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.

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