After checking out the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC from Gigabyte, If you didn’t see that video be sure to check it out in the right top corner, it was only natural from me to check out its bigger brother also the – RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC.
And it’s literally bigger as it stacks up a bit higher on a count of the up-sized massive aluminum heat-sink which it carries, but it still remains a two-slot card. It’s also divided into three sections which are connected with six 6 mm copper heat-pipes, cooling of the GPU, a part of the 8+2 phase power design and video memory. The fan setup is the same too, we have three 80 mm fans, with the middle one, as I mentioned in my Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC review, spinning in the opposite direction for better airflow pressure.
Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC sizes up
The outer design is basically the same, still a bit underwhelming build quality wise in terms of that top plastic shroud, and with a pretty simple looking and clean metal cover plate on the backside of the card. We also have some RGB lighting on it, which is controlled Aorus engine software utility, but nothing that will blow you out of the water since it only has this glowing Gigabyte RGB logo.
As with its smaller brother, this model also requires additional 6-pin and 8-pin PCI-express power supply connectors for powering it up, as well as has a same video output layout with three DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one Type-C Virtual link for connecting a VR headset.
Before I start with my performance overview of the card, if you wondering what my setup was, you can find in the description box, and in case you’re thinking of buying the same GPU, but have some other questions and concerns about it, let me know in the comments below and I’ll help you out.
Performance and overclocking – RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC
Gigabyte bumps up the GPU boost clock speed of its RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC model by about 50 MHz compared to the reference model, which is decent, but nothing to spectacular, especially compared to the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC, where I saw over 150 MHz jump in GPU boost clock on a count of the factory overclock. But that’s not something that’s Gigabyte’s fault, since Nvidia basically intentionally clocks down the RTX 2060 Super series as it is, as they don’t want it to over-perform, so there’s more room for board partners to do their factory overclock, while they know that the Turing GPU’s are generally speaking capable of reaching higher frequencies than those seen on the RTX 2060 super series, which is why RTX 2070 Super series, as a higher-end card so to speak, receives overall higher GPU clocks. As you can see here, translating all of that into the real world usage, under load you’ll see a rock-stable GPU frequency of 1965 MHz and 1750 MHz for the 8 GB’s of GDDR6 video memory.
This was more than good enough to get high FPS figures at 1080p resolution, for all of you out there who have high-refresher rate monitors. Where the RTX 2060 Super falls behind a bit, the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC catches up and makes sure that it delivers enough performance for those kinds of setups. The same can be said for the 1440p resolution, where you’ll see roughly 15% performance gain compared the RTX 2060 Super model, which makes it a bit more useful for high-refresh rate gaming at that resolution, even in the latest titles, and especially if you’re ready to sacrifices few graphical settings. I’m also fairly certain it can cope with 4K gaming with delivering around 60 FPS, of course, depending on the title and settings.
Manually overclocking the card further, I was able to get the GPU clock speed above 2100 MHz in games using these settings shown here, as well as close to 16 GHz effectively on the memory speed, which additionally bumped up the performance of the card by around 10%.
A cool and quiet RTX 2070 Super
As for the temperature, I was seeing mostly around 60°C basically under any circumstance, even under Furmark load, but here the GPU clocks speed throttles down in favor of the GPU temperature and lower fan speed, but less compared to the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC model since it this one has a more cable cooler. The idle temperature sits anywhere between 40 and 50°C, depending on your ambient temperature situation and chassis setup, as it runs passively, without fans spinning, when the card is not under load.
Speaking of load, difference between the PC being in idle and stressing out only the GPU with Furmark stress test was around 220 W, which is basically the worst-case scenario in terms what this card needs power-wise, plus that extra few watts which it pulls in idle, so I would say around 230-240W in total, but in real-world application probably even less, closer to 200W.
The noise which fans make is substantially lower since they spin at around 300 RPM less than what I saw with its RTX 2060 Super counterpart, and that makes it basically dead silent, even on an open test bed. Here’s a short sound clip of the card under load, while also showing the sound meter for measurement comparison.
Gigabyte’s RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC model, or to be precise, the RTX 2070 Super series itself, seems to be on point when it comes to users who searching for that upper tier high-end Nvidia graphics card, but don’t want to shill endless amount of money on it, while this particular model from Gigabyte does a very good job in pretty much every department.
That’s it for this time, I hope this Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC review will make your buying decision easier in some way, 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!