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Palit GeForce RTX 2070 GameRock Premium 8 GB Review

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Introduction


Back in September 2018, NVIDIA launched its GeForce RTX 20-series graphics card family with the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. Close to a month later, the company launched its third-fastest card in the family, the GeForce RTX 2070. This is an important product for NVIDIA because even at a relatively steep price of $500, it is the most affordable card offering real-time ray tracing in games, or at least a semblance of it. The RTX 2070 is being offered for the vast bulk of gamers that play at 1440p resolution or lower.

NVIDIA has also made certain interesting design choices for the RTX 2070. Predecessors of this card, such as the GTX 1070 and GTX 970, have been based on the same chips as the SKU just above them, such as the GTX 1080 and GTX 980. NVIDIA is basing the RTX 2070 on its third-largest "Turing" TU106 chip instead of TU104.



It's important to mention here, though, that the TU106 isn't exactly a successor of chips in the same way as the GP106 or GM206. While those two have exactly half the muscle of the GP104 or GM204 respectively, the TU106 is half of the top-dog TU102 instead of the TU104. This chip also gets the same 256-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface, which is unchanged from the TU104. The philosophy behind TU106 may have been to design a lean chip that is cheaper to build for the simple fact that it has a smaller die size than the TU104.

Palit's GeForce RTX 2070 GameRock Premium is the company's highest-clocked RTX 2070 variant. It comes overclocked out of the box to a boost frequency of 1815 MHz, which is near the top end of the overclocks available on RTX 2070. The VRM circuitry uses an 8+2 phase power design, which is paired with a large triple-slot, dual-fan cooler that ensures temperatures stay low. A dual-BIOS feature is included, too—the second BIOS provides the idle fan-stop capability.

With a price of $600, the Palit RTX 2070 GameRock Premium matches the NVIDIA Founders Edition in pricing, but is $100 more expensive than the cheapest RTX 2070 variants available.

GeForce GTX 2070 Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
GTX 1070$390 1920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$400 3584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1070 Ti$4002432641607 MHz1683 MHz2000 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1080$470 2560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$570 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$675 3584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RTX 2070$5002304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 FE$6002304641410 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Palit RTX 2070
GameRock
$6002304641410 MHz1815 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080$7002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 FE$8002944641515 MHz1800 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352641350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 2080 Ti FE$12004352641350 MHz1635 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
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