Nvidia RTX 2070 complete review leaks before NDA lift
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.