With the release of the GeForce RTX 2080 barely behind them – and the RTX 2080 Ti technically still in front of them – NVIDIA has announced the release date for their next RTX card: the 2070. The previously revealed card, which was scheduled for an ambiguous October, has been locked in for October 17th, where the Founders Edition version will hit the streets at $599.

In line with the general performance progression for the GeForce RTX family, the RTX 2070 is slated to deliver around 75% of the RTX 2080’s performance. The exact performance depending on how each game scales with the smaller collection of resources. The RTX 2070 has about 75% of the shading/texturing/tensor hardware as the RTX 2080, however it has the same ROP count and the same 256-bit memory bus. So we expect that the biggest performance differences are going to be in SM-bound scenarios – now including ray tracing – while pixel-bound scenarios that rely mostly on ROP throughput should take a much smaller hit.

NVIDIA GeForce x70 Specification Comparison
  RTX 2070
Founder's Edition
RTX 2070 GTX 1070 GTX 970
CUDA Cores 2304 2304 1920 1664
ROPs 64 64 64 64
Core Clock 1410MHz 1410MHz 1506MHz 1050MHz
Boost Clock 1710MHz 1620MHz 1683MHz 1178MHz
Memory Clock 14Gbps GDDR6 14Gbps GDDR6 8Gbps GDDR5 7Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Single Precision Perf. 7.9 TFLOPs 7.5 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 3.9 TFLOPs
"RTX-OPS" 45T 45T N/A N/A
TDP 185W 175W 150W 145W
GPU TU106 TU106 GP104 GM204
Transistor Count 10.8B 10.8B 7.2B 5.2B
Architecture Turing Turing Pascal Maxwell
Manufacturing Process TSMC 12nm "FFN" TSMC 12nm "FFN" TSMC 16nm TSMC 28nm
Launch Date 10/17/2018 N/A 06/10/2016 09/18/2014
Launch Price $599 $499 MSRP: $379
Founders $449

Overall, the RTX 2070 is a bit of a wildcard. Rather than being a cut-down version of the GPU used in the 2080, as has been the case for NVIDIA product stacks for most of the last decade, the RTX 2070 gets its own GPU: the TU106. A third GPU in as many cards has more upfront costs, as NVIDIA has to tape out and manufacture another die, however the 454mm2 GPU allows them to min-max costs by not having to use the larger TU104 to fill what will be greater demand for the cheaper card. Still, like the rest of the RTX 20 series, relatively speaking this is a very large die for this product segment.

Consequently, while NVIDIA is officially setting the MSRP for baseline RTX 2070 cards at $499, we don’t expect to actually see them at that price any time soon. NVIDIA’s own Founders Edition card will carry a $100 premium, pushing it to $599, and we expect NVIDIA’s board partners to follow suit. This will price the RTX 2070 well ahead of current GTX 1080 cards, so it will be interesting to see where the new card fits in the bigger picture.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • 29a - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Please add the 970 to the list of cards tested when the review comes out.
  • Yojimbo - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    The reason the 2070 is in the price bracket of the 1080, and will probably remain so as long as the 1080 is available, is because it is not comparable to the 10 series of cards based only on performance in legacy games. The market will set the relative price of the cards, not NVIDIA and certainly not you shouting "shill!"
  • eddman - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    First of all, brackets are defined by model names, not price. Second, nvidia never said they've rearranged the cards. If it's named 2070, then it's the successor to 1070, simple as that. If they really wanted to change the brackets, they could've named these cards 2090 Ti, 2090 and 2080, but they didn't.

    You call him a shill and yet defend a company's pricing scheme? Since when a paying customer is supposed to defend being charged more?
  • Spoelie - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    "First of all, brackets are defined by model names, not price."

  • eddman - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Yes, just because 2070 is priced close to a 1080, doesn't mean it is its successor, unless nvidia explicitly states it is.
  • Spoelie - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Market segments are very price sensitive.
    A name is just that, a name - it could be called GEFORCE TITANIUM SUPER DUPER EDITION TRIPLE MAX
    Fact remains it is now occopying the market segment historically occupied by the x80 series - so that is still the apt comparison
  • eddman - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Again, show how a higher price undeniably proves 2070 is replacing 1080. I can just as easily say the card is a successor to 1070 (based on the simple branding logic that's been in effect for years) and that it would've still made a good profit at a lower price point but they simply overpriced it to take advantage of AMD's absence and also to sell the 1070 cards still left in the warehouses.
  • Spoelie - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Again, it doesn't matter how it is named beyond relative positioning in the product stack. I don't care what it is the "spiritual successor of". Pricewise it is competing with the 1080.
  • eddman - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Yes, "price-wise" you CAN compare it to a 1080, but that still doesn't prove 2070 is the replacement for 1080. Unless you can find an actual nvidia quote stating so, 2070 is the successor to 1070 and they are directly comparable, period, and 2070 is overpriced.

    When a car company changes a model's category, they clearly state the move.
  • 29a - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    According to your logic. If Ford started charging the same price for the new F150 as they do for the F250 then the new F150 is the replacement for the F250, which it would not be.

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