Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme Review: Overclocked, Custom Outputs

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Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme - Unigine Superposition And VRMark

How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards represented in this article on a Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 Pro motherboard powered by an Intel Core i9-9980XE 16-core processor and 32GB of G.SKILL DDR4 RAM clocked at 2,666MHz. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory clock and timings were dialed in to ensure optimal memory performance at the processor's maximum supported speed of 2,666MHz (without overclocking), and the solid state drive was then formatted and Windows 10 Professional x64 was installed and fully updated. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

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We should note that the AMD Radeon RX Vega card used for reference data was tested in its default "Balanced" power mode throughout. Power Saver (slower) and Turbo (faster) power modes are also available with Vega, which would affect performance, noise output, and peak power consumption.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i9 Powered
Hardware Used:
Intel Core i9-9980XE
(3 - 4.5GHz, 18-Core)

Gigabyte X299 Gaming Pro 7
(Intel X299 Chipset)

Radeon RX Vega 64
GeForce Titan Xp
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
GeForce GTX 1080
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
GeForce RTX 2080
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC
Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2070 Xtreme

32GB G.SKILL DDR4-2666
Samsung SSD 860 Pro
Integrated Audio & Network
Relevant Software: 
Windows 10 Pro x64

NVIDIA Drivers: v416.81
AMD Drivers: Crimson v18.11.1

Benchmarks Used:
Unigine Superposition
VRMark "Blue Room"
3DMark "Fire Strike"
3DMark "Time Spy"
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Wildlands
Strange Brigade
FarCry 5

Unigine Superposition
Pseudo-DirectX / OpenGL Gaming
Superposition is a relatively new benchmark from Unigine, powered by the UNIGINE 2 Engine. It offers an array of benchmark modes, targeting gaming workloads as well as VR, with both DirectX and OpenGL code paths. There is an extreme hardware stability test built-in as well. Unigine Superposition uses the developer’s unique SSRTGI (Screen-Space Ray-Traced Global Illumination) dynamic lighting technology, along with high quality textures and models, to produce some stunning visuals. We ran Superposition in two modes using the DirectX code path – 1080p Extreme and VR Future -- to compare the performance of all of the graphics cards featured here.

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Unigine Superposition

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The Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme slotted in just in front of the EVGA RTX 2070 XC here, thanks to the Gigabyte card's higher boost clock. It just missed the mark set by the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, however.

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We saw the exact same performance profile in Unigine's VR Future test, with the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme notching another win over the EVGA card, but failing to catch the GTX 1080 Ti.

Futuremark VRMark
Testing Rift And Vive Readiness
Futuremark’s VRMark is designed to test a PC’s readiness for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. The benchmark does not, however, require that one of the headsets is attached to the PC to run and it uses an in-house graphics engine and content to ensure comparable results between different platforms. We ran the "Blue Room" VRMark test at defaults settings here, which is currently the most taxing test offered by the tool.

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Futuremark VRMark

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Fururemark's most taxing VR benchmark tells the same story at Unigine above. The Gigabyte card's higher GPU boost clock give it an edge over the EVGA RTX 2070 XC, but it can't quite catch the GTX 1080 Ti.

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