is it and is it a worthy alternative to the other Turing cards?

But first, let's talk about the card itself. It features the same machine-finished aluminum shroud as the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti Founders Edition, so a lot of what I said in my review then applies now as well. Put simply, the card boasts impeccable build quality and really feels better made than the vast majority of custom cards on the market.

There's also the same wraparound shroud that extends over the end of the card to eventually form the PCB backplate. 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

However, there are some small changes this time. The single 8-pin power connector has been shifted to card's end, which means it's slightly more accessible, especially if you have a small chassis. Having said that, the GeForce RTX 2070 is actually a great fit for anyone looking to put together a powerful, compact build. The 2-slot Founders Edition card is much more compact than its more powerful siblings, measuring just 228.6mm long, which means it barely extends past the edge of an ATX motherboard. 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

The card itself features a 1,410MHz base clock and 1,710MHz boost clock, a nice bump over the reference 1,620MHz boost. It is also equipped with a 6-phase power supply and the same dual-axial 13-blade fans as the other Turing Founders Edition cards. There is no NVLink connector however, which means that the GeForce RTX 2070 won't actually support SLI.

The display outputs are unchanged though, featuring the same selection of DisplayPort 1.4a, HDMI 2.0b, and USB-C connectors. 

Finally, the GeForce RTX RTX 2070 is based on the TU106 GPU, a scaled down version of the TU102 and TU104 GPUs used in the higher-end cards.

TU106 block diagram

It features a total of 36 SMs, comprising 2,304 CUDA cores, 36 RT cores and 288 Tensor cores. In addition, the memory subsystem consists of eight 32-bit memory controllers, which gives the card 256-bit memory bus width. This is paired with 8GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14,000MHz, which gives a total memory bandwidth of 448GB/s

Unsurprisingly, the card is less power hungry as well, with a 185W TDP compared to the 225W and 260W on the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti respectively.

8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Features 9.5
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Decent improvement over the GeForce GTX 1070
Compact size great for smaller systems
Excellent build quality
Runs cool and quiet
The Bad
Still a little on the expensive side
Ray tracing acceleration requires more widespread developer support to be actually useful
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