GeForce RTX 2070 Review With EVGA: Turing's Sweet Spot

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EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC - Tomb Raider And Strange Brigade

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a sequel to the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, which takes protagonist Lara Croft back to her explorative “tomb raiding” roots in a deep origin story. The game, however, was updated and enhanced with new gameplay and combat mechanics. The engine was updated as well, and offers DirectX 12 support, along with some stunning visuals. The benchmark outputs results from a number of maps; we’re reporting numbers from the “Geothermal Valley” here, along with the average score of all the maps. The game’s maximum “Very High” graphics preset was used, and all graphics-related options were enabled as well.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider
DirectX 12 Benchmarks

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Rise Of The Tomb Raider

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The results from Rise Of The Tomb Raider's GeoThermal Valley map look much like Wildlands on the previous page. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC is a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1080, but not quite in the same league as the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

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The gaps tighten in Rise Of The Tomb Raider if we look at the overall results, which average the performance of multiple maps. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC essentially ties the GTX 1080 and falls behind by the GTX 1080 Ti by about 21%.

Strange Brigade
DirectX 12 (Or Vulcan!) Benchmarks
Strange Brigade is a third-person action game set in Egypt in the 1930s that takes gamers on an various adventures to explore ruins, solve puzzles, and uncover valuable treasures, while also blasting through an array of un-dead enemies. This game has both DirectX and Vulcan code paths and makes use of Asynchronous Compute as well. We tested Strange Bridge with its Ultra graphics preset with A-Sync compute enabled at a couple of resolutions.
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Strange Brigade

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The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC's performance in Strange Brigade lands closer to the GTX 1080 than the GTX 1080 Ti, especially with the resolution cranked up to 4K where the Vega 64 was able to pull ahead. At 1440p though, the RTX 2070 was the stronger performer.

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Render times in Strange Brigade tell the same story as the framerates -- but in reverse. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC is somewhat quicker at cranking out the frames than the GTX 1080, but not as quick as the 1080 Ti or higher-end cards.

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