As always, to start off my testing I prefer to take a look at synthetic benchmarks. They don’t directly translate to in game FPS but they are consistent and normally have the best driver support so we get a great look at how cards compare against each other. In this case, I wanted to keep an eye on a few specific things. The Gigabyte Windforce is a stock clocked RTX 2070 where the Founders Edition that I already reviewed is clocked higher. Specifically, the boost clock on this card is 1620 MHz where the Founders Edition came in at 1710 MHz so I want to see how they compare in all of our testing. With that I also want to keep an eye on how things compare with the GTX 1080, the Founders Edition was faster but the stock clocked RTX 2070’s are the cards that are priced at the same price.
With that in mind, I started with the DX11 based 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks. I did three of them using the three preset settings. All three tests have the Windforce RTX 2070 almost spot on with the GTX 1080 Founders Edition card. The gap between this and the Founders Edition RTX 2070 is noticeable and it is also important to note that the overclocked GTX 1080 with upgraded 11Gbps memory was right with the RTX 2070 FE.
Now switching to the DX12 based Time Spy tests, also in 3DMark the results did change. Like the Founders Edition 2070, the Windforce 2070 performed much better here. Even with the lower clock speeds it pulled ahead of the GTX 1080 Founders Edition and overclocked GTX 1080 as well by 16.9% and 7.8% in the normal Time Spy and an impressive 45.5% and 11.2% in the Time Spy Extreme test. The Founders Edition RTX 2070 was 6%-7% faster in both as well for perspective.
The last synthetic tests were done using the Unigine Superposition test. I tested at two different quality settings at 1080p, then at 4k and 8k to take a look at ultra high resolutions. The Windforce RTX 2070 came in just above the Vega 64 Liquid Cooled card as well as the GTX 1080 though the gap wasn’t much. The RTX 2070 Founders Edition was the next fastest card with it trading blows with the overclocked GTX 1080.