Date: Monday , March 18, 2019
At $600 this aligns the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 O8G GAMING directly with the AMD Radeon RX 64 today. This used to be AMD’s fastest video card before the AMD Radeon VII supplanted it. The actually MSRP on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 when it was launched was $499 (save for the limited edition and liquid cooled version). Similarly, the "official" MSRP on the non-Founders Edition RTX 2070 was supposed to also be $499. Which means MSRP vs. MSRP, they should have been direct competitors. However, the actual retail and etail pricing of the video card has been all over the place, and often inflated today well over the MSRP in terms of what is available now.
As it currently stands, prices for the Vega 64 fluctuate between $500-$800. In our research we have found an ASUS Radeon Vega 64 OC for $604.87 brand new at Amazon, similar price as our ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 O8G GAMING. Here is a GIGABYTE Vega 64 for $576, also very near the RTX 2070 pricing. Here is a PowerColor Vega 64 at $564. Finally, here is the cheapest we have seen so far, a GIGABYTE Vega 64 at $499.
The $499 pricing seems to be the odd pricing, as most are much closer to the price of RTX 2070. Still, at $100 less the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 is still the closest competition to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, as the Radeon VII is priced at an MSRP of $699 and competitive to the RTX 2080 in performance. Therefore, the Radeon RX Vega 64 is a competitive video card to the GeForce RTX 2070 and will make an interesting comparison to find out which one provides the best gameplay experience.
The video card we will be using for comparison is the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 O8G GAMING, which will give Vega 64 the best chance.
First let’s remind ourselves what the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 is and its specifications and clock speeds. The GeForce RTX 2070 was launched in October of 2018. The GeForce RTX 2070 is based on NVIDIA’s Turing architecture at 12nm. The GeForce RTX 2070 contains the same RTX features as its big brothers.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition MSRP is $599, but its regular non-Founders Edition MSRP is $499. The GeForce RTX 2070 has 2304 CUDA Cores, 64 ROPs and 144 TMUs. There are 36 RT Cores and 288 Tensor Cores. The base "reference" GPU and Founders Edition have a base clock of 1410MHz. The "reference" GPU has a GPU boost clock of 1620MHz and the Founders Edition is 1710MHz. The GeForce RTX 2070 has 8GB of GDDR6 on a 256-bit memory bus at 14GHz. That gives is 448GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The TDP is 175W for the regular version and 185W for the Founders Edition.
ASUS currently offers four different models of NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU based video cards on its graphics page. At the lowest-end is the DUAL fan version, which runs with a slight 15MHz boost clock overclock. Then, moving up there are three ROG STRIX versions that ASUS offers. There is the 8G GAMING model, A8G GAMING model and at the top-end the O8G GAMING model.
The 8G GAMING model uses the robust ROG STRIX cooling, but keeps the default clock speeds at reference. It is up to you to overclock this video card beyond reference performance. The A8G GAMING model increases the boost clock by 30MHz over the reference specification, along with the ROG STRIX cooling and customizations. Finally, the O8G GAMING takes it up big time, it increases the boost clock to 1815MHz which is 195MHz over the reference clock speed and even 105MHz over the Founders Edition. The O8G GAMING version is the one we have for evaluation today.
The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 O8G GAMING is a completely customized video card from the ground up. It uses a custom PCB, custom ASUS circuitry and cooling. This video card employs ASUS MaxContact Technology for precision machined heat spreader and components. This allows better contact directly with the GPU by simply being flatter and having less imperfections and bumpiness in the plate. The fans use ASUS patented Wing-blade design that provides greater static pressure with dust resistant seals. The video card also has 0db technology to shut off the fans at below 55c. The actual structural integrity of the video card is boosted by use of a metal brace that prevents torsion and lateral bending of the PCB.
This video card has a dual BIOS on board. There is a switch that allows you to switch between "P Mode" and "Q Mode." The default is "P Mode." In Performance Mode the fans will be able to spin up and keep the video card cool at all times, also ensuring maximum GPU Boost performance. Or, you can switch the card into Quiet Mode which keeps the same power target but offers a less aggressive fan curve for quieter operation at medium temps.
This video card has ASUS AURA Lighting Effect with controllable RGB lighting. However, if you don’t like it there is a physical button on the video card. Pressing this button will shut off all the RGB lighting instantly if it is something you just don’t want and you don’t want to have to install software to mess with it. The video card also supports FanConnect II to allow two 4-pin hybrid-controlled PWM and DC system fans to react to GPU temperature.
The video card has two HDMI 2.0b connections, two DisplayPort 1.4 connections and one USB Type-C. This video card requires 1-6-pin power connector and one 8-pin power connector. The recommended PSU is 550W. The video card measures 11.83" in length.