We often get months worth of leaks during a build up for a new grpahics card, but a few weeks ago, as the hype for AMD Navi built up, it emerged that Nvidia were preparing the launch of the new Super variants of their RTX cards.
Suspiciously the launch of these cards is just 5 days before the launch the new AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Radeon RX 5700 GPUs. While this is certainly an underhanded move from Team Green, which has caused a lot of frustration for many media outlets trying to keep up reviews, competition is always good for the consumer.
With embargos lifting yesterday for the Founders Edition cards, we now have an idea of how good these cards are, and things are looking positive.
In fact, if anything, the biggest criticism of these cards is that reviewers have suggested that it makes the original RTX FE cards look bad with their high prices.
The cards have received almost universal praise with each card biting at the tails of the none Super card that sits above it. So the RTX 2060 Super bridges the gap between a good 2060 and a base 2070 and quite often hits the 2070 performance in some benchmarks, all for fractionally more than the launch price of the cards they are replacing.
With the original cards now EOL it should also mean reduced prices for the older cards, though we will have to see how this plays out.
In general, everyone’s opinion is that while these cards are fantastic, as you get more for the same price, their real test comes when the new AMD RX 5700 reviews launch. While it is expected that the RTX 2070 Super will outperform anything AMD has to offer, the big deciding factor is value for money. If AMD can offer a card with the same performance as the original RTX 2070 it could be that AMD becomes the crowd favourite.
RTX Super Overview
|RTX 2080 Ti||RTX 2080 Super||RTX 2080||RTX 2070 Super||RTX 2070||RTX 2060 Super||RTX 2060|
|Launch date||1st September 2018||1st July 2019||1st September 2018||1st July 2019||1st October 2018||1st July 2019||1st January 2019|
|Die Size (mm²)||754||545||545||545||445||445||445|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1350||1650||1515||1605||1410||1470||1365|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1545||1815||1710||1770||1620||1650||1680|
|Founders Edition Clock (MHz)||1635||1815||1800||1770||1710||1650||1680|
|Founders Edition GFLOPS||14231||11151||10598||9062||7880||7181||6221|
|L2 cache (KB)||5632||4096||4096||4096||4096||4096||3072|
|Power Connector||8-pin + 8-pin||8-pin + 6-pin||8-pin + 6-pin||8-pin + 6-pin||8-pin||8-pin||8-pin|
|Founders Edition TDP (watts)||260||250||225||215||185||175||160|
|Founders Edition MSRP||$1,199||$699||$799||$499||$599||$399||$349|
The GeForce RTX 2060 Super is all but an RTX 2070 in name and in price, delivering virtually identical performance for $100 less than the original RTX 2070. And the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, while not quite a facsimile of the RTX 2080, delivers much of those gains, offering 96% of the RTX 2080’s performance for 71% of the price – or nearly some $200 cheaper than what that level of performance cost just last month. All told, both cards are about 15% faster than their direct, non-Super predecessors, which is not a massive performance gain, but is a welcome one.Full Review
We’re now seeing RTX 2070 performance immediately available for nearly £100 less – ITX RTX 2070 cards can be found for £430 at the time of writing, but normal-sized ones are closer to £470, and RTX 2060 Super brings virtually all that performance down to a new starting price of £379.
Like RTX 2060 Super, there’s enough value in RTX 2070 Super right now to make recommending it as the go-to sub-£500 card an easy choice. However, with Navi right around the corner, it would be unwise to jump the gun right now… Sunday can’t come soon enough!Full Review
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER is 16% faster than the GeForce RTX 2070 for the same price. It beats a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is up to 15% faster than RTX 2060, and it has 8GB of memory instead of 6GB. It’s faster than GTX 1080, and it nearly matches RTX 2070 performance, for $399.
We cannot complain about the GeForce RTX 2060 Super, it has received a proper upgrade. Priced right it could be a hit, really.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super is a bit more of what I consider that traditional refresh but it also shows very strong shader performance at 499 USD. We can recommend both, the RTX 2060 Super, however, (if priced right) could become NVDIA’s new Superstar if the retail price will remain at just the right sweet spot.Full Review
The GeForce RTX 2060 Super harnesses more cores and an RTX 2070-like backend to propel performance by 10-20 per cent across a swathe of titles. The uptick is enough for the Founders Edition to gain parity with a stock-clocked 2070 model, in fact.
Nvidia’s 2070 Super takes the 2080 as a base and makes a few snips to shaders. The result is performance that, again, is 10-20 per cent faster than the base 2070, which is based on a lesser die.
You’re now getting RTX 2070-like performance for under £400 and close to RTX 2080 perf for under £500.Full Review
Thankfully what it all boils down to is a nice clean improvement of the current cards, free from any caveats. Whilst we might have seen one or two results where a heavily overclocked partner model might have still had the edge of these new Nvidia cards, as a general rule of thumb the RTX 2060 Super bridges the gap between a good 2060 and a base 2070, and sometimes makes itself known in the thick of the RTX 2070 cards too, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The RTX 2070 Super has similar performance levels to recommend it, regularly appearing at the top of the RTX 2070 pile and in a few, F1 2018, Deus Ex, Far Cry 5 abutting the RTX 2080. If you wondered whether the extra hardware is making a difference too in the Ray Tracing benchmark Port Royal the RTX 2070 Super scores a mere 60 points shy of the RTX 2080. Only 1% behind.Full Review