GeForce RTX 2070 is the third RTX graphics card in the RTX 20 series lineup. The card sits behind RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 which are top-end flagship graphics cards. However, RTX 2070 does come with all the latest tech i.e. that includes Ray Tracing and AI that you can find in its bigger brothers. It is a higher mid-range graphics card and is said to be the replacement for older GTX 1070, but it is more than capable to compete against higher GTX 10 series cards such as GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080. So, to give an idea about RTX 2070 performance, I am going to compare it to GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080, so that you can clearly decide on which card to get for your gaming PC.
- RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Comparison
- RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Ti Comparison
- RTX 2080 Ti vs GTX 1080 Ti Comparison
RTX 2070 vs GTX 1070 vs GTX 1070 Ti vs GTX 1080
Here is a complete comparison between RTX 2070, GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 graphics cards based on their specifications, features, performance, power consumption and pricing.
GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 are graphics cards that belongs to GTX 10 series and are built on the Pascal GPU architecture having 16nm manufacturing process. The most powerful of these three is the GTX 1080 that comes with 2560 CUDA Cores. Then comes GTX 1070 Ti with 2432 CUDA Cores and the last one is the GTX 1070 with 1920 CUDA Cores.
RTX 2070 is built on the Turing GPU architecture on 12nm fabrication process. It comes with 2304 CUDA Cores, 36 RT Cores and 288 Tensor Cores. RT Cores are for Real Time Ray Tracing and Tensor Cores are for AI and Deep Learning. Turing is the successor of Volta architecture, which in turn is the successor of Pascal architecture. Turing is one of the most advanced GPU architectures ever built and it powers both gaming and workstation graphics cards. You can check out the comparison between Turing, Volta and Pascal GPU architectures by going to the link given below.
Must Read: Turing vs Volta vs Pascal Comparison
Video Memory (VRAM)
All these four graphics cards come with 8GB memory having 256-bit interface or bus width, but they differ in memory type, speed and bandwidth. GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 Ti comes with GDDR5 memory having memory speed of 8Gbps offering bandwidth of 256 GB/s. GTX 1080 comes with GDDR5X memory which is a bit faster at 10 Gbps and offers bandwidth of 320 GB/s. RTX 2070 comes with the latest GDDR6 memory which is much faster than GDDR5 and GDDR5X memory with clock speed of 14 Gbps and offers memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s,which is massive. So, clearly here RTX 2070 is much ahead in terms of memory performance and it does make a difference in performance especially at higher resolution gaming i.e. at 1440p and 4K and memory intensive tasks.
All these graphics cards support features and APIs such as DirectX12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL, Vulkan, G-Sync for eliminate screen tearing in games, Nvidia, Ansel, GPU Boost and all are VR Ready graphics cards. RTX 1070 goes two steps further when it comes to advanced technologies as it supports Real Time Ray Tracing for creating lifelike shadows and lighting in games and Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS) which is Anti-aliasing performed using Deep Learning and AI through Tensor cores, and is much faster compared to traditional Ant-aliasing techniques. The card also sports a USB Type-C port at the rear or back that supports VirtualLink for connecting next generation VR headsets directly to it. The feature that RTX 2070 lacks and other cards have is the support is SLI technology for establishing multi-GPU setup in a single PC.
Here are the benchmarks of these graphics cards in different games.
From the above benchmarks, you can clearly see that RTX 2070 is the fastest card of all. It is around 30% faster than GTX 1070, 15% faster than GTX 1070 Ti and 7% faster than GTX 1080 in regular games with no support for Ray Tracing and DLSS.
When it comes to power consumption, the GTX 1070 wins the battle as it consumes 150W of power. GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 stands at second place with power consumption figure of 180W, but RTX 2070 is also not far behind and has power consumption of 185W. All these three Pascal based graphics cards require 500W PSU while the recommended PSU for Turing based RTX 2070 is of 550W.
Pricing & Availability
When it comes to pricing then GTX 1070 is the cheapest of the lot while RTX 2070 is the costliest. GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 sits between the GTX 1070 and RTX 2070. The MSRP of the Founders Edition of these cards is as follows; GTX 1070 at $399, GTX 1070 Ti at $449, GTX 1080 at $549 and RTX 2070 at $599. RTX 2070 is relatively newer card and its availability can be a concern and you can get it at higher price than MSRP. You can check prices of all these cards from different graphics card manufacturers from the links given below.
RTX 2070, GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 Specifications
|Specifications||GTX 1070||GTX 1070 Ti||GTX 1080||RTX 2070|
|Memory Size||8GB GDDR5||8GB GDDR5||8GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR6|
|Memory Speed||8 Gbps||8 Gbps||10 Gbps||14 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||256 GB/s||256 GB/s||320 GB/s||448 GB/s|
|Bus Interface||PCI Express 3.0||PCI Express 3.0||PCI Express 3.0||PCI Express 3.0|
Final Words & Conclusion
There is no doubt that RTX 2070 is the fastest card among these but it is also the costliest. The high price of this card does not justify its performance because at much lower price you can get GTX 1080 that performs similar to this card i.e. RTX 2070. If you are only into 1440p gaming then getting GTX 1070 makes much more sense as it will cost you much less and can run almost all the latest games at ultra settings @1440p and most of the games at high settings at 4K. If you want to game at 4K then GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 are preferable over RTX 2070 because of their lower price and availability. However, if you want the latest tech and want the cheapest RTX 20 series card that support Ray Tracing and AI / DLSS then RTX 2070 is the only choice and you can buy it. If you still have any doubts and queries regarding which card to get among these then you can ask me by leaving a comment below.