We were expecting the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming to perform better than last generations GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and that is exactly what we discovered. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC gaming was found to be roughly 15% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 FE in the game titles we tested at 1440P. We feel that most of the serious PC gamers are playing on a 2560×1440 gaming display with high refresh rates, so this is a very nice performance improvement. The RTX 2070 was very close in performance to the GTX 1080 Ti FE in some benchmarks, so the RTX 2070 is pretty impressive. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming was ahead of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 in almost all of the benchmarks that we ran, so AMD needs to bring something new to the table quickly!
When it comes to pricing the EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming is $549.99 and that puts right in the middle of the $499 to $599 expected price range for RTX 2070 cards. EVGA also has an RTX 2070 Black Edition with lower clock speeds and a different PCB design for $499.99 shipped. In fact, EVGA has six different RTX 2070 models to pick from as you can see in the image below.
The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 can be picked up for $499 these days, but the RTX 2070 XC Gaming was able to perform better and use less power. Using less power is a bit of an understatement though as the RTX 2070 uses about 150 Watts less power when gaming than a Vega 64. Most gamers don’t care if a card uses slightly more power, but once you are talking over 100 Watts of power that matters.
At the end of the day the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming was a pleasure to use and we had a good 1080P and 1440P gaming experience on it. We played a number of games at 1440P on our Acer Predator X27 120Hz G-Sync gaming monitor and the gamplay was great. We hope to test more RTX 2070 models here shortly and then we’ll get a better feel for the differences between brands. That said, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming appears to be a great card and one we’d recommend if it meets your needs.
Legit Bottom Line: The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC might not be the lowest priced RTX 2070 model around, but delivers a solid gaming experience!