NVIDIA announced its new RTX 20 SUPER series graphics card earlier this month and the GeForce RTX 2060 Super is probably the best bang for the buck option you can go for in the newly revised lineup. Like the rest of the board partners, Gigabyte released its own design for this model, which is the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G we have here for this review.

Specifications

GPU GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
SMs 34 34
CUDA Cores 2176 2176
Tensor Cores 272 272
Tensor FLOPS (FP16) 57.4 57.4
RT Cores 34 34
Texture Units 136 136
ROPs 64 64
Ray Cast 6 Giga Rays 6 Giga Rays
GPU Boost Clock 1650 MHz 1815 MHz
Memory Data Rate 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Total Video Memory Size 8G GDDR6 8G GDDR6
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/sec 448 GB/sec
TDP 175W 175W

Unboxing

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super (1)


The packaging looks really similar to the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G in overall, except that now it comes with 8GB GDDR6 memory and the ‘SUPER’ tag behind the model name. At the front of the box, you’ll see the familiar RGB Fusion 2.0 compatible, WindForce cooling fan design for Gigabyte graphics cards. You’ll also find the common features for NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards i.e Turing GPU, GDDR6 memory, RT cores, and support for NVIDIA DLSS.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super (2)

At the back of the box, you’ll find more of the highlighted features such as the Windforce cooling fan design, copper heatpipes that is in direct contact with the GPU die for better cooling performance, RGB Fusion 2.0 lighting and the included metal backplate at the back of the PCB.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super (3)

Accessories wise, Gigabyte didn’t include any fancy extras but the usual Driver CD and Quick Start Guide.

The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super (4)

Unlike the fancy-looking AORUS lineup, graphics card under the Gigabyte brand usually comes in a more minimalist design. If you’re not a fan of RGB lightings, this card is definitely something that is worth looking into – there’s still RGB lighting on this card, but very minimal.

The only RGB lighting you’ll get on this card is located at the side of the cooler shroud. This can be disabled with the RGB Fusion software, just in case if you seriously don’t want any RGB lighting in your system.

The triple-fan cooler aka the WindForce cooler on the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G is pretty similar to the one on the RTX 2060 Gaming OC 6G. The idea of having a middle fan rotating in a reversed direction to further improve the cooling performance.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super (9)

For the power requirement, the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G requires a 550W power supply as recommended by Gigabyte. Other than the slightly higher requirement on the power supply, it also requires an additional 6-pin PCIe power connector to power up.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super (10)

A metal backplate is included at the back of the card to improve the overall rigidity of the PCB. The backplate is not as thick as we hope it would be, but it’ll still get the job done. Since the heatsink isn’t that heavy.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super (12)

For the display output, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G supports 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI-D, and 1 x type-C connector.

Test System Setup

For our games benchmark test, we’ve selected a number of AAA titles to run at its highest possible settings using the following setup under an ambient temperature of 30°C:

CPU Intel Core i7 8700K @5GHz
Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
Memory G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB @3200MHz
Graphics Card Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
Power Supply Enermax MaxTytan 1250W
Primary Storage Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB SSD
Secondary Storage WD Black 6TB
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 RGB
Chassis Cooler Master Test Bench V1
Operating System Windows 10 64bit

The test is done separately for games that support both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 at the resolution of 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and 3840×2160.

Games Benchmark

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G Game Benchmark 1080P

Since the RTX 2060 is already a very capable graphics card to begin with, you can pretty much expect the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G to do even better for 1080p gaming.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G Game Benchmark 1440P

As we move on to 1440p gaming,  the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G can still manage the selected titles without much issue. Though, we can see that it started to struggle a little with Metro Exodus.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G Game Benchmark 4K

While the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G is clearly not meant for 4K gaming, but it’s actually capable of doing so. Well, that is if you’re willing to lower down the settings to high or perhaps medium.

Temperature

Since the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G is equipped with silent fan design, the cooling fans will not spin until the temperature reaches around 50°C. Despite the silent fan design, the temperature during idle is only at around 40°C. 72°C  is the maximum load temperature recorded during heavy load with Furmark test, but the highest temperature recorded during games benchmark is only at 68°C.

Enabling the DRX feature in RTX games like Metro Exodus, Battlefield V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider won’t affect the load temperature much, as 67°C is the peak temperature recorded for RTX games benchmark.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Featured

Final Thoughts

The overall build quality of the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC might not be as solid as the RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition, but it can definitely run quieter and cooler with its triple-fan cooler. While running on full load with Furmark test, the maximum load temperature recorded is at 72°C, which is 5°C cooler than the Founders Edition.

Unlike the RTX 2060, Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G actually come with a higher price tag of RM 2,179. If we look into the fact that it’s basically a slightly nerfed RTX 2070, the price might seem a little bit more acceptable to some. Though some resellers will not be happy with its release and the price tag, as it’s already cannibalizing the existing RTX 2070.

Performance-wise, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G is a very capable mid-range graphics card that can handle most of the latest AAA titles in 1080p and 1440p with ease. If you’re really into the realistic lighting with RTX games, this is a pretty decent choice to go for as well. It’s not quite there yet to conquer all the existing RTX games in 1440p – especially for Metro Exodus, but it’s an absolute beast when it comes to 1080p gaming with RTX features.

Pros

  • Triple-fan cooler with decent cooling performance
  • USB Type-C port
  • Support the latest RTX games
  • Basically an RTX 2070 with small nerf
  • Slightly cheaper than the RTX 2070 at launch
  • Bundled with a free game for a limited time (Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood)

Cons

  • Doesn’t support NVLink

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