MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z Review
Published: 16th October 2018 | Source: MSI | Price: |
We've got a two part review of the RTX 2070 here for you today, with the MSI RTX 2070 Armor the first and most affordable of the two.
The Gaming Z is equipped with the Twin Frozr 7 cooler consisting of a thick heat sink with its alternating wave pattern fins and two beefy fans. This allows MSI to supply the Gaming Z with a serious factory overclock that should give it a significant performance boost over its Armor brother, and also surround the fans with enough RGB lighting to make the card look its very best and add a nice glow to your system.
We know that you've probably already read the Armor review, so let's get down to brass tacks.
Whenever a new graphics card comes out that fits into the range a little below the flagship models, everyone wants to know what has changed and how close it gets to the big ones. The main change, unsurprisingly, is to do with the GPU upon which the card is based. The RTX 2080Ti used the TU102-300A version of the Turing GPU, with 4352 Cores and 356-bit GDDR6. The RTX 2080 utilises the TU104-400A GPU with 2944 Cores and 256-bit GDDR6. Today's review card, the RTX 2070, is built using the TU106-400 GPU with 2304 Cores and 256-bit GDDR6.
The RTX 2080Ti definitely changed the game when it comes to smooth frame rates in HDR 4K, being the first card capable of over 60FPS in nearly every title. Naturally the reduced core count of the 2080 meant it wasn't quite as impressive at the higher resolutions. However, the RTX 2070 isn't aimed at those of you who expect 60 FPS in 4K titles, but instead is more aimed at those who want the benefits of the Tensing Cores and RT feature set at more modest resolutions. When compared to the GTX 1070 that preceded it, the RTX 2070 has bumped the floating point shader performance up from 6.5 TFLOPS to 7.9 TFLOPS.
In comparison to the MSI RTX 2070 Armor the Gaming Z sees a significant factory overclock, boosting the core by 200 MHz whilst the cooler has been heavily revised to include all the latest thinking from MSI in the form of the Twin Frozr 7 with its TORX 3.0 fans and Wave heat sink fins.