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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Should you buy the GeForce RTX 2060 and 2070 Super?

Yes, especially if you game at 1440p resolution or want ultra-fast refresh rates at 1080p. But wait a week!

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The $399 GeForce RTX 2060 Super and $499 RTX 2070 Super redefine the current GPU landscape, delivering substantially more power at or near the same price as before. They obliterate the value proposition of all cousins and competitors in their path, rendering the non-Super versions of the RTX 2070 and 2080 as well as all of AMD’s high-end Vega-based cards obsolete. There’s still an argument to be made for the $699 Radeon VII’s massive 16GB of HBM2 memory being worthwhile for content creation tasks, but when it comes to gaming, the $499 GeForce RTX 2070 Super trades blows for a whole lot less—and it does ray tracing.

The original GeForce RTX 2060 is still hanging around for $350. It’s a solid card in its own right, but it’d be more compelling paired with a $25 or $50 price cut. As-is, it’s well worth saving your pennies for an extra week or three to get the RTX 2060 Super’s vastly improved performance and more fully fleshed-out memory system for $50 more. Nvidia says the Founders Edition versions of the Super cards we tested today will be available at MSRP on July 9.

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AMD’s published performance comparisons for the $450 Radeon RX 5700 XT versus the $500 GeForce RTX 2070 (non-Super) at 1440p resolution. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super is much, much faster than the vanilla 2070.

The stage is set, then, for the hotly anticipated launch of AMD’s $380 Radeon RX 5700 and $450 Radeon RX 5700 XT on July 7. They’ll be the first mainstream graphics cards built using the 7nm process technology, the first graphics cards equipped with the cutting-edge PCIe 4.0 interface, and the first graphics cards powered by AMD’s new “RDNA” GPU architecture. The company’s E3 showcase demonstrated the Radeon RX 5700 toppling the GeForce RTX 2060 across a spectrum of games at 1440p, and the RX 5700 XT more narrowly beating the RTX 2070.

Can AMD’s forward-thinking (but ray tracing-less) tandem triumph over these much more ferocious RTX Super GPUs though? Anything’s possible with a completely revamped architecture. Given what AMD showed at E3, it seems unlikely. But we’ve been waiting for Navi for a long time. We’ll learn what the Radeon RX 5700 is made of in five short days.   

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Nvidia may have ruined Radeon’s big day—or AMD’s major architectural overhaul could blow our minds. Today, however, there’s no doubt that Nvidia’s surprise reveal of the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and GeForce RTX 2070 Super shakes up the status quo for every high-end graphics south of the monstrous GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

Nvidia’s RTX Super graphics cards kick ass, take names, and come highly recommended. We’ll see if that holds true a week from now. It’s an exciting time to be a PC gamer! 

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