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Nvidia RTX 2070 complete review leaks before NDA lift

The RTX 2070 factory overclocked models are indeed faster than the GTX 1080, but the price difference is not really worth it.  (Source: HardOCP)
The RTX 2070 factory overclocked models are indeed faster than the GTX 1080, but the price difference is not really worth it. (Source: HardOCP)
HardOCP released the RTX 2070 review 2 full days before the NDA lift and it looks like last week's leaks are now confirmed. The factory overclocked RTX 2070 models are slightly faster than the GTX 1080, with the stock RTX 2070 most likely on par with the previous gen Pascal GPUs. On the other hand, the price for the overclocked RTX 2070 models might be a bit too spicy.

The review embargo for Nvidia’s RTX 2070 cards will be lifted tomorrow, October 17, but the HardOCP staff decided to ignore the NDA and published their MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z comprehensive test a few days in advance.

Last week’s leak tweeted by Tum Apisak suggested that the RTX 2070 would be just a smidge faster than the GTX 1080, and the HardOCP review clearly confirms this. The MSI model featured in the test is the company’s highest overclocked variant that will be available by launch, with boost core clocks going as high as 1.83 GHz (stable even at 1.92 GHz). Since it is already overclocked, this model will most likely end up costing as much as the US$599 Founders’ Edition from Nvidia. By the looks of it, the stock RTX 2070 variants should be on par with the GTX 1080 cards.

Curiously enough, the HardOCP review provides only 1440p and 4K results. It seems like the 1080p resolution is not that popular anymore. The 1440p performance boost that the RTX 2070 adds ranges somewhere between 5-6 fps in Kingdom Come: Deliverance and around 10 fps in Gears of War 4. Generally speaking, the 4K performance shows a smaller gap between the two generations.

Considering that the GTX 1080 prices are falling more and more by the month, while the RTX 2070 prices are expected to be slightly above MSRP for the next few months due to the Chinese trade wars, gamers wanting to upgrade their rigs could be incentivized to opt for the previous gen Pascal cards for now. Of course, the RTX cards bring Ray Tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling to the table, but these technologies are not yet used to their full potential in games. Alternatively, prospective gamers may want to wait and see what the 2060 models have to offer.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance 1440p (Source: HardOCP)
Kingdom Come: Deliverance 1440p (Source: HardOCP)
Kingdom Come: Deliverance 4K (Source: HardOCP)(Source: HardOCP)
Kingdom Come: Deliverance 4K (Source: HardOCP)(Source: HardOCP)
Gears of War 1440p(Source: HardOCP)
Gears of War 1440p(Source: HardOCP)
Gears of War 4K (Source: HardOCP)
Gears of War 4K (Source: HardOCP)

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-10-16 (Update: 2018-10-16)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.