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Nvidia Announces GeForce RTX 2070 Availability On October 17

Nvidia announced via its @NVIDIAGeForce Twitter account that the GeForce RTX 2070 will be available on October 17. The tweet says that custom card pricing starts at $499 and provides a link to the product page that lists the Founders Edition for $599.

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Nvidia's page rehashes the specifications and pricing we learned at the official announcement last month. 

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders EditionGeForce RTX 2080 Ti Reference SpecsGeForce RTX 2080 Founders EditionGeForce RTX 2080 Reference SpecGeForce RTX 2070 Founders EditionGeForce RTX 2070 Reference Spec
RTX OPS78T78T60T60T45T42T
CUDA Cores435243522944294423042304
Boost Clock1635MHz (OC)1545MHz1800MHz (OC)1710MHz1710MHz(OC)1620MHz
Base Clock1350MHz1350MHz1515MHz1515MHz1410MHz1410MHz
Memory Speed14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth616 Gbps616 Gbps448 Gbps448 Gbps448 Gbps448 Gbps
USB Type-C and VirtualLinkYesYesYesYesYesYes
Maximum Resolution7680x43207680x43207680x43207680x43207680x43207680x4320
ConnectorsDisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C-DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-CDisplayPort, HDMIDisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C-
Graphics Card Power260W250W225W215W185W175W

Nvidia's product page has a "notify me" button instead of a pre-order button, so while it appears the cards will be available for order on October 17, we don't know the actual dates they will ship.

The RTX 2070 cards come with the same RT cores that accelerate ray tracing workloads, but Nvidia hasn't shared any performance data yet. Given that ray-traced games aren't available yet, we won't know how well the RTX 2070 can handle those titles until Nvidia releases more data.

As expected, the image of the card shows they lack the NVLink connectors that came with the GeForce GTX 1070 models. Multi-graphics card setups are growing rarer as time goes on, particularly due to a lack of support on the software side, but enthusiasts certainly aren't pleased with the culling of the expected feature.

The mining craze has also receded, so graphics card pricing for the GTX 1080 Ti and 1070 Ti is incredibly competitive, meaning Nvidia may have a difficult time selling the RTX 2070 for $499 - $599.

Of course, we'll have all of the performance data and firm comparisons when our review posts. With a public availability date of October 17, it obviously won't be long until the review comes to our pages. In the meantime, head over to our GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 reviews for a deeper look at the new graphics cards, or check out our Turing architecture deep dive for a closer look at the TU106 die that debuts in the RTX 2070.

Paul Alcorn is the Deputy Managing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.