Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super / RTX 2070 Super review: timely upgrades

Jul
02

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super / RTX 2070 Super review: timely upgrades

This was supposed to be AMD’s moment – the time when Navi finally arrived to make Team Red competitive again towards the higher end of the graphics hardware market. Just days before the launch of the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT though, Nvidia fired a new salvo: three ‘tweener’ cards designed to take the wind out of AMD’s sails by offering superior performance at a dangerously similar price. In fact, the firm was confident in its new line-up that it even pulled its embargo forward – so produces that many see as a reaction to AMD’s Navi will actually be reviewed ahead of their prospective competition.

As Nvidia teased back in May, three cards form the Super line-up: the RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super. The 2080 Super is still waiting in the wings, but we’ve tested the first two members of the family and as you’ll see from the numbers, they’re pretty impressive.

Compared to their vanilla counterparts, the Super series cards are improved in almost every way. The new GPUs offer a greater number of CUDA cores, higher base clocks and even improved hardware-accelerated ray tracing abilities. However, these higher-clocked components do draw more power; a little more in the case of the 2060 Super and a lot more for the 2070 Super. The RTX 2060 Super also sports 8GB of VRAM, compared to the 6GB of its predecessor – a good addition bearing in mind that ray tracing in particular can push memory hard. Altogether, it’s an impressive package that perhaps suggests Nvidia built in some headroom with their first-generation Turing cards.

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