But not quite in the range of NVIDIA's flagship GTX card the 1080 Ti. Marketed as the more affordable entry into the world of ray-tracing, those features for both the RTX 2070 and the RTX 2080 haven yet to receive the proper titles to see the effect and difference in visual quality versus performance. But with NVIDIA RTX 2070s in the hands of reviewers (stay tuned for our own thoughts), performance numbers look good.
Especially when you factor in power consumption that sits well below the RTX 2080 and is more in line with the GTX 1070 Ti. Temperatures are also quite cool depending on the model. The Founders Edition is priced at $599 USD versus the RTX 2080's $799 USD.
In terms of raw performance, the GeForce RTX 2070 is nothing out of the ordinary given the price point. After what we saw with the RTX 2080, we predicted that the 2070 would be around 10% faster than the GTX 1080 at best, and it turns out that was right as we saw a 7% improvement in our 20 game sample.
The key take-away it seems is that the RTX 2070 is more suited to 1440p gaming as opposed to the RTX 2080 focus on delivering fast 4K performance. With titles like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus delivering a 22% improvement at 1440p over the GTX 1080.
If there was a single resolution where the new GeForce RTX 2070 stands out it would be 2560x1440, where it ensures at least 60FPS in all of the games we tested. We're looking at a 30% or higher average improvement over the GeForce GTX 1070, with performance finding itself more between the GTX 1080 and higher-end GTX 1080 Ti.
One interesting thing to note with the new RTX 2070 is that without an NVLink connector the card doesn't support SLI so performance is limited to the single GPU. Again 1440p performance seems to be where the RTX 2070 shines but in testing titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 5 running at 4K performance is still respectable with frame-rates on average sitting in the 40-50 range.
The RTX 2070 was expected to be around 75% of the 2080. But Founders-to-Founders and reference-to-reference, the RTX 2070 is bringing around 83% of the RTX 2080’s 1440p performance (and 82% of 4K performance). So the performance gap is comparable to previous generations, where the GTX 1070 brought 81% of the performance of the GTX 1080, and the GTX 970 brought 87% of the GTX 980. Except here the RTX 2080 is only managing GTX 1080 Ti level performance for traditional gaming.
Again this review is clear to highlight that the new features of the RTX line which include real-time ray tracing and AI rendering have yet to be implemented across a wide range of games. Traditional performance is good, but the real test so to speak will come when these new features are put to use to see if increased performance matches the increased fidelity.
What monitor will you be running?
Kind of a tough call. Any performance issues with the games you're currently playing? If not I'd hold out till you get the 4k setup and see what's out then (2080titi?). If you do need better performance a 1070 should drive 1440p adequately.