by Rob Williams on July 6, 2019 in Graphics & Displays
The first Turing GeForce cards released almost ten months ago, so it’s time for an upgrade – perhaps even a “SUPER” one? With a new title to hit the GeForce line, we’re getting just that with updated RTX 2060 and 2070s, and promises of an updated 2080 coming SUPER soon. Let’s see what the first new cards are made of.
We admittedly bit off more than we could chew in recent weeks, the result of inefficiently tackling a number of test suite upgrades all at once. Working against us, we had to keep troubleshooting select games, and swapping out GPUs more than necessary due to game DRM. We’re happy to say that things have resolved themselves nicely, though we still regret that this particular review took days long to release than it really should have.
At this point, we have AMD’s Radeon Navi benchmarked and ready to publish results for, but we haven’t actually compiled those results yet to make sure we weren’t influenced by them in writing this conclusion. Our conclusion now is the same as it would have been days ago… that AMD has caused some disruption here. NVIDIA didn’t just pull SUPER out of a hat as a response to Navi. It’s undoubtedly been sitting in the wings. The actual timing itself to release is undeniably a way to jab AMD, and it is what it is. Companies sure do seem to have fun trading blows.
When we tested the original RTX 2060, we considered it the most attractive model of the entire RTX lineup, because for its price, it packed in all of the goods, and delivered a great gaming punch. The SUPER extends that, but becomes a bit more future-proof by bumping the framebuffer to 8GB. It would have been really SUPER to see the new 2060 priced the same, but alas, we apparently can’t have it all. At least the FE comes with a great-looking shroud, and not to mention a backplate.
We haven’t tackled overclocking on these cards yet, but out-of-the-box, the performance on both is really strong. It is quite nice to see that the RTX 2070 SUPER replaces the original, giving gamers who were eying that price point a nice boost to performance. The RTX 2060 SUPER makes for an excellent 1440p card, while the 2070 SUPER extends that to ultrawide, and inches into 4K territory.
As mentioned earlier, we unfortunately lacked RTX performance in this article due to running into too many software issues, but that will be rectified soon, along with our usual creator-type benchmarks. While our CPU and gaming GPU collection is largely up to date now, we need to start from scratch with workstation, so we plan to deliver that look later in the week.
From a value perspective, and ignoring AMD’s GPUs which are pending launch, NVIDIA’s SUPER GPUs offer a lot of value. If you need any sort of proof, just look at the fact that AMD dropped pricing for both cards ahead of their launch. The RX 5700 XT drops from $450 to $400, while the RX 5700 falls $30 to hit $349. A fuller picture will be seen once results can be published for Navi, coming “soon”. Stay tuned.
July 8 Addendum: Because this article was published so close to the release of AMD’s new Navi GPUs, it was impossible to draw up immediate conclusions given that we weren’t sure what AMD was bringing to the table. Well, we’ve now taken an in-depth look at team red’s latest offerings, and after now seeing a fuller picture, we believe the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, with all that it offers at $399, its worthy of an Editor’s Choice award. Likewise, AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 took the honor at the $349 slot, as it delivers great competitive performance and offers an additional 2GB on the framebuffer. We must reiterate: it is a great time to be looking at purchasing a new mid-range GPU.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER