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MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Review

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Review

MSI RTX 2070 Super 08The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super is a top-tier version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super – one of three new Super-branded cards from Nvidia. It’s potentially the most exciting option out of the firm’s revised line-up: the RTX 2070 Super is built using the biggest architectural changes, which means it can deliver significant performance upgrades – and it’s no more expensive than the older RTX 2070 thanks to prices that start at $499 and £480.

However, this new Nvidia card faces stiff competition from the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, which is noticeably cheaper.

Can this MSI and Nvidia collaboration succeed? Read our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super review to reveal the answer.

The RTX 2070 Super Core

The RTX 2070 Super still uses the Turing architecture – like the two other Super-branded cards – but this chip is the only one that uses a different core to its predecessor.

The existing RTX 2070 used the TU106 core, which is the same core used by the cheaper, weaker RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super.

The new RTX 2070 Super, though, uses the TU104 core. That’s the same core deployed in the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Super, which means a solid uptick in performance.

The RTX 2070 Super’s TU104 core, for instance, has 13.6 billion transistors – nearly three billion more than the TU106 chip.

The move to a new core allows the RTX 2070 Super to be improved in almost every department. The RTX 2070 Super has 2,560 stream processors, which is 256 more than the original RTX 2070. It’s got 40 RT cores and 320 Tensor cores – four and 32 more than the older card.

MSI RTX 2070 Super 01The RTX 2070’s base and boost clock speeds of 1,410MHz and 1,620MHz have been improved to 1,605MHz and 1,770MHz. The memory allocation remains the same, with 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6, but that matches most of Nvidia’s other cards and didn’t really need to change.

The specification changes allow the RTX 2070 Super to occupy a sweet spot in the Nvidia range. It’s got 384 more stream processors than the RTX 2060 Super along with higher clocks. However, it’s still 512 stream processors behind the RTX 2080 Super, and that card is the only one with faster 15.5Gbps memory.

The specification is very close to the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT. That cheaper card also has 2,560 stream processors, and its clock speeds sit at 1,605MHz and 1,905MHz. It’s also got 8GB of memory. The AMD card doesn’t have Ray-Tracing, DLSS or VRS, but individual buyers will know whether or not that’s important to them – especially because so few games currently exist with Ray-Tracing.

The RTX 2070 Super’s various improvements mean that its TDP sits at 215W. That’s 40W up from the original RTX 2070, and is the biggest upswing in power demands of the three new cards. That’s no surprise given the move from TU106 to TU104.

That change does mean that your PC will consume more power, but it doesn’t mean you’ll need a new PSU – stock versions of the RTX 2070 Super still requires single six- and eight-pin power connectors.

Elsewhere, Nvidia packages the RTX 2070 Super with its new FrameView tool, which is a handy utility for benchmarking, trouble-shooting and overclocking. You also get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remastered free with some RTX 2070 Super cards.

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The MSI Card

MSI RTX 2070 Super 09The card we’ve used in our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super review is one of MSI’s Gaming X Trio variants – which means impressive design and an overclock.

The overclock on this GPU is relatively modest. The RTX 2070 Super’s original boost speed of 1,770MHz has been improved to 1,800MHz.

Elsewhere, the RTX 2070 Super’s specification remains unchanged. However, that overclock does mean that this card uses two eight-pin power connectors rather than the six- and eight-pin connectors used on stock RTX 2070 Super cards. Elsewhere, you’ve got three DisplayPort connectors and one HDMI output, but no VirtualLink.

It’s an absolute bruiser of a GPU – one of the biggest and heaviest on the market. It weighs just over 1.5kg, so it’s actually a little heavier than the Zotac RTX 2080 Super card . If you’re at all nervous about having such a heavy card in your PC then we’d definitely recommend investing in a bracket to hold it up without putting a huge amount of strain on your PCI slot.

MSI RTX 2070 Super 03It’s physically huge, too: 328mm long and with a 2.5-slot design. If you want to install this card, get the tape measure out and make sure it can fit. Also be aware that the 2.5-slot design means that it may overhang over PCI-Express slots. That means it may be tricky when installing alongside other expansion cards.

It’s huge and heavy, then, but there’s no denying that it looks the part. At the front of the card you’ve got three huge fans sandwiched between aggressive, angled slabs of black and gunmetal grey plastic.

There are RGB LED sections down both sides of the card. The large MSI logo on the side of the GPU is also surrounded by lights. As normal, the RGB LEDs can use different patterns and be synchronised to other parts of your PC using MSI’s Mystic Light application.

At the rear, the GPU is protected by a thick slab of brushed metal. Beneath that there are individual pieces of metal to add a little extra cooling to individual elements, like the memory chips and VRMs. There’s also a huge heatsink with loads of heatpipes.

The MSI card looks fantastic with its aggressive design and numerous RGB LEDs, and it has absolutely rock-solid build quality. It’s a tank, but just be aware that it’s heavier and larger than most other GPUs – so that needs to be taken into account before installation.

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Pricing

The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio card costs $570 in the US and £560 in the UK. That means it falls right into the middle of the RTX 2070 Super market. It’s no surprise it’s not cheap – it’s overclocked and has that ambitious, aggressive and robust design.

MSI RTX 2070 Super 04It’s not the cheapest way to get your hands on this card. Board partner cards start at around $499 in the US and £480 in the UK. For that money you’ll get more low-key designs with no RGB LEDs. Most of those cards have no overclocks – or tiny overclocks that will make barely any difference to performance.

However, it’s still a very cheap way to get your hands on an RTX 2070 Super. Those prices compare well to the RTX 2060 Super, which can hit $450 or £450 at the top end. If you’re considering a high-end RTX 2060 Super, it’s very tempting to make the step up to an entry-level RTX 2070 Super.

At the other end of the scale, prices top out at around $680 or $650 for air-cooled models. Water-cooled options cost around $100 or £100 more. At this end of the market you can expect cards with similarly good design to the MSI – but also higher overclocks, with some GPUs running at beyond 1,900MHz.

Those high-end RTX 2070 Super options are great, but at that price they’re edging closer to the RTX 2080 Super. Entry-level models of that card cost $720 or £690, and those cards will deliver far better performance.

There’s the question of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, too. That GPU may not have Nvidia’s future-proofed features, but it’s very affordable: cheap versions of the card start at $400 and £380, and even high-end models cost around $480 or £450.

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Performance

In our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super review we’ve included the overclocked MSI card and a stock RTX 2070 Super to illustrate the performance of both GPUs. We’ve also included the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and, where appropriate, the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2080 Super.

The MSI and stock RTX 2070 Super cards are both excellent performance with loads of advantages in gaming tests.

Unsurprisingly, this card has absolutely no problem with 1080p gaming. In the vast majority of 1080p games the RTX 2070 Super and MSI’s overclocked card delivered averages beyond 100fps, with minimums not far behind. That sort of pace means that these tough single-player games will run smoothly on conventional 1080p panels and on screens with high refresh-rates – and you won’t have to make any graphical compromises. Less-demanding esports games will run perfectly too.

The RTX 2070 Super continued to perform well at 1440p. At this higher resolution the MSI card and the stock version delivered averages that ranged between 46fps and 135fps. The majority of its averages easily got beyond the crucial 60fps barrier.

Once again, esports titles won’t be a problem here. Single-player games will run smoothly, too, although the toughest titles will need their graphical settings toned down in order to hit 100fps or more.

The RTX 2070 Super’s 1440p pace also means that it has the ability to output to widescreen panels and VR headsets.

The RTX 2070 Super can just about manage 4K gaming, too. At this tougher resolution the RTX 2070 Super delivered plenty of averages in the 40fps and 50fps range. However, in tougher games it dipped to below 35fps, and its minimums were poorer. So, if you want to regularly play at 4K, you’ll need a better graphics card or you’ll have to drop down your graphics quality.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super can cope with almost any gaming task, then, but evaluating its abilities in isolation doesn’t tell the whole story.

The cheaper AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is a constant thorn in its side, for instance. AMD’s card is slower in most games and in theoretical benchmarks, but our graphs illustrate that the Radeon is never far behind. They also show that AMD’s card can handle the same gaming scenarios as the RTX 2070 Super. In short, it’ll handle virtually anything bar 4K gaming, albeit without Ray-Tracing, DLSS and VRS.

And, if you’re considering that AMD card for single-screen gaming, the RTX 2060 Super is another option with very close speed levels and a lower price than the RTX 2070 Super.

At the other end of the scale, you’ll have to step up to the RTX 2080 Super if you want to play at 4K. The two cards may use the same core, but the RTX 2080 Super is significantly faster.

Happily, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super does open up a convincing lead over the outgoing RTX 2070. It’s generally at least 11% faster than the old card, and sometimes up to 20% quicker.

Don’t expect that to change much if you buy MSI’s overclocked card, though – its 30MHz core improvement only translates to an extra frame or two at most.

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MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Review – Conclusion

Our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super review shows that Nvidia’s new card is an excellent option. However, it’s not got a secure hold on this part of the market.

MSI RTX 2070 Super 02Happily, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super will handle all sorts of gaming tasks. Anything at 1080p and 1440p will be a breeze, and it’ll run games on widescreen panels and on VR headsets too. It’ll play some games at 4K, although tougher titles will need graphics settings reduced in order to run smoothly.

The MSI card is deeply impressive, too, thanks to its robust design, RGB LEDs and small overclock.

AMD does continue to be a thorn in Nvidia’s side. The Radeon RX 5700 XT is not as powerful as the RTX 2070 Super and it doesn’t have future-proofed technologies, but it’s significantly cheaper than the Nvidia card. If you’re bothered about budget and want something to play 1080p and 1440p games, then it’s a very good alternative.

There’s still plenty to recommend about the RTX 2070 Super, though. It’s no pricier than the RTX 2070 while delivering loads of extra pace, which means it’ll handle almost all gaming scenarios for years to come – so it’s cracking value. And, if you’re after a heavyweight, high-end card to look the part too, MSI’s GPUs are excellent too.

The MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio costs £570 in the UK and $560 in the US. Discuss our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super review on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And, if you need some more inspiration after reading our MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super review, check out our guide to our favourite laptops or go deep with our ultimate guide to 4K monitors – covering the technology, the terms and our top recommendations!

The GoodRecommended Award

  • Impressive 1080p and 1440p performance
  • Can handle some 4K gaming
  • MSI’s design is superb
  • No pricier than older RTX 2070

The Bad

  • Can’t always hack 4K gaming
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is a cheap, fast alternative
  • MSI’s card is thick and heavy

The Specs

Stream processors: 2,560
Base clock: 1,605MHz
Boost clock: 1,770MHz
Memory: 8GB, 256-bit 14Gbps GDDR6
Connectivity: PCI Express 3.0
Display Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x VirtualLink
Max Resolution: 7,680 x 4,320
TDP: 215W
Power connections: 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
Supported APIs: DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 2.2, Vulkan 1.1, CUDA 7.5

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