GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC Video Card Review

When NVIDIA unleashed the new Turing based mostly video playing cards a number of weeks in the past, they launched the flagship RTX 2080 Ti and its little brother the RTX 2080. At the moment, they promised we might see an RTX 2070 within the stack as nicely however a bit later down the road. The 2070 was launched as anticipated on October 17th and we just lately acquired ours a short while in the past from GIGABYTE of their RTX 2070 Gaming OC 8G.

This specific card of their stack sits in the direction of the underside and does with out of a variety of the cool bling some new GIGABYTE playing cards have to supply (it is best to see their followers on the upper finish playing cards… superb! We hope to get one for assessment quickly). Nevertheless, it does include their Windforce 3x cooling utilizing three smaller followers tasked with serving to hold the cardboard’s temperatures underneath management whereas not being loud. The GIGABYTE card is shipped with reference speeds however makes use of a beefy customized energy supply part in addition to superior cooling in comparison with the reference and FE RTX 2070s.

The mid-range RTX 2070 presents customers a lower cost level into Turing (round $500 for FE fashions) and is claimed to supply excessive refresh price 1080p efficiency and must be lots succesful (60 FPS+) at 2560 x 1440 decision. We’ll dig into particulars on the cardboard under in addition to check its efficiency in our GPU testing suite and ensure these claims.

Specs

The RTX 2070, like its two massive brothers, comes outfitted with the brand new hardware which makes the Turing playing cards distinctive within the Tensor and RT cores. Because the latter tells us, the cardboard is able to real-time ray tracing with its 36 RT cores and 5 Gigarays per second, however how nicely it performs in gaming, solely time will inform contemplating there are not any titles presently out which make the most of this function. We should always see that change quickly with updates to Shadow of the Tomb Raider in addition to the approaching launch of Battlefield 5 and its replace for ray tracing know-how.

The RTX 2070 sports activities 2944 CUDA cores, 64 ROPs, and 144 TMUs which quantities to a 248.four Gigatexels per second fee with this card’s increase clock velocity. The clock speeds are available at 1410 MHz on the core with a base increase clock of 1725 MHz (1815 MHz precise) in Gaming mode. The OC mode (accessed by way of AORUS Engine software program) provides the core a slight bump to 1425 MHz base and 1725 MHz increase clocks. On the reminiscence aspect of issues, RTX 2070s embrace Eight GB of GDDR6 rated at 14 Gbps or 1750 MHz which runs on a 256-bit bus. No modifications there for this specific card. In truth, I haven’t seen the reminiscence overclocked but on any card associate samples.

GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC SpecsCUDA Cores2944Tensor Cores288RT Cores36GPU Base Clock1410 MHzGPU Increase Clock1725 MHz (1815 MHz precise)Body Buffer8GB GDDR6Reminiscence Interface256-bitReminiscence Clock (Knowledge Price)14 Gbps (1750 MHz)Reminiscence Bandwidth448 GB/sROPs64Texture Models144Texture Fillrate (Gigatexels /sec)248.fourGigaRays /sec6 GR/sCompute (TFlops)7.5L2 Cache Measurementfour MBTDP (Watts)175W+Worth$549.99 (Newegg), $549.99 (Amazon)

GPUz

Under is our all the time gratuitous picture of GPUz which confirms the clock speeds. Within the weeks since we final reviewed a GPU, a brand new model of GPUz was launched in 2.14 which now precisely shows the feel fillrate and different particulars that didn’t match the Turing playing cards (GPUz calculated issues off the bottom clock whereas NVIDIA themselves go off the bottom increase clock). That is definitely a welcome change and was a curious intentional discrepancy by the writer which fortunately has been remedied. The one issues lacking now are the RT and Tensor core counts on the primary web page.

GPUz v2.14.zero

Options

Under is an inventory of options from the cardboard’s webpage.

It tells us the RTX Gaming OC makes use of GIGABYTE’s Windforce 3x cooling system with three 80 mm followers spinning in alternate instructions for higher airflow, 4 composite warmth pipes together with heat-pipe direct contact the place on the core it makes contact immediately with the warmth pipes for improved warmth dissipation. The warmth pipe extends previous the GPU core and in addition covers the VRAM although in contrast to the core, a big metallic plate contacts the heatsink for correct cooling. The followers themselves are designed to separate the airflow utilizing the triangular fan edge alongside a 3D stripe curve on the fan floor which they are saying enhances airflow.

The Eight+2 energy part design ought to permit the MOSFETs to run at decrease temperatures and has load balancing. The Extremely Sturdy designation certifies the chokes and capacitors to “provide excellent performance and longer system life”. Alongside these strains, the cardboard consists of sensible energy LED indicators on the PCIe energy plug which alerts customers if any of the PCIe energy coming into the cardboard is irregular. If the lights are off, the facility is secure, on – energy cable is disconnected whereas a blinking indicator denotes an irregular energy state of affairs. These are good “dummy light” indicators and can be useful within the occasion of an influence concern with the cardboard. To summarize, that is greater than only a higher cooler on a reference/FE half.

WINDFORCE 3X COOLING SYSTEM

The WINDFORCE 3X cooling system options 3x 80mm distinctive blade followers, alternate spinning fan, four composite copper warmth pipes, heat-pipe direct contact and 3D lively fan performance, collectively delivering an efficient warmth dissipation capability for greater efficiency at decrease temperatures.

 

ALTERNATE SPINNING

The GIGABYTE patent “Alternate Spinning” is the one answer that may remedy the turbulent airflow of three followers. The most important drawback with the three followers is turbulence. Because the followers rotate in the identical path, the airflow path is reverse between the followers, which can trigger turbulent airflow and scale back warmth dissipation effectivity. GIGABYTE turns the center fan in the other way, in order that the airflow course between the 2 followers is identical, decreasing the turbulence and enhancing the airflow strain.

 

UNIQUE BLADE FAN

The airflow is cut up by the triangular fan edge, and guided easily by way of the 3D stripe curve on the fan floor, successfully enhancing the airflow.

 

HEAT PIPES DIRECT TOUCH

The form of the pure copper warmth pipe maximizes the direct contact space with the GPU, enhancing warmth switch. The warmth pipe additionally covers the VRAM by way of a big metallic plate contact to make sure correct cooling.

COMPOSITE HEAT-PIPES

The composite heat-pipes combines thermal conductivity and part transition to effectively handle the warmth switch between two strong interfaces which will increase cooling capability.

 

EXTREME DURABILITY AND OVERCLOCKING

The graphics card makes use of the Eight+2 energy part design to permit the MOSFET to function at decrease temperature, and over-temperature safety design and cargo balancing for every MOSFET, plus the Extremely Sturdy licensed chokes and capacitors, to offer wonderful efficiency and longer system life.

 

POWER INDICATORS

The sensible energy LED indicator alerts the participant when any PCI-E energy provide is irregular.

 

Software program

GIGABYTE makes use of an intuitive software named AORUS Engine which permits customers to regulate clock velocity, voltage, fan speeds, and energy goal. Controlling RGB LEDs on the cardboard can also be attainable via the software program (although it installs their RGB software program as part of it).

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Retail Packaging and Equipment

GIGABYTE’s retail packaging for the RTX 2070 Gaming OC is pretty tame with them utilizing the extra conventional (and certain cheaper) typical packaging. This can be a little bit of a departure from the newer fashion bins we’ve seen from NVIDIA and another board companions. The entrance lists the mannequin and a few options whereas the again of the packaging goes into extra particulars and a few specs. Contained in the field is one other field the place the GPU and equipment are held. The GPU rests in type becoming foam defending it from any delivery injury.

So far as the equipment go, there isn’t a lot right here outdoors of the driving force disk, fast information, and a guaranty card which extends the product guarantee to fours years (from three).

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Meet the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC

GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC

Our first take a look at the GIGABYTE card exhibits us the Windforce three followers unfold out throughout the face. The principally black chassis surrounding the followers makes use of sharp angles and gray accents to offer it a reasonably aggressive look whereas not being gaudy. Those that want a extra understated system will probably take pleasure in this card as its solely RGB LED lighting is on the highest of the cardboard, within the GIGABYTE identify. The RTX 2070 Gaming OC with this heatsink and fan mixture is a twin slot the place we have now seen some others go 2.5 slots. Because the RTX 2070 can’t SLI because of a scarcity of NVLink bridge, this could depart loads of area for different PCIe based mostly extras. Moreover, the cardboard features a full cowl backplate for cover in addition to passively cooling the GPU, VRM, and Reminiscence because it has warmth pads between it and the PCB.

Under are a number of totally different pictures of the cardboard from totally different angles.

Alternate Angle 1

Alternate Angle 2

Backside’s Up

Prime Down

Again

A Nearer Look

Right here we take a better take a look at the cardboard from inputs and energy plug necessities to testing the heatsink in addition to the reminiscence sort and energy supply bits.

3x DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB Sort-C

6-pin and Eight-pin PCIe Energy Required

The primary picture above exhibits the outputs on the cardboard. As is typical for the Turing based mostly playing cards, we see three DisplayPorts, one HDMI, and a USB Sort-C port. Gone from most (in truth, all that we’ve seen thus far) of those playing cards are DVI outputs and VGA. Occasions, they’re a altering!

So far as energy is worried, the RTX 2070 is a 175 W card (TDP). Within the case of the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC we’re testing, it features a 6-pin and Eight-pin PCIe energy plugs to get the cardboard working. Together with the slot, which provides 75 W, this provides the cardboard a complete of 300 W enter energy between all connections. That is lots for a 175 W card with built-in energy limits.

PCB Uncovered – Entrance

PCB Uncovered – Again

Heatsink Base

When taking off the heatsink, we’re capable of see the PCB hidden under. Clearly, we have now some modifications from the reference/FE boards contemplating the sheer measurement (the reference/FE RTX 2070 makes use of a smaller PCB than this). The facility supply bits have additionally modified from the FE version to a better part rely (Eight+2) and better high quality elements.

Micron GDDR6

MOSFETs

Eight+2 Part Energy Supply

uPI’s uP9512 Controller

TU106-400-A1 Core

On the reminiscence aspect of issues the RTX 2070, like its massive brothers, consists of Micron GDDR6 utilizing the D9WCW ICs. These are rated for 14 Gbps identical to all different Micron GDDR6 we have now seen on the Turing based mostly video playing cards. We now have seen a number of overclocking headroom out of the reminiscence on Turing playing cards and hope the music stays the identical with this card.

Energy supply on the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC is available in an Eight+2 part setup versus the 6+2 setup discovered within the reference/FE RTX 2070s. The facility is managed by way of UPI’s uP9512 controller which is able to eight part operation. There are two of those controllers the truth is with the opposite controlling the reminiscence. It makes use of Texas Devices NexFet energy stage which integrates the driving force IC and energy MOSFETs. This setup shouldn’t be holding something again so far as overclocking goes.

Card on the Check Bench

 

Check System and Benchmark Strategies

Our check system is predicated on the newest mainstream Intel platform, Z370, and makes use of the i7-8700Okay 6c/12t CPU. The CPU is overclocked to four.7 GHz on all cores/threads with cache set to four.three GHz. The clock speeds used offers an excellent base to attenuate any limitations the CPU might have on our titles, notably when utilizing the decrease resolutions, and must be attainable with a superb air cooler or higher. DRAM is in a 2×Eight GB configuration at 3200 MHz with CL15-15-15-35-2T timings which is a center of the street choice that balances efficiency and price.

Thanks go out to EVGA for offering the CLC 240 CPU Cooler and 750 W G3 Energy Provide to chill and energy the system, G.Talent for the Trident Z DRAM, and Toshiba OCZ for the 480 GB TR200 SSDs storage operating the OS, benchmarks, and video games. With our companions serving to out, we’re capable of construct matching check techniques to mitigate any variations discovered between utilizing totally different hardware. This enables for a number of reviewers in several places to make use of the identical check system and examine outcomes with out further variables.

Under are the exams we run with a quick description of the settings. We’ve made some vital modifications because the final replace including a number of new titles and dropping a few of the older video games. Extra particulars may be discovered within the GPU Testing Process article which we’ve got up to date with our newest benchmarks.

  • UL 3DMark Time Spy – Default settings
  • UL 3DMark Hearth Strike (Excessive) – Default settings
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – DX12, “Highest” preset (will add RTX when it has been patched)
  • The Division – DX12, Extremely preset, VSync Off
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation – DX12, Loopy preset, GPU targeted
  • Far Cry 5 – Extremely defaults
  • F1 2018 – Very Excessive defaults, TAA, and x16 AF, Australia monitor, present FPS counter
  • World of Tanks: Encore Benchmark – Extremely defaults
  • Remaining Fantasy XV Benchmark – Excessive defaults

Artificial Benchmarks

Our first set of benchmarks hail from Underwriters Laboratories who acquired Futuremark again in 2014. Earlier in 2018, a rebrand occurred and since that point, Futuremark is now UL. The benchmarks haven’t modified, simply the identify. We selected to stay with 3DMark Hearth Strike (Excessive) and 3DMark Time Spy as these checks give customers a good suggestion of efficiency on trendy titles.

3DMark Hearth Strike (Excessive) is a DX11-based check which UL says the graphics are rendered with element and complexity far past different DX11 benchmarks and video games. This benchmark runs at 1920 x 1080. 3DMark Time Spy is a DX12 benchmark designed for Home windows 10 PCs. It helps new API options resembling asynchronous compute, specific multi-adapter, multi-threading, and runs at 2560 x 1440 decision.

3DMark Hearth Strike and 3DMark Time Spy

In our first set of benchmarks, the 3DMark Hearth Strike outcome has the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC scoring 10674 factors. This outcome locations it about 2% quicker than an additionally overclocked from the manufacturing unit EVGA FTX 1080 FTW2. In 3DMark Time Spy, this card scored 8994 which places it almost 15% quicker on this particular check. I don’t think about that distinction shall be present in gaming, extra like what we noticed within the Hearth Strike testing is what the distinction will truly be.

Gaming Benchmarks

Shifting on to the gaming benchmarks, we now have up to date our testing suite to deliver extra trendy titles into the combination. Gone are GTA V, Crysis three, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, which have been changed with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, World of Tanks: enCore benchmark, F1 2018, Ultimate Fantasy XV benchmark, and Far Cry 5. We stored The Division and Ashes of the Singularity (although we up to date to AOTS: Escalation). The video games ought to present a superb view of the general efficiency as many of those are DX12 video games.

Sadly, we will be unable to check a number of the DLSS options as we’re having points with downloading the file (working with NVIDIA to get it sorted). Ray Tracing may even not be examined right here as not one of the titles out that we’ve got, at present help the know-how. Sooner or later, SoTR could have it together with many different titles so we’ll circle again when applicable. As of the time of this writing, Home windows now helps Ray Tracing API, and we’re ready for video games to be patched and launched at this level.

World of Tanks: enCore and F1 2018

In our first recreation check, WoT:e, the GIGABYTE card reached 197 FPS which was round four FPS quicker (round 2%) than an additionally manufacturing unit overclocked EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2. In F1 2018, The GIGA RTX 2070 ran at 134 FPS whereas the GTX 1080 was at 120 FPS, a distinction of round 12% on this title and setting.

Far Cry 5 and The Division

Our Far Cry 5 outcomes present 124 FPS with our examined card and its earlier era GTX 1080 just some FPS behind. In The Division, curiously, the GTX 1080 has a four FPS lead over the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC we’ve which managed almost 107 FPS at 1080p.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Remaining Fantasy XV

In one among our new titles, SoTR, the 2070 pumped out a mean of 103 FPS, 5 FPS forward of the GTX 1080. Within the Remaining Fantasy XV benchmark, the RTX 2070 hit 95 FPS common which is nearly 10 FPS quicker than the 1080. A great displaying right here, certainly.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

In our final gaming check, AOTSe, the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC managed 67.four FPS right here, about 1 FPS behind the 1080.

General, it’s clear at 1080p this can be a strong gaming card. Each title we examined was over the 60 FPS magic quantity everybody strives to hit. This might even be a excessive Hz 1080p card if some settings are turned down. In the long run, it manages to only barely beat out the additionally overclocked EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 2 by a few percents on common.

2560 x 1440 and 4K UHD Outcomes

Under are the upper decision outcomes beginning with 2560 x 1440 and the gaining in reputation 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD). These resolutions are extra becoming for the playing cards we’re testing because the 1080p outcomes with these playing cards can have a ceiling on them from the CPU (even at four.7 GHz).

2560 x 1440

Stepping as much as a extra GPU constrained decision, we additionally see that almost each title averages nicely over 60 FPS making issues a lot playable at this decision with our Extremely settings. Right here general, the cardboard continues to be a bit quicker than final era’s GTX 1080.

4K UHD

Shifting on as much as 4K UHD decision, we lastly see this ‘mid-range’ card wrestle a bit not with the ability to help 60 FPS right here. That’s OK as a result of this card is meant for enjoying at 1080p/1440p anyway. For 60 Hz/FPS 4K, you want at the very least a 2080 or 2080 Ti can be most popular.

Overclocking

Overclocking on this card was the identical because the others when speaking course of. I used the EVGA OC Scanner to seek out the restrict on the core, which on this case was a +96 and backed it down a bit for stability sake. For this card, we ended up at +80, or 1490 base clock with 1805 MHz base increase clock. When operating the cardboard settled round 1965 MHz. The reminiscence overclocking this time round occurred to be a lower than what we’ve seen on each different Turing card we reviewed, despite the fact that it makes use of the identical model and velocity of reminiscence IC (Micron). With different critiques, we might use a +1000 setting on the reminiscence which yields a 2000 MHz clock velocity, nevertheless, on this case, we have been solely capable of get that to 1928 MHz with out displaying artifacts and different indicators instability.  These overclock settings yielded a number of % improve over its inventory clocks, what’s now turning into a “typical” overclocking outcome on these playing cards.

Within the “pushing the limits” end result under we have been capable of push the core to 1506/1821 MHz with the clock settling a bit beneath 2000 MHz. A lot previous this level and we see the 11% energy restrict being hit and increase bins dropping. I feel all of those playing cards have extra within the tank however we’re once more hamstrung by the NVIDIA-imposed energy limits.

 

Pushing the Limits

Temperatures and Energy Consumption

We check energy consumption by operating by means of the sport benchmarks of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and F1 2018 at each inventory speeds, and whereas overclocked. We monitor temperatures all through this testing with the height temperature that’s listed within the knowledge under. In an effort to extra precisely simulate actual gaming circumstances, the benchmarks are prolonged (time) to permit the cardboard to settle.

Temperatures

Temperatures on this ~175 W card utilizing their Windforce cooler have been underneath management and quiet throughout our testing reaching a peak of 72 °C. The smaller followers I assumed can be a bit extra audible than some bigger followers we reviewed, and whereas that was, at a excessive degree, right, the sound was fairly quiet general. At 72 °C utilizing the default fan curve the fan spun round 70% so there’s nonetheless headroom for cooler temperatures for greater increase bins if wanted.

Energy Consumption

Energy use for our check system with the RTX 2070 in it peaked at 336 W utilizing the inventory speeds and 356 W when overclocked. A top quality 550 W energy provide can be lots (keep in mind our check system is overclocked) for operating this mix and lots of others. The PSU wants to incorporate a 6-pin and Eight-pin PCIe energy for the cardboard.

Conclusion

Gigabyte’s FTX 2070 Gaming OC card turned out to be a strong performer general. The efficiency was only a bit higher than an overclocked GTX 1080 with energy use being in that ballpark. The Windforce cooling answer used on this SKU stored the cardboard cool throughout testing and quiet, even with the smaller followers used. Overclocking outcomes have been as anticipated on the core with the reminiscence on this pattern (others will range) being decrease than what we have now seen. Once more, all overclocking outcomes will differ from card to card – the GIGA card we now have makes use of the identical reminiscence so this specific pattern simply had some dangerous luck on that a part of the silicon lottery.

Pricing on this particular card is available in at Newegg for $549.99 which locations it in the direction of the decrease/center floor of all of the RTX 2070 playing cards listed. RTX 2070’s at present vary from $499.99 (additionally a Gigabyte card) to $639.99 (a Zotac model card). The most important variations between the playing cards would be the cooling answer, manufacturing unit clock speeds, as properly the appears. Near that worth level is an EVGA RTX 2070 XC (we reviewed its massive brother, the 2080 XC), however its clock speeds are available only a contact decrease. For $20 extra, there’s an MSI RTX 2070 Armor 8G OC with barely larger clocks out there as nicely.

In the long run, the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC mixes in with the gang fairly properly with its worth level, efficiency, aesthetics, and cooling means. The cardboard is an effective selection for many who might not need loads of bling (learn RGB LEDs) and anticipate good cooling talents with out lots of noise. The pricing is consistent with what we anticipate of those playing cards so it’s set on that entrance as properly. With this in thoughts, the GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC has earned the Overclockers.com accepted award!

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Joe Shields (Earthdog)

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