If you are someone like me who is not much into graphics card industry and the tech that goes behind making these, then picking the best graphics card for your new laptop or PC might be a little intimidating and confusing considering numerous line-up by companies like Nvidia and AMD. And the matter becomes worse when a new line-up is launched right after you had chosen and were going to order that one right GPU for you, you had found after hours of research. Recently Nvidia launched its latest graphics cards, the Nvidia GeForce RTX SUPER Series. Today, in this article of Laptopedia, we will help you choose whether you should upgrade to the Nvidia GeForce RTX super series or not.
The Launch of Nvidia RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, and RTX 2080 SUPER
On July 2nd Nvidia their latest graphics cards, the Nvidia GeForce RTX Series with the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-Series SUPER which contains three new upgrades which are GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER to the old GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080 respectively.
“Why Did Nvidia launched the RTX Super Series out of blue?”
Although it seemed like they launched the Super Series of graphics card a little out of blue, it’s not completely true. There were few leaks about it four-five days before the actual launch and many suspected that it was to counter the launch of AMD’s new 7 nanometre chipset which was supposed to be launched on 7th July, the AMD Ryzen 3000 series for CPU and the AMD Radeon 5000 series for GPU based on the ‘Navi’ architecture, which AMD marketed head-on with Nvidia’s RTX Graphics Card line-up.
What’s new in Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-SUPER Series?
Architectural improvements in GeForce RTX 20-series Super
If we talk about all the three RTX Super graphics card they are made with the Turing architecture, the same architecture as that of their predecessor the Nvidia RTX series but they have optimized it a little more so that you get nearly 1.4 times more efficient than their previous generation Pascal architecture used in Nvidia GeForce GTX series thus making your gaming experience more cooler and quieter.
Better Ray Tracing
Ever since Nvidia launched their RTX series their major focus has been on ray tracing and how it will improve the user’s gaming experience. The Latest Nvidia Graphics Cards improves the Ray-Tracing even more compared to their previous generation. Nvidia claims that with the help of their Super line-up real-time ray tracing is now a reality, at 60+ FPS and that too with high levels of details.
“What is Ray Tracing?”
Ray Tracing is one of the techniques of rendering an image. As the name suggests in ray tracing we trace or track the actual path of light emitted from a source of light and calculate its properties, like for example how will a ray of light react when it hits a certain object, whether it will reflect or not. Thus, by calculating all this the final result which we get is a photo-realistic rendered image. Ray tracing is a much better rendering technique then the current method of rendering but requires more computing power. This Technique was used previously in PIXAR’s movie ‘The Monster.Inc’, where it took nearly a day to ray trace a single frame.
“Is the Overclocked Version Available for the new Nvidia RTX 20-SUPER Series?”
No, there won’t be overclocked versions of the new Super Graphics cards, however, Founders editions will be available when each one releases.
Okay, now that we know the overall difference between SUPER series and its predecessor let’s have a look at them individually and see what makes these cards ‘SUPER’.
Specifications of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER compared to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
- VRAM – The RTX 2060 got a massive update in which it got 2GB of more VRAM in addition to the previous 6GB, as a result, making the total amount of VRAM 8GB and thus making the whole RTX line-up of 8GB VRAM DDR6 graphics cards, except the GeForce RTX 2060 which has 6 GB VRAM.
- CUDA Cores – There is an increase in CUDA cores, from 1920 CUDA cores in GeForce RTX 2060 to 2176 CUDA cores in GeForce RTX 2060 Super.
- Base Clock – The Base clock is increased from 1365MHz in RTX 2060 to 1470MHz in RTX 2060 Super.
- Memory Bus Width – Memory bus width is now increased to 256 bit in super graphics card compared to 192 bit in RTX 2060.
- Memory Bandwidth – Due to the increase in memory bus there is an increase in memory bandwidth from 336GB/s to 448GB/s in Nvidia RTX 2060 Super.
- FLOPS – Also the FLOPS or floating-point operations per second is also increased from 6.5 TFLOPS to 7.2 TFLOPS.
- TDP – Due to increase in specs TDP also gets increased from 160 watt in RTX 2060 to 175 watt in RTX 2060 Super
- Design – In terms of design the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is a lot like the Nvidia RTX 2070, in terms of size and that dual-fan shiny metal look.
- Performance – The following are the average frames per second on a system containing the Intel Core i9-7900X processor. It has 16 GB Ram on Windows 10 64 bit architecture, ran on 1920×1080 resolution.
In conclusion, Nvidia SUPER delivers fantastic game performance and enables you to play ray-traced games at 60 FPS at 1920×1080, with other game settings maxed out. This makes RTX 2060 Super as good as RTX 2070.
- Availability – The Founders Edition of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super will be available on Nvidia’s Website from July 9th.
- Price – The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER price is 34,890 INR (399 USD)
Specifications of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER compared to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070
- VRAM – The Nvidia RTX 2070 Super has the same VRAM as that of Nvidia RTX 2070 i.e. 8 GB.
- CUDA Cores – There is an increase in CUDA cores from 2304 in RTX 2070 to 2560 in RTX 2070 SUPER.
- Base Clock – The Base Clock in Nvidia RTX 2070 Super is of 1605MHz compared to 1410MHz in Nvidia RTX 2070.
- Memory Bus Width – Not a major upgrade here it is the same as the Nvidia RTX 2070 i.e. of 256 bit.
- Memory Bandwidth – Due to no change in memory bus width, the memory bus width is the same as that of RTX 2070 of 448 GB/s.
- FLOPS – The Float operations per second is increased from 7.9 Tera Flops to 9.1 Tera Flops in RTX 2070 Super.
- TDP – The TDP of GeForce RTX 2070 Super gets increased to 215 watts compared to 175 watts in RTX 2070.
- Design – In terms of design, it is now more comparable to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, and has that same shiny dual-fan look.
- Performance – The following are the average frames per second on a system containing Intel Core i9-7900X processor with 16 GB Ram on Windows 10 64 bit architecture, ran on 1920×1080 resolution.
In summary, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super increases the performance of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 by up to 25%. As a result, performs as good as GeForce RTX 2080.
- Availability – The Founders Edition of Nvidia RTX 2070 super will be available on Nvidia’s website from 9th July.
- Price – The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER price is 43,600 INR (499 USD).
Most importantly Nvidia will discontinue the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, and the RTX 2070 Super is its direct replacement.
Specifications of Nvidia RTX 2080 SUPER compared to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
- VRAM – The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super has the same VRAM as that of RTX 2080. It is an 8 GB DDR6 VRAM graphics card.
- CUDA Cores – There is an increase in CUDA cores from 2944 cores in RTX 2080 to 3072 cores in RTX 2080 SUPER.
- Base Clock – The Base Clock of GeForce 2080 Super is of 1650 MHz, while GeForce 2080 had a base clock of 1515 MHz.
- Memory Bandwidth – The RTX 2080 Super has 496.1 GB/s, while RTX 2080 had 448 GB/s.
- FLOPS – In GeForce RTX 2080 Super we get 11.1 TFLOPS. That is 11% increase from GeForce RTX 2080 which had 10 TFLOPS.
- TDP – The Power Draw also goes up, creeping from 215 watts on the original model up to 250 watts
- Design – Continuing the design style just like the two other Super graphics card, it has dual fan design and shiny metal look with RTX 2080 SUPER written on it.
- Performance – Nvidia hasn’t posted any official figures regarding average FPS for the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER yet, but its performance will be between RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 Ti.
- Availability – Unlike the previous two SUPER graphics cards Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super will be launched a bit later i.e. on 23rd July.
- Price – The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER price in India is 61,400 INR (699 USD).
Also the same as Nvidia’s RTX 2070 Super, the Nvidia RTX 2080 Super is a replacement for Nvidia RTX 2080 and it will be discontinued.
“So, Is Nvidia GeForce RTX SUPER series the most powerful graphics card series?“
Nvidia clearly stated that there will be no GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER version. So it can be concluded that RTX 2080 Ti is still their flagship graphics card and the most powerful in the RTX series. Hence should you consider buying it? In our opinion, if you are a hardcore gamer or a graphics designer and want to invest 30,000 to 60,000 INR on the graphics card and don’t want to go into AMD’s territory then you should buy it. It can be concluded that these cards are absolutely powerful and can do almost any work you throw at it but we still feel that these cards are a little bit on the higher side of budget gaming.