The GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti are certainly high-end graphics cards with prices to match, but the RTX 2070 aims to be a more affordable mid-range option that still offers excellent performance. The idea here is to provide similar levels of graphics power to the outgoing GTX 1080 plus the same novel features as the other RTX cards, namely real-time ray tracing (RTX) and deep learning supersampling (DLSS). In this article, we’ll show you exactly what kind of performance you can expect from the card across a wide range of recent gaming releases and how the RTX 2070 compares to its closest competitors from Nvidia and AMD.
It’s these performance numbers that will form the majority of this story, but we’ll also briefly cover the card’s DLSS capabilities. While DLSS has only appeared in a few games, this technology could still become a crucial point of differentiation for the RTX 2070 against its closest rival, the GTX 1080, as it has the potential to unlock considerable additional performance built into Turing architecture.
The performance of the RTX 2070 will be measured against its big brother, the RTX 2080, plus two 10-series cards, the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti. We’ll also compare the 2070 to AMD’s second-best graphics card, the RX Vega 64, although it’s slightly cheaper than Nvidia’s offerings. Our tests were run at 1440p and 4K to better show the difference between these cards, as 1080p tests are often too CPU-limited, even with a Core i7 8700K locked at 4.7GHz. Before we get to the benchmarks, it’s worth noting that the Nvidia Founders Edition cards we’re testing come with a factory overclock applied, something that wasn’t true for the Founders Edition GTX 10-series cards. That means the RTX cards they get a small boost over their GTX siblings; It’s not entirely fair, but it is representative of the performance differential between these two cards out of the box.
The RTX 2070 can outshine the venerable GTX 1080, thanks to the inclusion of inline RTX and DLSS technologies with impressive raster performance.
|RTX 2080||RTX 2070||GTX 1080Ti||GTX 1080||Vega 64|
|RTX-OPS||60T (57T)||45T (42T)||12T||8T||?|
|VRAM||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||11GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR5X||8GB HBM2|
|memory bus||256 bit||256 bit||352 bit||256 bit||2048 bits|
|TDP||225W (215W)||185W (170W)||250W||180W||295W|
The table above includes Founders Edition figures, with reference equivalents in parentheses.
We introduced a new benchmarking system last spring and have used it again for our RTX 20 series results here. Instead of using static bar graphs or videos with recorded telemetry, we’ve created a dynamic system that allows you to view each test scene with live frame rate and frame time data for only the cards and resolutions you care about. inside. Simply press the play button on the video, then add or remove cards and resolutions using the controls on the right. Below the live stream, you’ll also see more conventional bar graphs summarizing the average frame rates across the entire scene. Hover over the graph to see the actual numbers, including the best and worst one percent numbers, which are often revealing. You can also click to switch between absolute numbers and percentages. Now, let’s get into the results!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
First up is a new addition to our flagship suite, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This 2018 version emphasizes both the CPU and GPU, so even our overclocked, liquid-cooled Core i7-8700K can limit performance to 1080p and 1440p. The RTX 2070 almost manages to surpass 60 fps at 1080p, beating the GTX 1080. However, the GTX 1080 Ti still leads the new card by 11 percent. We see a similar story at 1440p and 4K, with the Vega 64 being the only card to show significant changes between the different resolutions: the AMD card becomes a bit more competitive at 4K as its greater driver overhead becomes less of a limiting factor. .
AC Odyssey: Ultra High, TAA
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Generally, we expect a next-generation graphics card to rival its immediate higher-tier predecessor, so the mid-range RTX 2070 should provide the same level of performance as the high-end GTX 1080. In a challenging scene from the game From the late 2014 title Assassin’s Creed Unity, the RTX 2070 manages to meet those expectations with ease. At ultra-high settings, the new card is five percent faster than the GTX 1080, returning a result of 73 fps at 1440p and 37 fps at 4K. These are excellent results, considering the mammoth RTX 2080 Ti is the only card we’ve tested capable of averaging over 60fps in 4K.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ultra High, FXAA
Next up is Battlefield 1, the 2016 release in the long-running multiplayer shooter series. The tank’s brief jaunt across no man’s land produces some intermittent jumps in frame time, courtesy of random nearby explosions, but the trend remains clear: the RTX 2070 outperforms the GTX 1080 by a healthy 11 percent margin. 1440p. It’s a slightly different story at 4K, with the 2070 drawing on the same level as the GTX 1080. Still, it’s still good for an average frame rate above 60fps at 4K – not bad for a seemingly mid-range card! As a general rule, you can expect frame rates to drop by about a third if you switch to Battlefield 5, so we’d expect healthy frame rates at 1080p and 1440p, but closer to 40fps at 4K in the newer game.
Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA
Six years later, Crysis 3 is still a tough challenge for any PC with very high settings and expensive SMAA T2X anti-aliasing. The RTX 2080 Ti was the first graphics card to average 60fps in 4K, and the 2080 only managed 53fps. The 2070 takes a step back and hits 43 fps in 4K. Still, the new GPU manages to outperform the GTX 1080 in 4K by a few frames per second, keeping its winning streak alive a little longer.
Crysis 3: Very high, SMAA T2X
Very far away 5
In the 2018 version of Far Cry, which comes with one of the most relaxing benchmarks in recent memory, the RTX 2070 outperforms the GTX 1080 by about six percent at 1080p. That margin changes a bit as we move to 1440p and 4K, but the RTX 2070 is still definitely the better card. Vega 64 performs better here than in many other titles, thanks to Far Cry 5’s support for AMD’s fast math implementation. Ultimately, though, the RTX 2070 shows a narrow lead in 4K over the best AMD card released so far.
Far Cry 5: Ultra, TAA
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ghost Recon Wildlands is the most challenging game in our current benchmark suite, but the mid-range RTX 2070 card still manages to outperform the GTX 1080 by a narrow margin. On average, the 2070 hits 51fps at 1440p and 32fps at 4K, both of which are six percent ahead of the last-gen top-tier card. That 4K result doesn’t sound very good, but it’s worth keeping in mind that even the mighty RTX 2080 Ti only manages 47 fps in this test.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA
The Rise of the Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider’s penultimate PC release, 2016’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, offers a reasonable test of modern graphics cards despite being a poor facsimile of actual in-game performance. The GTX 1080 and RTX 2070 are neck and neck here, with the RTX 2070 hitting 95 fps and the GTX 1080 94 fps on average at 1440p. It’s a similar story in 4K for 2070 and 1080, at 50 fps and 49 fps, respectively.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA
The shadow of the Tomb Raider
Last year’s Lara Croft outing includes an even more challenging benchmark that’s also more representative of the actual game, making it a much more useful test to run. Shadow of the Tomb Raider also promises RTX and DLSS support, both of which could be big draws for RTX 2070 owners in the future. Right now, all we can do is look at traditional performance metrics, and here the RTX 2070 fares well. Averages of 72fps at 1440p and 38fps at 4K mean the RTX 2070 falls almost exactly between the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Taller, TAA
The Witcher 3
The RTX 2070 reprises its role as the middle ground between the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti in a slightly older title, 2015’s The Witcher 3. In our riding tour through the game’s city streets, the RTX 2070 is capable of offering a comfortable 95 fps. at 1440p and 51 fps in 4K – just a few settings away from perfect 4K/60! Meanwhile, the RTX 2080 can hit that target without requiring any settings changes, while the 2080 Ti has some breathing room at an average of 77fps. Just don’t enable Hairworks, which even on a next-gen Nvidia card still carries an absolutely ridiculous performance penalty.
Witcher 3: Ultra, Post-AA, no hairstyles
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein 2 is another recent addition to our test suite, providing an excellent showcase of the id Tech 6 engine and a tough test for any graphics card. At 4K, the RTX 2070 manages to deliver over 60 fps on average, 19 percent ahead of the GTX 1080. However, the RTX 2070 is still the runt of the new RTX cards, with the RTX 2080 achieving a poor result. 23 percent higher.
Wolfenstein 2 Vulkan: Uber, TSSAA 8X
DLSS vs TAA: Final Fantasy 15
We’ll conclude by looking at how this card supports deep learning supersampling (DLSS), as we initially only looked at DLSS performance on the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti. Fortunately, DLSS works just as well on the 2070 as it does on higher-end RTX cards, increasing performance in this Final Fantasy 15 demo by almost 40 percent when switching from TAA to DLSS. In fact, with DLSS enabled, the RTX 2070 comes close to the RTX 2080 Ti with traditional TAA and is 21 percent ahead of the GTX 1080 Ti. That’s a pretty impressive result; Once DLSS finally starts showing up in more available titles, it could be an absolute game-changer for the RTX series in general and the diminutive RTX 2070 in particular.
Final Fantasy 15 Demo: TAA vs DLSS
With the game performance summarized and our brief look at DLSS concluded, that’s the end of the article. For more details on this exciting new card from Nvidia, check out our full RTX 2070 review or our RTX 2070 video review on YouTube.