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Friday, July 24, 2020
By: Thomas S
From: Calgary, AB
1. Good out-of-the-box overclocked performance 2. Quiet(er) 3. Neutral tones and design 4. slim two-slot design 5. Includes a back plate
1. No headroom in power consumption (maxed out at 100% by default) 2. No RGB 3. Cost!!
Overall, I found this card to meet the expectations I had for it! I had very high but reasonable expectations. That is, if I am buying a 2070 Super "OC" card, I want it to actually clock higher than the boost clocks advertised by NVidia. Without overclocking manually, this card hit an average 1,881 MHz clock speed which is a solid 100 MHz more than the advertised boost speeds from NVidia. When manually overclocking, I was able to get another 100 MHz via MSI Afterburner and an additional 800 MHz (200 actual) on the Memory clock. When running the Time Spy benchmark (link below), I hit average clock speeds of 1979 MHz (core) and 1936 MHz (memory). This was the limit of my overclocking because there was no headroom available in power consumption. I (admittedly) enjoy a little bit of RGB in my system but it is not important in the least so I am happy that, without it, this card looks great still and uses neutral colours. The pictures online make the grey plastic look cheap but it actually has a nice texture to it. The big issue with this card is the prohibitive cost. I was able to get a discount since my card was refurbished and I am not sure if I would otherwise purchase this card. Especially since the 5700 XT is not far off in performance, the extra ~$200 in cost is hard to rationalize. That said, I am happy I went with an RTX card for its DLSS functionality (which I hope will give this card greater longevity) and for its more stable driver support. I don't think I will regularly use the RTX functionality because it tanks the framerate. Overall, a great option for the cost and deserves this 5/5 Benchmarks: 1. Before overclocking: https://www.3dmark.com/spy/13135450 2. After overclocking: https://www.3dmark.com/spy/13150234 (I had set fan speeds to 100%, hence the low temperatures) p.s. Anthony from Edmonton got better results, likely because his card was only "under 80% load". When running AAA games and benchmarking, it will be at ~98% load.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Wonderful clock speed. I get a little over 2,000MHz with the auto-OC while gaming. Stays below 65 degrees Celsius even when ramped up to 2,000+ MHz during gaming and under 80% load. I have been using MSi for decades and will continue to support them. This is an incredible card. I run this card @ 1440p on ULTRA settings except anti-aliaising turned to OFF or 2x on most games including RDR2, GTA 5, The Witcher 3, Osiris: New Dawn and Ark: Survival Evolved.
No RGB for those who care. I don't. The card is incredible and worth the performance it achieves. Lights have no effect on perfoemance so I am okay with no RGB.
MSi deserves an award for using a premium PCB layout and perfecting upon it and designing an optimal cooler to boot.