Nvidia GTX 1070 vs RTX 2070 – Benchmarks & Comparisons


The Nvidia RTX 2070 and older GTX 1070 are
both powerful gaming graphics cards, but which should you pick, and is it worth upgrading?
In this video we’ll check out a heap of game benchmarks at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p to
help you see the performance difference between them. Let’s quickly take a look at how the 2070
and 1070 actually differ in terms of specs, note that things like clock speed and power
will vary between specific cards, these are just the reference specs for each model. Important
differences to take note of are that the RTX 2070 is based on Nvidia’s newer Turing architecture
and has more Cuda cores but lower base and boost clock speeds out of the box when compared
with the Pascal GTX 1070. They both have 8GB of memory, but the newer 2070 is making use
of GDDR6, and of course it also supports newer features like ray tracing. For the testing I’m using the MSI RTX 2070
Gaming Z, while the 1070 was the Galax GTX 1070 EX, the Gaming Z has a pretty good overclock
on it out of the box while the Galax card has a smaller overclock comparatively, so
expect slightly different results with different models. The system that I’m testing with has an
AMD Ryzen 2700X CPU in an MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard running at stock speeds,
along with 16GB of T-Force Night Hawk CL16 memory from Team Group running at DDR4-3200
in dual channel. Check the links in the description for details on all of the components as well
as for up to date pricing. The same Windows version and Nvidia drivers were used for the
testing, and with all games I’ve only tested at max settings, as for most titles these
should be more GPU bound and help us see the differences, so with that in mind let’s
get into the results. Fortnite was tested with the same replay file
at epic settings, and at all three resolutions the 1% low results from the 2070 were above
the average frame rates of the 1070, so the 2070 is giving us much better results. In
terms of average frame rates, the 2070 was performing more than 40% better than the 1070
in this test. Overwatch was seeing massive differences,
out of all the games I’ve tested this one saw the biggest improvement on the 2070. At
1080p the average frame rate is 70% higher on the 2070, and around 82% faster at 1440p
and 4K, a pretty huge difference with this well optimized game, although the game still
does run well on the 1070. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode
rather than multiplayer, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the test run. This
time at 1080p and 1440p the 1% low from the 2070 isn’t quite better than the average
of the 1070, but for average FPS the 2070 was still 32% better at 1080p, 39% better
at 1440p, and up to 50% better at 4K, and we’ll check out raytracing a bit later. CS:GO was tested with the ulletical benchmark,
and there was less of a difference between the 1070 and 2070 in this game, this game
saw the lowest increase with the 2070 out of all of the games I tested. There was far
less of a change between the 1% low results at all 3 resolutions, and then in terms of
average frame rates there was just a 12% improvement at 1080p, then a 22% improvement at 1440p
and 4K. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark, and we’re back to seeing the 1% low results from the 2070 beat the average
frame rates of the 1070 once again, but even the 1070 was able to average above 60 FPS
with ultra settings at 4K in this test. This game saw one of the largest improvements in
performance out of the titles tested, with a 41% improvement to average FPS at 1080p
on the 2070, 52% better at 1440p, and a massive 61% improvement at 4K. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested
with the built in benchmark, and again really good improvements with the 2070. There was
a 40% improvement with the 2070 at 1080p, 48% at 1440p, and then 52% at 4K. Far Cry 5 was tested with the built in benchmark,
and both were able to get above 60 FPS at 1440p or below in this test with max settings.
There wasn’t as big of a difference with this game compared to others, the 2070 was
performing 15% better than the 1070 at 1080p in average FPS, 36% better at 1440p and then
a 42% improvement at 4K. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey saw pretty similar
performance differences, and was also tested with the built in benchmark. The frame rates
at ultra high settings aren’t that great as this doesn’t seem to be a very well optimized
game, although at the same time I don’t think it needs a high frame rate to play.
There wasn’t much of a difference between 1% low at 1080p and 1440p, and then with the
average frame rates the 2070 was going 25% better than the 1070 at 1080p, 22% better
at 1440p, and then 44% better at 4K. PUBG was tested using the same replay, and
was another where the 1% low from the 2070 was better than the average frame rate coming
from the 1070. At 1440p even with ultra settings the 2070 was actually giving pretty decent
results, while I wouldn’t really want to play below 60 FPS on the 1070 at these settings,
though of course you could lower the settings to improve frame rate. At 1080p the 2070 was
performing 35% better than the 1070 in terms of average frame rates, 42% better at 1440p,
and 41% better at 4K. Watch Dogs 2 is a fairly resource intensive
game, but I can play it perfectly fine with a solid 30 FPS average, so 4K with the 2070
even maxed out actually went ok for me, and then perfectly fine with either card at any
other resolution and settings. With that said, this game didn’t see as big of an improvement
with the 2070 compared to most of the other games tested. At 1080p the 2070 was scoring
24% better than the 1070 in terms of average FPS, 27% better at 1440p, and 35% better at
4K. The Witcher 3 was tested with Hairworks disabled,
but ultra settings are still pretty intensive compared to the other settings in this game.
Despite this though even at 4K the 2070 was still almost able to hit 60 FPS, while either
were perfectly fine at 1440p or 1080p with max settings. At 1080p the 2070 was performing
46% better in average frame rate, and then 47% better at both 1440p and 4K. Shadow of War was tested with the built in
benchmark at ultra settings, and once again pretty big improvements seen with the 2070
graphics. There was a 40% improvement at 1080p, 51% better at 1440p, and then 59% better at
4K. In terms of overall improvement, over all
of the games tested at max settings with a 1080p resolution on average the 2070 is performing
36% better than the 1070, although we can see there is quite a big difference between
the various games. At 1440p on average over the same games the
2070 was now performing 42% better than the 1070 in these titles, but again it really
varies depending on the specific game. On average we expect the performance gap to widen
at higher resolutions because higher resolutions are more GPU bound. At 4K the 2070 was now on average 48% better
than the 1070 in these games, but again this really varies based on the specific game,
and we’re seeing the biggest difference here as 4K gaming is much less CPU dependent. The 20 series does of course also have the
option of playing games with ray tracing on, and here are the frame rates we’re looking
at with the 2070 with and without it enabled, so there’s quite a performance hit by having
it enabled, you’ll only really be able to play at 1080p or 1440p and with lower settings. I haven’t tested overclocking here, as results
aren’t guaranteed and will vary between hardware based on what overclocks you can
get, although as both are pre overclocked cards we’ll likely only see a small difference
of a few FPS. Now for the final difference, the price. I
suggest checking updated prices using the links in the description, as prices will change
over time. At the time of recording the 2070 Gaming Z tested here goes for $600 USD, but
there are of course cheaper 2070s available that will only realistically perform a few
FPS lower. I actually got my 1070 second hand for a good deal at the time at the end of
the mining boom, however I wasn’t able to find pricing for my exact model new. Looking
on Amazon though it looks like you can get a similarly clocked model for around $400
USD. This means that our 2070 costs approximately
50% more than the 1070, although again it may be less if you get a cheaper 2070, so
you’ll probably want to do this math yourself. If you’re playing games at 4K where we saw
a 48% improvement with the 2070 on average then it may make sense to either upgrade or
buy a 2070 instead of a 1070 if you’re picking between the two, paying 50% more for around
48% more performance seems fair. On the other hand if you’re just playing at 1080p then
maybe it’s not worth spending 50% more for 36% more performance, it depends on your budget
though, you do of course get ray tracing with the 2070, which hopefully improves in the
future. So which graphics card would you pick? The
RTX 2070 or GTX 1070? Both are great options, it really comes down to what sort of games
you want to play, what resolutions you want to play at, and what frame rates you want
to target. Personally I’d probably go the 2070 for higher resolution gaming and also
have the extra features like ray tracing and DLSS on the off chance that they actually
get good, but if I found a nice second hand deal on a 1070 then that could make more sense
for 1080p and even 1440p gaming. The 2070 does of course appear to be closer in performance
to the GTX 1080, so I’ll be comparing those next. Let me know which card you’d pick down in
the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe for more comparisons and tech videos like
this one.

100 thoughts on “Nvidia GTX 1070 vs RTX 2070 – Benchmarks & Comparisons

  1. Great comparison jarrod! I would wait for 7nm Navi AND AMD U BETTER DONT DISAPPOINT US LIKE LAST TIME since its right around the corner and seriously what's point for me since I only play Overwatch and fortnite and my ancient GTX 680 does 60fps @1080 with ultra settings 😂

  2. I CAN SMELL NEXT GEN GPU'S FROM NVIDIA WILL DO 4K 60FPS AT 500$ Ish Price tag 😍 @ High setting may not be at ultra doe since Nvdia rebrands their xx80ti cards as newer XX70

  3. The source engine is old csgo isn't optimized well. Valve has to get a new engine or use other good engines like Unreal etc.

  4. nice review and helpfull comparaison between these cards. Since im looking for thin laptop like the ones with the 1070 max q in mid-late 2019, i expect the 2070 max q will be more powerfull

  5. Hi, Jarrod. Another JT, thorough video. Working at this pace, you better buy a water cooler for yourself, to avoid self thermal throttling.
    The pick BETWEEN THESE TWO, if one got the money, is obvious. But you know which is the right pick, if there was another card running.
    Have a good one, mate.

  6. I am quite sick and tired of short sighted gamers overlooking Ray Tracing and Tensor Cores.

    Yes, NGreedia is 100% at fault for absolutely hideous price gouging.

    But in the long run, given your budget is sufficient, the RTX 2070 is the obvious value winner. It is extremely unlikely that Ray Tracing will never take off because as graphical quality continues to improve, there will come a point where Ray Tracing is actually more efficient than rastering. Other than Ray Tracing, the other major value proposition that the older GTX 1070 will NEVER beat is the Tensor cores. If you both Game AND do Machine Learing, the RTX 2070 is the obvious value winner.

  7. Nice video! Do you think 1070 will hold up well with 1080p gaming 3 years down the road now that 20-series cards are introduced

  8. 9:04 "so you'll probably want to do this math yourself"
    but I watch your videos so I won't have to do the math myself 🙁

  9. Hello, im a bit late and this is off topic from the current video, pls help.
    i have an asus x456u (x456ub-wx006t) and i want to upgrade its network adapter but i cant find if my laptop's motherboard can support the adapter you have installed in your aero x15.

  10. Those 1070 rainbow six siege numbers are kinda messed up, I play at 1440p medium to get those numbers with an 8600k at 4.9Ghz. Take a look at your settings or just screencap them for me if you can.

  11. Forget the 1070, 1060 is getting so tweaked i think probably it will beat the 1070 any time soon, if it doesnt already.
    I dont know what Nvidia is doing, but it seems they really want to sell 1060s.

  12. many thanks for aewsome review so confused and caught up in dilemia should i buy rtx 2070 or not and its compatibilty with i7-6700k

  13. i play battefield 5 on competitive setting 142 fps avg with on my 1070 1080hz 1080p monitor (g-sync).

    I do not ask anything else 🙂 sorry my bad eng

  14. I don't understand why you have to talk during your graphs you're literally just reading off what I can see. Unlike gamer Nexus you aren't providing us with any new info than what's on the screen. I don't need you to say 1070 or 2070 a thousand times. Just stay quiet and let us read and analyze the info or give us detailed info that's not on the screen when the graphs go on.

  15. Hey, can you help me to choose which one is better gpu? I struggle with MX 150 and 960 M, which one is you recommended? (Need to buy new NB, I currently have R5 M330 AMD)

  16. i have the gtx 1070 sc but im thinking about selling it and buying the rtx 2070. especially since the drivers for the 1070 are pretty old so not much more will improve for it. compared to the rtx 2070 thats very new. so performance will increase over time. it now steadily beats the gtx 1080 in most games. which it barely did 2 months ago.

  17. When the RTX 2070 Max-Q laptops come out, I expect a GTX 1070 comparison! That'll be the deciding factor to upgrade my Clevo P670RS-G to one of these new RTX laptops 🙂

  18. How's the fortnite frames with shadows off? The frames in fortnite go waay up with them off and most semi competitive people have them off

  19. Great video, quick question though, are you able to test the power consumption of each card during general gaming? Because I'm sure it achieves this extra performance using a significantly higher TDP

  20. i like how rtx cards are giving less fps than the gtx10 series on same resolution and settings…means my 1070ti is still fine

  21. So, my RTX 2070, i7-7700, 2x8GB ram cannot give me 200fps in CS; on 4:3 aspect ratio, 1280×960 res, and everything on the lowest.

    I've optimized everything possible on my pc, my RTX 2070 is completely new, it's overclocked on afterburner, and I just cleansed my processor.

    Does anyone know what to do?

    In Rainbow SIx Siege I am playing on almost everything at the highest possible in 1080p and getting better fps in that game than in CS. Same goes for Fortnite (which I currently play on all medium settings 1080p).

    Any help and tips would be much appreciated.

  22. Nice vid, though I would change the 1% fps to the darker colors as they are less important and the average to the brighter ones

  23. Guess its time to get rid of my 1070 Max-Q laptop in favor of a full blown 2070 laptop. Can't wait until Tuesday!!!!!

  24. the rtx 2070 is a gtx 1080 with ray-tracing. therefore its more worth getting the 2070 instead of the gtx 1070.

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  25. (owner of a gtx 1070 bought in sommer 2016 509€)

    If I had to buy a gpu today… i would look at my budget (~500€) and well the rtx 2070 would be an option.
    But dont buy any RTX Cards!!!! DOnt support NVidia with the RTX line up. Its a fraud.
    The only worth RTX Card is the 2080TI the 2080. 2070 & 2060 are waaay to expensive for their power on the street.

  26. I like my little Alienware laptop. Has a 1070 in it. Runs all games ultra 60 fps. Not worried about getting a better one for some time. 👍

  27. Anyone looking to purchase an RTX 2070 to play AC Odyssey would have been very disappointed. Ubisoft cannot optimize their games to save their lives.

  28. Is the rtx 2070 bettet then the gtx 1070 ti? I want an awnser because IM looking to buy the rtx 2070. Can you just say what you think is the best

  29. Everyone keeps saying the 20 gen is a disappointment to the 10 series.
    Has everyone forgotten that the RTX is a new line? GTX is still a thing with GTX 1660 ti.
    Everyone is pissed off about the performance comparing tiers and ignoring that GTX and RTX cards are different series all together??

  30. Well, since I just got a 43" 4K 60hz screen, I'm thinking 2070. Especially since prices between 1070 and 2070 only differ 40% here and you get a 48% boost. Thanks for the video. Looking at the stats didn't tell me much, this video however is very clear. When doing something GPU intensive, the 2070 is just a LOT better. Is that from the 448GB/s instead of 256GB/s or from the 14ghz vs 8 ghz?

  31. Thanks! Really appreciate 4k results! I have a 4k tv and 1070 and it isn't the best for modern games at 4k. I got a 1080ti and blew my 650w corsair psu (hopefully not the pc! I7 3820) So sold that and thinking of getting a 2070. Scared the 2080 will be too much power too! This is very encouraging of big gains at 4k!

  32. id love to see that bench mark on rust plz ive had always built my own and never had problem with running games on high but that game is so demanding i actually lag and run around like 40 fps but deff would love to see that if u could for me on 1070 dont have to be the 2070 but if u could get side by side that be amazing

  33. My system has an i7 8700 and a 1060 3GB GPU for photography. Started playing with Davinci 15 and now 16, which turned out to be faster, and less buggy than Premiere, however only playing with the free version. It appears to utilize the GPU more efficiently for color space transformation, noise reduction, etc. so I'm looking into an upgrade to 1070ti/1080/ 2070 which is priced to ~$350, 380, 420 [used Amazon] after tax and shipment. Do you think the $70 (~20%) premium is worth it?

  34. I've been researching GPUs for the last couple of days. I never played ACO but in all the reviews and test videos I have seen it seems to run lower fps. Must be a pretty demanding game.

  35. Maybe I missed this, but are these stock clocks?

    My 1070 is liquid cooled at the core, and I run at 2100 MHz under 50C even in the summer. So I don't think I should move on yet considering I only play 2560×1080 @ 75 Hz

  36. PLEASE CAN HELP SOMEONE HELP ME ANY CUTE SAYING HOW MUCH THE RTX 2070 ARMOR IS CONSUMING WATT (Highest watt required)

  37. Add a generation back for the patient gamers… Or maybe I'm an exception because I found a 2070 for $316 with tax etc. I upgraded from a 970 even though I planned to wait another generation if not two. A 970 is about half as fast as a 2070 based on my research. I have a 3700X rather than a 9900K, but I feel it's close enough. Ryzen was also better then expected this year – at least for me. I'm hearing good things about next year, but I don't regret moving from a 4670K. Fuck quad cores. Double gpu performance, cpu performance similar to $500 Intel for $330 and $50 off the board at AMD. Combined with improving memory prices, I doubled my RAM to 32 and got RGB for a decent price (110/100 16 GB each time). Doubling key specs is my performance goal at least now when CPU and GPU performance are looking to scale a lot more quickly than the last few years with some level of competition. Not sure how much money really needs to put into this, but I think they're going to take current AMD seriously. My point is, wait for sales and such and carefully ask yourself how much you care about having the best price per dollar gpu. You have to check reddit a lot or some other solution (I use buildapcsales) but that's how I get good prices. Just paying attention to the sub got me an EVGA Torq mouse for a penny at Micro Center.

  38. I started playing more fortnite because of the chapter 2 season. The graphics are insane in this new season and it really puts an affect on my 1070. I’m wondering if u should switch to a 2070. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I SHOULD REALLY SWITCH TO ANOTHER 8GB CARD!!😁

    👇

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