RTX 2070 Super benchmark showdown: Nvidia vs Zotac vs Asus

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Nvidia’s RTX 2070 Super is a superb graphics card should you’re after easy, 1440p efficiency, however while you stack up the £475 / $499 Nvidia Founders Edition card I reviewed towards AMD’s new Radeon RX 5700 XT, it begins to battle at bit on the previous worth for cash entrance – simply take a look at my massive RTX 2070 Super vs RX 5700 XT benchmark showdown to see why. Yes, Nvidia’s RTX 2070 Super is the sooner card general, however I’m not satisfied that additional velocity is price paying one other £100 / $100 for. However, regardless of being one of many least expensive RTX 2070 Super playing cards on the market proper now, the Nvidia Founders Edition can be one of many slowest, as not like the FE model of the non-Super RTX 2070, Nvidia have determined not overclock this specific card, leaving its max increase clock at its default reference velocity of 1770MHz.

Is it subsequently price spending a bit extra on a sooner, overclocked mannequin from a 3rd celebration producer as a substitute? And does that additional little bit of nippiness assist push the RTX 2070 Super nearer into best graphics card territory over its AMD rival? To assist make clear this everlasting quandary, I’ve been testing two different RTX 2070 Super playing cards to see how they evaluate: Zotac’s AMP Extreme version, and Asus’ Dual OC mannequin. To the bar charts!

First, although, some specs. As you may see from the desk beneath, the max increase clock speeds on the Asus Dual OC and Zotac AMP Extreme are fairly a bit sooner than what you get on the Nvidia FE. They’re additionally fairly a bit costlier consequently, though within the UK the Asus is definitely a smidge cheaper than its mildly slower Zotac rival.

  Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition Zotac RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme Asus RTX 2070 Super Dual Evo OC
CUDA Cores 2560 2560 2560
Base Clock 1605MHz 1605MHz 1605MHz
Boost Clock 1770MHz 1830MHz 1845MHz
Memory 8GB 8GB 8GB
Memory Clock 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Power 215W 215W 215W
Power Input 8-pin + 6-pin 8-pin + 6-pin 8-pin + 6-pin
Size 267x116mm (2-slot width) 308x133mm (2.5-slot width) 267x118mm (2.7-slot width)
Price £475 / $499 £559 / $599 £530 / $530

There are, nonetheless, different issues you’ll have to account for right here, which, as you’ll be capable of see beneath, largely comes all the way down to the sheer dimension of them. The Zotac, for instance, is sort of a bit longer than Asus and Nvidia’s fashions, making it a poorer match for smaller PC circumstances, whereas the Asus is among the chunkiest playing cards I’ve ever seen and is subsequently extra more likely to obscure a higher variety of PCIe slots in your motherboard than the rest.

Zotac’s AMP Extreme is so much longer than Nvidia and Asus’ playing cards, however the Asus one is correct chonky.

Otherwise, although, all of them use the identical sort of energy connector combo, and their 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence is all clocked on the identical velocity as properly – not like the FE model of Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Super graphics card, for instance.

I’ve additionally used the identical PC elements to check all of them with, too – an Intel Core i7-8700Ok CPU, 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM, an Asus Prime Z370-P motherboard and an OCZ ZX850W energy provide. To the graphs!

RTX 2070 Super: 1080p benchmarks

Starting with Ultra settings at 1920×1080, every RTX 2070 Super card’s efficiency is, properly, fairly comparable. The Asus and Zotac distinguish themselves in a few games, providing not less than one other 5fps extra over Nvidia’s card in Total War: Three Kingdoms, Final Fantasy XV, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, however in any other case the Nvidia FE model of the RTX 2070 Super is just about neck and neck with them, if not really a tad sooner – see Monster Hunter: World, The Witcher III and Forza Horizon 4.

Of course, none of this may imply something in any respect except you’ve acquired a excessive refresh charge monitor at your disposal, however up to now, the Asus and Zotac aren’t making a very nice case for themselves. The Asus may be notably enticing should you spend loads of time driving round with Noctis and his boy band prince friends in Final Fantasy XV, as this was actually the one game the place I noticed a tangible distinction in efficiency throughout the board (particularly as soon as I began enabling the game’s fancy Nvidia results), however within the grand scheme of issues, the Nvidia FE remains to be arguably the one which’s finest worth for cash right here out of those three specific RTX 2070 Super playing cards.

RTX 2070 Super: 1440p benchmarks

Really, although, the principle motive why you’d purchase an RTX 2070 Super card is for flawless 60fps gaming on Ultra settings at 2560×1440 – and as soon as once more, it’s Nvidia’s FE model that arguably comes out on high right here.

In many circumstances, as an example, there was no distinction between the Asus and Zotac in any respect. In the games which have inner game benchmarks, corresponding to Total War, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Metro Exodus, they each delivered precisely the identical common body charges, and within the games that don’t have inner benchmarks out there, corresponding to Final Fantasy XV, Monster Hunter: World and The Witcher III, additionally they produced precisely the identical min-max body charges once I ran by the identical, repeated in-game sequence.

It’s uncommon to see two playing cards so carefully aligned in conditions like this – not less than in comparison with different card comparisons I’ve executed previously, corresponding to my RTX 2080 Super benchmark showdown and my RTX 2080 Ti face-off, and it as soon as once more proves that playing cards with sooner increase clock speeds aren’t essentially that a lot better than their cheaper, slower siblings.

Perhaps the true distinction could possibly be present in every card’s ray tracing prowess, I assumed? Alas, of the few games that truly help ray tracing for the time being – specifically, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus out of this specific set of games – all the pieces was as soon as once more virtually equivalent.

In Tomb Raider, for instance, with its ray traced shadows set to Ultra at 1440p with SMAATx2 anti-aliasing enabled, the Nvidia card managed a median of 45fps (or 58fps with DLSS switched on), the Asus managed 47fps (and 59fps with DLSS), whereas the Zotac got here in with 45fps once more (albeit 61fps with DLSS). In Metro Exodus, the Nvidia and Asus managed 54fps on Medium at 1440p with ray tracing set to High, whereas the Zotac got here in with 55fps. So a lot for that principle, then.

As a outcome, this as soon as once more solidifies the RX 5700 XT’s place as the higher worth card general right here, for whereas its Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Total War outcomes are maybe a bit on the low facet in comparison with its RTX competitors, not less than the previous may be rectified by dropping the game’s anti-aliasing possibility all the way down to SMAATx2, which provides it a stunning excessive common of 71fps. The RTX playing cards, in the meantime, are available between 78-80fps on this setting. Otherwise, you’re nonetheless hitting close to 60fps with this card on high settings, together with just about equivalent speeds in a handful of different games.

RTX 2070 Super: 4K benchmarks

The solely occasion the place the RX 5700 XT actually comes undone is once we transfer as much as 4K, the place the RTX 2070 Super positively has the higher hand – though as soon as once more, it’s a reasonably shut race between Nvidia’s FE card and its Asus and Zotac rivals. On Medium settings, the Zotac card might be the quickest general, nevertheless it’s typically solely by a median of a single body, and even then there are nonetheless loads of events the place the Nvidia card is forward, corresponding to in Monster Hunter: World and The Witcher III.

RTX 2070 Super: Which is finest?

In the top, it appears to be like just like the Nvidia Founders Edition actually is the most effective of the bunch with regards to shopping for an RTX 2070 Super card, which I realise isn’t a lot comfort when it appears to be bought out virtually in every single place. Helpful! However, in case you are eyeing up one among these playing cards to your subsequent improve, I might positively suggest attempting to trace one down should you presumably can. While some games will profit from playing cards with mildly sooner increase clock speeds, I’m not satisfied it’s price spending one other £60-odd on the Asus, and positively not another £100-odd on the Zotac – not less than for these shopping for within the UK.

In the US, the costs are just a little simpler to abdomen, however why spend one other $30 on the $530 Asus when a) the Nvidia FE model is actually out there over at Best Buy for the time being, and b) it’s going to obscure a bunch of different slots in your motherboard?

I imply, it’s best to in all probability nonetheless simply purchase an RX 5700 XT if I’m being sincere, however should you’re adamant about getting a card with ray tracing help and have gotten the additional money to spare, then the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super FE is certainly the one to go for.