EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming Graphics Card Review


RTX 2070 – Turing For The Masses

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics cards starts shipping tomorrow and we are allowed to post our benchmark review today. This is NVIDIA’s newest mid-range enthusiast graphics card that should be widely available in the $499 to $599 price range. Just like more expensive NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti cards, the RTX 2070 again features the NVIDIA Turing GPU and supports new Turing technologies like real-time ray-tracing as well as DLSS. This card is going to be exciting to take a look at since it is the most affordable RTX series card on the market.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Graphics Card

When it comes to performance, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 is based on the Turing TU106 GPU with 10.8 Billion transistors and should not disappoint. NVIDIA says that the RTX 2070 is faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 in all games at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K display resolutions. The GeForce RTX 2070 features 2304 CUDA Cores, 36 RT Cores, 288 Tensor Cores, a GPU Boost clock speed of 1620 MHz and a TDP of 175 Watts. The NVIDIA Founders Edition version of the RTX 2070 ships with a 90 MHz overclock, bringing the GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition GPU Boost clock speed up to 1710 MHz. Of course, the NVIDIA add-in board partners will also offer their own stock and factory overclocked graphics cards based on the GeForce RTX 2070 GPU.

RTX 2080 Ti FE GTX 1080 Ti RTX 2080 FE GTX 1080 GTX 2070 FE GTX 1070
GPU TU102 GP102 TU104 GP104 TU106 GP104
GPU Cores 4352 3584 2944 2560 2304 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1408 MHz 1515 MHz 1607 MHz 1410 MHz 1506 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz/1635 MHz 1582 MHz 1710 MHz/1800 MHz 1733 MHz 1710 MHz 1683 MHz
Texture Units 272 224 184 160 144 120
ROP Units 88 88 64 64 64 64
RT Cores 68 46 36
Tensor Cores 544 368 288
Ray Tracing Speed 10 GRays/s 8 GRays/s 6 GRays/s
Memory 11GB 11GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Memory Clock 14000 MHz 11000 MHz 14000 MHz 10000 MHz 10000 MHz 8000 MHz
Memory Interface 352-bit G6 352-bit G5X 256-bit G6 256-bit G5X 256-bit G6 256-bit G5
Memory Bandwidth 616 GB/s 484 GB/s 448 GB/s 320 GB/s 448GB/s 256 GB/s
TDP 260 W 250 watts 225W 180 watts 185 watts 150 watts
Peak Compute (FP32) 13.4 TFLOPS / 14.2 TFLOP 10.6 TFLOPS 10 TFLOPS / 10.6 TFLOPS (FE) 8.2 TFLOPS 7.9 TFLOPS 6.5 TFLOPS
Transistor Count 18.6 B 12.0 B 13.6 B 7.2 B 10.8 B 7.2 B
Process Tech 12nm 16nm 12nm 16nm 12nm 16nm
MSRP (current) $1199 $699 $800 $549 $599 $379

Our good friends over at EVGA sent over their EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming video card to review. This model will be available starting October 17th, 2018 with an MSRP of $549.99 under part number 08G-P4-2172-KR. It has a boost clock of 1710MHz, which just happens to be the same as the 2070 Founders Edition mode that costs $50 more.

EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming Retail Box

The RTX 2070 XC Gaming is a dual-slot card that measures in at 10.6-inches (269.2mm) and features a custom PCB design and iCX2 GPU cooler. EVGA is using their latest Hydro Dynamic Bearing (HDB) fans that are said to produce less noise and have a longer a lifespan than traditional axial fans. EVGA also re-designed the fan blades and tweaked the hub assembly for quieter operation on the RTX-20 series cards. This particular model has a 10 power phases, one BIOS, and the default trim color is white.

EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming Power Connectors

When it comes to power connectors, the EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming comes with an 8-pin and 6-pin headers along the top edge of the graphics card. Many of the base RTX 2070 models on the market have just one 8-pin PCIe power connector, so its nice to EVGA beefing up the XC Gaming model.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming

The back of the cards is just as beautiful as the front with a stylized full coverage back plate. Notice that the backplate has a notch along the top side for an NVLink multi-GPU connector, but there is nothing there. SLI is not supported on this model, so if you want to run two graphics cards together for more performance you’ll need to move up to the RTX 2080 series.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming Back

When it comes to display support there are three DisplayPort 1.4,one HDMI 2.0b connector and the new VirtualLink port (USB Type-C) that you can use. The VirtualLink port provides four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, as well as 27W of power delivery.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Display Connectors

The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming also comes with RGB LED lights that you can configure with the all new EVGA Precision X1 software. The RGB LED lights worked great on our review sample and helps this card look good no matter the time of day.

EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming LED

Let’s take a look at the test system and then see the benchmarks!