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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  • AnnoyedGrunt - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    That might be true (regarding Nvidia's upgrade goals), but even with that in mind, these cards are essentially no faster than less expensive cards of the previous generation. I have a GTX 680, and am looking to build a new computer, and these 20XX series of cards are not looking like a good value at this time. The 2080 is about the same as a 1080Ti but costs significantly more. The 2080Ti is extremely fast, but not a good value due to its extremely high cost, so we'll see where the 2070 ends up. I think even people with cards several generations old will have a difficult time justifying the purchase of a 20XX series card over the 10XX series of similar performance.

  • Impulses - Thursday, September 27, 2018 - link

    Where are all these GTX 1080 Ti deals people keep talking about (nevermind the surplus stock)? I know there were some really good deals like a month ago but I can't seem to find the models I'd like or a particularly enticing price right now... I've seen a couple around $700 which isn't *that* much cheaper than an ~$800 RTX 2080, specially for someone like me coming from a pretty old R9 290 (2x actually, really wanna give CF/SLI the boot).
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Dude, great post, but please at least try to add a capital letter to the start of sentences.

    P.s. Still on a 1080 as I couldn't really justify a ti. Same with these new cards. Far too expensive.
  • Zingam - Thursday, September 27, 2018 - link

    Didn't they tell you that the Moor's law is dead. The free launch is over. They've drawn you in and now you have to pay the bill.
    Seriously now I doubt that we'll ever again see the generational performance leaps of the past. There will be small incremental increases in performance just like with Intel's CPUs over the past decade. Unlike with the CPUs due to the parallel nature of the GPU tasks NVIDIA could add more cores, increase the die size and thus increase the price but this also has a limit
  • The True Morbus - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    Stop comparing the 2070 with the 1070. The 2070 is in the price bracket of the 1080, so it has to be compared to the 1080.

    If the new cards were called Geforce A and Geforce B, would you simply not do any comparisons.
    Don't be a shill.
  • Inteli - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    Turing is in an awkward spot, because the 2070 is in the same position in Nvidia's product stack as the 1070. Nvidia just increased the price of every product in its stack. Just based on the names, comparing the 2070 to the 1070 makes sense (because of the product stack), but if you're actually buying the card, the 1080 is the more apt comparison.

    No doubt this was done deliberately by Nvidia (who could just as easily kept the stack at the same price point, making the 2070 a "2080", the 2080 a "2080 Ti", and the 2080 Ti a "Titan Tu"). But, since the comparison chart is within the same position in the product stack, the use of the 1070 and 970 does make some sense.
  • Hxx - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    In a perfect world where msrp never changes, supply always equals demand, and competition is plenty, then I would say yeah, the only variable is the performance bump so it would make perfect sense to compare against the same tier. But this is not a perfect world, you could argue that there is no best way because what I pay is likely different than what you pay.

    If I had to choose 1 variable then it would have to be pricing because what most of us really care about is how much more money for the additional performance.
  • Inteli - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    I never said to compare the 1070 to the 2070, except on the chart in this article. In fact, I outright said "the 1080 is a more apt comparison".

    The chart in the article is specifically about how the tier has changed over the past few generations, and has no performance data whatsoever. It is directly comparing the 970, the 1070, and the 2070 (I might add that the chart also reflects the changes in price, including the $50 increase in MSRP and $120 increase in reference card price between the 970 and 1070).

    In this specific instance, I feel the cards chosen were reasonable (although they could have *added* the 1080 to reflect the price change as well). In the review, I don't doubt that Anandtech will compare it based on its price competitor (the 1080) and its predecessor (the 1070).
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    "In the review, I don't doubt that Anandtech will compare it based on its price competitor (the 1080) and its predecessor (the 1070)."

    Yeah, we'll be looking at both for the review. This chart was just quickly put together to show the progression of the x70 family.
  • Spoelie - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    "Still, like the rest of the RTX 20 series, relatively speaking this is a very large die for this product segment." - As been said before, not for the price segment

    GTX980 was 400mm2 and 550$ -- GTX980 Ti was 600mm2 and 650$
    RTX2070 is 450mm2 and 500 to 600$

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