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
VRAM 8GB 8GB 8GB 4GB
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
$329

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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  • eva02langley - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    The MSRP of the 1070 GTX was 379$...

    No way I am buying another GPU from Nvidia. My 1080 TI Duke was the last one.
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  • usernametaken76 - Thursday, September 27, 2018 - link

    You can say this because you have a 1080 Ti, knowing you won't have a compelling reason to change over the next few years. If you had a 1060, I wonder if you'd be able to avoid temptation in a year or two. Reply
  • austinsguitar - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    i bought my 1070 more than 2 years ago... MORE THAN! this will not be a special card. idk what nvidia is doing. only card people with a 1070 can upgrade to is the 2080 and even that isnt a proven card. jesus Reply
  • Yojimbo - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    NVIDIA aren't looking for people with 10 series cards to upgrade to the 20 series. Upgrade from the immediately preceding generation is not their focus in any launch. Reply
  • austinsguitar - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    you seem to forget that this has been almost 3 "generations" worth of time in the computer industry. i have had my card for 2+ years already. its time to jump. and i think that most people feel the same man. Reply
  • Yojimbo - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Huh? 2 years has been the standard time between generations for several generations now. For AMD it's been longer. Reply
  • Alistair - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    No, it has been 29 months already. Usually it is 14-20 months. Reply
  • austinsguitar - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    you saying i should wait another 3 years for my next graphics card purchase? look, all im saying is the 1070 was about 8% faster in almost every scenario to the expensive 980ti that came before it at a huge price decrease. this thing WILL be 20-30 % slower than the 1080ti for around the same price < lets be realistic. This is an excellent move by nvidia market wise, but a huge slap in the face of computer savys. also, inb4 ray tracing and dlss commenters. there is no proven tech. and ray tracing WILL bend these cards butts HARD. we will be beta testers for this slow arse tech. Reply
  • benedict - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - link

    Yes, why not. Is your 1070 broken? Does it not play games anymore? You don't HAVE to buy a new card every 2 years. Sounds like you're annoyed by the huge price but you still want to buy. Vote with your wallet and sit this one out. Reply
  • tamalero - Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - link

    swoooooooooooooosh... amazing how fanboys miss the point completely. Reply

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