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

They completely redefine the landscape for high-end graphics cards.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade ($50 on Humble) is a cooperative third-person shooter where a team of adventurers blasts through hordes of mythological enemies. It’s a technological showcase, built around the next-gen Vulkan and DirectX 12 technologies and infused with features like HDR support and the ability to toggle asynchronous compute on and off. It uses Rebellion’s custom Azure engine. We test the DX12 renderer with async compute off.

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This game adores Radeon’s architecture, and the Radeon VII manages to stave off the GeForce RTX 2070 Super for once—barely. But the $399 GeForce RTX 2060 Super blows well past its own namesake as well as the Radeon RX Vega 64.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider ($60 on Humble) concludes the reboot trilogy, and it’s utterly gorgeous. Square Enix optimized this game for DX12, and recommends DX11 only if you’re using older hardware or Windows 7, so we test with that. Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses an enhanced version of the Foundation engine that also powered Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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No surprises here, aside from how hard the new Supers curb-stomp the competition (including their non-Super cousins). Vega 56 isn’t even in the same weight class.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Move over, Crysis. If you crank all the graphics options up to 11, like we do for these tests, Ghost Recon Wildlands ($50 on Humble) and its AnvilNext 2.0 engine absolutely melt GPUs, even with a sequel due later this year. It’s by far the most strenuous game in our suite, even with newer stunners like Division 2 in the mix. Ghost Recon Wildlands prefers Nvidia’s GPU architecture in general.

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Again, everything goes as expected—and as Nvidia promised. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super effectively shift the RTX GPU stack up a performance notch, leaving older RTX options and the Radeon cards looking obsolete at their current prices.

F1 2018

The latest in a long line of successful games, F1 2018 ($60 on Humble) is a gem to test, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options—making it a much more reliable (and fun) option that the Forza series. It’s built on the fourth version of Codemasters’ buttery-smooth Ego game engine. We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies.

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There’s a bit more of a gap between the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 Super here by the raw numbers, but they’re delivering the same essential performance in the real world. Same with the Radeon VII. But again, the RTX 2070 Super is $200 cheaper.

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