Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU release date, rumours, and performance

With a modest 22% cut to the GPU, the Turing-powered RTX 2070 will outperform a GTX 1080

Nvidia RTX 2070

We didn’t think it would happen, but Nvidia stuck to form and announced the new RTX 2070 alongside its high-end RTX 2080. We’ve also now had the RTX 2080 Ti released too… y’know, for those with BIG pockets and oversized wallets.

But if you want to harness ray tracing to augment your gaming, such as shadows and lighting, but don’t have a bathtub full of money lying around to spend on a graphics card, the RTX 2070 is likely the minimum requirement for real-time ray tracing in this generation.

It seems unlikely at this point that Nvidia will fit the 2060, 2050 Ti, or 2050 GPUs with ray tracing RT Cores. The minimum performance for solid ray tracing in games is roughly 5-6 Giga Rays per second, with the Nvidia Turing-powered RTX 2070 just hitting the 6 Giga Rays per second mark, and if a cheaper GPU were to release with fewer RT cores than the RTX 2070, the performance just wouldn’t be worthwhile. Equally, the volume mainstream segment is incredibly price sensitive, and might not be able to stomach the premium of extra RT Core silicon.

That leaves the RTX 2070 as the king of entry-level RTX. But, if ray tracing isn’t your thing, there’s still a whole heap of performance available in traditional graphical workloads to look forward to. If all goes to plan, the RTX 2070 should be a pretty powerful 4K graphics card.


Nvidia RTX 2070 release date
The RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Ti both launched on September 20, though with general Ti availability a week later, but the RTX 2070 won’t launch until October. We’re betting on Nvidia following current 20-series protocol and launching the RTX 2070 on October 20.

Nvidia RTX 2070 specs
The straight RTX 2070 is set to have 2,304 CUDA cores alongside 8GB GDDR6. That’s just 22% shy of CUDA count of the RTX 2080.

Nvidia RTX 2070 price
The pricing for the RTX 2070 is $499 (£469), although the Nvidia Founder’s Edition will start at $599 (£569).

Nvidia RTX 2070 performance
The RTX 2070 will offer 6 Giga Rays/s of real-time ray tracing performance, and we can expect it to perform quite a bit better than the GTX 1070 in traditional gaming workloads – potentially upward of 35-50%.

Nvidia RTX 2070 release date

Nvidia RTX 2070 Release Date

Nvidia confirmed at the Gamescom RTX Editor’s Day event that the RTX 2070 was going to release in October, likely a month later than the two big boys of the 20-series range, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti.

That means we’re expecting Nvidia to follow its recent rule of either announcing or launching its new cards on the 20th day of a month. See what they did there? So yes, we’re betting on October 20 as the RTX 2070 release date.

Nvidia Turing

Nvidia RTX 2070 Specs

The RTX 2070 will feature a more modest CUDA core count of 2,304 compared with the 2,944 cores packed into the TU104 silicon of the RTX 2080. That means the SM count has been cut from the RTX 2080’s 23 down to 18.

That’s slightly less of a cut than when Nvidia took the knife to the GP104 GPU shared by both the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. The upcoming RTX 2070 has less than 22% fewer cores inside it than the RTX 2080 while the chip inside the GTX 1070 was a full 25% weaker than its larger GTX 1080 sibling. Even if Nvidia drops the pace of the GDDR6 memory array on the RTX 1070, it’s still going to have some juice behind it.

But, some of our sources hiding in the shadows suggest each of Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards will be reportedly rocking an entirely bespoke GPU design. The Turing TU106 chip, which recently appeared on the HWiNFO patch notes, could then be headed for the RTX 2070, rather than a potential mid-range 2060.

In terms of its memory layout, the RTX 2070 will arrive with the same 8GB GDDR6 VRAM as the RTX 2080, running along an aggregated 256-bit memory bus. With the memory running at 14Gbps, it will have some serious bandwidth to play with.

With potential gaming performance 8% higher than the GTX 1080 being bandied around, the RTX 2070 could be a tasty GPU.

2080 Ti
1080 Ti
GPU TU102 TU104 TU106 GP102 GP104 GP104
CUDA cores 4,352 2,944 2,304 3,584 2,560 1920
Memory bus 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory bandwidth 616GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s 484GB/s 320GB/s 256GB/s
Base clock 1,350MHz 1,515MHz 1,410MHz 1,480MHz 1,607MHz 1,607MHz
Boost clock 1,545MHz 1,710MHz 1,620MHz 1,582MHz 1,733MHz 1,683MHz
TDP 250W 215W 175W 250W 180W 180W
Price $999 $699 $499 $699 $499 $399

Nvidia RTX 2070 specs

 Nvidia RTX 2070 Price

While pre-orders aren’t yet live for the RTX 2070, we do have a price. The RTX 2070 will cost a rather eye-watering $499 (£469). In other words, the same price as the GTX 1080 was adjusted to once the GTX 1080 Ti launched.

Nvidia’s factory overclocked Founder’s Edition will, once again, come at a premium over the reference cards. The Founder’s Edition RTX 2070 will cost $599 (£569).

Battlefield 5 ray traced puddles

Nvidia RTX 2070 Performance

While we have no figures specifically for the RTX 2070, we do have the numbers for the RTX 2080. Nvidia puts this top-end card at roughly 35-50% above the GTX 1080. That’s with a 15% increase in CUDA core count.

The RTX 2070 reportedly features a 20% increase in CUDA core count over the Pascal generation GTX 1070, at 2,304 to 1,920 respectively. That means we could see similar, if not greater, performance uplift from Pascal to Turing.

It’s a very different Nvidia launch than we’ve previously seen, with the ultra-enthusiast cards coming out at the very beginning of a generation. And maybe that’s because Nvidia doesn’t really see a lot of challenge in the high-end space, with the AMD Navi GPU generation only likely to try and compete at the mainstream level, and Intel around two years away from getting anything that will even function as a discrete graphics card.