NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GDDR6 Graphics Card Review FT. MSI Armor X & ASUS ROG STRIX
ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX OC & MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OCOctober, 2018
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card is an interesting solution around the $500 US price range. This price range was previously held exclusive to the **80 series cards but the price hike that we saw with Turing GPUs has seen the RTX 2070 rise up to this tier. But with that said, if the performance is there, then maybe it's not a bad thing at all. Both cards that I tested were factory overclocked out of the box.
The MSI RTX 2070 Armor OC runs at 1740 MHz while the ASUS ROG STRIX 2070 OC runs at 1815 MHz. The ASUS variant while clocking in higher, also comes with a higher price of $600 US compared to $570 US of the MSI model. The pricing of the ASUS model is the same as the Founders Edition RTX 2070 while $100 US premium over the reference MSRP. The MSI model is $30 less than the Founders Edition and a $70 premium over the reference MSRP.
The performance of both graphics cards was very similar with the ASUS ROG STRIX OC coming out an FPS or two ahead of the MSI Armor OC, something which can be equalized with an OC as both cards have the same overclocking tendencies due to the bogged down power limits. Overclocking on both cards is similar despite the better PCB design on the ASUS ROG STRIX model. Here, the Armor OC holds up really well against the ASUS ROG STRIX OC. Both cards help up pretty well at 1440p resolution and you can definitely get more out of these cards at 4K by dropping some detail to get that extra edge in frame rates.
In terms of cooling performance, the ASUS model comes with a triple fan design and that really shines when it comes to temperatures. The model in both performance and silent model performs exceptionally well compared to the MSI's dual fan Armor design. Compared to the other cards, a temperature of 57C is very acceptable on the MSI card too. My issue with the ASUS model is that the 0dB fan technology doesn't run in performance mode while the Zero Frozr Technology on MSI card runs really well.
Overall, both cards are great but I think the MSI one has it better off compared to ASUS due to its pricing. The $600 US price sets it off really close to the $700 US RTX 2080 which excels the card in all possible ways. But then again, if you can't stretch your wallet further, both cards are great buys.