Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme Review

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zotac super amp extreme 2060 Super graphics cardThe RTX 2060 Super (or RTX 2060S for short) has the same architecture as the regular 2060 but it comes with more video memory (VRAM), higher clock speeds and additional CUDA Cores. Zotac’s RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme is one of the more popular aftermarket models of the Nvidia RTX 2060 Super, but how extreme is this card really? Let’s find out.

The Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme

The Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme comes with a triple fan design and a beefy heatsink to justify a slightly higher price. It comes in a subtle design with a backplate and offers minimal RGB lighting. Only the logo lights up.

The card’s boost clock speed is higher than the reference design at 1710 MHz instead of the default 1650 MHz – a 3.6% improvement. So you do get some extra performance out of the box, but thanks to its triple fans and a huge cooler, it should – all other things being equal – be easier to overclock this card and get even better performance.

Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme Specifications

 Zotax RTX 2060
SUPER AMP Extreme
RTX 2060 Super
Reference Design
RTX 2070
Reference Design
RTX 2060
Reference Design
CUDA Cores2176217623041920
Base/Boost Clock1470/1710 MHz1470/1650 MHz1410/1620 MHz1365/1680 MHz
Memory Configuration8GB GDDR68GB GDDR68GB GDDR66GB GDDR6
Memory Speed14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth448 GB/s448 GB/s448 GB/s336 GB/s
Ports1x HDMI
3x DisplayPort
1x DVI
1x HDMI
2x DisplayPort
1x USB Type-C
1x DVI
1x HDMI
2x DisplayPort
1x USB Type-C
1x DVI
1x HDMI
2x DisplayPort
1x USB Type-C
Power Connectors8-pin + 6-pin1x 8-pin1x 8-pin1x 8-pin
Recommended Power Supply550 W450 W450 W450 W

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The RTX 2060 was already an impressive card for 1440p gaming but the 6GB VRAM buffer was a limitation. Nvidia has corrected the issue with the RTX 2060S, which comes with 8GB of VRAM instead. On the other hand, TDP has increased slightly as well. While the RTX 2060 has a TDP of 160W, the RTX 2060S has a TDP of 175W.

More CUDA Cores and higher clock speeds mean better performance for the Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme. The Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme is almost on par with the RTX 2070 and much faster when compared to the non-SUPER RTX 2060. Interestingly, the Zotac card is also prepared to draw more power than even the RTX 2070, with an additional 6-pin power connector and a higher power supply recommendation (550 W instead of 450 W). 

Another difference worth pointing out is that the Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme does not have a DVI port. Instead, it comes with an additional DisplayPort. In total, you get a single HDMI port and 3x DisplayPorts. Interestingly, it also does not have the USB Type-C port which was available on the regular RTX 2060.

Card Pictures

Synthetic Benchmarks

For testing, we used the Intel 9400F CPU on an Asus B365-F Gaming motherboard. We also used 16 GB of Corsair Vengence RGB RAM. For storage, we used a 256GB Kingston SSD. Powering the system is a 600W Thermaltake PSU. The CPU was cooled using a Thermaltake AIO 120mm liquid cooler.

The following are the benchmark results from Futuremark’s Time Spy and Firestrike Ultra for the Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme:

Time Spy

Time Spy is a 1440p DirectX 12 benchmark and it seems that our Zotac card lands pretty much where it should – right between the RTX 2060 and the RTX 2070. Scores are, except for our card, averages from all models from Futuremark’s database (paired with the same Core i5-9400F processor). 

FireStrike Ultra

FireStrike Ultra is a demanding 4K benchmark, and here it’s possible that the extra VRAM and higher memory bandwidth play a bigger part. The Zotac 2060 Super AMP Extreme is much closer to the average RTX 2070 than to the non-Super RTX 2060. While the RTX 2060S is clearly better suited for gaming at 1440p, 4K gaming is possible if you don’t mind reducing the settings and settle for a 30+ FPS average in the more demanding titles. 

Gaming Benchmarks

Now let’s see how the Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme performs in a range of games:

The Division 2

1440p – Ultra Preset

The Division 2 Ultra 1440p

1440p – Custom Preset

The Division 2 Ultra 1440p

1080p – Ultra Preset

The Division 2 Ultra 1440p

Gears 5

1080p – Ultra Preset

Gears 5 1080p Ultra

1440p – Ultra Preset

1440p ultra

Other Benchmarks

 

In-Game Benchmarks 1440p, Ultra Settings
Games Average FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 71
Metro Exodus  49
GTA 5 109
World War Z 131

 

As you can see, the card is perfectly capable of running pretty much any game at 1440p at high settings. The only odd benchmark here is Metro Exodus. It should be noted that the in-game benchmark is not that great and actual in-game performance is much better. If you are interested in gaming at higher frame rates then you can tweak the settings of the game and get to 140 FPS at 1440p. I have also been able to play games like Code Vein and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1440p 144 FPS with only a bit of tweaking.

Cooling Performance

The graphics card comes with three fans and a beefy cooler. During our tests, the maximum temperature that we noted was 73C, which is impressive indeed.

RTX On?

What about RTX? At this point, it has been a while since RTX supporting hardware has been available but not many games support the feature. It is more of a gimmick right now. Metro Exodus, for example, looks great with RTX on but it looks impressive with the feature off as well. Until a game comes out that looks exceptionally better with RTX on, we cannot recommend getting an RTX card just for the ray tracing features.

If you are getting an RTX card then you should get it for the performance. When it comes to the Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme, you are paying for RTX 2070 performance but for a lower cost. RTX is an added bonus feature on the side that you are most likely not going to use at all after testing it for about 15 minutes or so.

Verdict

Looking at the performance and the price, it is safe to say that the RTX 2060 SUPER is the new RTX 2070 and that the Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP Extreme is one of the best custom variants of the RTX 2060 SUPER that you can buy on the market right now. The price is competitive and lower than some premium versions on the market that cost a lot more than this card.

The launch of the RTX 20 series was a bit underwhelming but Nvidia has made improvements and the RTX 20 SUPER series is actually pretty good. The RTX 2060 SUPER is good value for money and it can run pretty much any game at 1440p. You can even play some games at 4K if you lock the FPS at 30 but this card was not meant for 4K gaming so we have not included 4K results.

The fact that it is a bit more expensive than the RTX 2060 and that you get more performance is not really very exciting but if you think that this card is what replaces the RTX 2070 then that is very exciting indeed. Plus it costs less than the RTX 2070 as well.

8Expert Score
Zotac 2060 Super AMP Extreme

PROS
  • Runs everything at 1440p with ease
  • Efficient triple-fan cooling
  • Decent factory OC with additional headroom
CONS
  • Very large – won't fit in smaller cases
  • Not the cheapest 2060S
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER AMP Extreme 8GB GDDR6 256-bit 14Gbps Gaming Graphics Card, Ice Storm 2.0, Extreme Overclock, Spectra Lighting, ZT-T20610B-10P
Turing architecture, ray tracing cores, tensor cores, NVIDIA DLSS; 6GB 192-bit GDDR5; 4k ready, 4 display ready, Spectra RGB lighting

Last update on 2020-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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  1. add me on UPlay, lets play division 2 – (AgawTrip)

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