NVIDIA is binning its GeForce RTX 2070 cards

Not all RTX 2070 are equal

Last summer, NVIDIA unveiled its new line of GeForce RTX 20xx series GPUs, which are based on the new Turing microarchitecture. Meanwhile Steve Burke from Gamers Nexus has noticed that NVIDIA appears to be using different chips on its RTX 2070 graphics cards.

Steve came into possession of two GeForce RTX 2070 cards from EVGA, the $569.99 GeForce RTX 2070 XC Ultra Gaming and the $499.99 GeForce RTX 2070 Black Gaming. Both cards appear similar, with the main difference being the boost clock which is higher on the XC Ultra Gaming card. After closer inspection, Steve discovered that the two cards are based on different GPUs.

While the XC Ultra Gaming sports a TU106-400A-A1 chip, the Black Gaming is based on a TU106-400-A1 GPU chip. It looks like revision "A" is a binned chip from NVIDIA and it's able to run higher boost clocks. As you know, semiconductor fabrication is far from a flawless process. It's rather common find identically specced CPUs or GPUs with different overclocking capabilities.

This is a really interesting discovery and we are wondering if NVIDIA will do something similar as time moves on.

Source: gamersnexus

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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