With AMD’s next generation of GPUs just a couple days away, Nvidia has launched a trio of new “Super” cards in the RTX 20-series family. The Nvidia Geforce RTX Super cards are an upgraded version of the company’s existing RTX series of graphics cards, which first hit the market less than a year ago. The “Super” cards will be replacing the existing RTX 2070 and 2080 with RTX 2070 Super and the upcoming RTX 2080 Super. These newer models feature improved performance, but are priced the same as the models they are replacing. NVIDIA somehow decided to let RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super co-exist together.
These next generation of RTX GPUs namely Geforce RTX 2060 Super, Geforce RTX 2070 Super, and Geforce RTX 2080 Super are optimized for high-end gaming performance, power efficiency, feature slightly higher specs and the latest ray tracing technology. These new cards are still built on the same 12nm process but offer substantially improved performance at the same MSRP as the cards they replace.
The RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super will be made available at the same price as their predecessors while the RTX 2060 Super is priced $50 more than the RTX 2060. The RTX 2080Ti still remains as the top model of the RTX family and retains the same price. There won’t be overclocked versions of the new Super graphics cards, but Founders editions will be available online when each one releases. The RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super will be available on the 9th of July, while the RTX 2080 Super won’t be out until July 23, 2019.
A closer look at the cards:
RTX 2060 Super:
The RTX 2060 Super is up to 22 percent faster than the RTX 2060. It is faster than the GTX 1080 and has near identical performance to the RTX 2070. In terms of new stuff, there’s an extra 256 CUDA cores (giving 2,176 total) and 16 extra texture units (for 136 total). There’s also an improved base clock of 1,470MHz (versus 1,365MHz prior), but on the negative side, there’s a slightly reduced boost clock of 1,650MHz (down from 1,680MHz).
The most significant change, however, is the memory. The 2060 Super has 8GB, as opposed to the regular card’s 6GB. When combined with an improved 256-bit memory interface, this increases bandwidth by 33-percent to 448 GB/sec. That’s a huge change, and should boost performance a lot. NVIDIA says the Super card will pull a peak of 175 watts from your PSU, up slightly from the previous 160W power envelope. The RTX 2060 is priced at ₹34,890 in India and will be available from 9th July 2019.
RTX 2070 Super:
The RTX 2070 Super is up to 16 percent faster than the RTX 2070 for the same price. It’s faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and the performance is close to the original RTX 2080. In 2070 Super, the changes start with a mild bump to active hardware. This is a pared-back version of the original 2080’s chip, with a lot of things deactivated. You again get an extra four SMs, with 256 CUDA cores (up to 2,560 total) and 16 more texture units (up to 160). Memory was always identical between 2070 and 2080, so it should come as no surprise there aren’t any changes there. It’s still 8GB at 14Gbps on a 256-bit interface — although there is a slight bump to the L1 cache.
Where the 2070 Super is getting a lot of its increased power from is clock speeds. While the outgoing 2070 has a base clock of 1,410MHz and a boost clock of 1,620MHz, the Super replacement has a base of 1,605MHz and a boost of 1,770MHz. It also says ray tracing improves by a similar margin, claiming the Super edition can handle “7 Giga Rays” versus the original’s six. The new card’s expected peak draw is 215W, a 40W increase from the previous 175W. The RTX 2070 Super is priced at ₹43,600 and it will be available from 9th July 2019.
RTX 2080 Super:
The RTX 2080 Super is about 10 to 15 percent faster than the RTX 2080 and it is faster than the Titan Xp. The RTX 2080 Super has an increased memory speed from 14 Gbps to 15.5 Gbps. There’s a less-significant change to the actual hardware in 2080 Super, as you’re only getting two extra SMs over the original. That means an addition of 128 CUDA cores, 16 Tensor cores, eight texture units, and two RT cores. There are significant boosts to clock speeds though. The RTX 2080 Super is priced at ₹61,400 and it will be available from July 23, 2019.
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