RTX 2070 vs RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 1070

We took our world exclusive non-NDA RTX 2070 review and compared that card directly to the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1070 cards, both overclocked. Thrown into the mix is the RTX 2080. Our real world gameplay will fully expose the landscape of rasterized gaming and what you should be considering purchasing, if anything for your gaming needs.

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Conclusion

In today’s review we continued our testing of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 performance using a MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video card. We took the performance from this video card and compared it to three other NVIDIA offerings to get a more complete look at performance. We compared it with an ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080, a MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition overclocked to represent the performance of a MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X video card.

First, look back to our original performance review. In that performance review we experienced performance that showed the MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z performed above a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 at all times in games. It could reach up to 20% faster, but was often between 10-15% faster.

This raised the question of how close it would be to GeForce GTX 1080 Ti performance? We also wanted to know how far apart RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are. In addition, we wanted to find out how much performance is improved versus the GeForce GTX 1070 from an upgrade path. We certainly got our answers in this performance review, so let’s break it down.

Performance versus MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO

Our performance results confirm that a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is noticeably faster in gaming compared to the factory overclocked GeForce RTX 2070.

In all of our testing today the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO performed between 10-20% faster than the MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z video card. This coincides with our previous testing in the original performance preview of between 10-20% performance improvement of the MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z over the GTX 1080. We know that GeForce GTX 1080 Ti sits about 30% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 reference spec to reference spec. This puts the new MSI GeForce RTX 2070 at about the middle-way between a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Performance comparison will depend on the game, and factory overclocks.

While it is clear a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video card is faster than a factory overclocked GeForce RTX 2070 video card, it all comes down to price. Since both video cards are within 10-20% of each other, the value has to lie in the price you pay. If a factory overclocked GeForce RTX 2070 is at $599, like this MSI video card, and that is cheaper than a GTX 1080 Ti factory overclocked card, then the new RTX 2070 looks like a real good value. It offers close to 1080 Ti factory overclocked performance, but at a much lower price. That would be a great buy in fact. You can always manually over the RTX 2070 as well for a bit more performance potential, closing that gap.

If, however, you find a really good, and I mean really good deal on a factory overclocked GTX 1080 Ti and it is below $599, then that would be a no brainer, go for the GTX 1080 Ti factory overclocked card. At that price, you just cannot beat the performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti factory overclocked video card still. Therefore, it all comes down to price.

RTX 2080 vs. RTX 2070

It is always a good idea to know how much real-world difference there is between GPUs in the same generational series. In this performance review we also looked at performance between the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 and MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z so that we can see what the jump is between the GPUs.

There were times we felt that the RTX 2080 should have been faster than it was when compared to RTX 2070 to be honest. At times, in certain games, it felt like there wasn’t enough of a performance jump up to the RTX 2080 to justify the cost of the RTX 2080.

There were some games that showed the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 being 20% faster than the MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z. Then there were other games that showed the two video cards as low as 14% apart. It’s a mixed bag. It doesn’t seem like enough, keep in mind the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti brought a 30% improvement over the GeForce GTX 1080. The RTX 2080 should be at least 25% (or more) over the RTX 2070 following past trends. This brings us to our next topic below.

Factory Overclock RTX 2080 vs. Factory Overclock GTX 1080 Ti

This performance review made the factory overclocked RTX 2080 look really bad in terms of value. This is the first time we’ve evaluated a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti versus the factory overclocked RTX 2080. Throughout this review both video cards were very close in performance. They were under 10% in performance differences, and more often than not less then 5%. In some instances, performance was exactly the same. This is not good for the RTX 2080 considering the price.

If you can pick up a factory overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for less than the insane $869.99 price tag of a RTX 2080 (which you can) then the factory overclocked GTX 1080 Ti is the better value. The RTX 2080 simply has no value.

GTX 1070 vs. RTX 2070

Finally, if you are looking for a performance upgrade from an aging GeForce GTX 1070, then you are in luck. The RTX 2070 smashes the GTX 1070 in performance. We experienced up to a 50% performance improvement (mostly around 40% plus) there are some exceptions, depending on the game and resolution. This is the kind of performance jump we like to see. Anything below 30% just isn’t enough to justify the price.

With the performance improvements we were seeing here RTX 2070 is worth it as an upgrade. The price is still higher than we’d like it for the RTX 2070, but at least it does provide a massive gameplay experience improvement.


The Bottom Line

We now have a much clearer picture of how the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 on a MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z video card lines up with the rest of NVIDIA’s product lineup. It sits between a factory overclocked GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti. It provides a big upgrade in performance over the GeForce GTX 1070. We think the pricing is still a bit ridiculous, at $599. It’s much more expensive than the GTX 1070 was. However, the upgrade in performance is real. It could prove to be a good value up against a GTX 1080 Ti however, since prices on those are still in the $700-$800 range.

One thing is for sure, the value of the RTX 2080 has gone down after looking at the performance of a factory overclocked GTX 1080 Ti and what it offers you in comparison. For a price tag of $100-$150 cheaper, the factory overclocked GTX 1080 Ti offers the same performance, which makes it the better value at this time. The RTX 2080 is just priced outside the range of its performance levels to be honest.

All these RTX features that NVIDIA is crowing about are simply pie in the sky right now, and it is tough to tell you to buy an RTX card for a feature that we have never seen in real world gaming. We have seen promised features go sideways more than once in the past.

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