NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition Review 52

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition Review

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Overclocking

Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan, power, and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users.

Every sample overclocks differently, which is why our results here can only serve as a guideline for what you can expect from your card.



Overclocking on Turing is massively complicated by the fact that the power limit is always limiting the clock frequencies. So you can't just dial in a frequency to test and then run any game to test for stability. The issue here is that another game might cause loads that are lighter, which causes higher boost clocks, leading to a crash due to too much overclocking.

With Turing, NVIDIA provides an automated way to scan for the maximum stable overclock through software, which tests each point on the voltage-frequency curve manually. While the end result was stable, performance was a few percent lower than what we had achieved with manual overclocking.

With manual overclocking, the maximum overclock of our sample is 1985 MHz on the memory (13% overclock) and +170 MHz to the GPU's base clock, which increases maximum Boost from 1935 MHz to 2040 MHz (5% overclock).

Maximum Overclock Comparison
Max. GPU ClockMax. Memory Clock
NVIDIA RTX 2070 Founders Edition2040 MHz1985 MHz
ASUS RTX 2080 Ti STRIX2115 MHz2065 MHz
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Duke2115 MHz2005 MHz
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio2085 MHz2005 MHz
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition2110 MHz1945 MHz
Zotac RTX 2080 Ti AMP2145 MHz2000 MHz
ASUS RTX 2080 STRIX2085 MHz1940 MHz
Gigabyte RTX 2080 Gaming OC2040 MHz2070 MHz
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio2115 MHz1995 MHz
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Founders Edition2100 MHz1980 MHz
Palit RTX 2080 Gaming Pro2085 MHz2070 MHz
Palit RTX 2080 Super JetStream2040 MHz2010 MHz
Important: Each GPU (including each GPU of the same make and model) will overclock slightly
differently based on random production variances. This table just serves to provide a list of typical
overclocks for similar cards, determined during TPU review.


Overclocked Performance

Using these clock frequencies, we ran a quick test of Unigine Heaven to evaluate the gains from overclocking.


Actual 3D performance gained from overclocking is 8.1%.

Power Limits

All NVIDIA graphics cards have a power limit defined in the BIOS, which limits power draw by adjusting Boost frequencies accordingly. A second limit exists that defines the maximum TDP adjustment limit for user overclocking; i.e., how far the power slider will go. In the second chart, the (+xx%) value lists the percentage increase from the tested card's default power limit to the highest manual setting available—the slider's adjustment range.

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