Gi­ga­byte Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme

A 2070 that’s truly blinged out.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

The Gi­ga­byte Aorus 2070 Xtreme re­ally is a bit dif­fer­ent. In ad­di­tion to a cus­tom PCB, fac­tory over­clock and hefty triple fan cooler, the Aorus Xtreme man­ages to pack in seven(!) video out­puts and comes with a spec­tac­u­lar RGB im­ple­men­ta­tion.

We knew we were look­ing at some­thing dif­fer­ent the mo­ment we took the Aorus 2070 Xtreme out of its box. Gi­ga­byte calls its new cooler the Wind­force Stack 3x. It utilises three 100mm dou­ble ball bear­ing fans that spin in al­ter­nate di­rec­tions. The cooler’s shroud is also in­ter­est­ing. Most GPU cool­ers are quite closed but the 2070 Xtreme fea­tures a wide open shroud that should the­o­ret­i­cally be bet­ter for heat dis­si­pa­tion.

Nor­mally we wouldn’t de­vote too much time to talk­ing about RGB, but this cards de­mands it. It’s spec­tac­u­lar and needs to be shown off in a ver­ti­cal position inside a win­dowed case. What makes it so vis­ually strik­ing is it’s the fans them­selves that have RGB LEDs. There’s a com­plete range of ef­fects to choose from. Be­ware you may find your­self look­ing at the Aorus Xtreme 2070 in­stead of your mon­i­tor! We’d go as far as to say it’s the best RGB im­ple­men­ta­tion of any graph­ics card we’ve ever seen. It’s not all about bling though. The Wind­force Stack 3x cooler is able to main­tain its boost clocks at high lev­els, while re­main­ing ef­fec­tively silent. If you keep it cool enough, it will boost over 1900MHz. Im­pres­sive!

The card fea­tures a fully cus­tomised PCB with a 10+2 phase VRM. It’s pow­ered by 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power con­nec­tors. The mem­ory chips and MOSFETs are cooled by their own heatsink plate and there’s a full cover back plate (with RGB of course) that as­sists with com­po­nent cool­ing.

The Aorus 2070 Xtreme per­formed well dur­ing our testing. It’s a good jump ahead of the al­ready over­clocked 2070 Founders Edi­tion and per­forms on par with the other cus­tom cards we cov­ered. It pro­vides great per­for­mance at 1440p even at high re­fresh rates and is ca­pa­ble of 4K gam­ing.

The other unique fea­ture among our tested cards is the ar­ray of video ports. While Gi­ga­byte states that you can only use five at one time, it’s great to have this kind of flex­i­bil­ity. You can use 3x HDMI + 1x DP and the USB or 3x DP, 1x HDMI plus the USB. The 3x HDMI mode would be par­tic­u­larly use­ful for users rock­ing a VR head­set, plus a HDMI TV and a mon­i­tor or two, all at the same time.

We like to spend most of our time look­ing at the mon­i­tor when gam­ing, but the Aorus 2070 Xtreme kept draw­ing our at­ten­tion! If you’re look­ing for a card to show off, this is def­i­nitely the one to get. It’s far from a one trick pony though. It per­forms ad­mirably while stay­ing cool and quiet. Gi­ga­byte also of­fers a four year war­ranty. Com­bine all this with a de­cent price and the Aorus 2070 Xtreme is easy to rec­om­mend.


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