RTX 2070 benchmark numbers are only expected a single day before the general release of Nvidia’s more affordable next-gen GPU. According to the reviewer guide sent out to eligible outlets, the release of any RTX 2070 review will closely mirror that of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti which saw outlets have just days to write up reviews of the emerging tech thanks to last-minute hardware deliveries.
In an article by GPU website VideoCardz, it was revealed that Nvidia has set an October 16 embargo for RTX 2070 benchmark reviews. That’s just a single day before the general release of the more budget-friendly Turing GPU. This means those hoping to have a clearer picture of RTX 2070 benchmark performance before throwing down cash might have to wait for a second shipment of the expensive GPUs if initial stock runs dry.
Judging by RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti benchmark reviews published without any true RTX titles to test, the 2080 performs similarly to the GTX 1080Ti, with the RTX 2080 Ti performing more like the much more expensive Titan V. Following the pattern means we should expect the RTX 2070 to perform similarly to the older GTX 1080, but given the $100 price premium slapped on top of the next-gen model, it won’t have quite the same level of performance per dollar over that 2080 Ti shares with the Titan V.
Revealed back with the top-tier cards at Nvidia’s conference at Gamescom last month, an RTX 2070 release date was omitted from the RTX website despite a price tag being listed. Nvidia went on reveal the GPU line-up late into their show and even completely avoided any substantial mention of how the cards would perform against last-gen products, instead deciding to focus on the particulars of the titular RTX technology.
With pricing and pre-orders opening almost immediately upon the official reveal, publications like Forbes shared reasons why consumers would be better off withholding plans to purchase the Turing-based GPUs. Ultimately, Nvidia’s decision to skirt around performance figures meant consumers were being asked to drop several hundreds of dollars for something that wasn’t guaranteed to be worth the asking price.