Recently, NVIDIA launched its “Super” line of GPUs to counter the new AMD Radeon “Navi” generation of GPUs. Competition in the market means that we get upgraded GPUs for the desktop. While the majority of coverage focused on gaming performance of the two cards, at STH, we look at things differently. We focus on compute power and after starting our review, we needed to pause our AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 review because AMD’s compute stack was not stable enough to complete our benchmark suite. In this NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super review, we are going to look at the compute performance and some of the gains attributed to 8GB of GDDR6 in this generational update. When it comes to our deep learning and AI benchmarks, that had an expected and important impact.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super Overview
For our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB review, we are using the Founders Edition part from NVIDIA. The front of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super looks very much like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti we reviewed. It has a very nice metal plate with a mirror finish between the fans. Previous cards had a matte black finish, and now the word “Super” in green appears. Like the other NVIDIA reference cards, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER is impressive and shows a very high-quality build.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super is not a large graphics card, measuring 9” in length, 4.435” tall and 1.5” thick which should fit nicely in compact systems. NVIDIA uses two fans cooling the GPU heatsink.
The back of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super shows a large backplate fitting to the card which aids in cooling and stiffens the card. Again, we see the special “Super” appear in green to let you know this is not a vanilla RTX 2060.
Although we generally prefer blower-style coolers given their ability to pack into dense servers and workstations, there is a feature of this dual fan solution we like. The 8-pin power connector is at the end of the card. Compared to many other cards, this allows better cable management for server and higher-end workstation chassis. We prefer this location to even the ASUS Turbo-RTX2060-6G blower-style unit we reviewed for the original 2060 launch. This should work out great for those who want to install these cards in server cases and use remote terminal functionality to keep a work environment quiet.
Video outputs include 2x DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, DVI-D, and one USB Type-C port that is used for VR applications.
Large air vents at the back of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition card aid in proper cooling.
Next, let us take a look at the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super key specifications and continue on with our performance testing.