RTX 2070 Super Review: The Perfect Card For 1440p Gaming

You know, I can’t help but feel bad for AMD. Every time they go to announce a new GPU, the green team is ready, waiting to pounce. It’s like that friend everyone has, who likes to make everything about themselves. You know the type. When the red team announced the Vega GPUs, NVIDIA was quick to reveal the GTX 1070Ti. And this year seems to be no different. Just a week before the Navi launch, the green team was ready with its RTX Super line up. And today we’re playing around with the RTX 2070 Super. 

Tech Specs

Specs RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 FE RTX 2080 FE
CUDA Cores 2560 2304 2944
RT Cores 40 36 46
Base Clock 1770 1710(OC) 1515
Boost Clock 1605 1410 1800(OC)
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory Config 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Power Connector 8-pin + 6 pin Single 8-pin 8-pin + 6 pin
Recommended Power Supply 650W 550W 650W

The RTX 2070 Super is an upgraded version of the 2070, with a bump in core counts, clock speeds and much more. In a way you can also consider it as a shaved down version of the original 2080, as it uses the same TU104 die as the RTX 2080. CUDA core count is up to 2560 from the 2070’s 2304. The base clock speed in the 2070 Super is 1605 MHz, which is pretty close to the 2070’s boost clock speed. Tensor cores are up too, from 288 in the 2070 to 320 in the 2070 Super. Understandably, these boosts also result in a TDP increase of 40W, from the 2070’s 175W to 215W in the 2070 Super. This also means that the 2070 Super now requires an additional 6-pin power connector, like the 2080.

Visually, the RTX 2070 Super looks quite similar to the original RTX series, with the same dual fan design and form factor. The difference here is in the middle, where it now sports the “super branding” on a reflective, glossy surface. Personally, I prefer the matte black finish on the original RTX cards, but hey, to each their own. 

On the display front, the 2070 Super display ditches the DVI port found on the 2070 in the favour of another DisplayPort, bringing the count to 3 DisplayPorts, one HDMI port and one USB Type-C. But the real deal, and the frankly, the one thing that care about the most is performance, and how well the card holds up against the 2070 and the 2080. So, take a look at the scores.

Performance and Benchmarks

Right off the bat, it’s hard not to be impressed by the 2070 Super’s performance. The card gives really solid numbers at 1440p throughout the benchmarks, and in some cases is pretty viable for 4K too, if you don’t mind turning down the graphics settings. Overall, the performance gap between the 2070 Super and the 2080 was less than 10%. The cheapest RTX 2080 we could find was worth 59,000 INR, so at the launch price of 43,600 INR, that makes it amazing value for money. Compared to the 2070 is where the price gap is a little close, as the cheapest RTX 2070 we found costs 38,000. The 2070 Super outperforms the 2070 by a little over 10% on the average at 1440p, so even here it doesn’t sound like a bad option. 

Now, the big question is, what prompted the release of the Super cards? NVIDIA claims that it was the tech improvements and tweaking that’s allowed them to obtain better yields, which certainly sounds plausible. But the timing of this launch, just a few days before the release of AMD’s Navi GPUs can lead one to believe otherwise. I mean, we did see the RX 5700 cards competing closely with the 2070 in the leaked benchmarks. So it wouldn’t be completely off base for one to think that NVIDIA, with their Super cards are trying to get ahead of the competition before the Navi cards are even out. In that case, you know who to thank for the Super’s sensible pricing. I mean, it has been a long time coming. This is what RTX pricing should have been from the beginning, especially considering the serious lack of ray tracing support in games when it launched. But as they say, better late than never.

All said and done, with its competitive pricing, the RTX 2070 Super is an amazing card for 1440p gaming. At 43,600 INR, you get considerable gains for a small increase in price, and a good ray tracing experience too. People who have already bought the 2070 will feel bad, but for those who were still waiting to get their hands on an RTX GPU, this is it. 

NVIDIA To Release Faster Versions of RTX 2070 and 2080 Soon

If you have been saving up to buy one of NVIDIA’s RTX graphics cards, you may want to wait just a little bit more. According to Tom’s HW Germany, the green team is about to start selling faster versions of their Turing GPUs.

To shed more light on this, NVIDIA currently has two different variants of the TU104 and TU106 chips, the ‘A’ and non-A variants. For instance, there’s the TU106-400-A1 (non-A variant) and TU106-400A-A1 (‘A’ variant). The non-A variants have a lower quality and slower clock speeds, while the ‘A’ variants are better dies with higher clock speeds, currently being sold in factory overclocked RTX GPUs. The same goes for the TU104 chips. As expected, the cards with ‘A’ variant chips are more expensive.

What makes this news great for users is that NVIDIA is also going to stop the production of non-A Turing RTX cards, which means that going forwards, you can expect to get better and faster GPUs. Additionally, the factory overclocked cards that are available right now should get cheaper as well. However, in the beginning it will also mean that users will have to be very careful about which versions they are buying as some stock of the older cards will include the slower GPUs. But overall, it seems like things are about to look up for gamers. So, if you were planning to buy a new RTX 2060, 2070 or 2080, you should hold on to your wallet for just a little bit more and try getting your hands on a better variant.

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MSI Reveals RTX 2070 Cards Lineup

MSI has revealed their lineup of the RTX 2070 cards and they’re quite the handful. They’ve given people a few options to choose from with mainly visual and cooling technique variances between the unveiled lineup.

Their line-up has the following cards: The Gaming Z, Duke 8G OC, Armor 8G OC, and Aero. All of the MSI cards will have similar clocks speeds, 8GB of DDR6 memory and same connectivity options( 3 DisplayPort, one HDM, one USB Type-C). The Gaming Z card has the company’s new TORX Fan 3.0 along with RBG lighting around the fans and also comes with the highest out-of-the-box clock speed. The Duke 8G OC has three fans instead of two as seen on the other models.

The Armor 8G OC is like a lower model of the Gaming Z as it has TORX Fan 2.0 and RGB only limited to the MSI dragon logo as it was in the previous Armor edition cards. The Aero, on the other hand, has a blower style fan which expels heat out the back into the system which the case fans can then push out and is best for compact systems.

Via: Tomshardware

MSI has stated that these cards will start to debut on November 17th and have also said that model availability will vary per region.

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So How Powerful Are The New NVIDIA RTX GPUs? Real-Time Ray Tracing Explained

Nvidia has finally announced their new lineup of cards with the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 which is all part of the Turing family. They have gone with a new naming convention by switching to RTX instead of GTX which they have been using for almost a decade now. A lot of people might be curious as to why they changed the name to RTX for these cards and what the Ray Tracing hype is all about so let’s shed some light upon this.

Ray Tracing is a rendering technique that generates an image by tracing the path of light as pixels. It’s what movies and TV Shows use to create life-like scenes using CG work. Ray Tracing is a very intensive process which requires quite a bit of processing power which is why it was only really used in pre-rendered media where there were no real-time calculations. While lighting in games has improved a lot over the past few years, it still never really hit levels of photorealism due to the fact that it was never Real Time. What Ray Tracing on these GPUs will do is actually process things in Real Time, in game which will create lifelike shadows, lighting, reflections and, sub-surface scattering. Since it uses a lot of algorithms to do it, the hardware will have to be quite powerful to be able to pull it off in Real Time.

What does all this mean though, you ask? Using Ray Tracing technology in games, we can expect much better and realistic lighting and overall visual fidelity. Reflections will be much better with accurate colour reflections, translucency and transparency. This is a big jump in terms of technological advancements and video game graphics because over time this technology will become mainstream as more and more games and GPU manufacturers start using this technology which in turn means that games in the future will look even more beautiful and “real” as compared to right now before. This could very well be ushering in the new generation of computer graphics and I’m quite excited to see how this technology expands and grows over the coming few years.

If you want to see Ray Tracing being used in video games like Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus, click here. For gaming right now, the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are the only cards which completely support Ray Tracing. If you plan on getting any of those click here to check their prices and their release dates.

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