The RTX 2070 Overclocking Showdown vs. the GTX 1080 using 35 games

This is our third evaluation featuring the RTX 2070.  We reviewed the stock-clocked EVGA RTX 2070 Black and then pitted it against the factory-overclocked Founders Edition of the RTX 2070 and versus the GTX 1080.  This evaluation will overclock each card as far as they can go to compare their stock and overclocked performance.

The built-by-NVIDIA RTX 2070 Founders Edition and the EVGA RTX 2070 Black use identical TU106 GPUs with the difference being that the Founders Edition along with all other overclocked partner cards come from an overclocked bin.  NVIDIA also uses a more robust 6-phase power supply for the Founders Edition coupled with a 2-phase power supply for the GDDR6 memory.

Aside from its obvious better “looks” and backplate of the all-metal build of the Founders Edition versus the more plastic-looking and raw PCB back of the Black, is the Founders Edition worth $100 more in overclocked performance?  We are also going to compare the overclocked performance of our two RTX 2070s versus the GTX 1080 Founders Edition to see how it fares when fully overclocked.

As with our earlier testing, our three competing cards are benched on Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, using  Core i7-8700K with all six cores overclocked to 4.7 GHz by the BIOS, and 16GB of Kingston’s 3333 MHz DDR4.

Before we explore overclocking and performance testing, let’s take a look at our test configuration and overclocking.