Nvidia RTX 2060 vs 2070 – Benchmarks & Comparisons

The Nvidia RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 are both
decent gaming graphics cards, but which should you pick, and is it worth upgrading? In this
video we’ll test out a bunch of games at 4K, 1440p, and 1080p to help you see the performance
difference between them. Let’s quickly take a look at how the RTX
2060 and RTX 2070 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. The 2070 has more CUDA cores, higher base clock, but slightly lower boost clock,
though again that will vary by card. Otherwise the 2070 has 8GB of GDDR6 memory while the
2060 has 6GB, and while 6GB is currently fine for most games, in the future we may start
to see more being required in future titles. For the testing I’m using the Gigabyte RTX
2060 Windforce OC and the Zotac RTX 2070 mini, so my 2060 does have a small factory overclock
while the 2070 is stock, however overclocks generally only equate to a couple FPS here
and there in most games. The system that I’m testing with has an
Intel i7-8700K CPU in an MSI Z390 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, so let’s get into the results. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark using high settings. In all of the upcoming graphs I’ve got the
RTX 2070 results shown by the green bars, and the RTX 2060 shown by the blue bars underneath,
with the 4K, 1440p and 1080p resolutions listed on the left. Down the bottom at 1080p we’re
looking at a 4.6% improvement to average FPS with the 2070. At 1440p this rises to a 9%
boost, and then a larger 12% boost at 4K, though not much of a change to 1% low. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode
rather than multiplayer, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the test run, and
it seems to be more graphically intensive. This game consistently saw the largest improvement
between the two graphics cards. Starting with RTX off at 1080p the 2070 was giving us 13%
higher average FPS when compared with the 2060, 12.6% more at 1440p, and then at 4K
there was a 17% boost, with some nices increases to 1% low too. I’ve also tested Battlefield 5 with RTX
on, and although overall the results don’t look great and I probably wouldn’t want
to play with either option, at least with the high settings that I’m testing with,
there was a larger boost to performance, with the 2070 getting 16% higher average FPS compared
against the 2060 at 1080p and 1440p, and then a large 23% increase at 4K, the largest out
of all my tests. Far Cry 5 was tested using the built in benchmark
with high settings. At 1080p and 1440p resolutions I was actually seeing slightly lower 1% low
results, however the average FPS from the 2070 was consistently higher. At 1080p the
2070 was around 5% faster, then 8% faster at 1440p, then finally 10% higher at 4K, improving
as we step the resolution up. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested
using the built in benchmark. At the bottom of the graph for our 1080p results the 2070
was getting almost 10% higher average frame rate when compared to the 2060. Stepping up
to 1440p this rises slightly to an 11% improvement, then finally at 4K we’re seeing just under
a 13% boost using the 2070. Rainbow Six Siege was tested using the built
in benchmark at high settings. I’ve found this game to favour Nvidia’s RTX graphics
cards in previous testing so we’re seeing pretty nice results here compared to GTX cards.
At 1080p there’s a 9.5% boost to average FPS when we use the RTX 2070, a 7.6% improvement
at 1440p, and then at 4K the game saw the smallest change for this resolution, with
an 8.6% improvement over the RTX 2060. CS:GO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark,
and at 1080p there was a 6% improvement to average FPS, 5% at 1440p, and then a larger
13% increase at 4K with the RTX 2070, but realistically either of these cards will play
this game extremely well at about any resolution. Overwatch was tested in the practice range
as I can easily perform the same test run compared to playing with bots or other players
which will differ every time. The RTX 2070 was getting us a 10.6% improvement at 1080p,
and then a 14% improvement at 1440p and 4K, making this consistently one of the best games
tested on the 2070 when comparing with our 2060. There were much more improvements seen
to the 1% low, 24% at 1080p, 20% at 1440p, and then 15% at 4K, where the 1% low was only
just below the average frame rate of the 2060. PUBG was tested using the replay feature with
the exact same replay at high settings. At 1080p the RTX 2070 was seeing an 11% improvement
to average FPS, making it the second highest improved game tested behind Battlefield 5.
PUBG got second place again at 1440p, with a 16% increase to average FPS over the 2060,
and then a 13% rise at 4K with no real change to 1% low at this resolution. Watch Dogs 2 is a resource intensive game,
and I can play it alright with a solid 30 FPS, so it was actually playing ok for me
even at 4K with very high settings, though ideally I’d use lower settings at that resolution.
At 1080p there was the smallest improvement out of all games tested, with just a 4% improvement
to average FPS with the 2070, and not much difference to 1% low. Next there was an 8.5%
rise at 1440p, and finally a 12% increase at 4K, with larger improvements to 1% low
now at these higher resolutions. In terms of overall improvement, over all
10 tests with a 1080p resolution on average the RTX 2070 is performing 9% better than
the RTX 2060 in average FPS. More CPU demanding games like Watch Dogs 2 are left down the
bottom, while others like Battlefield 5 seem to really benefit from the increased GPU power. At 1440p on average over the same games the
RTX 2070 was now scoring almost 11% higher average frame rates when compared with the
RTX 2060, so a slight improvement as we increase the resolution, however we can see the results
really vary between games. At 4K the RTX 2070 was now on average 13.6%
better than the RTX 2060 in these games. The average frame rate difference improves further
as we step up in resolution as we start becoming less CPU bound and really start to see what
these graphics cards are capable of. I haven’t tested overclocking here, as results
aren’t guaranteed and will vary between hardware based on what overclocks you can
get, realistically it generally only makes a couple of FPS difference, but I’ll cover
overclocking in the full review videos for each of these cards, so get subscribed for
that. Now for the final difference, the price. I
suggest checking updated prices using the links in the description, as prices will change
over time. The Gigabyte RTX 2060 I’ve used here goes for around $370 USD, while other
2060’s seem to currently start at around $350. The 2070 I’m using is around $530
USD, but others start around $500. Going on these best case current prices, going from
$350 for the 2060 to $500 for the 2070 is a 43% increase to price, which I don’t think
is really worth it for the 13% average improvement seen at 4K. You might find better prices on
the second hand market, but as RTX graphics are still fairly new supply there may be limited. Based on the performance difference there’s
no real reason to upgrade from the 2060 to the 2070 either, unless you’re happy with
the 10 to 13% improvement on average that the 2070 offers for that price, personally
I’d want an upgrade to count for more and would instead be looking at something higher,
assuming of course the 2060 wasn’t cutting it anymore at some point in the future. 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. If I was buying new today I’d go for the 2060, it’s a much better bang
for the buck. Buying the 2060 with RTX in mind at this time probably isn’t a good
idea, it seems a bit weak to really give a good experience, at least going by Battlefield
5, although I wasn’t really getting all that great FPS out of the RTX 2070 either. Let me know which card you’d pick down in
the comments, the 2060 or 2070, and don’t forget to subscribe for more comparisons and
future tech videos like this one.

79 thoughts on “Nvidia RTX 2060 vs 2070 – Benchmarks & Comparisons

  1. Nice work mate, enjoyed the testing and the graphs look 👌

    Also I found the 2060 was 11% slower on average at 1440p as well, so that's a bit relief for me 😉 Keep up the good work mate, top quality stuff!

  2. Hey Jarrod nice video as always! Are you going to review the new Dell G7 7590, the one that has rtx 2060? I'm just curious with the thermal and the performance overall. It's already on sale on JB Hifi, but I can't find a single review in the youtube although it's already on sale since end of January. I hope you can be the first one to make review of that new G7! Cheers!

  3. u should start showing frametimes in your videos as frametimes are very much important as it shows frame consistency and stutters

  4. It's sooo useless honestly. Why pay around 200 more for maybe 11% performance?? It's so shitty. They really needed to boost the performance of the 2070. I had a 2070 but I got my money back. Im going to get a 2080. That at least has a bigger bump to performance between everything. I see no reason anymore to switch my 1070 sc from evga for a 2070.

  5. MOST of 2070's and 2080's currently on the market have the defective Micron memory chips that introduce artifacts even after a month of use. Stay away unless you know the model number you buy has Samsung chips.

  6. 10% more for 150dls (1080p/1440p 2060 is not a 4k card 2070 either anyway). overclock 2060 get 10% extra done.
    can you retest or just overclock the 2060 agaisnt this 2070 results? for the video you would only overclock the 2060. is to know how further can go, if can actually get that extra 10% by overclocking

  7. Sorry for always asking so many questions lol, I just need to get all of mine answered before you blow up!!!

    I am currently choosing between the i7 8700k and the ryzen 7 2700x. I have seen many YouTubers reviews then but most of them are using 1080ti/2080ti graphics cards, and they say that the difference will be less with worse graphics cars. Do you know how big of a performance gain the i7 8700k has over the ryzen 7 2700x with a 2060, if any at all? And how much would it grow if I got a 2070?

  8. So if I get a cheaper dell xps 15, say 9550 and I plug such external GPU, everything should be fine?
    Or should I consider either Razer blade or newer xps 15.
    I want it for some gaming and college.

  9. Neither, would buy 1660 Ti.
    Ray Tracing = Nice tech, but not worth it(the performance drop says it all))
    DLSS = Sad Face(need I say more?)

  10. Hey Jarrod this question is irrelevant but I bought a computer pre built in october and my graphics card is 1070ti. Currently its glitching a lot and it seems I have to underclock it for these artifacts to go away. Would you happen to know why?

  11. Could you do a Mobile 2060 vs 2070 MaxQ comparison?
    It would be interesting to see dual channel memory on both the devices and then see how they perform.

  12. Do the Mini rtx 2060 perform worst than the standard sized rtx 2060? also can this game handle metro exodus @1080p 60fps with rtx on?

  13. I was thinking about going with the 1660ti but with the free game that I wanted to buy anyways, I might as well get the RTX 2060. If the 2060 didn't have the free game then I would have purchased the 1660ti and waited 2 years for Nvidia to develop RTX technology better. I'm a little annoyed at GPU pricing right now.

  14. So much money for 2070 and you can't run it 60fps maxed. For almost ten years they market their cards can run 4k stable 60 fps, bs year after year. Maybe 700+ Eur card can at some games, but for how long and for who(1%) It's like Bugatti that has over 1000hp and goes fast, how does that makes me care besides engineering craft.

  15. 2070 only leads 5-8fps ahead of 2060 in 1440p and 2160p, but almost $150 more expensive than the 2060. Not worth it imo. The only possitive points I can think of for the 2070 is the extra 2GB of VRAM and better Ray Tracing utilization for future games.

  16. so I got a 970 rn looking to upgrade what would you recommend for me? 2060 or 2070 I stream aswell. nice vid love it

  17. All i'm going to say is some of these comparisons need to take into consideration the main reason most people buy these RTX cards. Streaming. Although it may not be a huge increase in FPS whilst gaming, the quality of a stream being processed through the new Nvenc encoder made for RTX GPU's will see a HUGE boost in quality for 720/1080p streamers. As of now some RTX 2070 cards are actually only 15-20% more than a 2060, and when you compare how well these GPU's perform at 1080p 60fps streaming, the price difference you pay is definitely justifiable.

  18. I need your guys opinion on a performance side of view, a pc with a intel core i7 processer with a rtx 2060 graphics card or a pc with a amd ryzen 7 series with a rtx 2070 graphics card? I need opinions on a performance side of view on gaming please!

  19. Hi I’m planing my new build and I’m stuck on the decision of what gpu to get as I will be using the Ryzen 7 2700X not overclocked and I can’t decide which gpu will be the best with it the RTX 2060, RTX2070 or GTX 1070 TI
    Any suggestions?

  20. i have 1080p 75hz LG 22MP68VQ-P MONITOR AND RYZEN 7 2700X…..should i go for rtx 2060 OR RTX 2070….PLS SUGGEST……

  21. rtx2060 works for me. By the time something more intensive comes out I'll have more options to upgrade my card.

  22. Full review of the Zotac 2070 mini used in this comparison is now up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ONRXURlnCA

  23. 2060 seems just right, if you still can't run your games the way you want to then just buy a second one and SLI-Crossfire it

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