ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC Preliminary Review

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We’re still fresh from our first brush with NVIDIA’s freshly baked RTX 2070, and it seems things are a bit relentless as ASUS lent us one of their own to test out. Enter the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC – one of the most gorgeous cards that’ll probably grace your setups with looks to kill and performance to match. Behold.


PACKAGING


It’s all signature STRIX design when it comes to this one – dark background with that ROG STRIX logo emblazoned in front with the card. The back has the key features of the card to get you kickstarted on what you’re going to buy.


Moving forward, our review sample came in with pretty much the bare essentials. That’s the card itself, a manual, and a cd driver. ASUS says you’ll get an ROG Velcro & loop in the package, and the company is also bundling a 6-month premium license on wtfast that’s already a $53.95 value.  

DESIGN


ASUS knows best when it comes to presentation, and the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC is no exception to that. Its matte black PCB blends beautifully with its dark shroud and sexy backplate bearing the ROG logo. It’s just downright gorgeous.


Moving forward, it's quite thick at 4.89cm, occupying 2.7 slots due to its larger heatsink for more cooling oomph. As for the ports, you’ll be getting two HDMI ports, two DisplayPort connections, and one USB Type-C.


PERFORMANCE

There’s still a lot to learn with the RTX cards, and we’ve barely scratched the surface. At the moment, our only validated test run is on Battlefield V, with FFXV being only a preliminary test on DLSS. When it comes to raw firepower however, this one definitely packs a punch. Its default gaming mode comes with 1410 MHz base and 1815 MHz boost, with its OC Mode’s boost clock having 30 MHz on top of it.

TEST SYSTEM SETUP

Motherboard: GIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPU: AMD RYZEN 5 1600 3.2GHz
GPU: ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC
RAM: ZADAK 16GB DDR4 RAM 2400 MHz
Cooler: Corsair H60 (2018)
Storage: Plextor M9e 512GB M.2 SSD + Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD
PSU: EVGA 500 BV, 80+ BRONZE 500W
Case: Silverstone RL06
OS: Windows 10 Pro N
Display: ViewSonic VX2758 144Hz Monitor


3DMark Time Spy

3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built the right way from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its Extreme counterpart rendering visuals in 4K.


3DMark Firestrike

Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark for modern gaming PCs. Its ambitious real-time graphics are rendered with detail and complexity far beyond other DirectX 11 benchmarks and games. With Extreme and Ultra versions raising resolution in 25650 x 1440 and 4K.


Unigine Superposition


Unigine Superposition is an extreme performance and stability test for PC with tests for 1080p, 4K, and 8K.



Battlefield V

Battlefield V is the very first title to support NVIDIA's Ray Tracing. Our test involves a run on the War Stories - Under No Flag section to test out the performance between RTX enabled and disabled. And of course, everything possible to adjust set to maximum/ultra. Drive it hard.

Settings:
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Anti-aliasing Post-processing: TAA High
DXR: Ultra/Off
Effects Quality Ultra
GPU Memory Restriction: Off
Graphics Quality: Ultra
Lighting Quality: Ultra
Mesh Quality: Ultra
Post-processing Quality: Ultra
Resolution Scale: Ultra
Terrain Quality: Ultra
Texture Filtering: Ultra
Texture Quality: Ultra
Undergrowth Quality: Ultra
Framerate Limiter: 200
VSync: Off
Future Frame Rendering: On



The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 despite its age is still one of the most demanding titles as it holds up graphically. Our test is done on Mulbrydale.

Settings:
VSync: Off
FPS: Unlimited
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
Number of Background Characters: Ultra
Shadow Quality: Ultra
Terrain Quality: Ultra
Water Quality: Ultra
Grass Density: Ultra
Texture Quality: Ultra
Foliage Visibility Range: Ultra
Detail Level: Ultra
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Depth of Field: On
Chromatic Abberation: On
Vignetting: On
Light Shafts: On



Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV from Square Enix is one of the most graphically intensive games to date, offering rich details and beautiful visuals to boot. Our test run involves a run on the great wilderness from Hammerhead to the road ahead.

Settings:
Framerate: 120fps
Resolution: 100%
Preset: Highest
Assets: On
Model LOD: High
TRAM: Highest
Anisotropic Filtering: High
Geomapping: On
Lighting: High
Shadows: Highest
Ambient Occlusion: High
Anti-aliasing: TAA
Motion Blur: On
Filtering: Highest
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
NVIDIA VXAO: Off
NVIDIA TurfEffects: Off
NVIDIA ShadowLibs: Off



Final Fantasy XV DLSS Test

Final Fantasy XV's Benchmark Tool now comes with DLSS. DLSS seems to be locked down to 4K, so results will be for that resolution only. For this one, we'll compare results when it's activated and off.

Settings:
Assets: On
Model LOD: High
TRAM: Highest
Anisotropic Filtering: High
Geomapping: On
Lighting: Highest
Shadows: Higherst
Ambient Occlusion
Anti-aliasing: TAA
Motion Blur: On
Filtering: Highest
NVIDIA DLSS: On
NVIDIA HairWorks: On
NVIDIA VXAO: On
NVIDIA TurfEffects: On
NVIDIA ShadowLibs: On


Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey looks like it still used the same engine as Assassin's Creed Origins, but a more refined one at that. Our test run is done on the Coast of Koliadai area.

Settings:
Adaptive Quality: Off
Ambient Occlusion: Very High
Anti-aliasing: High
Character: Ultra High
Clutter: Very High
Depth of Field: High
Character Texture Detail: Ultra High
Texture Detail: High
Environment Details: Ultra High
Fog: High
Resolution Modifier: 100
Screen Space Reflections: High
Shadows: Ultra High
Terrain: High
Volumetric Clouds: Ultra High
Water: Very High


Metro Last Light Redux Benchmark Tool

Metro Last Light Redux features a built in benchmarking tool that can simulate on multiple passes and comes with detailed sequences.

Settings:
Quality: Very High
SSAA: On
Texture Filtering: AF 16X
Motion Blur: Off
Tesselation: Very High
VSync: Off
Advanced PhysX: Off
Runs: 3


Temperature

For the temperature, we look for the average on a 30-minute idle state and load temperatures are tracked during 3DMark's Time Spy stress test for the same duration. The test system is under a 30C ambient room temperature, and unit is in Celsius.


PRELIMINARY FINDINGS

NVIDIA's RTX cards are yet to remain power that needs to be tapped. While the whole world may be tuning in on DirectX Ray Tracing, NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) is where your eyes should focus on. 

Moving forward, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC definitely has the muscle to power through Ultra Settings like cakewalk even in 4K for a handful of games in our tests, it definitely packs a punch.

Question remains, however - we're not sure yet on the standard pricing of RTX 2070 cards locally, and with ASUS' name on it you can expect a premium. If we're basing it on Newegg, it currently sports a $630 price tag, putting it quite above competing cards that stick it to the $499 front line. 


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