Last week following the launch of the RTX 2070 Turing graphics cards, I completed some first RTX 2070 compute benchmarks such as TensorFlow and much more prevalent OpenCL/CUDA workloads. The GPU compute performance for this $499+ Turing GPU was rather good and especially for INT16 test cases often beating the GTX 1080 Ti. Available today are the Linux gaming benchmarks for the GeForce RTX 2070 compared to a variety of additional NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards on Ubuntu 18.10.
As a fast recap, the GeForce RTX 2070 has 2304 CUDA cores, 1410MHz base clock, 1620MHz boost clock, and is effective at 42T RTX-OPS and 6 Giga Rays/s to get ray-tracing, granted it will likely be sometime before seeing some serious Linux games with RTX/ray-tracing support. The GeForce RTX 2070 graphics cards rely upon 8GB of all GDDR6 video memory yielding 448GB/s of memory bandwidth.
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The GeForce RTX 2070 is a high-end graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in October 2018. Built on the 12 nm process, and based on the TU106 graphics processor, in its TU106-400A-A1 variant, the card supports DirectX 12.0. The TU106 graphics processor is a large chip with a die area of 445 mm² and 10,800 million transistors. It features 2304 shading units, 144 texture mapping units, and 64 ROPs. Also included are 288 tensor cores which help improve the speed of machine learning applications. The card also has 36 raytracing acceleration cores. NVIDIA has placed 8,192 MB GDDR6 memory on the card, which is connected using a 256-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 1410 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1620 MHz, memory is running at 1750 MHz.
Being a dual-slot card, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 draws power from 1x 8-pin power connectors, with power draw rated at 175 W maximum. Display outputs include: 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C. GeForce RTX 2070 is connected to the rest of the system using a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 interface. The card measures 229 mm in length and features a dual-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 499 US Dollars.
The bottom pricing of the GeForce RTX 2070 starts at $499 USD while the Creator’s Edition sells for $599. This EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 model ended up costing $549 USD and was the cheapest model available on launch day but since more RTX 2070 graphics cards from NVIDIA’s AIB spouses have become available, for example about the $500 price point.
These GeForce RTX 2070 Linux gaming benchmarks were performed using Ubuntu 18.10. All of the NVIDIA tests were performed with the hottest NVIDIA 410.66 driver whilst on the Radeon side was using the Linux 4.18 kernel and Mesa 18.2.2 as sent by Ubuntu 18.10; while I am using Mesa Git for Radeon gaming benchmarks, currently there are several regressions resulting in lower performance, etc.. So for this contrast Mesa 18.2.2 + Linux 4.18 since the newest stable code creates the most sense.
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A number of Linux-native OpenGL and Vulkan games were tested on the brand new Core i9 9900K system, making for a much more interesting contrast. Each of the benchmarks were completed through the Phoronix Test Suite and besides the raw gaming functionality will also be performance-per-Watt and performance-per-dollar metrics.
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