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MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G Review

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G Review

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 10The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G is the latest big-name card to emerge with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics core – and its $489 UK and $520 US pricing makes it one of the more affordable RTX 2070 cores available. The MSI RTX 2070 Armor tries to justify its cost with impressive thermal design, RGB LEDs and eye-catching looks – but does it succeed? Read our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review and find out!

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G Review – The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB

We’ve seen the TU106 core before in the cheaper RTX 2060 – but in the RTX 2070 it’s the full-fat version, with no cores de-activated.

The RTX 2070 has 2,304 Turing-based stream processors. That’s 640 fewer than the RTX 2080, but it’s almost as many as last year’s GTX 1080 – and it’s 384 more than the GTX 1070 that this card replaces.

It also has a lot fewer stream processors than its only notable AMD rival – the AMD Radeon VII. That card has 3,840 stream processors.

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 10The RTX 2070 has 8GB of memory that uses the new GDDR6 protocol. That means it’s more technologically advanced that older cards. It’s faster, too: its 14,000MHz effective speed easily beats the best Pascal cards, which topped out at 10,000MHz.

This is one area where the AMD Radeon VII takes a radically different approach. That card has a mighty 16GB of memory that runs at a slower speed but has a far wider 4,096-bit bus. The RTX 2070 has faster speeds but a 256-bit bus – and, of course, only 8GB of RAM.

In other areas, Nvidia has made sensible compromises when building the RTX 2070 and its underlying TU106 core.

The RTX 2070’s base clock sits at 1,410MHz, with its stock Boost clock coming in at 1,620MHz. They’re fine speeds, but the Boost clock in particular is a little underwhelming when compared to the rest of the RTX range – and many of the more powerful cards from last year’s Pascal slate. The RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 both have higher stock boost speeds, and the GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 also boasted quicker speeds.

The AMD Radeon VII has tasty clock speeds. Its base pace of 1,400MHz is good, and it tops out with a Boost clock of 1,800MHz.

The RTX 2070 has a newer architecture, huge memory speeds and solid core clocks, which helps it slot nicely into Nvidia’s range. However, the AMD Radeon VII does bring the fight to the RTX 2070 – at least on paper.

The RTX 2070’s base specification delivers 7.4 TFLOPS of power. That’s 1 TFLOPS ahead of the GTX 1070, and a little further behind the GTX 1080’s 8.8 TFLOPS throughput. The RTX 2060 topped out at 6.4 TFLOPS. However, the AMD Radeon VII served up a mighty 13.8 TFLOPS throughput.

In terms of power consumption, the standard RTX 2070 sits at 175W. That’s not bad – they’re a little higher than the 150W GTX 1070, and they sit on either side of the GTX 1070 Ti. It’s also miles short of the 215W RTX 2080 and the inefficient 300W power requirement of the AMD Radeon VII.

So, the RTX 2070 should have a solid performance boost over the RTX 2060, but it will lag behind the RTX 2080 – and it should compete well with the AMD Radeon VII.

And, because it’s a Turing GPU, it means that you get Ray-tracing and Deep-Learning Super-Sampling. They’re only currently active in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V and Metro: Exodus, but more games will arrive – so they’re always handy features to have. It’s also not something you get on the AMD card.

The RTX 2070 has 36 dedicated RT cores to handle this work – six more than the RTX 2060 but ten short of the RTX 2080.

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MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G Review – The Card

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 08The card in our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review isn’t overclocked. That’s normal at this relatively affordable end of the RTX 2070 market. It means that this MSI product runs with normal base and boost speeds of 1,410MHz and 1,620MHz, and with an effective GDDR6 memory pace of 14,000MHz.

You won’t get a gaming boost from a bit of extra clock speed, then, but MSI says that its custom PCB design provides better power delivery and stability. They’re all things that could make performance a little bit better when compared to the Asus Turbo card that we used in our initial Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review.

It’s also possible to overclock this card yourself using the MSI Afterburner tool. It’s one of the most well-known overclocking utilities around. Most people with this card should be able to add at least 150MHz to the GPU’s core speeds.

MSI does sell variations of the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G with overclocks.

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 07In the UK, you can only buy the MSI RTX 2070 Armor 8G OC. That card costs £557 and improves the Boost clock from 1,620MHz to 1,740MHz.

Americans can also buy that OC card, and it’ll cost $570. However, US-based builders can also purchase the MSI RTX 2070 Armor 8G OCV1. That card delivers a slightly more modest boost improvement – so it runs at 1,710MHz. That GPU costs $550.

Instead of concentrating on delivering more performance through overclocking, the MSI RTX 2070 Armor adds features that improve cooling and aesthetics.

The large MSI logo on the side of the card is illuminated by RGB LEDs that can be tweaked using MSI’s RGB Mystic Light software. The card can be synchronised with MSI motherboards.

The light on the GPU can be programmed with a static colour or with numerous lighting patterns. It’s no different from the RGB LED functionality on other cards, but it’s always welcome.

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 09Impressively, Mystic Light can also be used to synchronise your GPU lighting with certified products. That includes coolers, components and peripherals from companies as diverse as Corsair, Razer, SteelSeries, HyperX and Cooler Master.

The rear of the card is coated with a huge slab of brushed aluminium that shows off a huge MSI logo.

The outlandish physical design continues on the front. The cooling gear is hidden beneath a large plastic shroud that is accented with off-white at one end. Another slab of metal runs through the middle of the card to improve stability. However, this mid-mounted metal does make it hard to screw the GPU into its PCI brackets.

Also bear in mind that the cooler extends beyond the usual double-slot design. You’ll need a little more room in your case to fit this card comfortably.

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 01The MSI’s two 100mm fans have blades with alternating designs. Some have a steeper, smoother curve to accelerate the flow of air into the heatsink below. Others have a more conventional design that keeps pushing air at all times.

The fans have a double ball-bearing design, which is normal for this class of graphics card. The fans are also designed to stop when the GPU temperature is below 60°C. That’s another normal Nvidia feature. It means that your PC will be quieter when it’s running less intense tasks.

As with other Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 cards, the MSI Armor RTX 2070 requires one six-pin and one eight-pin power connector.

At the rear you get three DisplayPort 1.4 ports and a single HDMI 2.0 connector. The card also has a single USB 3.1 Type-C port.

It weighs in at 1.17kg, which is reasonably hefty for an RTX 2070. That’s no surprise, though – this chunky cooling gear is also used on the overclocked versions of this card, and on certain MSI RTX 2080 cores.

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MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G Review – Pricing

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 06The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G costs £489 in the UK and $520 in the US.

That makes it pretty affordable for an RTX 2070 card: most of them cost more than £500 in the UK and more than $550 in the USA.

If you want an overclocked version of the RTX 2070, you’ll have to pay at least £500 or $550. It’s also not unusual to find cards with more significant overclocks that cost more than £600 or $600.

However, it is easily possible to save money on an RTX 2070 too. If you’re not fussed about having an overclock and don’t want fancier coolers and RGB LEDs, then the cheapest RTX 2070 cards can be purchased for around £450 in the UK and $500 in the US.

Happily, the MSI RTX 2070 Armor is cheaper than the RTX 2080, and it also looks like excellent value when compared to the AMD Radeon VII. Those cards start at £650 in the UK and $700 in the US.

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MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G Review – Performance

Theoretical benchmarks MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 reviewThe card in our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review does, at its core, use an unmodified version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics chip.

That means you’re going to get a similar level of performance when compared to the original card.

At 1080p, the MSI RTX 2070 Armor was always a handful of frames ahead of the standard RTX 2070. And, at this resolution, its minimum framerates ranged between 58fps in Ghost Recon Wildlands to a high of 150fps in Battlefield 1.

The MSI RTX 2070 Armor returned averages that ranged between 65fps – and 60fps with RTX activated in Battlefield V – to a high of 167fps.

That’s good pace. It means that you can play any game smoothly at 1080p. It also means that esports games will run quickly. And that there’s enough ability for high refresh rate screens at 1080p.

1440p averages MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 01The MSI RTX 2070 Armor continued its good form at 1440p. It maintained a small gap over the stock RTX 2070 here. Its minimum framerates – excluding erroneous results – started at 45fps in Ghost Recon Wildlands and topped out with 95fps in Battlefield V. Its 1440p average scores blasted past 60fps in seven of our ten games.

If you’re using this card at 1440p, you’ll be fine – every game around today will be playable. These results indicate that the MSI RTX 2070 Armor will be able to handle widescreen monitors and VR headsets.

If you want to play at high refresh rates and at 1440p, then those averages indicate that you will have to dial the graphics settings down if you want to get beyond 100fps in the toughest single-player games. It’s certainly achievable with a few tweaks, though.

The MSI RTX 2070 Armor couldn’t always play games smoothly at 4K. In Total War: Warhammer II, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and with those games at their top graphical settings, its 4K minimums dipped below 30fps.

1080p average MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 01s Theoretical benchmarks MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 01 MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 01 4K averages 1080p average MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 01s 4K minimum MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 01sMSI’s card returned 4K averages beyond 30fps in nine tests, though, and it beat 60fps in one game.

So, while this card may not be able to play every game smoothly at 4K with top graphics settings enabled, it’ll certainly get there in most games if you’re willing to sacrifice a little graphical quality.

The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G is always easily able to beat the RTX 2060. And, unsurprisingly, it’s always a fair way behind the RTX 2080. The more expensive AMD Radeon VII is usually ahead of the RTX 2070 as well.

These performance differences can be seen in our graphs. We’ve also included a graph that illustrates the small lead the MSI maintains over the standard RTX 2070.

Theoretical tests show the MSI RTX 2070 Armor’s strengths and weakness.

In 3D Mark’s standard Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks, for instance, the MSI card is usually marginally quicker than the standard RTX 2070. It only fell behind in the Time Spy Extreme test, and even then it only faltered by a handful of points.

The MSI card also proved a little faster than the standard RTX 2070 in the 3D Mark Port Royal ray-tracing benchmark.

The MSI RTX 2070 Armor has one weakness: VR performance. In 3D Mark’s three VR-focussed benchmarks the MSI card was always behind the normal RTX 2070 core.

The MSI used the newest Nvidia GeForce driver that was available at the time of testing for our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G– version 419.35. That will, of course, play some part in the benchmark scores we’ve used in the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review.

The card in our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review was compared with the Asus Turbo version of the RTX 2070, which was the GPU that we used in our initial RTX 2070 review. That card also ran at the RTX 2070’s stock speeds.

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MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G Review – Conclusion

MSI RTX 2070 Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor review MSI GeForce RTX Armor 8G review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review Nvidia RTX 2070 review RTX 2070 review 03Our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review illustrates that this third-party card is an excellent option if you want to buy into Nvidia’s best mid-range chipset.

Benchmarks illustrate the sort of performance you’re getting. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 will handle any game at 1080p or 1440p. It’ll run any game on a widescreen panel. It’ll run most games at high enough framerates to properly use high refresh rate panels at 1080p and 1440p.

The RTX 2070 will play some games at 4K, too, although not all of them. Its minimum framerates dipped below 30fps too often for that. That’s true of every RTX 2070 card, though, and you’ll need an RTX 2080 if you do want to play consistently at 4K.

The card in our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review also faltered a little in VR tests. If you’re buying a card with VR in mind, then we’d look elsewhere.

The MSI RTX 2070 Armor is always a little quicker than the standard RTX 2070 core. It looks better, too, with a chunky heatsink and RGB LEDs. And, impressively, it’s still one of the more affordable RTX 2070 cards on the market. However, the low price is explained by the lack of overclock.

If you’re looking to buy an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 without overclocking, the MSI is the card to buy. We’d only look elsewhere if you do want a card that’s overclocked – or if you want a card to run a VR headset.

The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G starts at £489 in the UK and $520 in the US. Discuss our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And, if you need some more inspiration after reading our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G review, check out our guide to our favourite laptops or go deep with our ultimate guide to 4K monitors – covering the technology, the terms and our top recommendations!

The GoodRecommended Award

  • Strong 1080p and 1440p performance
  • Consistently outpaces standard RTX 2070
  • Can handle VR, widescreen and some 4K
  • Attractive, RGB LED card
  • Relatively low price

The Bad

  • No factory overclocking
  • A little sluggish in VR tests
  • Annoying metal insert on card
  • Can’t handle 4K in all games

The Specs

Stream processors: 2,304
Base clock: 1,410MHz
Boost clock: 1,620MHz
Memory: 8GB, 256-bit 7,000MHz GDDR6
Connectivity: PCI Express 3.0
Display Outputs: DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b
TDP: 175W
Power connections: 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
Supported APIs: DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 2.2, Vulkan 1.1, CUDA 7.5

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