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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition review: Petite powerhouse

By Koh Wanzi - 16 Oct 2018

Conclusion

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

Faster than a GeForce GTX 1080

In some ways, the GeForce RTX 2070 may be NVIDIA's most attractive Turing card yet. It doesn't reside anywhere near the lofty heights of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but it's also far more affordable at US$599 (half the price of the latter actually) and still offers very good performance. 

The card still comes with ray tracing acceleration baked in, but I feel like that isn't really the point of the card. After all, the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti pack greater ray tracing prowess, and even their utility in the coming year is still in question because we're nowhere close to mainstream developer support yet. 

Instead, the GeForce RTX 2070 is a nice signifier of progress. I'd argue that cards like this are more interesting than the usual flagship models because you get to see how flagship levels of performance are trickling further down the product stack. The GeForce RTX 2070 is faster than the GeForce RTX 1080, a fact reflected by its slightly higher price tag. 

Unfortunately, while the price makes sense vis-à-vis the GeForce GTX 1080, it also represents a painful uptick in price along NVIDIA's entire line-up. After all, the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition launched at just US$449. 

Should you get the GeForce RTX 2070? If you own a GeForce GTX 1070 or below, you'll see a pretty nice performance boost. The GeForce RTX 2070 also has me looking forward to NVIDIA's true mainstream card, which is presumably called the GeForce RTX 2060. Turing may be expensive, but there's no denying that it serves up some sweet, sweet performance. 

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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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