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Nvidia Super RTX Turing officially launched

by on02 July 2019

RTX 2060S and RTX 2070S to rain on AMD's Navi parade

With AMD's impending launch of new Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 series, Nvidia has refreshed its RTX series lineup, starting with two models, the RTX 2060 Super and the RTX 2070 Super.

While these might carry the Super suffix, there is a significant difference between the new Super series graphics cards compared to the existing non-Super counterparts on the market, as these are not just overclocked versions.

In addition to the RTX 2060 Super and the RTX 2070 Super, which are expected on retail/e-tail shelves on July 9th, Nvidia is also launching the RTX 2080 Super, which will launch on July 9th and be available at a later date. The Geforce RTX 2080 Ti won't be getting a Super version, at least not yet, and it remains Nvidia's premium high-end offer.

The RTX 2060 Super is a whole different beast

While the original RTX 2060 Super was targeting 1440p gaming (at least according to Nvidia) and could cope with plenty of games with just 6GB of memory, it was heavily lagging behind the RTX 2070, especially with RTX effects enabled.

On the other hand, The new Geforce RTX 2060 Super is now based on TU106 GPU, the same powering the original RTX 2070, and comes with a total of 2176 CUDA cores, 34 RT cores, 272 Tensor cores, 136 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. The biggest change is the memory part, as this time around, it has a full 256-bit memory bus and 8GB of GDDR6 clocked at 14Gbps, leaving it with 448GB/s of memory bandwidth.

The GPU is clocked at 1470MHz base clock and boosts up to 1650MHz.

Performance-wise, this puts it just below the original RTX 2070, which is quite impressive, especially considering it is priced at $429, but we will get to that a bit later. In general, you are looking at around 10 percent improvement across all resolutions and games, and it makes it faster than GTX 1080. This puts Nvidia in a better position and can be considered as a preemptive strike from Nvidia against the upcoming Navi-based Radeon RX 5700.

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The RTX 2070 Super gets close to RTX 2080

In order to counter AMD's Radeon RX 5700 series launch, especially the RX 5700 XT, which could trade blows with the RTX 2070, Nvidia has supercharged the RTX 2070, basing it on TU104 GPU, the same one behind the original RTX 2080 card, disabling four TPCs (eight SMs), and leaving it with 2560 CUDA cores, 40 RT cores, 320 Tensor cores, 160 TMUs, and 64 ROPs.

While it still comes with 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory interface, which adds up to 448GB/s of memory bandwidth. The GPU works at 1605MHz base clock and boosts up to 1770MHz.

The RTX 2070 Super gets close to RTX 2080 and now beats the Radeon VII, something that the non-Super RTX 2070 was not capable. With aggressive pricing, the RTX 2070 Super has an upper hand in the RTX lineup, offering a lot of bang for the buck, especially at higher resolutions.

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The Geforce RTX 2080 Super will be even faster

The RTX 2080 Super, which comes at a later date, with reviews expected on July 9th and availability at the end of the month, is also an interesting card, as it ends up with 3072 CUDA cores, 48 RT cores, 384 Tensor Cores, 192 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. It works at 1650MHz base and 1815MHz GPU Boost clock, and comes with 8GB of faster 15.5Gbps memory on a 256-bit memory interface, pushing memory bandwidth up to 496.1GB/s.

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The pricing remains the same as the original RTX series

Nvidia has decided to launch the new RTX Super series cards at the same MSRP as the original RTX series, with the exception of the RTX 2060 Super, which fits between the RTX 2060 and the RTX 2070 at $429. The RTX 2070 Super will launch at $499 while the RTX 2080 Super will come at $699.

While Nvidia did not officially confirm it, the pricing of the original RTX series should go down, with the exception of the RTX 2080 Ti, and possibly the RTX 2060, which could remain at $349.

Nvidia is also bundling its Super series with a Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Control, both featuring RTX effects implementation, especially Control, which looks quite impressive.

There are plenty of reviews around and you can find some links below, and as we are not far from AMD's RX 5700 series launch, things are starting to heat up in the graphics card market, and Nvidia still has the upper hand.

- - The GeForce RTX 2070 Super & RTX 2060 Super Review: Smaller Numbers, Bigger Performance

- - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Review; NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super Review

- - GeForce RTX 2070 Super And RTX 2060 Super Review: Tricked-Out NVIDIA Turing

- - Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super Review: GPU Boost!

- - Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super: Super timing from the green team.

- - GeForce RTX 2060 and 2070 Super Review: Nvidia Preemptively Strikes Navi

- - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Review: $399 Performance Beast

- - NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 and 2070 SUPER review

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

- - Nvidia RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super Review


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