GeForce RTX 2070: Price, performance and features compared

If you want to live on the bleeding edge of graphics card technology without breaking the bank, the RTX 2070 is your best option.

GeForce RTX 2070 at a glance

How powerful is the RTX 2070? The RTX 2070 is built with 4K gaming in mind and is capable of hitting 60FPS in AAA games at 3840 x 2160 resolution.
When does the RTX 2070 come out? The RTX 2070 is slated for launch in October 2018.
How much does the RTX 2070 cost? The Founder's Edition of the RTX 2070 retails for $899.

What is the RTX 2070?

Sitting at the most affordable end of Nvidia's new RTX 20 series graphics cards, the RTX 2070 represents the cheapest option for PC gamers looking to upgrade to the latest generation of GPUs.

As with its pricier siblings, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, the RTX 2070 is powered by Nvidia's new Turing architecture. This provides a number of key benefits over the Pascal architecture used in Nvidia's previous GTX 10 graphics cards. Prime among these is the introduction of real-time ray tracing, which enables more accurate lighting and shadows that can significantly enhance the visual fidelity of in-game scenes.

Turing also marks the debut of Tensor Cores in commercial graphics cards. Tensor Cores are specially designed component matrices that greatly increase the machine-learning capabilities of a GPU. Processing data through Tensor Cores allows for more efficient and complex artificial intelligence algorithms that can produce more lifelike imagery, animations and behaviours.

What features does the RTX 2070 support?

Nvidia hasn't skimped on features with the RTX 20 line, retaining all the core benefits of the previous GTX 10 series while sprinkling in a handful of new goodies. These include:

  • Real-time ray tracing
  • VirtualLink for single-USB VR connections
  • Tensor Cores for enhanced AI
  • Nvidia NVLink for faster multi-GPU configurations
  • Nvidia Ansel
  • HDCP 2.2
  • OpenGL 4.5
  • Display Port 1.4a with support for 8K resolution
  • HMDI 2.0b
  • G-Sync
  • Variable Rate Shading
  • Multi-view rendering
  • VRWorks Audio
  • Nvidia Shadowplay
  • DirectX 12

How powerful is the RTX 2070?

In general terms, the RTX 2070 offers similar performance to the previous generation's GTX 1080. It is fully capable of hitting 60FPS at 4K resolution in even the most demanding of current AAA games. This was emphasised during the RTX 20 series announcement, where Nvidia showed off demos of Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus running at 4K/60FPS with all the graphical trimmings in full bloom.

Where the RTX 2070 could potentially outstrip its predecessor is with its support for real-time ray-tracing. Nvidia is pitching ray-tracing as the Next Big Thing, and in games that support it, the RTX 2070 does indeed perform much better than its older GTX siblings. At the time of writing, however, very few games have incorporated real-time ray-tracing, so the full potential of the RTX 2070 remains untapped.

Here's how the RTX 2070 stacks up against its previous-generation counterpart, the GTX 1080:

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition

Product Name Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Model RTX 2070 GTX 1080
Base clock speed 1410MHz 1607MHz
Boost clock speed 1710MHz 1733MHz
Memory 8GB 8GB
Memory speed 14Gbps 10Gbps
Memory bus 256-bit 256-bit

While the RTX 2070 is certainly more powerful than its predecessor thanks to its considerably faster memory, the on-paper differences aren't necessarily night and day. That said, it's the addition of Tensor Cores and the real-time ray tracing capabilities of the Turing architecture that Nvidia is resting its claims on, so we'll have to wait and see how the RTX 2070 shakes out if and when more games take advantage of real-time ray-tracing.

RTX 2070 availability and price

Nvidia revealed the RTX 2070 alongside the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, but while the latter two cards released on 20 September 2018, the RTX 2070 arrived later in October 2018. Local pricing for the Founder's Edition of the RTX 2070 is a cool $899.

To compare pricing on the various RTX 2070 cards currently available, check out our roundup of the latest RTX 2070 deals from Aussie retail:

This table was last updated on 22 Aug 2019.
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Scorptec $819 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte RTX 2070 Gaming OC 8GB GV-N2070GAMING-OC-8GC $829 AUD Go to site
Scorptec $829 AUD Go to site
PC Case Gear MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8GB $829 AUD Go to site
Scorptec $839 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI Geforce RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G GDDR6 HDMI*1 - DP*3 - USB Type-C*1 $839 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black Gaming, Dual HDB Fans Graphics Card Ultra $871.43 AUD Go to site
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Amazon Australia EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black Gaming, Dual HDB Fans Graphics Card XC Gaming $1068.96 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 O8G Graphic Card $1086.1 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia ASUS Dual RTX 2070 O8G Graphic Card $1163.32 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI Geforce RTX 2070 Armor 8G OC GDDR6 1740MHz HDMI*1/DP*3/USB Type-C*1 $2319.99 AUD Go to site

Top 10 deals

RetailerModelPriceCurrency
Ebay MSI RTX2070 8GB Armor OC PCIe Video Card PN GeForce RTX 2070 ARMOR 8G OC $749 AUD
CPL MSI GeForce RTX 2070 ARMOR 8G Graphics card $779 AUD
Shopping Express Home $795 AUD
CPL MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Gaming-Z 8GB $799 AUD
Scorptec $799 AUD
mwave MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z 8GB Video Card $799 AUD
Ebay MSI RTX2070 8GB Gaming PCIe Video Card PN GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z 8G $799 AUD
Amazon Australia ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 Overclocked O8G GDDR6 HDMI DP 1.4 USB Type-C Graphic Card $810.81 AUD
Scorptec $819 AUD
CPL Gigabyte RTX 2070 Gaming OC 8GB GV-N2070GAMING-OC-8GC $829 AUD

RTX 2070 specs

Base clock speed
1410MHz
Boost clock speed
1710MHz
Memory
8GB GDDR6
Memory speed
14Gbps
Memory bus
256-bit
Card length
228.6mm
Card width
Dual slot
Card height
112.6mm
Power draw
175W
Recommended system power
550W
Power connectors
8-pin
No. HDMI ports
1
No. Display Ports
1
No. DVI ports
0
DirectX support
12

Compare GeForce RTX 2070 graphics cards

Updated August 22nd, 2019
Name Product Brand Model Name Memory More info
Gigabyte
RTX 2070
8GB
Gigabyte
RTX 2070
8GB
Gigabyte
RTX 2070
8GB
Gigabyte
RTX 2070
8GB
Gigabyte
RTX 2070
8GB

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