Date: Monday , October 22, 2018
On October 14th we brought you an exclusive performance review of NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 2070 GPU using a MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video card. The GeForce RTX 2070 is NVIDIA’s weakest RTX capable video card, but still delivers excellent standard rasterized gaming performance at $599 for the Founders Edition and $499 for the standard edition.
We used an MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video card at a price tag of $599 which includes custom cooling and a very high out-of-the-box factory overclock. Whereas the Founders Edition RTX 2070’s base clock and boost clock is 1410MHz/1710MHz the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z comes clocked at a boost clock of 1830MHz. In our GPU clock speed testing we found the actual in-game frequency operated between 1920-1965MHz averaging 1926MHz while gaming.
The end result was performance that exceeded that of a factory overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X video card in every game. It could perform up to close to 20% faster in some games, but mostly was around the 15% region. The video card was also upwards of 20% faster than a factory overclocked ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 OC video card.
With performance that much above a factory overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X video card it brings up the question, how close is it to GeForce GTX 1080 Ti performance? What about RTX 2080 performance? Or even, how much of an upgrade is it over the GeForce GTX 1070 if you are upgrading? Those questions bring us to this performance review today.
In today’s performance review we are going to take the same MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z results and compare those with three factory overclocked video cards. We will be comparing with an ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080, MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO, and a Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070 overclocked to the levels of an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X factory overclocked video card. In this way we can see how much of an upgrade the RTX 2070 is, and if it comes close to GTX 1080 Ti performance and how much space there is between RTX 2070 and RTX 2080.
Today we will be comparing the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING X with three different video cards, all to factory overclocked specs. Here’s the breakdown.
We are going to be including the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 video card in this evaluation so we can see how far apart the RTX 2070 is from the RTX 2080. We’ve done two previews of performance with the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080, one at 1440p and one at 4K previously. The video card is currently $869.99 at Newegg.
The default shipping "GAMING Mode" factory overclock is 1515MHz for the base clock and 1860MHz for the boost clock. The non-Founders Edition reference GeForce RTX 2080 runs at a base clock of 1515MHz and a boost clock of 1710MHz. The Founders Edition reference GeForce RTX 2080 runs at a base clock of 1515MHz and a boost clock of 1800MHz. Therefore, the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 runs 150MHz faster than the non-Founders Edition and 60MHz faster than the Founders Edition.
We are also including an MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO video card in this performance review today. We have reviewed this video card in the past. The video card is currently out of stock at Newegg, but did have an MSRP of $799.99. This video card will represent a highly clocked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with great cooling allowing GPU Boost to work its wonders.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO comes out of the box at 1544MHz base clock and 1657MHz boost clock. Subsequently this is exactly the same clock speeds as the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X video card as well. The "TRIO" card model simply has better more robust cooling with three fans versus two on the GAMING X non-TRIO version. The pricing at this cards launch was $739.99. NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti default clock speeds are 1480MHz base clock and 1582MHz boost clock.
In our GPU clock speed testing we found that it operates in-game at 1911MHz while gaming. This is therefore not the pinnacle of GTX 1080 Ti overclocking, but a solid factory overclock nonetheless.
We also wanted to include the GeForce GTX 1070 so we could see how much of an upgrade the new GeForce GTX 2070 was in performance. At this time, we do not have any factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1070’s on hand. However, we do have a Founders Edition GTX 1070 and we are very good with overclocking. Since we have evaluated factory overclocked GTX 1070’s in the past, we looked at which one would make the most sense, and then overclocked this video card to those clock speeds.
We figured the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X, which we have reviewed, would make an excellent comparison, so we overclocked our Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070 to the levels of this video card to represent a factory overclocked video card.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X has a boost clock of 1771MHz (reference GTX 1070 is 1683MHz.) Additionally, we looked back at the actual in-game frequency we experienced in games and found that ours operated at very solidly 1897MHz while gaming. Therefore, that was the goal to match, we wanted to lineup our GeForce GTX 1070 to perform at as near to 1897MHz as possible while gaming to represent fully and precisely the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X video card.
We found that raising the boost clock to exactly 1771MHz (same as the MSI GAMING X) with 100% fan speed accomplished this. Ours was operating at a maximum of 1902MHz (only 5MHz difference) making it as close to the GAMING X as we could. Therefore, our Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070 matches the performance exactly of an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X factory overclocked video card in these tests. BTW, the pricing on this video card is $439.99 with rebate.