Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme Review

Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme which is a graphics card that makes use of a ton of unique and useful features. At its core, the device puts in some special flavor, helping the card stand out from the crowd and its competitors. We’ll be focusing on what the product’s all about, it’s features, specifications, performance, and if it’s worth investing in.

If you’re considering to get a new GeForce GTX 2070 and plan to have something with some additional punch and personality, then we think that you need to check the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme out. First, let’s see what’s inside the box.

Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme Review – What’s in the Box?

When we received our Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme, it came in a sturdy black cardboard box which is something that you’d commonly see in most graphics cards coming from AORUS. Aside from the black theme of the packaging, you will also find orange accents which make the entire collection look more striking and eye-catching.

On the front portion of the box, you’ll find the company’s logo which occupies almost the whole left portion of the package. On its right, you will read its product series, “AORUS XTREME” for everyone to know which product you have on hand. The bottom left portion features symbols that represent some of the graphics card’s key features including the RGB Fusion compatibility, WINDFORCE Technology, the 8-Gigabyte GDD-R6 256-bit memory interface, and the included 4-year warranty. On the bottom right is its product’s name which is “GeForce RTX 2070”.

At the back of the box, there are more details about the features of the product. The information are separated in four sections. On the upper left is an image of the graphics card’s RGB lighting on the cooling system; here, you will also find a description about the RGB Fusion software. Beside this are details about the 7-Video Outputs. The lower left section shows the direct touch feature of the heatpipes, and the last panel on the lower right are details about the three fans for the graphics card’s WINDFORCE STACK Technology.

Inside the box, you will find the GPU itself, its support brace that you will be screwing together based on the size you need, some important documentation, and a case sticker.

The Product

Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme Review

Just like every other card in the GeForce RTX lineup, this AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme has a completely new design, riffing off some of Gigabyte’s previous WINDFORCE 3X-equipped models. Specifically, this card features a freshly updated, more capable, and efficient cooler with an interesting setup; of course, it also has customizable RGB lights. The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme displays a metal and stylized back plate to add more rigidity and aid for the cooler.

The sides of the front area is basically all cooler, and the WINDFORCE Stack 3X system packs three 100-millimeter double ball-bearing fans combined with a stacked design. Here, the center of the fan is set below the outer fans, thus, spinning in the reversed direction.

Gigabyte states that this lessens the turbulence and dead spots while also boosting the airflow. The memory, GPU, and power MOSFETs all come in contact with the bigger heatsink found on the card. The heatsink itself displays a collection of heat pipes, as well as an angled fin design that is made to push heat away from the hottest functioning components, channeling this away effectively.

Similar to the RTX 2080 Xtreme, the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme makes use of the same cooler design; and in fact, if you place these cards next to each other, you’d struggle to determine which one is which. This isn’t a bad thing since both of the cards look really great. The cooler is probably one of the best that the company has ever created, and since it’s also the less-demanding 2070 chipset, it shouldn’t have any issues when it comes to keeping the card at its top and best performance.

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme features addressable RGB lights and you’ll find these close to the side of the AORUS logo, the tips of the fan’s blades, as well as on the fan surrounds. This will give you comprehensive customization options which is really convenient.

It has a fairly minimal shroud so there’s adequate room for airflow around the card. That only means air can enter seamlessly and it also means that heat can escape just as easily too.

To incorporate three 100-millimeter fans in a much shorter form factor, the fan in the middle makes use of special cut away blades. The design lets the outer fans pass over the middle; and though it appears very simple, it’s a smart design which makes it look cool too. On the opposite side of the card, you’ll find a big backplate which makes the device a bit heavier, but simultaneously, it makes the GPU stronger too. With the backplate and the support bar, the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme should not drop; plus, the backplate also offers enhanced passive cooling to your PCB.

Lastly, there’s another good innovation found on the rear. There are additional display outputs on the card which can be utilized in two different setups: one focusing on the DP while the other focuses on the HDMI. Either way, three displays and USB Type-C VR outputs are very much easy here.

Turing Architecture

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is based on the Turing architecture. This features GPU Boost 4.0. Just like the previous generation of GeForce cards, GPU Boost measures voltages and frequencies upwards based on the workload of the GPU. When a temperature or power limit is reached, the GPU Boost 4.0 acts by dropping down to the previous boost frequency / voltage stepping to gradually bring power and temperature levels  down. Un

like the GPU Boost 3.0, the 4.0 version is more detailed, which allows for above average frequencies over time.

The Turing Architecture on this graphics card helps with extreme overclocking since it can handle higher loads unlike the previously released cards. The power circuitry on the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme has been optimized for clean and smooth delivery across the whole frequency and voltage curve. The cleaner power should enhance the maximum overclocks, but NVIDIA is making the process of overclocking easier with API and a new tool called Scanner.

The NVIDIA Scanner is a single click overclocking tool that has a specialized workload and smart testing algorithm made for helping you and other users in finding the highest and most stable overclock on the cards without having to go through manual trial and error.

The NVIDIA Scanner will attempt higher frequencies at given voltage steps before testing for stability with a specific workload along the way. The whole process should only take about 20 minutes before it works; and once it’s done, the Scanner will have already determined the highest stable overclock throughout the voltage and frequency curve for a given card.

Product Features

Two Additional HDMI

AORUS comes with seven video outputs unlike  the reference card with five video outputs. With the extra two HDMI ports in the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme, you can experience more flexible connection to the display. You can choose 3x DP + 1x HDMI + 1x USB-C or 3x HDMI + 1x DP + 1x USB-C for your monitors without having to use any adaptors.

NVIDIA Turing Architecture

NVIDIA’s Turing is the architecture that replaces Pascal after two years. It uses 12nm FinFet NVIDIA unlike the Pascal which uses 16nm FinFet NVIDIA; along with that, it also uses the TSMC manufacturing process. Changes have also been made in the Shader Processors’ configuration.

All-Around Cooling Solution

The AORUS features the all-around cooling system to cover all the main components of the graphics card. Aside from the GPU, it also cools the MOSFET are also taken care of by the cooling system to guarantee a stable overclocking and longer life span for the entire device. The three WINDFORCE STACK 100-millimeter cooling system delivers the most efficient cooling performance for the GPU.

Deep Learning

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is equipped with 8G memory and 448Gbps memory bandwidth which has CUDA Cores and more than a hundred Tensore cores that operate at the same time. It’s the best entry point if you are developing AI technology. Aside from being cost-efficient, it also helps save time since it enhances throughput and efficiency.

Superior Build in Every Aspect

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme’s black metal backplate is not only magnificent, but it’s also a solid protection for your GPU. It features dust-resistant shields keep it protected from various particles such as dust, insects, drill shavings, dropped screws, as well as abrasion. It’s also moisture-resistant to prevent unwanted damage and unwanted conduction paths. The GPU’s build is also Corrosion-resistant to keep it protected against environmental factors that can cause damage on the device, such as salt spray, corrosion, and humidity.

Highly Durable and Efficient Overclocking Performance

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme makes use of the 10 + 2 power phase layout that allows the MOSFET to work at a very low temperature. Load balancing and over-temperature protection design for each MOSFET are also present, as well as the Ultra Durable-certified capacitors and chokes which ensure superior performance.

Specifications

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is powered by the GeForce RTX 2070 and built-in with 8GB GDD-R6 256-bit memory interface. Its GPU / node is the TU-106 / TSMC 12nm while the CUDA cores / tensor cores / RT cores are 2304 / 288 / 36. It has a 14GHz frequency and 448GB/s bandwidth while the base and boost clock are at 1,410MHz and 1,815MHz.

Dimensions of the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme are 290 x 135 x 60 millimeters. It also has Open GL 4.5 | Vulkan 1.1 + | Direct-X 12 (SM 6.0 +) for API support and it also sports RGB lighting with complete software control using RGB Fusion. The WINDFORCE Stack three 100-millimeter fan cooling systems and its RGB lighting has been reinvented as well; 7 video outputs are present plus, the device also comes with a black metal plate with the RGB Aorus logo illumination. Lastly, it’s been factory overclocked to 1,815MHz.

Since Gigabyte wants everyone to experience the best service on top of their regular 3-year warranty, the company also offers an extra year of protection for the graphics card for free. You’ll be able to enjoy a 4-year warranty just by registering on their official website. Just remember to do this within thirty days of your purchase of the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme.

Using the Product

Let’s go ahead and talk about the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme’s performance by starting off with its acoustics. It’s cool, powerful, and is really quiet. This card is really silent at low loads and it’s even one of the most quiet devices even while gaming. Some others may appear more silent than this, but remember, the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme have bigger fans, higher clocks, and additional power consumed.

When it comes to the PCB design, the company hasn’t really done anything much to this, but they did make sure to enhance the power delivery system. So, it gives you a 10 + 2 solution compared to the reference 6 + 2 design. When you run the card using overclocking settings, the boosted power delivery will guarantee consistent clocks; plus, any power-linked performance capping can be removed. Of course, this is all within NVIDIA’s instructions.

When it comes to its RGB lighting, we can say that it’s really beautiful and it’s very much different compared to your regular RGB. Another great thing about the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is that its not heavy like what most people assume it to be. But keep in mind that if you have a new motherboard, it should have augmented PCIe slots that are designed for these types of cards.

For aesthetic qualities, these are vital in this day and age. And with that, we can sure say that Gigabyte did an excellent job to make the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme visually striking and appealing GPU. The three fans with maximum RGB illumination around the circumference provides really interesting and cool color schemes that you’ll surely like.

Utilizing the RGB Fusion software, you’ll be able to easily manage each color of the fans. Plus, you’ll also get to independently configure and customize the colors of the fans from the GPU’s other LED lights. This brings us to all the other LED lights and the metallic backplate.

Because of its size, the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme does consume more power than the other RTX 2070 cards; and given that it’s overclocked much higher than usual, it works great which makes it really good. It’s also one of the most effective cards when we’re speaking of gaming loads. And just as we guessed, the huge cooler does a great job: at full load, the cards reached about 70 which is something normal, and while gaming, it was able to maintain a lower temperature.

For gaming, the RTX 2070 series is really something notable and it’s a big boost from the last generation’s GTX 1070. This card has a ton of features, it performed solidly, and sports a fantastic cooler that lets it stand on its own.

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is also the entry-level for the newest DirectX features like the DLSS, Ray Tracing, and a lot more. And with more games appearing with advanced lighting texture scaling, and shadows sooner than we know, we sure are excited to see what else this device can do. Installing the product was really easy so you’ll be able to enjoy top-notch performance in no time.

Overall and based mainly on a performance-standpoint, the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme works perfectly and we’re giving it a thumbs-up for this. The card is already a well-priced, attractive, ray tracing-ready GPU, and the model takes this, making it even better in every aspect possible. The aggressive factory overclock, 7-display outputs, cool and quiet operation, as well as the attractive looks to match make this a very noteworthy product to consider.

AORUS Engine

The software used for the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is the AORUS Engine. It features an intuitive interface so you can easily tune in and keep track of voltage, clock speed, power target, and fan performance.

RGB Fusion 2.0

With a built-in intuitive user interface, this RGB Fusion 2.0 offers an enhanced solution for customizing the lighting effects across every supported device. From graphics cards, motherboards, to peripheral goods, you can easily personalize your rig with your own style and preference, showing off your build by sharing its profile. Also, the new gaming method makes the lighting effects more interactive and connected with chosen games to provide you with the most immersive and best gaming experience.

The software that the company utilized to control and manage the RGB is the RGB Fusion 2.0. In the past, we didn’t really like the software for just a few reasons like the requirement of having to install the Gigabyte’s App Center to get the RGB Fusion to function properly. But apparently, Gigabyte made some really great changes around this RGB software, allowing it to work independently without the need of having the App Center installed. The following module for the video card includes these following effects: the pulse, flash, static, double flash, claws, cycle colors, dazzling, gradient, effect wave, tricolor, as well as the circuit rainbow or the rainbow loop.

Conclusion

The AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is a great masterpiece with its excellent design, impressive RGB lighting, and superb performance. Among the new similar models released by various manufacturers, it’s this GPU that has been design with highly improved performance, design, and architecture.

We really liked the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme since the company really did a lot of things to improve their new model. Aside from the things we’ve mentioned earlier, its factory overclock is really effective and it delivers enhanced performance compared to other GPUs. Aside from that, we also noticed and appreciate the improvements made on the power circuitry, the sturdy back plate, the fully customizable RGB lighting, as well as its quiet, high-performance cooling system. With all of these, the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme was able to perform extreme overclocking and its output configuration became more flexible.

All in all, AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme is a an outstanding device that delivers high speed rates, excellent cooling, and excellent overclocking performance which greatly improved our gaming experience. If you’re looking for the excellent graphics card to enhance your gaming rig in terms of performance, cooling, and style, we highly recommend the Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme.

Where to Buy

You can purchase the AORUS RTX 2070 Xtreme for around $900 AUD from your local computer retailer. For more information head on over to the official product page.

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