NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 4K & Ultrawide Gaming Performance

ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX
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by Rob Williams on November 5, 2018 in Graphics & Displays

NVIDIA’s third GeForce RTX card has landed, coming to us in the form of the $499 RTX 2070. In some regards, this card could be considered the most interesting of the three, as it’s not only powerful, it offers the least-expensive way to take advantage of RTX feature sets – ray tracing and DLSS. We’re taking a look at ASUS’ Republic of Gamers STRIX model, sporting three big fans and customizable RGBs.

Fortnite, Monster Hunter, RotTR & Ghost Recon Wildlands

Fortnite

Fortnite
Fortnite (1440p) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance
Fortnite (3440x1440 Ultrawide) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance
Fortnite (4K) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance

Fortnite is far from being a beefy game, but as a de facto eSports title, high framerates is the name of the game. Fortunately, you don’t need to go too high-end to get great framerates at 1440p. There, the Vega 56 hits 72 FPS, and the RTX 2070 nearly hits 110 FPS. The ultrawide resolution isn’t too much more punishing, with even the bottom GPU coming close to 60 FPS.

For 4K, the bottom-half of the table struggle. Even the RTX 2070 fails to hit 60 FPS, but this is another title that offers a fair bit of graphics customization, so hitting a clean 60 FPS will be just a few clicks away. When you see a card like the RTX 2080 Ti only hit 78 FPS at 4K, it reminds us just how crazy it is that 4K/144Hz displays are actually a thing. If only games more commonly supported multiple GPUs!

Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World (1440p) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance
Monster Hunter World (4K) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance

At least the last time I checked, Monster Hunter World does not support ultrawide monitors. It’s also a game that doesn’t inspire much confidence about optimization, but it’s at least been consistent in our testing when it comes to delivering scalable, repeatable numbers.

At 4K, and High detail, this game is outright punishing. It takes an RTX 2080 Ti to breach 60 FPS, and even the RTX 2070 falls short of 45 FPS. Again, this testing wasn’t done at low detail, so further improvements can be made to get higher framerates out of these lower-tier GPUs.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider (1440p) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance
Rise of the Tomb Raider (3440x1440 Ultrawide) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance
Rise of the Tomb Raider (4K) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance

I have not had time to experiment or test with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, so RotTR remains here for another article. I have heard mixed reaction about the reliability of Shadow so far, so I’m not entirely sure it’s going to even prove that trustworthy. Tie into that the fact that RTX support is supposed to drop soon, and Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 build that opens its support, we’re dealing with a bit of a strange situation here.

Nonetheless, at 1440p, all of these GPUs handle the game at max detail with ease. Ultrawide starts to push things, but even still, the lowest-ranking GPU of the bunch manages to come awfully close to 60 FPS.

At these maxed-out detail levels, and 4K resolution, only the RTX 2080 and higher broke 60 FPS. The RTX 2070 sits at a pretty respectable 51 FPS. To beat a dead boar, this game offers a lot of customization to make hitting 60 FPS easy if you are at least close.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (1440p) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (3440x1440 Ultrawide) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (4K) - ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX Performance

Wildlands helps us wrap this page up with another example of just how good today’s GPUs are at handling 1440p resolution in games, with the bottom-ranking GTX 1070 once again scraping 60 FPS.

At 4K, the game proves very punishing, with the RTX 2080 Ti yet again standing alone at the top, above the 60 FPS mark. For ultrawide, the RTX 2070 is the first card in the cart to exceed 60 FPS, though again, whittling down some settings will make that possible for the next few cards ranking below it.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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