MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z Performance Review

We have an exclusive first look at performance of the new MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video cards sporting the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. We will be comparing performance to a MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X and ASUS ROG STRIX Vega 64 OC video cards in eight games at 1440p and 4K.


Evaluation Method

We evaluate what the card being evaluated can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

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For the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X video card we used the latest driver at the time of testing. This was NVIDIA Driver 416.16 WHQL released October 4th. A new driver (416.34) was released during testing, but it does not affect performance in any of the games we are using today.

For the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 OC Edition video card we are using the AMD Adrenalin 18.10.1 Optional driver released on October 11th.

Windows 10

Note that we have installed the latest Windows 10 Fall October 2018 update 1809. Our system is patched up to the latest updates. This update does enable Ray Tracing in DirectX for Windows. Of course, now we just need the games and the final piece to the puzzle will be completed.

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We have redacted a bit of the information above in order to keep our sources from being tracked down by NVIDIA and punished for supplying us the card we are reviewing today.