ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI (8GB GDDR6) Review

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI graphics card. This graphics card utilizes the latest cutting-edge GPU from Nvidia featuring Turing architecture … giving you real-time ray tracing capabilities, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading.

The GeForce RTX 2070 offers a total of 2304 CUDA cores, and has a core clock rate of 1410MHz that’s boosted to 1620MHz. It comes with 8GB of super fast GDDR6 ram with a memory speed of 14Gbps. It’s on a memory bus of 256-bit giving you a total memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s. All of this sounds pretty impressive. But wait there’s more …

The GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI from Zotac, as the name suggests is a compact/mini version of their standard GeForce RTX 2070 measuring just 21.1cm in length, and will fit in 99% of all systems or chassis on the market.

 

What is RTX all about?

Well, Nvidia have included Ray-Tracing capabilities in their new Turing GPU, giving you lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows, offering a level of realism far beyond what’s possible using traditional rendering techniques.

Ray-Tracing is nothing new, in fact it’s been around a lot longer than you can imagine. The very first real-time ray-tracing was presented by Arthur Appel in 1968. It became more widely known during the 1980’s but it required huge processing power that only a few mainframe computers and a handful of workstations could offer.

Now almost forty years later, Nvidia is bringing real-time Ray-Tracing to the masses with their Turing GPUs, and you’ll find them on their GeForce RTX series of graphic cards.

 

Here’s a quick comparison of the GeForce RTX 20 series from Nvidia (default clock speeds)…

  GeForce RTX 2080 Ti  GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce GTX 1080
Architecture Turing Turing Turing Pascal
CUDA Cores 3584 2944 2304 2560
Frame Buffer 11GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5X
Base Clock Speed 1350 MHz 1515 MHz
1410 MHz 1607 MHz
Boost Clock Speed 1545 MHz 1710 MHz 1620 MHz 1733 MHz
Memory Speed 14Gbps 14Gbps 14 Gbps 10Gbps
Memory Bus 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 616 Gb/s 448 Gb/s 448 Gb/s 320 Gb/s
Power 250W 215W 175W 180W
DX12 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ray Tracing Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

For those who don’t know who Zotac is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …

BRAND STORY

ZOTAC, the creator of the Original Mini PC, derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing our skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style.

Innovation, Quality and responsibility

ZOTAC believes being at the forefront of innovation is the key to the future. Our dedication to produce quality products us the backbone of our business model, and we work round-the-clock to ensure all our products are up to then our rigorous standards.

There’s been a lot of talk about the GeForce RTX 20 series lately, with many users saying there’s no real performance gains over the GTX 10 series to justify its high price. While others have been complaining about the lack of games/applications that support Ray-Tracing capabilities. And even with Ray-Tracing switched-on, many users experienced poor performance and low frame rates.

 

 

I’m not here to complain. I here to give you my thoughts and experience on the GeForce RTX 2070. As for the issues and concerns mentioned above, I’m sure Nvidia will address them over time as more and more developers support Ray-Tracing.

With all that said … it’ll be interesting to see how this card will perform against its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 10 series. I’m expecting some marginal performance gains, if any, but more interestingly … what is overall experience with Ray-Tracing switched-on. There are only a few games and a handful of benchmarking software that can support it, so we’ll have to see….

 

You can buy the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme Graphics Card for around USD $580 from various online retailer including Amazon – https://amzn.to/2EfPcKR

 

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