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MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 1, 2019 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI

Final Thoughts


NVIDIA had already made the GeForce RTX 2060 one of the better RTX releases with its great performance, a bunch of custom cards (just like the RTX 2060 GAMING Z) and others. Even in its Founders Edition form the GeForce RTX 2060 handles 2560 x 1440 gaming in its stride, with over 60% more performance over the previous-gen GeForce GTX 1060.




MSI has refined the GeForce RTX 2060 experience with its tweaks on the RTX 2060 GAMING Z that rocks the highest out of the box GPU boost clocks of any of the custom RTX 2060s on the market. If you want the fastest out of the box experience with the GeForce RTX 2060 that is what MSI has in its RTX 2060 GAMING Z, a card you don't need to touch to enjoy even more performance out of the RTX 2060 gaming experience.


Another thing is that not every one likes the look of the GeForce RTX 2060 and its Founders Edition style, as the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z does look so, so good in a gaming rig.




MSI didn't go overboard with the TWIN FROZR 7. It has some nice RGB lighting on the front without lighting up your gaming rig like a Christmas tree. I'm really loving the style of the new GAMING Z cards.



At the end of the day MSI has the fastest out-of-the-box GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card with its new RTX 2060 GAMING Z, a card that impresses before you even take it out of the box with great-looking packaging. Inside is a super-fast card that takes swings at the GeForce RTX 2070 and even has a bit of a long stare with the GTX 1080 Ti. Not too bad considering its much cheaper than either of those higher-end offerings.


MSI's new GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z handles a high octane match of Overwatch at 2560 x 1440 on Ultra settings (AA disabled) at 128FPS average, which is is huge considering the GTX 1060 is capable of just 75FPS average in comparison. We're talking GTX 1070 Ti/GTX 1080 levels of performance at 1440p in Overwatch, with some of the in-game visual settings turned down you could hit 144FPS average without a problem - perfect for those 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors.


Far Cry 5 rolls along with 84FPS average on MSI's new GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z compared to only 50FPS on the GTX 1060, just 1FPS off of the 85FPS average on the higher-end GeForce GTX 1080. Battlefield V running at 1440p 91FPS average is a great result for the RTX 2060 GAMING Z, smashing the 57FPS average that the GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition pumps out.




If you're in the market for one of the fastest, but also the fastest out-of-the-box GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards, you can't go past the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z. It is a gorgeous looking card with matched performance as well as a hell of a lot of room for some overclocking. The 6GB of super-fast GDDR6 can be made even faster with an easy overclock from its 14Gbps of bandwidth up to 16Gbps.


MSI's new GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z is a must buy for high refresh rate monitor owners with 1080p and 1440p easily hitting 144FPS with a few tweaks to visual settings, while 4K gaming is also not out of the question with the RTX 2060 GAMING Z. Yet another great GAMING Z graphics card from MSI in a segment that'll be really interesting to watch over the much higher priced RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: MSI has the fastest GeForce RTX 2060 on the market with its new GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z. It has some wicked out-of-the-box performance, a bunch of overclocking headroom and a design that'll look great in any gaming PC.

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