Thursday , 29 October 2020

Zotac RTX 2070 Mini – Zotac Puts RTX 2070 on an Even Smaller Form Factor and Smaller Price!

Final Thoughts

Normally I am always in a fight with myself on how to end a review. Normally there’s some obscure thing that can make me go either way as far as recommending a product.

As far as I am concerned if you are looking at jumping into a RTX 2070 as your next card I would be insane not to recommend the Zotac RTX 2070 Mini.

I am normally used to seeing a much smaller card when seeing a mini or ITX variant, this is not necessarily the case with this Zotac model.

The value is good as it enters the market at $539.99 MSRP and that steadily beats the $599.99 of the founders edition model.

The performance is great and thanks to the way Nvidia’s boost algorithm works, the cooler on the Zotac RTX 2070 Mini flies past the reference Nvidia model.

Overclocking as you can see has plenty of headroom and also I can only imagine what can be soen with a proper liquid cooler affixed.

One thing to note is that Nvidias strict power limits will still be a thorn in the side as even with better cooling you will only get so much before you bounce off the imposed redline of power limit. There are mods to bypass this limit but that’s another story for another non official article/review.

Also one omission that stuck out to me was the Virtualink connector. I have not seen the tech in use yet but thats not to say it wont be soon. Will this be a misstep by Zotac? only time will tell.

Zotac made a plenty capable “sort of” mini card in the Zotac RTX 2070 Mini. It should fit in pretty much any modern enclosure without fault and can make up for some less than stellar cooling scenarios thanks to the cooler performance we observed today.

So, I know i’ve said it already, but, final word. The Zotac RTX 2070 Mini is a kickass card at a great price point for a 2070 and can be tweaked for even more performance. For this Im goimng to do somerthing I dont do very often and give it a dual award. Its a great value and performer and deserves the accreditation. “The little Zotac that could”



Pros Cons
  • GDDR6
  • Excellent Dual Fan Cooler
  • Quiet operation even under sustained load
  • Great thermals
  • Great price compared to Founders price
  • Founders Edition beating performance
  • Great Overclocking
  • DLSS performance is excellent
  • RTX effects are awesome
  • Solid build quality
  • New technologies do not guarantee adoption
  • power limit is quite low
  • No Virtualink Connector

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  1. It seems that the Zotac LAGS the reference card in every single chart?

    • Yes, it does at stock speeds. This is because as explained in the review the “reference” or “Founders Edition” is a pre-overclocked card whereas this GPU uses a non A-die GPU which Nvidia spec’s as not designed for out of teh box overclocked card models. As you can see from my overclock testing it overclocks just fine so, im not really sure what the non A designator reasoning is or if its lower yield and possibly may have some that do not overclock as well.

      This allows Zotac to price the card competitively while still being able to overclock to meet and even exceed the overclock of the FE model.

      I hope this helps clear things up.

  2. Thanks for this review. I have a 280X Corsair case and I was looking for a 2070 card that wouldn’t take over my build. I have a Strix 570 card now and the dimensions are almost identicle between these 2 cards. This looks like the perfect option for performance and size.

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