Nvidia’s latest release of graphics cards, the ‘RTX Super’ series, is a refreshment of the RTX cards rather than a full redesign. Based on the same existing ‘Turing’ architecture as the RTX cards, the RTX 2060 Super, 2070 Super and 2080 Super have been shown to offer considerable performance improvements over their predecessors at a lower price point, and now make the ‘unaffordable’ graphics card market a little bit more attainable for regular PC builders.
With mounting pressure from AMD and their Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, Nvidia has had to respond to the AMD’s attractive price point for the performance, and thus have really offered PC gamers a good deal with the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super, and soon the RTX 2080 Super.
The RTX 2070 Super, of which we will be focusing on today, is set to offer comparable performance to the RTX 2080, whilst only retailing for just under $500 for the Founders Edition. Performance-wise, the 2070 Super offers a boost clock of 1770 MHz and 8GB of GDDR6 memory, offering 9.1 Teraflops of performance compared to 7.5 Teraflops from the RTX 2070, and 10 Teraflops from the RTX 2080. With a rated TDP of 215W and 14Gbps of memory bandwidth, this card certainly has the specifications to perform on paper, and early benchmarks are showing this card to have fantastic performance, for an even better price point.
If you’re planning to build with an RTX 2070 Super in 2020, you’re going to be faced with two choices: Do you opt for a Founders Edition/Reference style RTX 2070 Super, or instead opt for an aftermarket, custom RTX 2070 Super card?
Opting for an aftermarket RTX 2070 Super card can often present quite a few advantages over picking a Founders Edition RTX 2070 Super. These include:
- Custom fan design & cooling setup (E.g. triple fan design or even watercooled RTX 2070 Super cards)
- Increased factory base and boost clock speeds (Better cooling setups allow for lower temperatures and higher clock speeds the Turing GPU can handle, thus manufacturers can safely overclock cards out of the box. For example, the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super OC has a factory boost clock speed of 1935 MHz, compared to 1770 MHz as seen in the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition!)
- Different ports (number of HDMI, DisplayPorts, and some aftermarket RTX 2070 Supers lack USB Type C, which the FE RTX 2070 Super has 1 port)
- Card length
- RGB, 0Db Technology and other features
- Power connectors (Some aftermarket cards offer dual 8-pin connectors vs 8-pin & 6-pin as seen on the FE RTX 2070 Super)
- Price (Aftermarket RTX 2070 Supers are often more expensive in retail price, but some are actually cheaper and sometimes have better availability than the RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition)
In this guide, we’re going to focus on the aftermarket, also known as ‘AIB’, RTX 2070 Super cards – and comparing different models from various manufacturers such as EVGA, MSI, ASUS & Gigabyte. We will give our verdict on what we think the best RTX 2070 Super cards are so far, which RTX 2070 Super performs the best overall, and other picks such as the best value RTX 2070 Super and the best pick RTX 2070 Super for ITX builds.
Best RTX 2070 Super Cards – My Recommendations
|Best RTX 2070 Super||MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio||$520||1800 MHz||328 mm|
|Highest Factory Overclock RTX 2070 Super||ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super OC Edition||$600||1935 MHz||300 mm|
|Best Budget RTX 2070 Super||Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC Edition||$500||1785 MHz||280 mm|
|Smallest RTX 2070 Super||MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus||$500||1770 MHz||259 mm|
Best RTX 2070 Super Card
Our favorite aftermarket RTX 2070 Super card right now in terms of features, performance and value all considered is the MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio. Built with the same triple-fan, mammoth cooling setup as found on the RTX 2080 Ti, this aftermarket RTX 2070 Super offers incredibly good performance, very low noise at load as well as a super high power limit, compared to other RTX 2070 super aftermarket cards.
Although the factory overclock is a little above the Founders Edition at 1800 Mhz (we think the card can easily handle far higher), the Gaming X Trio necessarily doesn’t have the best performance statistics on paper, but for the benchmarks we have seen for this card, despite its high-end performance it is also one of the quietest RTX 2070 Super cards on offer today.
The MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio is also the largest aftermarket RTX 2070 Super on sale today, spanning 328mm in length and almost 3 slots in width – it’s certainly not built for small form factor / ITX systems! This card comes with all the bells and whistles, such as 0Db Fan mode and RGB, but doesn’t feature USB Type C that we would expect such a flagship RTX 2070 Super to have.
On Newegg, the Gaming X Trio is only $15 more expensive than the RTX 2070 Super founders edition, and at this price, it makes this RTX 2070 Super incredibly good value, should you be able to get your hands on one – once they are in stock again from retailers.
If you find this card in stock, we recommend buying first and think later, this really is our favorite RTX 2070 Super card right now in 2020.
Highest Factory Overclock RTX 2070 Super Card
The aftermarket RTX 2070 Super with the highest factory boost clock speeds is the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super OC Edition, with a blisteringly fast boost clock speed of 1935 MHz, over 145 MHz increase over the Founder Edition version of the RTX 2070 Super.
This 300mm, 2.75 slot card utilises a triple fan setup, offering the best factory specifications of any AIB RTX 2070 Super card, and has plenty of features such as 0Db fan speed mode, RGB, as well as USB Type C.
Priced closed to $600, it is also one of the most expensive RTX 2070 Super cards, and commands about a $100 premium over the founder’s edition version.
Best Cheap RTX 2070 Super Card
The best, cheapest RTX 2070 Super card that matches the retail price of the RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition at $499, is the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC Edition.
This entry-level RTX 2070 Super doesn’t have entry-level specifications, featuring a +15MHz boost clock increase over the founders edition out of the box, a well-regarded and decent triple fan Windforce cooler, USB Type C, as well as 0Db fan speed mode and RGB – this budget RTX 2070 Super has the best performance and features by far of any other RTX 2070 Super card for the $500 price point.
A truly great, capable and well-performing card for just $500. The only issue is finding one in stock.
Smallest RTX 2070 Super
The smallest RTX 2070 Super card is the MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus, measuring at just 257mm, a 10mm reduction over the RTX 2070 Super Founders edition, and still boasts a capable dual-fan, 2-slot cooling design. Priced also at $500, this entry-level aftermarket RTX 2070 Super has a 1770 MHz boost clock and lacks features as seen on other cards such as USB Type C, 0Db fan speed mode and RGB.