Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founder's Edition: Mid-tier Turing gets better

By Swapnil Mathur | Updated 3 Jul 2019
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founder's Edition: Mid-tier Turing gets better
  • Nvidia RTX 2070 Super promises more performance over the 2070

Nvidia teased “something super” a few days before Computex 2019 and while we all waited with varying levels of excitement for an announcement, it didn’t happen. Since then, there have been various leaks about the ‘Super’ variant of Nvidia’s RTX GPUs, and they have not been wrong. Nvidia sent over their RTX 2070 Super for us to test out and give you a look at just what the card can do. With the card bearing a price tag of Rs 43,600, you might be wondering whether to buy the card. Maybe our findings will help you decide.

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The Nvidia RTX 2070 is now Super

Specifications

The new Nvidia RTX 2070 Super utilises the same architecture as the other RTX Cards, meaning there’s no major change in terms of the processing. What we have here is a version of the RTX 2070 with an increase in critical processing components across the board. You have more RT Cores, more Tensor cores, more CUDA cores, and a higher base and boosted clock speed. The basic spec-sheet is detailed in the table below.

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Specifications Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Nvidia RTX 2070
CUDA Cores (single precision) 2560 2304
Tensor Cores 320 288
RTCores 40 36
Texture Units 184 144
ROP Units 64 64
Rays Cast 7 Giga Rays/second 6 Giga Rays/second
Base Clock 1605 MHz 1410
Boost Clock 1770 MHz 1710
Memory DataRate 14Gbps 14Gbps
Total Video Memory 8192MB GDDR6 8192MB GDDR6
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 448GB/s
Texture Rate (Bilinear) 325.7 Gigatexels/second 246.2 Gigatexels/second
Fabrication Process 12 nm FFN  12nm FFN
Transistor Count 13.6 Billion 10.8 billion
Recommended Power Supply 650 Watts 550 Watts
Total Graphics Power (TGP) 215 Watts 185 Watts

Given that the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super has more cores packed into it, the minimum wattage of the power supply needed for the GPU has also gone up. The RTX 2070 required a minimum 550W power supply, but the RTX 2070 Super needs a minimum 650W power supply.

 

Gaming Performance

We used the card in two systems to play a number of games and run our standard suite of benchmarks. Machine 1 is an older Intel Core i5 machine while Machine 2 is a top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen Threadripper-powered system. The first machine runs on the Intel Core i5-6600K CPU, which has been overclocked to 4.4GHz. The exact specs are listed below.

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Component Intel Build AMD Build
Processor Intel Core i5-6600K Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
RAM 8GBX4 Corsair Vengeance Pro @ 3200MHz 8GBX4 G.Skill @ 3200MHz
Motherboard Gigabyte Z170x-Gaming 5 Asus ROG Zenith Extreme
SSD 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Pro 1TB WD Black SN750
Power supply 1000W 1000W

We wanted to see whether the card would be a good fit for a low-end system, figuring out where the bottle-necking happens and also offer the 2070 Super enough headroom to flex its muscles, hence the Threadripper build.

Our standard set of test games include Metro Exodus, Doom, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield 5 and a few others. We test all the games at their highest graphical setting, which we refer to in our charts as “Ultra” for the sake of clarity. We also test the same games at a graphics setting one less than the highest, which we refer to as “High.” The only exception to this rule is Metro Exodus, which has an “extreme” graphics setting that’s even higher than Ultra. The developers themselves say that this setting has no discernable difference in terms of the visuals but does tax the system. While playing games, we pull up the Resource Monitor and HWMonitor on a secondary display to keep an eye on the CPU-GPU usage and heat. It's an essential part of digging into a GPU’s performance, especially one that demands a minimum 650W power supply.

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Benchmarking Doom on our AMD Threadripper build

Pairing the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

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From the 1080p, Ultra setting test, we see that the AMD rig outperforms our older Intel machine by a noticeable, but not that large a margin. What was interesting, however, was seeing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Doom deliver higher frame rates on our Intel build than on the AMD machine.

Average frame rates with graphics setting set at Ultra

Switching the graphics down to High from Ultra sees a noticeable jump in performance in most of our games. Metro Exodus continues to punish both our builds, with frame rates staying below 100fps on both machines, in both graphics settings. We see some very respectable frame rates when playing Battlefield V on Ultra on both machines, but the AMD build does help get far higher numbers.

Nvidia RTX 2070 Super

Average frame rates at 1080p, High Settings

Overall, the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super offers roughly a 10-percent boost over the card it replaces, the RTX 2070. On the Intel build, we definitely found the 2070 Super being bottlenecked by the Core i5 processor, even though it was overclocked. Looking at CPU usage on the Threadripper, we noted that not all the cores were being utilised by any of the games we played. But what did take advantage of a large number of cores was video editing and encoding.

Bottom Line

Nvidia is launching the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super at Rs 43,600, which is much cheaper than the RTX 2070 when it launched. In addition, the company is going to discontinue the RTX 2070 moving forward so the Super variant will be all that there is. In the next few days, we will continue testing the card on different configurations and more importantly, at higher resolutions, like 2K and 4K, to see just how far we, and consequently you, can push the card.

Swapnil Mathur
Digit's resident camera nerd, (un)official product photographer and the Reviews Editor
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