The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super & RTX 2060 Super Review: Smaller Numbers, Bigger Performanceby Ryan Smith on July 2, 2019 9:00 AM EST
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Meet the GeForce RTX 2070 Super & RTX 2060 Super
Taking a closer look at the RTX 2070 Super & RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition cards, there aren’t too many surprises to be found. Since we’re dealing with a mid-generation kicker here, NVIDIA has opted to stick with their original RTX 20 series reference designs for the new cards, rather than design wholly new boards. This has allowed them to get the new cards out relatively quickly, and to be honest there’s not a whole lot NVIDIA could do here that wouldn’t be superficial. As a result, the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super are more or less identical to the RTX 2080 and RTX 2060 respectively.
|GeForce RTX 20 Series Card Compariaon|
|RTX 2070 Super
|RTX 2060 Super
|Memory Clock||14Gbps GDDR6||14Gbps GDDR6||14Gbps GDDR6||14Gbps GDDR6|
|Width||Dual Slot||N/A||Dual Slot||N/A|
|Cooler Type||Open Air
(2x Axial Fans)
(2x Axial Fans)
As I noted earlier, the Founders Edition cards themselves are now purely reference cards. NVIDIA isn’t doing factory overclocks this time around – the high reference clock speeds making that process a bit harder – so these cards are very straightforward examples of what the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super can deliver in terms of performance. It also means that these cards no longer carry a price premium, with NVIDIA selling them at the $499 and $399 MSRPs respectively.
Starting with the RTX 2070 Super then, possibly the only material change is quite literally in the materials. NVIDIA has taken the 2080 reference design and given the center segment of shroud a reflective coating. This, along with the Super branding, are the only two visually distinctive changes from the RTX 2080 reference design. For better or worse, the reflective section is every bit the fingerprint magnet that you probably expect, so thankfully most people aren’t handling their video cards as much as hardware reviewers are.
In terms of cooling then, this means the RTX 2070 Super gets the RTX 2080’s cooler as well. At a high level this is a dual axial open air cooler, with NVIDIA sticking to this design after first introducing it last year. The open air cooler helps NVIDIA keep their load noise levels down, though idle noise levels on all of the RTX 20 series reference cards has been mediocre, and the new Super cards are no different. The fact that this reference design isn’t a blower means that the RTX 2070 Super isn’t fully self-exhausting, relying on the computer chassis itself to help move hot air away from the card. For most builders this isn’t an issue, but if you’re building a compact system or a system with limited airflow, you’ll want to make sure your system can handle the heat from a 215W video card.
Under the hood, the RTX 2070 Super inherits the RTX 2080’s heatsink design, with a large aluminum heatsink running the full length of the card. Deeper still, the heatsink is connected to the TU104 GPU with a vapor chamber, to help move heat away from the GPU more efficiently. Overall the RTX 2070 Super has the same 215W TDP as the RTX 2080, so it behaves virtually identically to the latter card. Which is to say that it has no problem keeping its cool.
Since this card is needed for further testing I haven’t shucked the card down to its PCB, but according to NVIDIA the power delivery system is also identical to the RTX 2080. In this respective NVIDIA’s reference designs are solid, and while they won’t be enough for hardcore overclockers, it’s more than sufficient for the kind of overclocking that can be done with the reference cooler. Of particular note, the maximum power target for the card is +20%, which means it can have its TDP increased to 258W. Accordingly, the card is fed by the same 6pin + 8pin power system as on the RTX 2080, more than guaranteeing the card can be fed up to its power target limit.
Finally, for display I/O, the card gets the continuing NVIDIA high-end standard of 3x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b, and 1x VirtualLink port (DP video + USB data + 30W USB power).
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
Shifting gears, for building the RTX 2060 Super NVIDIA has gone the opposite direction, using the RTX 2060 reference design as the base. The 2060 itself wasn’t all that different from the 2080 – and the same holds for its Super variant – but there are a few notable distinctions from the newly minted RTX 2070 Super.
In terms of overall design, the RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition card retains the same design aesthetic – reflective bits and all – but it comes in a smaller package. Overall the card is just 9 inches long, which is 1.5 inches shorter than the RTX 2070 Super. The cooling system has also been simplified a bit – mostly forgoing the vapor chamber – though it still retains the card’s full-body heatsink and dual fan open air cooler.
With a 175W TDP, the card relies on a single 8pin PCIe power connection at the rear of the card for the extra power it needs. Overclockers meanwhile will be able to pump up the power target by 22%, allowing the card’s TDP to be raised to a maximum of 213W.
Outside of its smaller stature, the other big departure for the RTX 2060 Super from its more powerful sibling is in the display I/O configuration. As with the regular RTX 2060, the Super card drops the 3rd DisplayPort for a DL-DVI-D port, giving the card a final tally of 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x DL-DVI-D, and a sole VirtualLink port.
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MadManMark - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkFirst, I don't know why anyone even cares what the name is, and frankly it's not like "2080 RTX" or "5700 XT" is hardly a "fantastically inspiring" name either. Seriously, if that's all you can find to complain about, then you must really REALLY like these cards?
Second, even when I force myself to consider your point seriously, I still don't get it. "Super" is directly from Latin, and literally means "above" or "beyond" or "in additon." How is this not an appropriate description of the way these cards alter their previous namesakes, exactly? What woul YOU call it, oh wise one Pino?
Peter2k - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkK, err
People are used to number monikers I'm guessing
Like 780, 980, 1080, 2080
The thing to keep in mind is that partner cards are already using long and stupid names, adding OG several X's, Extreme, II, ...
They get really long names, throwing a super in there is not going to be that easy for people not tech savvy
Also regarding the Latin "super", but in today's world wouldn't it have been better to use:
And so on?
Peter2k - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkShould also be colored accordingly to rarity, err performance lvl
And so on
Gastec - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - linkPINK! According to trends ;)
Orange_Swan - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkI think the worse named one I have seen was the
AORUS GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti XTREME WATERFORCE WB 11G
tamalero - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - linkProblem with the numericals is thtat Nvidia shat on that with the 2000 series.
the XX70X segment was shifted up and replaced the XX80 slot in price.
So 2070 replaced the 1080, the 2080 replaced the TI, and the 2080TI replaced the TITAN slots of the older generations.
If you take the models out and check just the price point, the performance boost is minimal in that generation.
Pino - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkJezzz, some serious fan boys here. Get a life dude! I never said it's a bad product, I have a RTX 2080 btw and love it.
And the bad marketing remarks goes for both Nvidia and AMD, they both suck.
They should just make it easier for the average Joe who wants to enjoy some gaming.
There is no easy way for an average consumer to get a VGA without reading a bunch of articles trying to figure out the difference between GTX 1660, GTX 1660TI, RTX 2060, RTX 2060 super.
It could be as easy as RTX 2083, RTX 2085, RTX 2087 instead of RTX 2080, RTX 2080 super and RTX 2080 TI
Threska - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkAny votes for "Super Expensive" which will certainly ease the "who cares what it's called" meme.
philehidiot - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkI'd take the cooler off, slowly, bit by bit, screw by screw, fan blade by fan blade and call it the XXX edition. It'll be fucked after that so seems appropriate.
twtech - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - linkThey should have brought back the "Ultra" naming.