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GeForce RTX 2060 and 2070 Super Review: Nvidia Preemptively Strikes Navi

A step up from the original 2060 and 2070.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super

Gaming

GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2070 Super, and 2070 all idle along with fans spinning at 1,500 RPM. As their GPUs warm up, those rotational speeds gradually ramp up.

By the end of our three-loop Metro benchmark, GeForce RTX 2060 Super’s fans spin the fastest, followed by GeForce RTX 2070. Since GeForce RTX 2070 Super is based on a very 2080-like design, its larger thermal solution does a better job of cooling TU104 than the original 2070 and its TU106 chip.

The GeForce RTX 2060 Super’s TU106 does warm up under that card’s dual-slot sink. But it doesn’t get worryingly hot. And there’s clearly still room in the fan curve for more aggressive cooling.

Meanwhile, GeForce RTX 2070 Super roughly matches the operating temperature of GeForce RTX 2070, despite a higher power rating and larger TU104 processor. Nvidia has the 2080’s big sink to thank for these results.

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Nvidia does need higher voltages to maintain GeForce RTX 2070 Super’s more aggressive clock rate. But our thermal and power consumption measurements show that TU104 has plenty of headroom. We didn’t see a single example of throttling throughout our testing.

The resource-rich GeForce RTX 2060 Super operates at slightly lower frequencies than the standard 2060, which we’d expect. Its more capable TU106 processor is already running a bit of a fever, requiring faster-moving fans. And since Nvidia doesn’t grace the 2060 Super with souped-up cooling, we just have to live with the trade-offs of topping a hotter chip with the same old heat sink.

FurMark

The fan curves engage a bit earlier under FurMark. And by the end of our sample period, GeForce RTX 2060 Super, 2070 Super, and 2070 all converge on the same rotational speed. Only GeForce RTX 2060 spins notable slower.

We also see less difference between each GPU’s temperature under FurMark. Vanilla GeForce RTX 2060 holds steady under 70°C, while the other three models we tested flirt with 71-73°C.

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GeForce RTX 2060 Super sheds clock rate more noticeably under FurMark, as does GeForce RTX 2070.

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Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.