TechStage tests the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8 from Gigbayte and checks what the card brings from the RTX entry-level area when gaming.
The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8 falls into the lower category of Nvidia’s RTX graphics card family. All cards with this abbreviation have in common that they can calculate ray tracing functions with dedicated hardware. Among other things, ray tracing provides more realistic lighting in games. Technology is slowly finding its way into mainstream and indie games, and it is also becoming part of game engines such as the Unreal Engine. We explain more about this in the Minecraft RTX Beta article.
In addition, the RTX 2060 Super brings all the factors of a promising graphics card. The devices in this class rely on the Turing platform from Nvidia and build on the design of the original RTX 2060. The models in the Super series have several CUDA chips (2176 instead of 1920), more RAM (8 GB instead of 6 GB) and a higher thermal design parameter (TDP). Gigabyte turns a little further and delivers an overclocking variant of the RTX 2060 Super. It clocks at 1815 MHz, the reference design is at 1650 MHz. To prevent the card from wearing out, the manufacturer screwed its Windforce cooling system onto the GPU. Three 80 mm fans rotate in opposite directions. Additional heat sinks and copper lines are designed to quickly remove the heat from the chips and keep the card cool. We check in the tests how well this works.
To be able to compare the graphics card with other GPUs, we send it through a series of benchmarks. We mix specially developed programs such as 3DMark or VRMark with tests that are integrated into games. For the latter, we use the benchmarks in Far Cry 5, Borderlands 3 and Metro: Exodus. Unless otherwise stated, we measure in the three resolutions 1920 × 1080 (1080p), 2560 × 1440 (1440p) and 3840 × 2160 [UHD]. Wherever possible, we use the settings that require the most from the GPU – in other words, we turn all the controls to the limit or use the corresponding default settings. The three resolutions cover the majority of gamers on the market. They also give a good insight into which players the respective graphics cards are suitable for. We use an Intel-based benchmark system as the base for all tests.
First, the synthetic benchmarks, the scenarios Timespy and Timespy Extreme in 3DMark. Both tests are designed for current gaming systems and rely on DirectX 12. Timespy uses a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels, Timespy Extreme increases the resolution to 3860 × 2160 pixels. The result is not surprising. The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8 joins the line of Nvidia graphics card families almost perfectly. It is also just behind the Radeon RX 5700 XT from AMD. No wonder, after all, the super variant of this GPU family should dig the water. In the ray tracing benchmark Port Royale, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super also sorts exactly where Nvidia would like it to be.
The next test is about VR. VRMark tests the suitability for current VR headsets such as the HTC Vive Cosmos (test report) or the Oculus Rift S (test report) in three scenarios. The three scenarios screw the requirements ever higher. The first test, Orange Room, tests the suitability for the first generation of VR headsets. The Cyan Room turns the requirements up a bit and is supposed to test for the coming and next generation of headsets. Finally, the Blue Room looks further into the future and should show whether the graphics card is already suitable for the next but one generation of VR headsets. The Gigabyte GPU does very well here, both in the Orange Room and in the Cyan Room the result is sufficient to enable smooth VR.
The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC 8G is a card in the entry-level area of Nvidia’s RTX GPUs.
The connections on the graphics card also match this. Gigabyte integrates DisplayPorts 1.4 three times, an HDMI 2.01b connector and a USB-C slot that supports Virtual Link. This connection is a modification of the USB-C standard, which provides a particularly large amount of bandwidth and is thus intended to supply power, graphics information and input data to the VR headset via just one cable. For this to work, you need special USB-C cables. In addition, it works as a normal connection for USB 3.1 Gen 2, so you can connect appropriate monitors, smartphones or storage media directly there.
It continues with the games. These benchmarks do not give as clear a picture as the synthetic benchmarks, the boundaries between the different cards are blurred. This shows, for example, a strange behavior in Far Cry 5: Here the graphics card with Full HD falls below the performance of the actually weaker RTX 2060. At 1440p and UHD, on the other hand, it clearly sets itself in front of the other card. The difference remains even after several measurements. It is probably due to a special feature of the Far Cry benchmark. Because if you take the test measurements of the more current Borderlands 3, then the Gigabyte card is clearly ahead of the RTX 2060. This is very clear with Full HD, where the Gigabyte GPU creates significantly more frames per second.
The map does well in the demanding benchmark of Metro: Exodus. In fact, you only run out of steam at high resolutions and lots of details. If you play with Full HD, you can really crank it up. Since the benchmark is a worst-case scenario, you can expect higher values in the specific game. The Metro test also shows how much gaming performance goes into ray tracing. You can see that the feature costs significantly less fps than some tokens on the web would like to make believable.
The fans do a very good job in the test. After 15 minutes of continuous load in the Kombustor benchmark, the card reached around 80 degrees and a good 42 fps. The card was audible but not uncomfortably loud in our normal midi tower. The benchmark system consumed a total of 268 watts under load.
The price of the card fluctuates between 450 and 550 euros. Before the Corona crisis, it was sometimes even available for less than 400 euros. It is worthwhile to set a price alarm and wait a bit. In addition to a black variant, the GPU is also available with a white fan housing.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC 8G
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC 8G, white
For the fact that the RTX 2060 Super series is actually the lower tier of the current Nvidia GPUs, Gigabyte’s RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8 is a powerful graphics card for everyone who wants to play in Full HD or 1440p. With Full HD in particular, you can turn the settings up nicely and still have a high number of frames per second.
The gigabyte variant of the standard design also brings a few good reserves for overclockers and, above all, a usable fan. If you are interested in the topic, you can probably get even more power out of the device with a few careful adjustments.
All in all, a solid card that should supply the gaming PC sensibly for the next few years and which, with a little luck, you can get for a solid price. If you are looking for more information, we recommend taking a look at the graphic cards topic, building the VR PC guide or the article price / performance guide for graphics cards: fast and cheap.