5 Best Nvidia RTX 2070 (Super) Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards (2020)

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Performance Winner
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced Overclocked 8G GDDR6 HDMI DisplayPort USB Type-C Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX-2070S-A8G-GAMING)
EVGA 08G-P4-3173-KR GeForce RTX 2070 Super XC ultra gaming, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans, RGB LED, Metal Backplate
Best Price-Performance Ratio
MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDRR6 256-bit HDMI/DP/USB Ray Tracing Turing Architecture HDCP Graphics Card (RTX 2070 GAMING Z 8G)
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 Overclocked 8G GDDR6 VR Ready HDMI DP 1.4 USB Type-C Graphics Gaming Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX-2070-O8G)
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce 8G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Gv-N2070WF2-8GD REV3.0 Video Card
Model
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced Overclocked
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC ULTRA GAMING
MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2070
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 OC
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Asus
EVGA
MSI
ASUS
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1635 MHz / Boost: 1935 MHz
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1710 MHz
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1830 MHz
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1815 MHz
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1620 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
2 fans
2 fans
3 fans
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Great performance for the money
  • Good cooling
  • Very well overclocked
  • Excellent cooling capacity
  • Plenty of room for overclocking
  • Adaptable RGB and changeable cladding
  • Extremely quiet during gaming
  • Very good price performance
  • Killer performance
  • Best cooling among the RTX 2070 cards
  • Very robust workmanship
  • Super benchmark and performance values
  • Comparaply inexpensive for an RTX 2070
  • Similar performance to more expensive models
  • Slightly lower power consumption
Cons
  • May become slightly louder under full load
  • Price only in the midfield
  • High power consumption for multi-monitor use
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Not the best cooling
Recommended by us?
Performance Winner
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced Overclocked 8G GDDR6 HDMI DisplayPort USB Type-C Gaming Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX-2070S-A8G-GAMING)
Model
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced Overclocked
Test Result
Test Result 9.9/10 Excellent July 2020
Manufacturer
Asus
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base 1635 MHz / Boost: 1935 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Great performance for the money
  • Good cooling
  • Very well overclocked
Cons
  • May become slightly louder under full load
Recommended by us?
EVGA 08G-P4-3173-KR GeForce RTX 2070 Super XC ultra gaming, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans, RGB LED, Metal Backplate
Model
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC ULTRA GAMING
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
EVGA
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1710 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Excellent cooling capacity
  • Plenty of room for overclocking
  • Adaptable RGB and changeable cladding
Cons
  • Price only in the midfield
Recommended by us?
Best Price-Performance Ratio
MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDRR6 256-bit HDMI/DP/USB Ray Tracing Turing Architecture HDCP Graphics Card (RTX 2070 GAMING Z 8G)
Model
MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2070
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1830 MHz
Ventilation
2 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Extremely quiet during gaming
  • Very good price performance
  • Killer performance
Cons
  • High power consumption for multi-monitor use
Recommended by us?
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 Overclocked 8G GDDR6 VR Ready HDMI DP 1.4 USB Type-C Graphics Gaming Card (ROG-STRIX-RTX-2070-O8G)
Model
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 OC
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
ASUS
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1815 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Best cooling among the RTX 2070 cards
  • Very robust workmanship
  • Super benchmark and performance values
Cons
  • Slightly more expensive
Recommended by us?
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce 8G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Gv-N2070WF2-8GD REV3.0 Video Card
Model
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
Base: 1410 MHz / Boost: 1620 MHz
Ventilation
3 fans
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Comparaply inexpensive for an RTX 2070
  • Similar performance to more expensive models
  • Slightly lower power consumption
Cons
  • Not the best cooling
Recommended by us?

Best Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

The RTX 2070 (some people also call it GTX 2070) is without a doubt in a strange position between GTX 1080 TI and GTX 1080, so you’ll surely ask yourself all the more whether an RTX 2070 is really worthwhile and where the differences lie.

In addition there are now the new RTX 2070 Super cards, which makes nVidia even more confusing.

If you are looking for the best RTX 2070 (Super) in the incredibly wide range of partner cards, then our RTX 2070 (Super) comparison is the right one for you.

Update: We now have two new RTX 2070 Super recommendations.

We will show you the best models in detail and answer all your questions about the new graphics card series from nVidia.

In addition there are all important benchmarks in the purchase advice.

Let’s dive right in and get started!

Test Results: Best Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Aftermarket / Partner Graphics Cards

First of all we would like to present the best RTX 2070 Super (GTX 2070) graphics cards in detail.

However, this is not a technical RTX 2070 Super test, but a well-researched and comprehensive comparison of the presented products.

We have not tested the listed graphics cards ourselves, but have rummaged through countless research sources and collected all the information important for you.

So you can use your time for gaming instead of digging through several and mostly less helpful RTX 2070 (Super) tests and doing everything by hand.

That’s why we searched through all the tests and comparisons on the net for you and finally found these models.

Here you’ll find all important key data, info and a rating for each graphics card.

First: ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming

Pros

  • Great performance for the money
  • Good cooling
  • Very well overclocked

Cons

  • May become slightly louder under full load

Best RTX 2070 Super Aftermarket Graphics Card

If you want an RTX 2070 Super with a lot of power, then take a look at the Asus Strix Super Gaming OC.

This is the current flagship of ASUS based on the RTX 2070 SUPER chip, but therefore unfortunately also very expensive.

Although it is the most expensive, it also comes with the most functions and the highest boost clock, as well as the highest overclocking potential.

The standard boost clock for the “GAMING MODE” is 1905 MHz!

This is a big difference to 1770 MHz for the Founders Edition.

There is also a software-enabled mode called “OC MODE” which you can switch on to instantly increase the boost clock to 1935 MHz.

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1635 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1935 MHz
  • I/O: 2xDP; 2xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 13x30cm, 2,75-Slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 375 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 650 W

Cooling & Features

The ASUS RTX 2070 Super STRIX OC looks the same as the normal version.

On the back there is a high-quality metal back panel which provides protection.

Connectivity includes two standard DisplayPort 1.4a, two HDMI 2.0b and a VirtualLink port, which is basically USB-C with DisplayPort routing and USB-PD, so a single cable can power, display and receive input from the VR-HMD.

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming

Convenient: A small button allows you to switch off the RGB lighting of the card without using software.

The card also has a dual BIOS function that allows you to switch to a quiet BIOS with fan stop and a lower fan curve.

Asus uses an ingenious system of three axial fans and six heat pipes for cooling.

As you can see from the rates below, the cooling works extremely well.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 64° C (gaming in OC mode)
  • Volume: Idle 28 dBA, under load 34 dBA
  • Overclocking: performance increase of 7% possible
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 9922

Second: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super XC Ultra Gaming

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super XC Ultra Gaming

Pros

  • Excellent cooling capacity
  • Plenty of room for overclocking
  • Adaptable RGB and changeable cladding

Cons

  • Price only in the midfield

Second Best RTX 2070 Super Aftermarket Graphics Card

The EVGA RTX 2070 Super Ultra XC Gaming has been completely redesigned for the new generation (unfortunately hardly the optical redesign is not as good):

New cooler (which is more effective), new rotor blades, different cooler bearing technology and the new EVGA Precision X1 software for overclocking freaks.

Nevertheless, the XC model is EVGA’s entry-level card, which is convincing in its price performance.

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 2 fans
  • GPU clock: 1410 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1710 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • dimensions: 11,1×27 cm, 2 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 220 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 550 W

Cooling & Features

EVGA’s new cooling technology offers dual fans with 23.8 percent more surface area, which will improve airflow.

That this is not just marketing blah-blah on the part of EVGA can be seen from the temperature figures below – the card stays really cool.

The card also runs a whopping 15% faster than nVidia’s Founder Edition.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super XC Ultra Gaming

But note: The RTX 2070 Super Ultra XC is equipped with the iCX2 cooler design, but doesn’t have the protective fuse and additional temperature sensors.

These additional features can only be found on EVGA’s larger premium RTX graphics cards, which occupy 2.75 slots.

For all those who like to tinker and give their system a personal touch:

The cover around the fans can be exchanged with the EVGA RTX 2070 Super Ultra with different color options, but these kits cost extra.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 63° C
  • Volume: Idle 29 dBA, under load 35 dBA
  • Overclocking: LegitReviews overclocked the card to 2100 Mhz, performance increase of 10% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8676

Third: MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2070

Pros

  • Extremely quiet during gaming
  • Very good price performance
  • Killer performance

Cons

  • High power consumption for multi-monitor use

Best RTX 2070 Aftermarket Graphics Card

The MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z definitely belongs to the best RTX 2070 graphic cards, in our comparison it even finishes as THE best.

Because this card combines everything: performance, low noise, good cooling and a cool look.

What more do you want?

With a brushed aluminum backplate with hidden thermal pads and RGB LEDs along the surface, the MSI Gaming Z really looks good.

Nice gimmick: With the MSI Mystic Light software you can adjust the RGB lighting to your wishes.

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 2 fans
  • GPU clock: 1410 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1830 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • dimensions: 15.5×30.7cm, 2.75 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 225 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 550 W

Cooling and features

MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2070

For cooling, the card uses the Twin Frozr 7 design, with two fans and a complex heat sink.

The TORX 3.0 fans have specially shaped rotor blades and run almost noiselessly via a high-quality ball-bearing design (see the dbA values below).

According to MSI, these fans also have a long service life and optimized static pressure.

Furthermore, MSI’s Zero Frozr technology only activates the fan pair when the card’s temperature rises above 60°C – very practical in our opinion.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 67° C
  • Volume: Idle 29 dBA, under load 33 dBA
  • Overclocking: Guru3D has pushed the card up to 2010 Mhz, performance increase of 5% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8971

Fourth: ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 OC

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 OC

Pros

  • Best cooling among the RTX 2070 cards
  • Very robust workmanship
  • Super benchmark and performance values

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive

Second Best RTX 2070 Aftermarket Graphics Card

If you’re just looking for the RTX 2070 with the best cooling, take a look at the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 OC.

But the Asus card can do much more than just cooling:

Extremely good benchmark values, very quiet and lots of extras – a top choice.

Technical specifications

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1410 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1815 MHz
  • I/O: 2xDP; 2xHDMI
  • Dimensions: 11.8×30.5 cm, 2.75 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 250 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 550 W

Cooling & Features

Three fans and a large aluminum heat sink ensure that the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 has very good cooling.

The heat distributor on the heatsink is based on ASUS’ exclusive MaxContact technology.

According to Asus, a better contact is supposed to be realized with this in comparison to other heat spreaders.

That the concept seems to work out is shown by the numbers as many tests.

Moreover, the Strix OC has a reinforced frame that consists of three metal struts.

This reliably protects the circuit board from damage.

This reinforced frame protects against twisting and bending of the PCB.

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 OC

Furthermore, the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 offers further nice extras.

First of all, there is a dual BIOS mode on the board, which allows you to switch between silent and performance mode.

Furthermore there is Aura Sync compatibility for the LED RGB lighting as well as ASUS FanConnect II support.

The latter offers you two hybrid controlled fan headers for your PWM and DC case fans.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 56° C
  • Volume: Idle 29 dBA, under load 39 dBA
  • Overclocking: Overclock3D has pushed the card up to 1960 Mhz, performance increase of 5% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8825

Fifth: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce

Pros

  • Comparaply inexpensive for an RTX 2070
  • Similar performance to more expensive models
  • Slightly lower power consumption

Cons

  • Not the best cooling

Third Best RTX 2070 Aftermarket Graphics Card

The Gigabyte RTX 2070 Windforce clearly belongs to the entry level cards among the RTX 2070 partner cards, but is nevertheless a good upgrade to the reference card from nVidia (Founders Edition).

Despite the low price, Gigabyte has equipped the RTX 2070 Windforce with an individual cooling solution (the card’s namesake).

Technical specifications:

  • Ventilation: 3 fans
  • GPU clock: 1410 MHz
  • GPU boost: 1620 MHz
  • I/O: 3xDP; 1xHDMI
  • dimensions: 11,6×28,0 cm, 2 slots
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Power consumption: 245 W
  • Power supply unit Recommendation: 550 W

Cooling

The cooling of the Windforce is based on three fans, which are located on the plastic housing of the card.

The fan blades themselves are made of plastic and are less convincing compared to other models, which is especially noticeable when the cooling capacity is weaker.

Nevertheless nice:

The fans come to a standstill when you don’t use your GPU, a feature not all RTX 2070 cards in our comparison have.

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce

So if you’re looking for one of the cheaper entry level cards, the Windforce from Gigabyte might be a good choice for you.

The most important performance data:

  • Maximum measured temperature under load: 70° C
  • Volume: Idle 28 dBA, under load 38 dBA
  • Overclocking: 1900 Mhz, performance increase of about 10% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 8150

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super) Buying Guide

Buying advice: Is the RTX 2070 (Super) the right card for you?

Since you now know which RTX2070 models are the best on the market, we would like to explain what you should look out for before buying.

In addition we give you some benchmarks, which can make the decision much easier.

For whom is an RTX 2070 worthwhile at all?

The most important question for you is when an RTX 2070 is worthwhile for your build and what it can do.

Therefore directly:

When is it worth buying an RTX 2070 (Super)?

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)

If you’re looking for a good graphics card for 1440p gaming with high refresh rates, then get an RTX 2070.

The RTX 2070 is also suitable for 4K gaming to a limited extent if you set some graphics options to “high”.

However, if you only want to play at 60 FPS on 1440p and NOT on “Ultra-Speccs”, you can save yourself the RTX 2070.

But a GTX 1070 or GTX 1070 Ti of the last generation is rather worthwhile.

Also important: If you currently still use a GTX 1080Ti or AMD Vega 64, an RTX 2070 is not worthwhile at all and can often even lead to a performance drop.

Accordingly, you should consider carefully whether you really want to get an RTX 2070.

Pay attention to the above points and you are on the safe side.

But keep in mind that the RTX 2070 (or the whole Turing series in general) definitely has a hidden future potential (more on this below).

Normal RTX 2070 or a RTX 2070 Super?

To be honest, we think that you are better off with a normal version.

The Super version gives you ingame by about 10 FPS more on 1440p – we don’t think this really justifies a price increase of about 100 Dollar for the entry level models.

Our secret tip is the RTX 2060 Super.

But see for yourself in the video, how the three cards beat each other:

Open or closed cooler design for your RTX 2070?

According to techbuyer guru and how-to-geek, graphics cards with fan air coolers (so-called top blowers) are only effective in small to medium case sizes that have poorly optimized airflow.

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)

A badly optimized air circulation in your case can be caused by too many loose cables or too few (and wrongly installed) case fans.

If this is the case for you or you have a small ITX case, RTX 2070 cards like the Asus Turbo are a good choice for you.

However, if you have a large case with optimized airflow and case fans, you will always be better off with an “open cooled” RTX 2070.

For most of you, however, the choice between closed or open cooling shouldn’t make a difference.

What features make the RTX 20 series so special?

If you’re wondering what the RTX 20 series brings to the table, we’ve summarized all the important points for you:

  • Raytracing: Raytracing essentially refers to the simulation of light. In the past, this technology could not be implemented in real time due to too high intensity, but the specialized hardware of RTX graphics cards makes it possible. The real-time ray tracing function in games like Battlefield 5 still has a significant performance disadvantage, especially with cheaper RTX 2070 cards, but offers more realistic light and shadow effects. If ray tracing is well supported by the developers and the performance losses caused by DLSS are reduced, the technology could become a significant feature.
  • Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS): While real-time ray tracing gives the RTX Series its name, Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) may be the more important innovation for the future of gaming. DLSS has the potential to significantly increase frame rates in games, as long as the game supports the technology. RTX cards could thus outperform their GTX counterparts.
  • New shader technologies: Shader technologies like mesh shading have been added to RTX cards. This allows both CPU and GPU resources to be freed up without sacrificing graphics quality. Others have the potential to significantly improve frame rates.
Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)
  • USB-C VirtualLink: The RTX 2070 provides a USB-C VirtualLink port that supports next-generation VR headsets without the need for separate cables. Future 8K displays can also be connected to an RTX 2070 using a single DisplayPort 1.4 cable at 60 Hz. This was not possible with GTX 10 series cards.
  • Improvements for streamers: Streamers and YouTube creationists might be happy about the more efficient NVENC encoder. The new version supports a wider range of video standards, enables higher resolutions and does not load the processor as much as the previous version. Taken together, these improvements mean that 4K streaming is now possible without the need for extremely expensive hardware.

While all of these technologies are not necessarily effective on their own, in combination they suggest that RTX cards are likely to become more powerful in the future.

It remains to be seen to what extent game developers can realize the true potential of RTX cards.

RTX 2070 (Super) Benchmark: How it performs against other cards

Generally, the RTX 2070 lies between the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 TI in terms of performance, depending on how well it is cooled and clocked.

We have collected all important RTX 2070 benchmarks for you.

The newer RTX 2070 Super is about 10% faster than the old normal RTX 2070.

RTX 2070S = RTX 2080 XS

Before we illuminate our nine test subjects, let’s briefly refresh our memories, because a few months have passed since the Geforce RTX 2070 Super was tested.

It is based on the Turing microarchitecture introduced in late summer 2018, which can stand up to the awakened competition thanks to mature drivers.

Nvidia still relies on a customized manufacturing process called “12FFN”, in which all three Turing (RTX) GPUs come off the assembly line at the Foundry TSMC.

Comparing the new S-Class with its predecessors of the same model number, the RTX 2070 Super – in the following and also abbreviated by Nvidia with a capital S – shows the biggest changes under the hood.

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)

It increases only around few hardware units and some clock, this measure requires however a completely different hardware basis than with the public favourite RTX 2070.

The latter is based on the full extension of the TU106 with 36 Shader multiprocessors, 2,304 FP32 ALUs as well as a 256-Bit interface to the memory.

In order to realize the now 2,560 ALUs in the RTX 2070S, the next larger chip TU104 is required.

This was used so far only on the RTX 2080 and for the role as RTX 2070 super is further cut: 40 of the 48 physically existing Shader multiprocessors remain active, two less than with the (likewise cut) Geforce RTX 2080.

Regarding the physically existing material approximately around diagram chip, board and cooling, buyers of a RTX 2070S receive therefore a “RTX 2080 Light”.

For the frame rates it does not matter which Turing processor is used, since they all have the same parameters regarding units, caches and latencies.

However, the chances for more efficient operation increase with more computing units and a larger area of attack for the cooler.

Marginal note: Compared to the starting prices called up in July, all three Super Founders Edition reference cards, which Nvidia offers in its own online shop, were each ten euros more expensive.

We have updated all prices in this edition accordingly.

Upgrading is worth it!

The RTX 2070S is a pure refresh product and yet attractive for all upgraders who don’t want to invest huge sums in a new graphic card.

A glance at the Techtestreport performance index reveals that the RTX 2070S is always within striking distance of its big sister, which is not surprising given identical memory transfer rates and capacity.

On average, the RTX 2080 Founders Edition is 7.6 percent faster than the RTX 2070S Founders Edition – that’s nothing that can’t be made up for by courageously overclocking the “small” model.

At the latest with 2,000 MHz core and 8,000 MHz memory clock, with well cooled cards often stable usable, a RTX 2070S ranks between the 2080 and 2080 Super.

The latter is a bit faster in any case, but the difference isn’t noticeable.

Board & cooling

The Geforce RTX 2070 Super is a graphics card with moderate power consumption.

All five models present in the Techtestreport test lab work with an energy budget of 215 watts.

This value applies to the complete graphics card including memory, voltage conversion, fan and lighting.

Here is an important difference to AMD, for whose navigation graphics cards only a GPU power budget is defined, to which the other items are added.

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)

Overflowing high-end boards with innumerable voltage converter phases are not necessary in view of 215 watts and the associated currents, even though the marketing department likes to throw around large numbers.

The least that buyers get is – due to the hardware relationship explained at the beginning – the board of a Geforce RTX 2080, which is a sophisticated 8+2 phase design (GPU+RAM) that leaves nothing to be desired.

Nevertheless, probably due to the relatively high costs, there is only one manufacturer in the group, PNY, who takes over the PCB 1:1.

In case it does not ring a bell with you:

PNY is an important board partner for Nvidia, which takes over the exclusive production of the professional Quadro series and is therefore more likely to be found in non-gaming areas.

Nevertheless, there are a few player graphics cards in the portfolio of the Americans closely associated with Nvidia.

The Zotac creation comes closest to the reference board, but it deviates quite significantly from the original in terms of dimensions.

The other board partners use complete own designs, all of them wider, with different equipment.

Whoever plans to install a full-cover water cooler should therefore look to Nvidia or PNY.

We thus have two reference boards and seven custom PCBs available.

While board size and assembly have little effect on the performance of a graphics card, the cooling system plays a very important role.

Here we encounter very different designs with two to three mounting places height, two to three fans, with or without lighting.

They all leave a well thought out impression, with minor differences in component cooling.

We like the cooling systems from Gainward, KFA2 and Palit best, as these manufacturers not only install triple-slot colossuses, but also make sure that the large heatsinks contact all sources of heat.

In these three cases, the GDDR6 memory devices placed around the GPU are covered by the radiator as well as the voltage converters on the right side of the board.

As if that wasn’t enough, even the coils installed next to the hot mosfets receive direct heat dissipation via a heat conduction pad and are easily decoupled by the way – from our perspective the optimal solution.

Overall, the Gainward Phantom GS and Palit Jetstream perform best, as they have the largest fin volume above the VRMs and complete all of this with an aluminium backplate equipped with thermal pads.

By the way, both brands are from the same parent company.

With this background, it’s not surprising that the models resemble fraternal twins:

PCB, firmware, clock rates and cooling block are identical.

Only the Subvendor-ID (manufacturer identification), fan modules and cover differ.

We’ll get to that in a moment.

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)

The Asus Strix A8G, MSI Gaming X and Zotac AMP Extreme also have massive coolers with more than two slots.

They are all potent, but there are deductions in the B-note, as either the memory (Asus, MSI) or the voltage converters (Zotac) aren’t directly contacted by the GPU cooling block and the backplates have also only been installed half-heartedly – only MSI has understood that a metal plate on the back necessarily needs heat conduction pads in order to be conducive to cooling.

The remaining test persons, namely the PNY XLR8 OC, Nvidia Founders Edition and Zotac Mini, serve a different clientele.

Not every gaming PC has room for overflowing triple-slot chunks, which is why these companies rely on dual-slot designs.

Nvidia takes up the middle position, the dual-ventilated cooler is inconspicuous in every dimension and thus compatible with every case (and leaves a great impression haptically).

Meanwhile, PNY tries to increase the cooling performance with a third fan.

This works, but the model is very long at 12.3 inches.

And then there’s the Zotac Mini, which lives up to its name with a length of just 8.5 inches – a shorter RTX 2070 Super doesn’t exist and is not technically feasible.

The cooler is by far the smallest in the test field, double axial-ventilated and contacts all the top performers; the backplate is more of a decoration than a cooling element due to the lack of heat conducting pads.

In practice, however, it is not only the fins, heat pipes and pads that count, but above all the ventilation.

It is always important to maintain a balance between power, temperature and volume.

Each additional fan increases the volume significantly, but also leads to turbulence and thus noise.

On the other hand, three fans can be operated at less revolutions per minute than two for the same cooling capacity.

However, the latter can turn out larger without breaking the graphics card dimensions.

As you can see, the subject of ventilation is complex and the Nvidia partners naturally set different priorities.

In theory, the best solution is to have as large a lamella block as possible, which is ventilated as low revs as possible.

However, this requires space, so that compromises have to be made.

Let’s first look at the maximum loudness during playing, which is determined by ventilation and speed.

There is a lot of good things to report here, most test persons act quietly or at least pleasantly.

Top performers and the first choice for friends of silence are the MSI Gaming X and Zotac AMP Extreme with 1.0 sone loudness each; just behind them are the Gainward Phantom GS and Palit JS with 1.2 sone each.

All four models are only faintly perceptible in typical gaming PCs that are not trimmed for absolute silence and are therefore pleasant gaming partners.

The Asus Strix (1.8 sone), KFA2 EX (1.9 sone), PNY XLR8 (2.2 sone) and Nvidia Founders Edition (also 2.2 sone) work a bit louder, but not unpleasantly.

The super dwarf of the test field is clearly far behind, with a maximum of 3.5 sone the Zotac Mini whirrs in a disturbingly high frequency spectrum.

Performance & Consumption

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)

As mentioned at the beginning, every model uses 215 watts without exception.

Geforce graphics cards monitor the flowing currents in the overall package, so that lighting, fans & Co. get parts of the cake.

In borderline cases, this leads to the fact that current-thirsty components can reduce the GPU boost.

In the case of our test field, where all test persons have to use the same energy, this leads to interesting results that cannot always be explained logically.

The maximum power limit has a decisive influence on the clock stability.

This does not refer to crashes, but to fluctuation.

A GPU on the proverbial short leash is doomed to throttle down heavily in power-intensive games like The Witcher 3, Anno 2070 or Trine.

The clock rates and correlating voltages are dynamically reduced to stay within the set energy frame.

If you log this behavior and visualize it with graphics, the restlessness becomes clear.

The basic clock rate is never reached as long as games and not synthetic worst-case scenarios are the yardstick.

A graphics card with a larger power budget doesn’t have to step on the brakes as hard, it can keep its boost higher, but also fluctuates.

Only if the power limit is set extremely high, a GPU can hold its maximum clock rate stored in the BIOS permanently and draw a straight line with it.

No model in the test can claim the latter.

Although Nvidia has specified the Geforce RTX 2070 Super with 215 watts relatively generously, this power budget isn’t sufficient for all eventualities.

Because most test subjects are overclocked at the factory, the problem is aggravated – the request to boost high bites the energy cap.

Clock fluctuation in all models is the result.

The extent depends on several factors.

One of them is the efficiency of the cooling system: If the GPU, RAM and VRMs keep a cool head, leakage currents decrease and the graphics card has a minimal efficiency advantage.

The second factor is the efficiency of the board: clever board designs don’t waste a milliwatt of energy, thus freeing up the maximum possible reserves for the GPU.

Factor number 3 is the most annoying factor in the bunch: luck.

Each graphics chip has different electrical properties, and seemingly identical copies sometimes differ significantly.

Although the quality is within a strictly Nvidia-monitored framework – we speak of binning, a selection -, this is large enough for measurable, not always comprehensible fluctuations.

These can best be revealed by looking at the automatically set GPU boosts and the applied voltages.

The latter differ by a few millivolts, which allows conclusions to be drawn about the leakage current tendency of the processor.

Ray tracing as a buying argument?

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 (Super)

It has been more than a year since Nvidia presented the Turing generation.

Its main feature is still real-time ray tracing to raise game lighting to a more realistic level.

But even at the end of 2019, gamers ask themselves:

Do I need this? Is it worth the extra cost compared to comparably fast Radeon graphics cards? PC Games Hardware gives suggestions.

Slowly, but single-mindedly

The number of ray-tracing-capable PC games is still within narrow limits.

After the pioneers Battlefield 5 (reflections), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (shadows) and Metro Exodus (lighting) the big flood did not come, but the RTX circle is growing.

In 2019 there were basically only two titles released, because the RTX update promised for Wolfenstein Youngblood is still not yet available.

What remains are the mysterious action game Control and the recently released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Control is considered an eye opener by enthusiasts.

The Max Payne makers have managed to efficiently combine all effects possible with raytracing – lighting, reflections and shadows – and thus deliver a true showcase.

The performance costs are enormous, but the game compensates with bombastic, dynamic interior graphics – this quality is currently not feasible in an open-world game.

In addition, the subtly improved shadows in Call of Duty 2019 are hardly noticeable, but they are a clear quality improvement on the rocky road to photorealism – and can be used smoothly on all RTX cards.

Nvidia’s solution for playable frame rates is DLSS.

In contrast to raytracing, this AI-supported edge smoothing is a Geforce-exclusive feature.

Correctly read, virtual ray tracing is not an Nvidia invention.

How ray tracing currently works and has been implemented in the Direct X 12 interface collection has been determined by a committee that also includes AMD, Intel and other industry leaders.

Nvidia takes the role of a driving force and has cast the functions into hardware early on to create an incentive to buy.

During 2020, AMD will also offer hardware acceleration for ray tracing.

Whether Intel will also jump on the RT train with its first “Xe” GPUs, which are expected for the second half of the year, is still unclear.


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