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Saturday, May 09, 2020
By: K.R. LaBossiere
priced better than other brands
You get what you pay for in some sense. Performance is ok. Better explanation of capabilities on the box so people know exactly what they are getting.
Value is good but Nvidia has this attitude of take it or leave it so they price it about 20-30% over its value. Intel has this same attitude and now look at them. It will be years before they can catch up to AMD. Guess thats why they are in no rush to push their new products out because of inferior performance nowadays. Nvidia and Intel need some humble pie for a few years to give their heads a shake and come down to earth.
Monday, February 03, 2020
This is the price/performance champion for the 20xx Super series of GPU - but it sang me the song of its people under load
Fantastic speeds, acceptable temperatures, only two slot cooler which is a positive for me and my case, fans too loud even under load, amazing customer service from EVGA. Rock solid frame rates paired with a Ryzen 3600.
No back-plate, but it's to cut costs. Understandable but hard to swallow at this price range. Blame NVIDIA! Sadly my card now crashes and BSOD's in D3D mode. 2D rendering is fine, but it will not longer play games. I won't dock a lot of stars for my lemon of a card but please be aware my card also has a profound amount of coil whine. Many others report this anecdotally as well. It's almost unbearable and sounds like a high end card running a game at 300 FPS with vsync off. inductors just going wild !!
Despite my requirements for RMA, i'm still giving this card a 4/5! EVGA customer service is second to none and they have already taken care of me, so if you have issues they will take care of you as well. The one star off is for the coil whine. i can't hold my lemon against what amounts to thousands of other cards out in the wild. If you need the cheapest, but also most supported (IE. EVGA warranty), get this card. Be aware of the coil whine issue though - some have more than others and i surely did not luck out. Card is fast, runs around 70° C under full load and got me a solid 9,620 in 3DMark Firestrike with a 3600. Best price/performance ratio is this card. There is no other, look here to save the bucks and get a good card from a company who truly cares about their customers! :)
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Originally considered a non-super 2070 but due to shortages in supply of the end of life cards I ended up with the Super version. The EVGA Black version of the card was the least expensive 2070 Super-based card that was in stock at the time that was "normal" height so it could fit into the relatively compact chassis of the dual socket Dell Precision T5610. In spite of having just two normal-ish sized fans it runs reasonably quietly under full load and even with the two Xeon E5-2687W V2's that are each rated to 150W and it's possible for Davinci Resolve 16 to max out all 32 threads at 3.6GHz all core boost clocks while showing around 80-90% typical GPU utilization in HW Monitor when transcoding Red Helium 8K raw footage to DNxHR HQX. I see that Premiere Pro will max out CPU and GPU utilization if rendering from 8K Redcode or QHD XAVC to H.264 when my studio's film editor is transcoding for other editors who are using "lesser" hardware like current generation Mac Pros.
We always wish we could spend less but compared to other available options Nvidia's unlocking of 10bpp OpenGL combined with lower power consumption per performance and even the addition of a USB-C port on this card puts this sort of performance, colour resolution and within such a power envelope in a field where the only other players are either significantly more expensive or require a major jump in CPU power to feed. On the gaming side, I wish there were more games with ray tracing extensions that I was interested in. My purchase came bundled with CoD Modern Warfare (2019) and I enjoyed the single player campaign but I have no interest in multiplayer. With a 2,560 x 1,600 screen I don't think this card is powerful enough to play with RTX features enabled at full resolution.
If you have 16+ 3.2GHz or faster cores and you're rendering video from Resolve and Premiere Pro this card may be one of the best performance-maximizing value purchases you can make for your workstation.