Despite still struggling with wide-spread support for their ray-tracing cards, Nvidia is still sitting unopposed at the top of the pile with the most powerful cards on the market. The likes of the RTX 2080 Ti still remains there, as Nvidia’s flagship RTX-enabled GPU. But further down the chain things are changing. Nvidia has introduced their new Super line for each other RTX card, replacing the previous Ti moniker to indicate faster cards built off of the same technology. In each instance, they simply replace the regular versions of the cards they’re improving on. And none sees a greater boost than the RTX 2060.
The RTX 2060 Super is a leap above what was offered from the slowest RTX card on the market. It’s had its memory bumped up to 8GB which should make it a little more futureproof, along with an additional 256 CUDA Cores and a reasonable boost to 1470MHz from 1365MHz. Nvidia claims that this puts the 2060 Super on the heels of the original RTX 2070, and around 15% ahead of the original 2060. The mileage on that claim varies (in both directions) depending on which games and tests you’re looking at, but there are no questions that it’s a substantial upgrade to the RTX 2060 that is certainly a better choice if you’re looking forward.
Nvidia also says that this new 2060 Super features around 6 Gigarays of ray-tracing performance, over the 5 Gigarays from the previous 2060. There’s ambiguity around what this actually means in real-world performance, but the short of it means that you should expect better ray-tracing performance in the few games that support it. With dedicated hardware for ray-tracing specifically, having more of it means you’ll see fewer framerate drops with the feature turned on.
Along with the spec jumps, you can enjoy three DisplayPorts and a single HDMI port on the back, along with a single USB-C VirtualLink for future VR headsets. That gives you ample room for multi-display setups and high refresh rate monitors, no matter what your configuration.
The Super cards use the same dual-fan cooling solution as the original Founder’s Edition range of RTX cards, albeit with a new incredibly chrome (and incredibly fingerprint attracting) faceplate for the new logo. The chamber inside sucks in air from your case and blows it out the back, remaining silent under reasonably heavy loads. The Founder’s Edition design is still one of the sleekest and most attractive on the market, if not always being the most performant when it comes to raw cooling performance.
Performance is really what the Super is all about, despite Nvidia still struggling to garner as much support as they presumably expected for ray-tracing support. Right now, only one of the games on our testing line-up even supports RTX, but looking forward there’s a lot more on the horizon. Games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Watch Dogs Legion and Control will support ray-tracing, but it’s important to note that if you go out right now and the purchase one of these new Super cards, support for its exclusive features is still lacking.
Looking at just how much better the 2060 Super is, it’s clear that Nvidia’s claims of it being the better buy between it and the original 2060 are unsurprisingly accurate. The extra memory and boosted clocks do wonders to raise framerates on games running across the spectrum of resolution, and especially so if you’re seeking some 4K support. Although you should be aware by now that even with this increase, the 2060 Super is still on the lower end of the RTX range, and is thus tuned delicately for gaming within the 1440p range and below rather than blisteringly fast 4K support.
With that said, here’s how the RTX 2060 Super performed across some games old and new, including new additions to our testing in Metro: Exodus and F1 2019.
Looking at synthetic tests, the RTX 2060 Super continues to impress. Across 3D Mark’s FireStrike Ultra and Extreme tests, along with its ray-tracing focused Port Royal stress test, the RTX 2060 Super shows that it’s definitely more adept at handling tougher loads thanks especially to its additional memory.
With an RRP starting at R7,000.00, the Super version of the RTX 2060 certainly is a head above local pricing of the original, which can start below even R6,000.00. But unlike the simple clock and CUDA core boosts of the rest of the range, the memory increase here is what is worth the higher asking price. A full 8GB of memory makes the RTX 2060 Super make more forward-looking in terms of support than its original model. You can see the results of that already in tests above running at higher framerates, where the additional buffer copes with the higher resolutions textures far more admirably.
If you are looking to dip your toe into ray-tracing technology, there are now even more options from Nvidia to get you started despite the smaller than expected pool of games that support it. But the RTX 2060 Super is much more than just the introduction to ray-tracing. It’s a powerful card in its own right, and at a great price for the performance, it promises there’s a lot to love about the new entry-point to the RTX line.
Last Updated: August 5, 2019