Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super review: Changing the game, again

They completely redefine the landscape for high-end graphics cards.

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Power draw, thermals, and noise

We also tested the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super using 3DMark’s highly respected Fire Strike synthetic benchmark. Fire Strike runs at 1080p, Fire Strike Extreme runs at 1440p, and Fire Strike Ultra runs at 4K resolution. All render the same scene, but with more intense graphical effects as you move up the scale, so that Extreme and Ultra flavors stress GPUs even more. We record the graphics score to eliminate variance from the CPU.

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This is why synthetic benchmarks are good for general comparisons and for providing a level playing field in overclocking competitions, but can’t be fully relied upon. Fire Strike shows the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super lagging behind the Vega 64 and Radeon VII, respectively, but that simply isn’t true in real-world game benchmarks.

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We test power draw by looping the F1 2018 benchmark for about 20 minutes after we’ve benchmarked everything else, and noting the highest reading on our Watts Up Pro meter. The initial part of the race, where all competing cars are onscreen simultaneously, tends to be the most demanding portion. 

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We test thermals by leaving HWInfo’s sensor monitoring tool open during the F1 2018 five-lap power draw test, noting the highest maximum temperature at the end.

Unsurprisingly, the Super cards consume more power and throw off more heat than their namesakes. Instead, they’re comparable to the pricier GPUs that the Super cards are replacing in the RTX 20-series product stack. Makes sense!

Next page: Should you buy the GeForce RTX 2060 and 2070 Super?

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