MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review


MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review


Summarising the RTX 2070 Armor is as simple as you'd expect on a basic level, yet also as complicated as possible on other levels.

Whenever we are reviewing hardware we try and look at it in a vacuum, how it would appear to people who don't have anything at all and are looking for their first model. Yet we also have to see things through the lens of current products on the market of a similar price. Furthermore you, dear reader, have to apply your own wants and needs and budgetary restraints to further colour the overall perception. Hence it being quite complicated.

Which graphics card you already own places a clear line in the sand. If you've got the GTX 970 or GTX 1070, and anything lower or older than that, then the RTX 2070 is a good buy. There is enough extra oomph built in that it can handle the modern games with aplomb in 1080 or 1440, and then the performance is title specific in 4K with some games demanding more than it can deliver in almost any scenario, others comfortably working with maximum detail, and others still requiring a teensy bit of fettling to maximise performance at this most demanding resolution. Sitting upon that metaphorical 'to buy or not to buy' line in the sand are the GTX 1080 and Vega RX64. Both of which give performance very similar, although the GTX 1080 tends to be happier in older or less demanding titles, whilst the RX64 is very similar in every game but with a much higher heat and power draw price to be paid. Lastly the GTX 1080Ti is generally better in nearly all titles, but then that is recent enough that if you own one you're probably not seeking an upgrade just yet.

Where the waters get muddied are, as they were with the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti, in the potential future benefits of the RTX architecture. With Tensor cores handling lots of AI based fun and games and the RT cores improving the lighting then there are oodles of things the RTX can do which the GTX cards cannot match. Of the list of current titles with their preliminary support only Final Fantasy XV is in our benchmark suite but the benefits of the Tensor Cores and DLSS are spectacular there. Whilst the GTX 1080Ti usually out-performed the RTX 2070 Armor in our benchmarks, FFXV showed that the future is unquestionably bright as the MSI card brought super-sampling to the party with its glorious eye-candy and lack of jaggies, yet at a performance level the Pascal card couldn't match even if we disabled AA entirely. So clearly in the future the RTX 2070 will be the card to own.

Of the two MSI RTX 2070 cards we're reviewing today the Armor is the more mainstream with it's older TORX 2.0 fans and simple RGB logo lighting. The performance is incredibly consistent across all of our titles and if you plan on gaming at 1080 or 1440 and haven't already got a card capable of doing so it will please you immeasurably whilst also giving an element of future-proofing for when the RT and DLSS titles hit the market in great numbers, and for those reasons it wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.

The MSI RTX 2070 Armor hits the streets with a MSRP of £459.99.

MSI RTX 2070 Armor Review  

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Most Recent Comments

16-10-2018, 09:38:02

Does anybody else wonder why Armor?

I'd have tossed out that brand name years ago as soon as anyone realised that there is the whole Armour/Armor thing going on. They could have called it Shield or something.

Whenever I type anything to do with these cards I always need to double check to make sure it is spelt incorrectly (The UK spelling is Armour).Quote

16-10-2018, 10:05:59

Because MSI always have to give their cards stupid names is why. I mean Duke?

Thanks for the review, guys. TBH AMD need to get their prices down.Quote

16-10-2018, 11:13:55

Asian companies, and Asian market in general don't have the same concept of what "cool" is, compared to western world. Nor does everything translates especially well to english. It is much more obvious with companies that are predominantly focusing Asian market. It is literally a different world. I can give you an example of e-sports team names like Royal Never Give Up, or Detonation Focus Me. Those names have no logic for western world, but it is quite popular to combine words like that in China or Japan. So stupid for us doesn't mean they see it that way.Quote

16-10-2018, 17:09:19

Well I for one am glad that MSI have listened to feedback from their customers and improved the cooling capabilities of their Armour cards as the Pascal coolers were pretty bad, whereas now those on a more limited budget can buy a card that will perform pretty well without getting too hot.
Thanks for the review!Quote

16-10-2018, 17:12:25

I'm looking forward to seeing the prices for these tomorrow.Quote

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