Meet The GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition Card

Touching quickly on the card itself, there's little we haven't already seen with the RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 Founders Editions. The biggest change is, of course, a new open air cooler design. Along with the Founders Edition specification changes of +10W TDP and +90 MHz boost clockspeed, the cards might be considered 'reference' in that they remain a first-party video card sold direct by NVIDIA, but strictly-speaking they are not because they no longer carry reference specifications.

Wrapped in the flattened industrial design introduced by the other RTX cards, the RTX 2070 Founders Edition looks essentially the same, save a few exceptions. The single 8-pin power connector is at the front of the card, while the NVLink SLI connectors are absent as the RTX 2070 does not support SLI. Internally, the dual 13-blade fans accompany a vapor chamber, while a 6-phase system provides the power for the 185W TDP RTX 2070 Founders Edition.

So while the single 8-pin configuration, suitable for up to 225W total draw, has remained the same from the GTX 1070, the TDP has not. The RTX 2070 Founders Edition brings 185W, with reference specification at 175W, compared to the 150W GTX 1070 and 145W GTX 970, following the trend of the 2080 Ti and 2080 pushing up the watts.

As for I/O, there is one difference between the 2070 and its older siblings. The RTX 2070 Founders Edition drops the isolated DisplayPort for a DVI port, matching the GTX 1070's outputs. This is in addition to DisplayPort 1.4 and DSC support, the latter of which is part of the DP1.4 spec, as well as the VR-centric USB-C VirtualLink port, which also carries an associated 30W not included in the overall TDP. While the past few years have seen DVI excised from the top-end cards, it's more of a matter of practicality for mid-range cards (inasmuch as $500 is a midrange price) that are often paired with budget DVI monitors, particularly as a drop-in upgrade for an aging video card.

As mentioned in the RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 launch article, something to note is the potential impact on OEM sales with this reference design change. The RTX 2070 also arrives as an open air design and so can no longer guarantee self-cooling independent of chassis airflow. In addition to the price and lower volume nature of these GPU parts, these aspects make the RTX reference cards less suitable for large OEMs.

The GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition Review The Test
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  • beisat - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Thanks for the review, nice as always.
    Was hoping to upgrade my 970 before Turing was announced, but I feel like I'm getting ripped of with these cards. The review did nothing to change that feeling, but that was to be expected.
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  • Luke212 - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Please investigate why Turing is slower than Volta for HGEMM. If it was using the tensor cores they should be not that slow. Reply
  • SMOGZINN - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    On the "The Test" page you show that the "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition" is one of the cards being compared, but it does not show up in the benches. Reply
  • Targon - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    From the information, seeing Vega 64 going up to a temp of 86C would put it into thermal throttle range, which would cripple performance. From my own experience, manually adjusting the fan settings in Global Wattman to go up to 4500rpm and with a temperature target of 75C will avoid the throttle issues in the first place and also improving performance significantly, even without tweaking clock speeds or voltages.

    So, if Vega 64 is getting throttled and still hitting the numbers reported, that implies that with the fan profile adjusted as I suggested, we would be seeing Vega 64 doing a bit better in terms of framerates.
    Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Let's be honest: Vega isn't here for competition purposes, it's just included as a courtesy. Reply
  • atl - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Would be good to have some SLI & Cryptocurrency benchmarks included Reply
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    These RTX cards are going to be a fantastic value...
    ...next summer when they drop the prices.
    Reply
  • eva02langley - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    Even there, I don`t know if Navi can really be a 250$ GPU with 1080 GTX performances. Reply
  • sandman74 - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    980 owner here gaming at 1440p. Really wanted to upgrade but when I cost everything up, PC gaming has suddenly become a very expensive hobby.

    Decided to completely abandon the PC as a future gaming platform mostly thanks to the pricing of the new gpu cards.

    2.5yrs since the 1080 for barely better performance. RTX isn’t viable on this card. My own view is the new line up sucks.

    Practically all my mates are on consoles these days which is a shame but it’s a sign of the times. Tried the BF5 beta on my xbox one S and was blown away at how decent it was. Had real fun playing with friends which is what matters.

    So I can only imagine it’s even better on the Xbox One X which you can buy for the price of just this GPU.

    Prices have gone insane, so I’m stepping out. Total respect for those that can justify the prices and carry on PC gaming. I can’t.
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  • The_Assimilator - Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - link

    tl;dr rather get a heavily discounted 1080 Ti (which will probably be factory overclocked and have a beefier cooler). Reply

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