Sound Testing, Pricing, and Availability

Sound Measurement

With the sound levels measured at around 12 inches from the back of the graphics card, the EVGA RTX 2070 Black Edition turns in a substantially better result than any of the other blower-style graphics cards. At 32.5 dBA, the RTX 2070 Black Edition performs similarly from a sound perspective to a high-end CPU cooler.

As we've seen with most modern graphics card designs, the EVGA RTX 2070 Black Edition won't turn on its fans until the GPU temperature reaches just below 60C, allowing for silent operation when your not gaming. 

Pricing and Availability

As mentioned earlier, the EVGA RTX 2070 Black Edition is available for a price of $499.

If you're a gamer with a 2560×1440 display (or lower resolution), even at high-refresh rates, the RTX 2070 is going to be the sweet spot for you. While the average of 10% performance increase over the GTX 1080 isn't easy to get excited about, the RTX 2070 is a no-brainer at the same price point as the GTX 1080.

Even for gamers looking to play some games in 4K, the RTX 2070 makes a compelling argument as compared to the $200-$300 more you'd need to shell out for a more capable card like the GTX 1080 Ti or RTX 2080. While you might have to turn down some settings, you should be able to achieve playable framerates in 4K for several years to come.

While AMD's Vega 64 graphics card manages to stay competitive with the RTX 2070 at the same price point, it does so while drawing almost 100 Watts more power. While this may not matter to some, the RTX 2070 cards, in general, are going to be more compact and quieter due to the power draw difference which does matter to a broader array of gamers.

Plus, by going with the RTX 2070 over a GTX 1080 or Vega 64 for the same price, you'll be able to take advantage of the new RTX software features such as real-time hybrid raytracing, when they do finally manifest themselves in at least some titles.

That being said, we would have liked to see the RTX 2070 push performance forward a bit more than the current 10% margin over the GTX 1080 in the same price range.

Blending a competitive price point with solid all-around performance, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black Edition earns a Gold award from PC Perspective. For most gamers, the RTX 2070 represents the sweet spot between performance and price, and the RTX 2070 Black Edition is an excellent option for gamers looking to purchase an RTX 2070.

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