GeForce RTX 2070
NVIDIA $499 ($599 Founders Edition)
Let’s be honest: We were spoiled by the GTX 1070. Not only did it cost substantially less than the previous generation’s GTX 980 Ti, but it was a faster card. We were duly impressed, and like the 970 before it, the 1070 became one of the most popular graphics cards around. The RTX 2070 doesn’t quite carry on that tradition.
Sure, in the same Star Wars ray tracing demo I mentioned earlier, the 2070 delivers more than three times the performance of the 1080 Ti. At 4K with DLSS it also edges past a 1080 Ti with TAA, by about 15%. But what about in all the existing games that don’t use the new features? In current games, the RTX 2070 is a minor upgrade over a GTX 1080, and is 15% slower than a 1080 Ti.
The RTX 2070 Founders Edition also costs more than a GTX 1080—$599 compared to $499. Thankfully, less expensive models are available, and you still get all the Turing architecture’s new features. If those catch on, in a few years the 2070 will be a substantially better GPU than the 1080 it replaces. But right now, you’re making a leap of faith.