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.

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GPU Clock Speed Consistency

It is very important to test the GPU clock speed consistency and see what the actual real-time GPU frequency is operating at while gaming. You see, with modern GPUs the frequency can fluctuate, what is determined as "Base Clock" or "Boost Clock" is not the actual frequency. It is just a marker for where the frequency should at least fall. With NVIDIA’s GPU Boost technology, the frequency can and will operate above the boost clock with well cooled video cards where temperature or power is not holding it back.

The new MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z has a Base Clock of 1410 MHz and a Boost Clock of 1830 MHz. That means the GPU should not fall below 1410 MHz while gaming, but it should hit 1830 MHz, or above. We need to find out what it actually does.


MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z

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In the first graph above we take the video card in a run in Battlefield 1 and map the frequency over time while gaming. We put the red line on 1410 MHz to indicate what the frequency should not fall below. We put the green line at 1830 MHz to indicate what the frequency should at least attain. The blue line is the frequency while gaming.

The frequency actually operates between 1920 MHz and 1965 MHz averaging out at 1926 MHz. The longest line of frequency is right at the 1920 MHz mark.

As you can see, that frequency of 1920 MHz is 90 MHz above the boost frequency. That means the GPU is running very fast, above boost clock, and giving us a high-end RTX 2070 experience in gaming.


MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X

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Since the main competition we are comparing the above video card with is the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X we also wanted to see where its real-world gaming frequency is at. For the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X the base clock should be 1683 MHz and the boost clock 1823 MHz.

According to our test the frequency is between 1924 MHz and 1936 MHz averaging out to 1924 MHz.

As Close as Clock-to-Clock As You Are Gonna Get

This is actually somewhat exciting! That means the actual in-game frequency of both MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z and MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X almost match at 1920-23 MHz while gaming! That’s also makes this what we might be considered "Clock-for-Clock" testing!

Here is your RTX 2070 vs. GTX 1080 "Clock-for-Clock" performance testing, which just so happens to be the default performance anyway of both cards in games. That’s a nice coincidence we did not expect!