The GPU that is being reviewed is the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z. It features a custom designed PCB, a factory overclock and RGB! This GPU currently costs around £550 on Amazon. Is it worth the price for that extra 210MHz then the reference card?
|GPU||GTX 1080 TI||RTX 2080||GTX 1080||RTX 2070||GTX 1070||MSI RTX 2070 gaming Z|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1480||1515||1607||1410||1506||1410|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1582||1710||1733||1620||1683||1830|
|Memory speed||11 Gbps||14 Gbps||10 Gbps||14 Gbps||8 Gbps||14 Gbps|
|Memory config||11 GB GDDR5X||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR5X||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR5||8 GB GDDR6|
|Memory bandwidth||484 GB/sec||448 GB/sec||320 GB/sec||448 GB/sec||256 GB/sec||448 GB/sec|
In the above table you can easily compare the MSI RTX 2070 gaming Z against the GTX 10 series range. Also 2070 gaming Z uses the TU106 chip.
The MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z ships in a small black box which helps show off MSI’s RGB design. The size of the box is considerably smaller than the Aorus RTX 2070 Xtreme, which I previously reviewed.
After taking off the black envelope and protective cover we are greeted with the GPU itself and the GPU support bracket. In the black envelope came some handy documents which you can use to help you get started. However, not everyone has disc drives so if you need to download the drivers you can do so from MSI here.
After taking the GPU out of the anti-static bag you can see the GPU itself and its brushed gray and dark gray aluminum back-plate. This GPU consists of 2 fans which will help keep the stylish looking GPU cool.
The way I will be testing the GPU will be using the exact same specification as the Aorus RTX 2070 Xtreme, which is the following build (built by myself):
|CPU||Ryzen 2700x NO OC|
|Motherboard||Aorus x470 gaming 7|
|Memory||Aorus 16GB (2x8GB @ 3200MHZ)|
|Storage||2 x 500GB Samsung 970 EVO in raid 0|
|Chassis||Sharkoon Night shark|
|PSU||ThermalTake Toughpower Grand 750W RGB 80+ Gold RGB Sync Edition|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
The MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z will be tested on various software. Unfortunately, we do not have a large stock of graphics cards so can’t compare them against anything directly at the moment. The following is the software where I will be benchmarking this card with:
- 3D mark Time Spy
- 3D Fire Strike
- Port Royal (Ray Tracing)
- Tomb Raider
- The Division 2
- NVidia DLSS feature test
3D Time Spy
3D Fire Strike
Port Royal (Ray Tracing)
The Division 2
DX12 Renderer is on
V-Sync is on
Shadow Quality: very high
Spot shadow Resolution: Ultra
Contact Shadows: All high
Particle detail: Ultra
Volumetric Fog: Ultra
Reflection Quality: High
Water Quality: High
Terrain Quality: High
Local Reflection Quality: Very high
Vegetation Quality: High
Sub-Surface Scattering: on
Anisotropic filtering: 16x
Parallax mapping: on
Ambient Occlusion: very high
Lens flare: on
Vignette effect: on
Water Quality: High
Terrain Quality: High
Nvidia DLSS feature test
After running the Nvidia DLSS test on the 3D mark Bench marking software I received some interesting results. The DLSS test consisted of running port royal twice, once without DLSS and once with DLSS. Without DLSS enabled I just passed the FPS threshold of 37.32FPS (I know how we all like them 60 frames) but with DLSS on I got an average of 53.20FPS. This is a significant difference. The resolution I used was 1920 x 1080. Meaning 1440p gaming is out of the window. The MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z also reached its maximum boost clock of 1750MHz within the first couple of seconds of the program starting.
Temperatures and Sound
To test temperatures I used furmark with the following settings:
- 1920 x 1080 Resolution
- Anti-aliasing off
I ran the test for only 28 minutes and 51. It ran for a total time of 48 minutes on average. This was due to me pressing escape by accident so I quickly restarted the test. The max temperature the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z got to was 72C while the minimum was 57C. The average idle temperature is 40C and the average temperature while under load was 69C. Averages were taken from 3D mark benchmarking. The sound of the cards during these tests wasn’t very loud as I set the fans to a custom profile before starting the benchmarks. They operated around 50% – 60%. They were pretty quiet and you could game peacefully but if you put them any higher they would most likely distract you from your game, movie or whatever you’re doing on your computer at the time. No one likes a noisy fan in their system!
Would I recommend this card to other people at its current price point? Yes, I would. The MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z is a very high end 2070 and is one of the best out there. Regarding cooling and clock rates, I managed to overclock the GPU to 2000MHz and it still managed to stay cool. It is on par to the GTX 1080 Ti which is about right considering the price you are paying.
I managed to grab the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z for £500 while it retails at £605. I was able to benchmark it due to being in my main system and upgrading from the AMD side, I’ve certainly have seen many improvements. You are able to run the majority of games at ultra or maxed out settings if your resolution is 1080p. I am unable to test 1440p as I don’t own the necessary equipment.
- Brushed grey and dark grey stylish back plate
- Big cooling capabilities
- Highest stock clocked card on the market
- It has RGB
- The card is heavy and will require the support bracket which is provided in the box
- Expensive compared to the GTX 1080 Ti
- Ray tracing is still scarce in games
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