Which is the better bet? We find out.

Manufacturer : EVGA

Model : GeForce RTX 2070 XC Ultra Gaming and Black Gaming

RRP : £459.98

Read the HEXUS review on the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Ultra Gaming and Black Gaming…

Nvidia added a third string to the all-new Turing bow by releasing the GeForce RTX 2070 last week. Though hardly cheap, this third-rung card brings in a lot of new-technology goodness at a starting price of £459. And that outlay buys you, by our reckoning, silky-smooth performance at QHD and a passable gaming experience at UHD.

In fact, performance sits between GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti, so the focus is on users who upgrade from older systems. The good news is that a number of Nvidia’s add-in board partners are adhering to the $499 (£459) asking fee for basic models, though of course their blingier cards do attract considerable price premiums.

A good case in point is EVGA. Offering five models whose price escalates from $499 through to $629, each is differentiated by either features or core frequency. The base model, 08G-P4-1071-KR, better known as the RTX 2070 Black Gaming, keeps to Nvidia’s 1,620MHz boost clock. Going for the next model up, the RTX 2070 XC Black Gaming (08G-P4-2173-KR), costing $529, and keeps the same frequencies but adds in RGB lighting and ups the power input to 8+6-pin. The third model, RTX 2070 XC Gaming (08G-P4-2172-KR), costing $549, is exactly the same as the XC Gaming apart from raising the boost clock to a guaranteed 1,710MHz. All three share the same dimensions of 269.2mm long, 114.3mm high, and occupy a strict two-slot form factor.  Read the full review here.

Conclusions :

Read the full review conclusion here.

The general price inflation for leading graphics cards has pushed the third-rung GeForce RTX 2070 to a starting price of £460, rising to a frankly ridiculous £670 for the best that Nvidia’s partners can offer.

EVGA is more sensible for its mainstream cards. The Black Gaming comes in at that £460 and uses a custom, smaller PCB that still carries a full-width cooler using the company’s latest technology.

Fitting into a dual-slot form factor, cool and quiet, some may argue the lack of RGB counts against it. We prefer looking at it the other way, that is, the sleek, simple look does it favours.

This Black Gaming will be hard to beat as it provides a compelling entry into the RTX 2070 world without the exorbitant price premiums for overclocked cards.

That brings us on to the XC Ultra Gaming. Using better cooling, albeit taking up three slots, and outfitted with RGB, an additional six-pin power connector, a higher power target, and an extra 105MHz boost speed, you would think that a reasonable premium would be worth it.

Sure, a $70 premium, as is the case in the US, is manageable, but the £90 premium, taking it to £549, in the UK is a step too far. The XC Ultra Gaming needs to be no more than £519 for it to make sense in our eyes.

The bottom line is that EVGA, as expected, has a thoroughly decent RTX 2070 line-up. We’d invest in the Black Gaming and put the money saved by eschewing an overclocked model into a game or three.

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