Performance Charts & Conclusion

The Summary Chart

Below are the summary charts of 37 games and 2 synthetic tests.  Thirty-seven games compare the driver progression of the RTX 2070 and the GTX 1060 SC from last month’s 416.34 (and 416.33) GeForce drivers to the most recent 416.94 drivers.  The highest settings are always chosen and the settings are listed on the charts.  The benches were run at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440.  Open each chart in a separate window or tab for best viewing.

Most results show average framerates and higher is better. Minimum framerates are next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font.  A few games benched with OCAT show average framerates but the minimums are expressed by frametimes in ms where lower numbers are better.

The first two columns show the RTX 2070 FE’s performance. Columns one represents the latest 416.94 driver and Column two represents 416.33. For comparison, the Red Devil RX Vega 56 is included in the third column. The fourth column and fifth columns represents the EVGA GTX 1060 SC 6 GB performance – column four uses 416.94, and column five is 416.34.  The final sixth column compares the performance of the Red Devil RX 590.  An “X” means the benchmark could not be run.

We note mostly incremental improvements with the latest drivers over the older set with the Pascal GTX 1060, and they are generally positive with a rare regression.  However, in some cases we see significant performance increases with Turing’s RTX 2070.

Wolfenstein: The New Colossus got a recent rather large update adding NVIDIA’s adaptive shading which caused instability and crashes to desktop with the RTX 2070 probably because of the maxed-out setting that we use.  The GTX 1060 by virtue of having only 6GB of vRAM could not run Wolfenstein at all at 2560×1440 with the older drivers, but managed a very slow performance with the latest drivers before the update was applied.

Let’s head to our conclusion.


We would recommend upgrading to the latest Game Ready 416.94 driver from any previous driver set because there are generally advantages that are sometimes quite significant, depending on which game you are playing.  We found the latest drivers to be stable overall, and we experienced no major performance issues while benching or playing any of our 37 games except with Wolfenstein: The New Colossus with our fully maxed-out settings.

For many games in our benching suite, the GeForce 416.94 Software Edition may bring solid improvement to the RTX 2070’s performance over last month’s drivers. The benefits generally outweigh the negatives and they are essential for playing some of the newer games including Battlefield V.

Stay tuned, we are continuing to benchmark Turing with DXR reflections, and we will have another short performance evaluation later this week.  In the meantime, join BTR’s Community for great tech discussions and also feel free to comment on this Performance Analysis in the comments section below.

Happy gaming!