Edit: I found this review in our back end and wondered why it never went live... the first paragraph explains why -- my mother-in-law passed away from cancer (it was all very sudden) and there are a few reviews I never got around to finishing. This is one of them. For that, I apologize to you (the reader) and to MSI.
I've had a week of intense benchmarking, planning and writing graphics card reviews where I'm finally getting through all of my custom MSI GeForce RTX series graphics card reviews after going through some hard family times.
After falling in love with MSI's high-end GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, the mid-range GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z went up on the review chopping block. It's the fastest out-of-the-box RTX 2060 with huge GPU boost clocks, plenty of room to OC, and some low temps/noise from the fans.
Now it's the slightly higher-end GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z that we're looking at today, offering GeForce GTX 1080 Ti levels of performance, but with RTX abilities. The new RTX 2070 is powered by the new Turing GPU architecture which has a plethora of improvements alongside the inclusion of the super-powered GDDR6 memory. We have 8GB of GDDR6 at 14Gbps on the RTX 2070 GAMING Z, like all RTX 2070s on the market.
If you were in the market for a new graphics card that had GeForce GTX 1080 Ti levels of performance, you will really find home in the GeForce RTX 2070. MSI has made some really nice tweaks to an already kick ass card with its TWIN FROZR 7 cooling technology, RGB lighting, out-of-the-box GPU overclocks, and low noise operation.
MSI's new GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z sits in a great position pricing and performance wise, becoming a great contender for your money if you want to use a 1080p or 1440p gaming display with 120/144/165Hz refresh rates. You'll hit those FPS numbers easily, with some games needing some visual settings changed to reach 144/165FPS, but it's there and ready.
The only card that competes with this that is worth buying from AMD is the Radeon RX 590 and the Radeon VII which is $699. MSI's card is $599, a full $100 cheaper and has similar performance. The new Radeon VII has performance that falls between NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080, but without ray tracing abilities and a hell of a lot more power being consumed.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Availability & Pricing]
- Page 2 [Detailed Specs: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z]
- Page 4 [Cooling Tech: TWIN FROZR 7]
- Page 5 [Test System Specs]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]