Gigabyte RTX 2070 Gaming OC White Review
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Published: 27th March 2019 | Source: Gigabyte | Price: £530 |
The school of design is one that is constantly interesting. Throughout history items were designed largely for their utility rather than any aesthetic considerations, then we had the post industrial revolution times when things had a sense of style, which lasted all the way through to the computer-aided era when function once again returned to the fore, albeit it with an ability to also bring in a nice aesthetic too.
If there is a downside to computer aided design it is that it ends up with a homogeneous look to everything. If you ask a computer to design a spacious but efficient 4 seat car you'll end up with roughly the same thing spat out at the end. What's that to do with today's review you ask? Well, if the purpose of a cooler is that it keeps the card as cool and quiet as possible then most designs end up looking the same. If you then add the additional consideration that RGB lighting is very much the zeitgeist technology of the moment then to make that stand out you need your card to be black so it blends into the internals of your system. All of which means that most graphics cards look the same.
However, we're aware that many people love the looks of a white system. Not least our Oberführer. It started with the Sabranco motherboard which was the first to bring whiteness to our internals in a way that wouldn't end up yellowing over time, and now is very much the second most popular colour for your system. Sure black always wins out, but white is not that far behind.
With this in mind Gigabyte have launched a version of the supremely popular RTX 2070 graphics card that combines their excellent cooler but in the white colour scheme. Best of all they aren't gouging us on the pricing for something that is so different to the norm. Naturally we had to put it through our benchmark suite and see how it performed.