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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Far Cry 5

The next game we are testing was also released this year in March, Far Cry 5 is being tested today. This game has received patches since its release, and the latest one known as Title Update 11 on September 27th added something very unique and welcomed for the PC. This patch added HD Textures for the game, that’s right, finally we have high-resolution textures added to the game and it definitely looks better for it. Therefore, our testing today includes the HD Textures and we have them turned on.


1440p Highest Playable Settings

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In this game we are going to test both 1440p and 4K, starting with 1440p. Naturally, this game performs extremely well on all video cards and so playing at the highest possible graphics setting this game supports was no problem. Far Cry 5 was playable at the "Ultra" graphics preset, which is the highest graphics options, and we had HD Textures turned on.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X video card performed extremely well, giving us 84.5FPS average and only dropping to 70FPS. This very rarely happens, but the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 OC video card exactly matches the performance precisely with the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X video card. It’s a real rare instance when the average framerate is identical, as it is in our test today. Even the minimum framerate is precise. Those two video cards are just literally performing exactly the same in this game.

Then comes along the new MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video card and it outperforms them both. However, unlike the previous game, it isn’t by a wide margin. It is a smaller improvement here. The performance advantage is only 4% with the new RTX 2070. With framerates so close, you really cannot tell the difference and all three video cards feel and game similarly here. We suspect some CPU bound limitations keeping the RTX 2070 held back a bit in this game at 1440p, unlike the previous game.


4K Highest Playable Settings

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While 4K is more demanding, this game still performs well on the video cards. We found that the game was still playable at its highest "Ultra" setting with HD Textures turned on at 4K on all three video cards.

At 4K we do experience the performance advantage with the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z expand. It is now 7% faster than the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X video card. Not a lot, but at 4K it makes a bigger difference to the smoothness of the game, and therefore offers a better gameplay experience.

Interestingly the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 OC video card is just peaking over the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING Z in performance in this game at 4K.

Overall the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z doesn’t help provide much benefit in Far Cry 5 like it did in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Perhaps beyond 4K it might show more of an advantage. Let’s look at some more games to see how it does, it’s anyone’s guess right now which way it is going to swing moving forward.