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
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OC Package
The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 ARMOR OC graphics card comes within a standard cardboard based package. The front of both packages has a large “GeForce RTX” brand logo along with the “MSI” logo on the top left corner. We can see a nice rugged Armor theme on the front which puts the emphasis on the design of the card within.
The packaging has put a large emphasis on the RTX side of things as the first feature enlisted by AIBs will be Ray Tracing, followed by GDDR6, DirectX 12 and Ansel support. NVIDIA has bet the future of their gaming GPUs on Ray Tracing support as these are the first cards to offer support for the new feature.
The back of the box is very typical, highlighting the main features and specifications of the cards. The three key aspects of MSI’s top tier custom cards are its Torx 2.0 fan design, the upgraded & much efficient heatsink design and the Mystic Light RGB support on the side skirt of the card that I'll be detailing in the next section.
There's also a focus towards GeForce.com on each AIB card through which users can download the latest drivers and GeForce Experience application which are a must for gamers to access all feature set of the new cards.
There's a letter case within the box which is etched with the MSI logo. This box contains the card accessories and the graphics card itself is hidden behind it.
The card is nicely wrapped within an anti-static cover which is useful to prevent any unwanted static discharges on various surfaces that might harm the graphics card. The card accessories include a Molex power connector which isn't of much use in high-end systems since the PSUs already have the required cables.
Useful manuals and installation guides are packed within an MSI labeled letter case. There is an MSI Quick Users Guide, a Support bracket installation guide, a sticker letter, the MSI DIY comic, and a single drivers disk. It’s best to ignore the driver disk and install the latest software and graphics drivers directly from the NVIDIA and MSI official web pages as the ones shipped in the disks could be older versions and not deliver optimal performance for your graphics cards.
Out of the package, the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OC comes in a stylish black and white color scheme and looks quite decent. The card resembles the previous Armor series but I can tell that the shroud design has clearly received some big updates so let's find out if the new RTX 2070 can hold up with the compeition.