When the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 launched in January, it served as a fine entry point into Nvidia's new ray-traced future. It was definitely more expensive than its Pascal equivalent, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, but it still allowed users to live their lives ray traced with a smaller entrance fee. Still, it was held back from reaching 1440p greatness.
Those days are over.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is here, and it finally brings RTX 2070equivalent performance to the mainstream. In our testing, not only does the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super compete with the vanilla RTX 2070, but it's able to do it at a much lower cost.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super, then, may just be the best graphics card for most people – even if this is the mid-range GPU Nvidia should have released back in January 2019.
Price and availability
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super will hit store shelves on July 9, and will set you back $399 (about £315, AU$580) for the Founders Edition. We don't have pricing information for third-party cards quite yet, but we would expect the price to be even lower there.
You may have noticed that this slots in exactly where the Founders Edition of the vanilla RTX 2060 was, and there's a reason for that. Nvidia is pushing the price of the original Founders RTX 2060 down to $349 (about £275, AU$500), making entry into Nvidia's ray traced vision even cheaper.
The most important thing to note here is that Nvidia claims that the RTX 2060 Super is able to come within spitting distance of the original RTX 2070's performance – it even beats it in some of our synthetic workloads.
Still, we have to mention the other team here. The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT comes in at the same price of $399 (about £315, AU$580), and delivers equivalent performance in most tests. The RTX 2060 Super does have one leg up on Team Red – via those RT cores, the RTX 2060 Super supports ray tracing, whereas the RX 5700XT does not.
Features and chipset
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super uses the same underlying Turing architecture as its predecessor, but it sees plenty of improvements, particularly when it comes to core counts and VRAM.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super features 2,176 CUDA cores, compared to the RTX 2060's 1,920. They're also clocked higher, featuring a boost clock of 1,650 MHz. These improvements alone go a long way to explaining the boost to 7.2 TFLOPs of raw power. We don't have a spec for ray tracing cores, but ray tracing performance also gets a bump, as the RTX 2060 Super is capable of pushing out 6 Giga Rays.
What's more, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super features 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, up from 6GB on the original model. This should make it more future-proof, and also makes the graphics card more feasible for 1440p gaming. This all comes with a bump in power consumption, however, with the new Turing card consuming 175 Watts of power.
Physically, however, the card looks remarkably similar to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition. However, the RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition has a chrome design under the logo, making it more reflective. This probably won't mean much if you don't have a see-through case, but it's a welcome design uptick.
Test system specs
CPU: 3.8Ghz AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (12-core, 70MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)
RAM: 16GB G.Skill TridentZ Royale DDR4 (3,400MHz)
Motherboard: ASRock Taichi X570
Power Supply: Corsair RM850x
Storage: 2TB Gigabyte Aorus M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4)
Case: Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB
Operating system: Windows 10
Thanks to the boosted specs, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super should be the card to get if you want to play at 1440p with ray tracing enabled. We put it through a cavalcade of benchmarks, and it is easily one of the graphics cards to watch in 2019.
Metro Exodus, one of the hardest PC games to run, is extremely smooth at 1440p, with all the graphical dials turned up to Ultra. Even with ray tracing and DLSS enabled, we are still able to get a playable experience – even if it wasn't locked at 60 frames per second (fps).
Similarly, we were able to turn all the knobs up in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and we were amazed that we didn't see any performance fumbles during the intro.
This is all reflected in our benchmark results, too. In 3DMark TimeSpy Extreme, for instance, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super was able to get a whopping 4,277 points, a huge 21% improvement over the original 2060. But, what's really cool is that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super beat the RTX 2070, too – as that card scored 4,117.
In games, the performance delta between the RTX 2060 Super and the original model is even more stark. In Metro Exodus, we were able to get 58 fps vs 53 on the RTX 2060.
At the end of the day, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is able to handle most games at 1440p without breaking a sweat. This graphics card is definitely worth your time, especially if you're rocking a G-Sync monitor.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super might be the Nvidia graphics card for most PC gamers to get. It's not prohibitively expensive, and it will let you play most games at 1440p without much – if any – loss in detail. Plus, with the newly expanded 8GB frame buffer, this graphics card should last much longer.
It's also much more affordable than the RTX 2070 was at launch, and because the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super offers basically the same level of performance, the value speaks for itself. We're just left wondering why Nvidia didn't put this card out sooner – we finally have the value-oriented Nvidia Turing graphics card.