Verdict and Conclusion
You should know me by now … I love all things small, especially anything to do with mini ITX form factor. And this card, the GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI from Zotac is the perfect companion to any ITX builds. It’s compact and small, yet packs a huge punch in terms of performance, thanks to its boost clock of 1650 MHz (default is 1410 MHz).
I’m pretty impressed with the overall performance of the Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI. It’s faster than my trusted old GTX 1070 Ti and competes extremely well against the GTX 1080. This card really shines in two areas. First of all, its compact size. If you’re building an ITX system or a HTPC, then there is no other GeForce RTX 2070 out there on that market, that is smaller than this card. Secondly, the Turning architecture gives you ray-tracing capabilities … lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows. A level of realism far beyond what’s possible using traditional rendering techniques. However, if you don’t need ray tracing, then any GTX 10 series will do just fine.
Ray-tracing performance at 4K is a little questionable at times. I mean it does run at 4K with everything switched-on, but there are times it seems to struggle a bit. Maybe its bigger brother the RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti could do better,
Currently, titles supporting ray-tracing capabilities are very limited to say the least, But hopefully things will change as gamers upgrade to their new GeForce RTX next year. Titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider already look good, it will look even better when it finally gets its DXR patch. So far there are 11 games in the pipeline that will support ray tracing in the coming months.
There is one disappointment. Sadly Nvidia has removed the support for SLI on the RTX 2070, so there’s no connector for NVLink, which means you can’t run two of these cards together unfortunately.
Pricewise, the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI Graphics Card can be purchased from various online retailers for around USD $500. At this price, I think it’s a little steep for what it’s worth. I would have preferred it to cost between USD $400-450.
- Latest Turing architecture
- Boost clock of 1650 MHz (default is 1410 MHz)
- Support DirectX Raytracing (DXR)
- GDDR6 memory
- Compact size – Fits 99% of all chassis out there
- May struggle at 4K with DirectX Raytracing (DXR) switched-on
- Lacks NVLink connector – which means you can’t run two of these cards together.
The best things do come is small sizes. If you’re after a compact RTX 2070 that offers excellent performance thanks to its boost clock of 1650 MHz (default is 1410 MHz), then look no further. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI (8GB GDDR6) Graphics Card is your answer.
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