NVIDIA’s RTX 2070 is the most balanced in terms of price:performance ratio amongst the current crop of RTX cards. With the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti still sitting on sky high prices, the RTX 2070 presents a decent entry into the RTX realm without going past the current prices of last-gen’s top cards. This makes it more ideal to people comparing RTX prices to GTX 10-series cards. For those looking to get an affordable option that still manages to flex out some decent performance and also sport overall good build quality, many brands have crafted aftermarket-cooled cards that offer both at decent prices.
About the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
The NVIDIA RTX 2070 is the third card in the NVIDIA RTX stack initial announcement. It was released a bit later than the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 and NVIDIA has set a starting SRP of $499 for the card. The RTX 2070 Founders Edition is priced at $599. Board partners have SKUs that start at $499 which is what NVIDIA has asked but will be able to make models that can go higher in pricing.
The RTX 2070 is a change in direction in terms of the chip segment. Previous GPUs of the xx70 lineage have been cutback version of the xx80 cards sharing a similar GPU e.g. the Pascal-based GP104 are used by the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 which is joined later on by the GTX 1070 Ti. For the RTX 2070, it uses the TU106. The TU106 is basically one-half of the TU102 powering the RTX 2080 Ti.
The RTX 2070 features 2304 CUDA cores and runs at 1410Mhz base clock and can turbo up to 1620Mhz on reference cards. NVIDIA distinguishes their self-made Founders Edition cards for the RTX 20-series with a factory OC and the RTX 2070 FE will have a boost clock of 1710Mhz. The RTX 2070 features 8GB of GDDR6 memory running at 1750Mhz wired to a 256-bit wide bus.
About the PALIT RTX 2070 DUAL
NVIDIA asked board partners to send out their $499 cards and Palit is one to really get comfy in these price ranges. The Palit RTX 2070 Dual is a 2-slot height cooler with a dual-fan cooler. This is actually the only card we have tested so far to actually be a plush 2-slot height but with new motherboard designs allowing even up to 2.5x slot to be alright, this is really nothing impressing. What’s impressive though is Palit’s cooler of choice. The 2-slot cooler promises decent cooling even compared to larger fans or wider heatsinks of the competition.
The Palit RTX 2070 Dual requires a 6-pin + 8-pin power connector and features a light bar at the side just underneath the RTX logo. The card has no backplate as well and features a more conservative design on the shroud. Palit uses a copper
As for specs, the Palit RTX 2070 EXOC features stock configuration with NVIDIA reference clocks of 1620Mhz Boost clock on top of a 1410Mhz base clock. Memory settings are also similarly untouched.
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