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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  • Zoolook - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Sorry! Typing on the mobile sucks when there is no edit button...
  • a5cent - Thursday, September 27, 2018 - link

    I think most here are aware of the pinch AMD is in and the reasons why. That doesn't make the situation any better 😕

  • Golgatha777 - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    A 2080 trades blows with a 1080 ti. 75% of a 2080 should barely overtake a 1080.
  • Alistair - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    It's more than 75 percent. I think he accidentally compared to the non cut down 2080 chip, instead of the actual amount of shaders.
  • mobutu - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    too expensive.
    when will the 2060 be available? if price is decent then I might upgrade my 4GB 960 ... but if not then I'll look at used 6GB 1060/1070, will be plenty at relatively good prices
  • milkod2001 - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    But at what price will 2060 sell? $450 and NV will call it new budget option?
  • jabbadap - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Well tu106 is still huge chip with 445mm² die size. There can't be really cheap options from it. Take two mem chip off harvest the most broken ones and that it's, maybe $399 is possible but I doubt nvidia will even release lesser series from 12nm process. I kind of believe there's die shrink on the horizon as soon as it's possible to do.
  • my windows - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    1070 GTX was a good buy then. No way I am buying this

  • wharris1 - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Despite the fact that the price has increased in each successive x70 series, the transistor per dollar has increased significantly as well. Around 15 million/dollar in 970, now ~21 million/dollar with 2070. Not speaking to performance/dollar, only amount of hardware/dollar.
  • colonelclaw - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    600 bucks and no SLI/NV link. Such generosity from Nvidia.
    I can't shake the feeling that this generation will be their PS3, their arrogance certainly matches Sony's from back then.

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