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ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC Edition Review

By Poorna Shankar on October 22, 2018 | Hardware Reviews | Comments

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC Edition Review

I had previously written a deep dive of Turing for Gamespace, which you can read here. There’s a lot that NVIDIA are trying to push with their latest generation of cards, namely ray tracing and DLSS (deep learning super sampling). However, as of this writing, there are zero games available right now with ray tracing (RT core) or DLSS implementation (Tensor core). So then, like our RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review, we simply cannot test two thirds of the boasted functionality of this card.

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While there are DLSS and ray tracing demos available in Epic’s Infiltrator and the Star Wars demo, it is crucial to point out that these are demos. The camera follows the same path each time, with the same loads being put on the GPU. In that regard, they are not good real-world examples of how DLSS or ray tracing will work in an actual gaming scenario where the camera can be moved freely and the player can go wherever he pleases. They are not representative of how DLSS or ray tracing will work for your everyday consumer.

We do know that Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Battlefield 1 are set to get RT implementation, but that implementation hasn’t happened yet. Until we have DLSS and ray tracing implementation in real games that real people will play, we simply will not have accurate information at hand to discuss and analyze. Thus, DLSS and ray tracing will not be discussed in this review.

It is important to understand that this will be a review of the gaming performance. First, let’s look at the specs of the Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC Edition.

Note here that this is the OC version, meaning boost clocks here are higher than the boost clocks of the standard RTX 2070. So out of the box, performance should be higher.

Physically, the ROG Strix 2070 bears a familiar aesthetic to that of its older 2080 sibling with full RGB support. Sporting a triple-fan setup with aggressive angles, anyone familiar with the ROG Strix line shouldn’t be surprised. The black backplate is nice. I’m always a fan of backplates.

The card is on the longer side, yet still manages to fit in my mid-tower Carbide 400C chassis. It sports two Display Port 1.4 slots, two HDMI 2.0b slots, and a single USB Type-C slot.

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