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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Review: $399 Performance Beast (Page 13)

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 2, 2019 at 8:00 am CDT - 3 mins, 19 secs time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

What's Hot

SUPER Performance: NVIDIA really ramps things up in the 'mid-range' GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER graphics card, offering near GTX 1080 Ti levels of performance. The new GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is infused with more of that amazing Turing GPU architecture on the still-very-competitive 12nm node, with SUPER performance from its memory bandwidth upgrades. SUPER is definitely the right word when it comes to RTX 2060 SUPER and its performance.


8GB GDDR6 Upgrade: The upgrade to 8GB of GDDR6 on the RTX 2060 SUPER over the 6GB of GDDR6 on the regular RTX 2060 is a welcomed upgrade, but the change to a 256-bit memory bus over the 192-bit memory bus on the RTX 2060. This results in a huge 448GB/sec of memory bandwidth up from the 336GB/sec on the RTX 2060, and a huge upgrade on the previous GTX 1080 flagship which had 320GB/sec memory bandwidth from its GDDR5X at 10Gbps. The GDDR6 inside of these GeForce RTX series pumps along at 14Gbps with headroom for overclocking.

Near GTX 1080 Ti Performance For $399: You're getting near GTX 1080 Ti levels of performance for $399 and with some overclocking and/or the upcoming custom variants of the RTX 2060 SUPER, we should expect equal to, or beating GTX 1080 Ti. This all happens on a single 8-pin PCIe power connector too, remember... and comparing this to the 8+6-pin PCIe requires for the GTX 1080 Ti, this shows the power efficiency of Turing.

NVIDIA is still on 12nm and shows it can continue to kick ass with power efficiency compared to AMD about to hit the new 7nm road with Navi on the RX 5700 series. We'll talk about power consumption on Navi in a few days.

Ray Tracing: I'm only warming up to ray tracing and will have a larger article that dives into ray tracing performance of Metro Exodus, Battlefield V, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I still think having the ability to play ray tracing-capable games is a good one, and with the additional muscle that the RTX 2060 SUPER brings, ray tracing now matters. I wouldn't have purchased a normal RTX 2060 for ray tracing games, but the RTX 2060 SUPER on the other hand can handle it much better. Expect more on this in the next week or two.

Game Bundle: NVIDIA is giving away copies of two massive games in Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Control with all RTX SUPER series graphics cards, with Control launching on August 27 and featuring some of the best real-time ray tracing effects yet. I personally tried out Control running on a GeForce RTX SUPER series graphics card at the SUPER unveiling event during E3 2019 a couple of weeks ago and spent time turning RTX off and on. The results were nothing short of amazing in Control, so that's a nice bonus game with SUPER cards to get.

Custom Cards Will Be Fun: If we're seeing this type of performance out of the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, then I'm keen to see what the likes of MSI, ZOTAC, ASUS, and other AIB partners can do with custom coolers and overclocking. I have some custom MSI cards coming, as well as some ZOTAC cards in the works and will have a re-look at SUPER when they arrive, the same goes for RTX 2080 SUPER when it launches later this month.

What's Not

RTX 2060/2070 Will Be Phased Out: It looks like there won't be a price drop of the current GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 as whatever is left of them will be it, as they'll slowly be replaced with the newer, and much better SUPER versions. This doesn't mean the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 are discontinued immediately, but it would've been nice to have cards at $50-$100+ increments from the RTX 2060 through to the RTX 2080 Ti.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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