With Nvidia introducing their Super series of GPU’s based on the existing and currently ongoing RTX models, sort of like a 1-up version of the originals, right away their board partners introduced a couple of their own models for this series, one of which is this RTX 2060 Super model from Gigabyte. Be sure to subscribe to my channel, because I’m also going to take a look at their RTX 2070 Super model, so don’t miss out on that.
This Gaming OC model is basically their strongest model in this line-up, the only one that tops it out with features is the Aorus version of it, while you can also get it in white if you want to, being it in dual or triple fan configuration using their famous custom WindForce cooler design.
Overall, this triple-fan cooler design reminds of their last generation of WindForce models, seen on GTX 1000 series of Nvidia graphics cards, with some subtle changes, different contours and lines, and without those orange stripes n it. Bottom line nothing was drastically changed, it’s just more aesthetically cleaner so to speak. Of course, Gigabyte logo lights up and has this dedicated silver-gray surface which it sits on, while they’ve got rid of the FAN STOP indicator, which was also a part of the RGB LED lighting.
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC – Trying out the Super
Underneath that plastic outer shell of the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC model, which I might add feels a bit on the cheaper side in terms of the perceived build quality, we have a big aluminum heat-sink which is divided into three parts so to speak. Those sections are interconnected with four copper heat-pipes which go directly onto the GPU itself, while a part of the is also making contact with the video memory, power design and VRM’s. For cooling all of that, as you can see, we have three 80 mm fans in charge, one which, the middle one, is turning in the opposite direction, which, as Gigabytes claims it, reduces turbulence and enhances the airflow pressure.
Taking a looking from the side, besides that Gigabyte logo which I’ve mentioned before, you can also see that we have one 6-pin and one 8-pin additional PCI-express power supply connectors. You can also notice that the card is actually only 2 slots in height, which is becoming a rare sight nowadays, especially for the more powerful and pricey models. Turning it completely over to the back, we have a metal back-plate which is almost competently covering the PCB and carries Gigabyte logo on it and has a pretty straightforward design.
Finally, we have a video output setup consisting out of two DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one Type-C Virtual link for connecting a VR headset.
RTX 2060 Super for 1440p gaming
The configuration which I used for this review can be found in the description box, it was tested on an open testbed, and in case you’re thinking of buying the same GPU, but have doubts about compatibility, let me know in the comments below and I’ll help you out, and now – let’s check out the performance of this card.
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC comes in with a pretty impressive factory overclock right out of the box, bumping the GPU Boost clock from 1650 MHz to 1815 MHz, which kicks its performance up a notch. Looking at the results, It’s clear that this GPU without a problem chews up any game at 1080p resolution at high settings, spitting out very high frame rates, which makes it ideal for that high refresh rate gaming monitors. The 1440 p results tone that down a bit, but it still provides more than a good experience, usually hanging above the 60 FPS mark. Incorporating some manual overclocking into it, I was able to squeeze out additional performance out of it, around 5-10%, using these settings shown here in Gigabyte’s Aorus Engine software utility. With this kind of overclocking setup, the GPU clock was roaming around 2000-2050 MHz, while the memory was effectively brought up to 15,2 GHz.
As for the GPU temperatures, you can see here that when idling the GPU was just below 50°C mark, which is on the higher side, but it’s also to be expected considering that it’s passively cooled on a count of the 0 RPM fan mode when the GPU is not under load, that’s Gigabyte’s 3D active fan feature, and this can vary depending on your configuration and chassis fan setup. Putting it under load, when gaming and doing some Unigine Heaven GPU benchmark runs, it was sitting just below the 70°C mark, with the fan speed being around 1600-1800 RPM’s, while during the FurMark stress test the GPU just throttles down to keep the temperature and the fan speed basically the same as with a normal type of load.
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super is hitting the right notesWhen it comes to noise that these fans made, it is somewhat noticeable on an open testbed, which is to be expected considering we have three fans and they’re running at speeds above 1600 RPM under load, it’s still not something that would be considering distracting, especially once you put it in a chassis. Here’s a short sound clip of the card under load, while also showing the sound meter for measurement comparison.
Lastly, in terms of power consumption, when it comes to this particular configuration and this, I’ve seen it roaming around 300W under full load during gameplay.
Overall I feel like Gigabyte did a pretty good job of rounding up this model, I didn’t have any major complains about it what so ever, everything is in place. The only thing that I would question is if it can justify its a bit higher price compared to its non-Super brother, especially if you know that you don’t need that kind of performance. If you’re only aiming to satisfy your 1080p needs, maybe take a look at my GTX 1660 review, I’ll put my a review of one in the right top corner of the embedded video.
That’s it from me for this time, I hope my Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC review helped you in some way in which one to choose between them, if you have any question feel free to hit me in the comments section of my YouTube video listed above, you can contact me via my social media channels!