Best RTX 2070 SUPER Graphics Cards That You Can Buy Right Now
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Nvidia’s RTX 2070 SUPER occupies an attractive spot in the high-end GPU market. It’s not as eye-wateringly expensive as the 2080 Super/Ti, but still offers a level of performance that surpasses the GTX 1080 Ti in many games. Plus, you get all the ray-tracing and DLSS goodness. With the SUPER model, you also get improved performance at the same price point as the regular RTX 2070. What’s not to like?
Although Nvidia’s reference design or Founder’s Edition of the RTX 2070S looks great and performs well, you will often get better performance out of an aftermarket example, while paying less. Even the cheaper aftermarket models perform like the reference design (or better) so you are not compromising on your frame rates if you take the third-party route.
The Best RTX 2070 SUPER Cards in 2020
So, if you are in the market for an RTX 2070S graphics card, you may have a goal in mind already – be it the highest factory OC, best price/performance ratio, or simply a card that will fit in your small form factor gaming build. We will start with some of the best RTX 2070S graphics cards in those respective categories.
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When just looking at the specs and feature set, the Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2070 SUPER is an absolute monster in every respect. However, from the price/performance perspective, it is usually prohibitively expensive. We would be much more inclined to choose Gigabyte’s triple-fan Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC over the Aorus. And for small form factors like ITX or mATX, the compact ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini is the one to beat.
Update/Correction: A reader kindly informed us that there is one flavor of the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070S with an even higher factory OC than the Aorus. The ROG-STRIX-RTX2070S-O8G-GAMING reaches 1935 MHz in OC mode. Unfortunately, this particular model seems to be very hard to find in the US, but it’s available in Europe. Scroll down for a comparison of ASUS’ 2070S lineup, which is a bit confusing.
Speaking of factory overclocks, you should also be aware that Nvidia is no longer binning their Turing GPUs, i.e. offering higher-quality chips for board partners to use in factory OC’ed cards. In other words, your chances of manually overclocking an RTX 2070 Super GPU successfully will not necessarily improve if you buy a factory overclocked model. The main difference is that you get an OC that is guaranteed to work.
Keep reading for a more detailed rundown of the 2070S models that we currently consider the best options based on their feature sets and price/performance. Here’s a list sorted by the cards’ maximum boost clock rate, with the Founder’s Edition included for reference.
|Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2070 Super||1905 MHz||3||2.75/11.4 in (29 cm)||3x HDMI|
|Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC||1815 MHz||3||2.7/11.3 in (28 cm)||1x HDMI|
|MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming Z Trio||1815 MHz||3||2.75/12.9 in (33 cm)||1x HDMI|
|ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super||1935 MHz||3||2.75/11.8 in (30 cm)||2x HDMI|
|ASUS RTX 2070 Super OC (Dual)||1815 MHz||2||2.7/10.5 in (27 cm)||2x HDMI|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra+||1815 MHz||3||2.75/11.9 in (30.2 cm)||1x HDMI|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Ultra||1800 MHz||2||2.75/10.6 in (27 cm)||1x HDMI|
|ZOTAC RTX 2070 Super Twin Fan||1770 MHz||2||2/10.6 in (27 cm)||1x HDMI|
|ZOTAC RTX 2070 Super Mini||1770 MHz||2||2/8.3 in (21 cm)||1x HDMI|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super Gaming||1770 MHz||1||2/10.5 in (27 cm)||1x HDMI|
|Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition||1770 MHz||2||2/10.5 in (27 cm)||1x HDMI|
Best Overall: Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2070 SUPER
At the top of our list, we have the top-of-the-line Aorus 2070 SUPER from Gigabyte. This card has a very unique design and a futuristic look. It features the competent WindForce Stack cooler which has 3 fans stacked on top of each other. Each fan has a ring of RGB lighting around it which looks very impressive indeed.
The Aorus logo lights up as well and there is a small display on the card that gives you information at a glance. It comes with a 12+2 Power Phase design in combination with a massive factory overclock – the core clock speed of the card is 1905 MHz, which is much higher than the reference design. That’s also one of the reasons why the card is so expensive when compared to the other models that we have on this list. Way too expensive, in our humble opinion, since you can easily find an RTX 2080 Super that costs less.
Another highlight is the number of ports on this card. Gigabyte exceeds the reference design by including 3x HDMI 2.0 ports, 3x DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and a USB Type-C port (you only get a single HDMI port on most of the 2070 SUPER models).
In short: The Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2070 SUPER is an extreme card with a similarly extreme factory OC out of the box and additional overclocking headroom to spare. If you want the best of the best, look no further. However, it’s still very difficult to recommend this card considering that the price tag is also on the extreme side. When just performance is considered, your money is definitely better spent on a higher-end GPU with fewer bells and whistles (unless this one happens to be on sale).
Best Value: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC
Gigabyte’s RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC is our top pick from the always-important price/performance perspective. It features the very popular WindForce 3X Cooling System with three alternately spinning fans, which will keep your card cool under load. You can tweak the speed of the fans so that they are near-silent or ramp them up if you are interested in overclocking. All other things being equal, a good triple-fan card should give you a better chance at reaching higher clocks.
The card’s design doesn’t stand out. It’s mostly black with silver accents, so it should blend in well with the rest of your build. The Aorus Engine software gives you a lot of control over the performance of your card and helps you monitor it as well. You also get RGB Fusion 2.0 to help you sync the lighting with other supporting parts. However, only the top-side logo is RGB-lit on this card. There’s a slight factory OC at 1815 MHz compared to the standard 1770 MHz. In addition, the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC has a metal backplate which is very nice and you also get a 4-year warranty if you register online.
Unsurprisingly, it’s not as full-featured on the VRM side as the Aorus model but offers an 8+2 power phase design to allow the MOSFET to operate at a lower temperature. The reference design has 7+2 power phases.
In short: There are several reasons why we recommend this card based on price versus performance: A triple-fan design produces less noise and better cooling performance, there’s a small factory OC, and even a better VRM than the reference design – plus, it usually costs less than many lesser models.
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super Advanced (Multiple Versions)
This is another premium card built around a comprehensively tried and tested cooling design. Actually it’s three different cards – all with the same overall design and features except for the boost clocks, which is rather confusing. One of them comes with no factory overclock, another with a minor OC, while a third model is significantly boosted out of the box.
|ASUS ROG Strix|
|1635 MHz||1635 MHz||1635 MHz|
|1800 MHz||1830 W||1935 W|
|14 GHz||14 GHz||14 GHz|
|FP32 Theoretical Performance||9,062 GFLOPS||9,216 GFLOPS||9,907 GFLOPS|
|Power Connectors||2x 8-pin||2x 8-pin||2x 8-pin|
|Display Outputs||2x HDMI|
Other than the boost clocks, all three varieties of the ROG Strix RTX 2070S are identical and come with the tested, triple-fan Strix cooler and ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB tech. They measure 11.8 x 5.13 x 2.13 in, which is slightly slimmer than the largest 2070S cards, but it will still take up three (2.7) slots.
Since there are no longer any binned Nvidia chips, all varieties should have the same theoretical capacity for overclocking due to the dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors instead of the standard 1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin. Another advantage for overclockers is a dual BIOS setup with a physical switch that negates the risk associated with BIOS flashing.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming Z Trio
If you’re looking for an RTX 2070S GPU in the premium segment – but one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg like the Aorus – the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming Z Trio is an option to consider. This is a very large triple-slot card with three fans in an atypical arrangement known to perform well. It has a boost clock of 1815 MHz and unlike the above Gigabyte model, the MSI card comes with additional RGB lighting.
In short: The Gaming Z Trio’s TRI-FROZR cooler is not unique to the 2070 Super – it’s been tried and tested before and we know that it works. TweakTown considers it “one of the best 2070 SUPER graphics cards on the market”. You should be able to get a decent overclock from this card if you push it to its limits, and that is another reason why we recommend this card to enthusiasts. Just make sure it fits in your case because it’s positively huge at 12.9 x 2.3 x 5.5 inches (328 x 140 x 56.5 mm).
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra+
Our last triple-fan RTX 2070 Super is EVGA’s FTW3 ULTRA+, which is an RGB-equipped model with a decent factory overclock to 1815 MHz. What makes this card stand out, however, is that EVGA has applied a memory overclock as well – and a rather sizeable one at that. Instead of the usual 1750 MHz (14,000 MHz effective), the FTW3’s 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM runs at an effective 15,500 MHz.
The cooling solution is always important for an overclocked GPU, and in this case, the card uses EVGA’s iCX2 technology to keep thermals in check. This is an interesting concept that consists of nine sensors that continuously adjust the fan speeds to achieve optimized GPU, VRAM, and VRM temperatures while keeping the noise level to a minimum.
Best Dual-Fan Card: EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Ultra
As you may have guessed by now, we have a strong preference for triple-fan cards – especially for high-end GPUs that use more than 200 Watts of power and release an equivalent amount of heat. Clever cooler designs will help, but won’t substitute for an additional fan when it comes to keeping both temps and noise to a minimum. On the other hand, triple-fan cards tend to be huge and will not fit in a more compact build. They are also more expensive on average.
For our dual-fan RTX 2070 Super card of choice, we return to EVGA. The RTX 2070 Super XC Ultra is a very attractive option thanks to a combination of a great-looking design, a reasonable price tag, and most of all, the same iCX2 cooler found on the much more expensive FTW3 Ultra. Put the proverbial saw to the FTW3 and this is what you get:
The card has a slight factory OC on the boost clock to 1800 MHz instead of the default 1770 MHz but unlike the FTW3, the XC Ultra has no memory OC out of the box. Something worth noting about this card is that early reviews were partly based on the pricing at launch, which has since come down considerably. To quote the review by MMORPG.com:
At $539 MSRP, the EVGA 2070 Super XC is an absolute steal, especially given how it fares compared to the more expensive cards.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 Super Overclocked (Dual)
At times you need to pay a premium for high-end Asus hardware (especially the Strix lineup), but the Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Super Overclocked is both reasonably priced and overclocked out of the box. This particular cooler design is one that Asus uses for most of its GPUs as an entry-level option to the more expensive ROG Strix cards, but it works well enough.
The cooler has dual axial fans that have a smaller fan hub and longer blades, which increases the air pressure and keeps that card cool. 0dB Technology means that the fans stop on low GPU activity, letting you work in relative silence. Although there are Asus “Dual” cards in many sizes, the RTX 2070 Super has a 2.7-slot design that expands over the surface area to make the most of the two fans. There’s also a protective backplate that keeps the card rigid.
Interestingly, with an 1845 MHz maximum boost clock, the factory OC in this model is higher than the Strix. For more consistent boost clock speeds, you can put the card in ‘game mode’ and it will run at 1815 MHz. In short, If you are looking for an Asus RTX 2070 Super graphics card, but would rather not pay extra for the Strix ‘bling’, then this is a great card to consider.
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 Super Twin Fan
Here we have a 2070 Super from Zotac. The card comes in an all-black design with dual fans and is also relatively cheap compared to other models that we have on this list. It has the IceStorm 2.0 cooler with the PCB brace and a metal backplate. You get an RGB logo and a standard 1770 MHz core clock, so you’ll have to overclock it yourself to get better performance. On the plus side, that shouldn’t be too hard considering that this is a large and competent cooler.
The two fans have individual controllers so they can run at different speeds. You can tweak this in the settings. Unfortunately, there is no RGB lighting or other fancy features, but similar to Gigabyte’s entry-level cards, the Zotac Gaming logo lights up. For outputs, you have an HDMI 2.0 port, 3x Displayport 1.4 and a USB Type-C port. If you are interested in a good 2070 SUPER for less money then this is an option worth considering.
Best mITX/mATX: ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini
This card is a very interesting option for anyone who prefers to build small form factor (SFF), console-style gaming PCs in suitably compact mini-ITX or mATX cases. Cramming lots of muscle into a tiny case is always a challenge, but one that Zotac intends to help you solve. The manufacturer’s RTX 2070 Super Mini comes in a format that you are more likely to see in combination with a lower-end GPU: an ultra-compact dual-fan + strictly dual-slot design.
The RTX 2070 Super is the most powerful GPU that Zotac uses in this custom, miniaturized PCB design, which indicates that it pushes the limits. Nonetheless, its thermals are quite impressive according to smallformfactor.net’s review of the card using a Louqe Ghost S1 mITX case. Clearly, there’s a lot to like here for SFF builders and it’s reasonably priced as well.
Blower-Style: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming
There’s a reason we’re putting this one close to the bottom of the list – and it’s likely the same reason why Nvidia has stopped making blower-style coolers for their reference cards. This type of cooler often performs worse both in the temperature and noise departments.
The design has one clear advantage though, namely that the GPU heat leaves your case in an efficient manner. This is a nice-to-have if your case is crowded and poorly ventilated. So if you have this particular need, you can get the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming (otherwise, don’t).
There is an RGB logo and it has a core clock speed of 1770 MHz, which matches the reference design. The fact that it’s a dual-slot card might also help if you have space constraints.
Reference Model: Nvidia RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition
Nvidia no longer makes cards with blower style fans so that cooling in the reference design model of the RTX 2070 Super is actually very good. But unfortunately, it is currently far too expensive compared to other models on this list that perform even better thanks to beefier coolers.
The reference “Founder’s Edition” card has a boost clock speed of 1770 MHz and a base clock speed of 1605 MHz. It comes with 2560 CUDA cores, just like the other models on this list, and offers features such as real-time ray tracing and DLSS support.
The 2070 SUPER Founders Edition is not the best value for money but it does have a very different look and that is what some people are looking for. Keep in mind that this card is too expensive and we only list it for comparison.
Wrapping things up, these are some of the best 2070 Super cards that you can buy in 2020. At the time of the latest update to this page, we don’t expect many more varieties of the RTX 2070 Super to arrive, but we will update the page if there are new developments.