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Nvidia SUPER: Only small updates or already an attack on AMDs Navi GPUs?

There is a short teaser for the new graphics card on the Internet since Computex 2019. However, the video did not reveal any real information, but Nvidia lifts the curtain today and presents the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2060 Super.

Nvidia launches three new graphics cards with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (2080S), Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (2070S), and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (2060S). Nvidia primarily focuses on the more mainstream GPUs in their portfolio since both the RTX 2070S and the RTX 2060S will be available from next week (from July 9th 2019) from retailers, while the RTX 2080S will arrive later in July (July 23rd 2019). Customers will get the Founders Edition first and GPUs from other partners, which differ from the reference design, will arrive later. The Founders Edition GPUs are not overclocked models anymore, but they represent the base performance (in terms of clocks) instead.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super ($699)

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super is still based on the TU104 chip, but it now features 3072 shader units. This is an increase of 128 shader units compared to the GeForce RTX 2080. More RT and Tensor cores also result in improved Ray Tracing performance. Nvidia also raised the clock of the VRAM significantly for more performance (15.5 GHz, 496.1 GB/s). However, both the size of the VRAM and the memory interface are identical.

The performance of the GeForce RTX 2080S is supposed to be better than the Nvidia Titan XP according to Nvidia. If all the new features are supported, the GeForce RTX 2080S will also be much faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This means the RTX 2080 Super is a full-fledged high-end GPU and can handle most games of 2018/2019 smoothly in high settings and 2160p. There is currently no direct competitor for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super from AMD. This might also be the reason for the slight delay of the availability.

Nvidia specifies the power consumption of the GeForce RTX 2080 Super with 250 Watts, so slightly more than the predecessor (GeForce RTX 2080 215 Watts). Compared to the similarly powerful Nvidia Titan XP, the consumption is identical, but the performance per Watt was improved significantly.

GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super ($499)

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super is now based on the TU104 chip, which is also used for the faster Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. The chip of the RTX 2070 Super features a total of 2560 shader units, so 256 more compared to the GeForce RTX 2070 (TU106, 2306 shader units). The VRAM is identical with 8 GB GDDR6 RAM and a 256-bit interface (14 GHz, 448 GB/s). The RTX 2070 Super offers more Ray Tracing performance thanks to 40 RT cores; and the number of Tensor cores was also increased to 320.

The performance of the GeForce RTX 2070 Super should be slightly above the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti according to Nvidia. With the support of new features like DLSS and Real Time Ray Tracing, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The new GPU should be able to handle smooth gameplay in most titles from 2018/2019 in high settings and 2160p. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super should compete with AMD's upcoming Navi generation (like the AMD Radeon 5700 XT).

Nvidia specifies the power consumption of the GeForce RTX 2070 Super with 215 Watts (TGP), but the performance per Watt is much better compared to a similarly powerful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (rated at 250W).

GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super ($399)

Nvidia took on a popular point of criticism with the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and equips the new graphics card with more VRAM. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 now also features 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM; only the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and the Nvidia Titan RTX offer even more VRAM. The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is based on the same chip compared to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, but now offers more shader units (2176). As a reminder: The GeForce RTX 2060 only featured 1920 shader units. The number of RT and Tensor cores was also increased, which should improve the Ray Tracing performance.

The performance of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super should be slightly better than the GeForce GTX 1080 according to Nvidia. If the new RTX features are supported, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super should have an even bigger advantage compared to the old Pascal GPU. The performance target of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is the upper mid-range segment and it should be able to handle most games of 2018/2019 smoothly in high settings and 1440p. The direct competitor from AMD is the Radeon RX 5700.

Nvidia specifies the power consumption of the new chip with 175 Watts (TGP). This is slightly more compared to the GeForce RTX 2060 (160 Watts), but the performance per Watt was once again improved and the slightly slower GeForce GTX 1080 consumed a bit more power (180 Watts).

GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)
GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Source: Nvidia)

All information about the new graphics cards was made available to Notebookcheck Publishing GmbH from Nvidia under NDA. There was no influence from Nvidia for a positive report. Only the date of publication was set by Nvidia.

Pricing of the Nvidia Super GPUs

Nvidia charges $499 for the GeForce RTX 2070S at launch, while a GeForce RTX 2060S will cost $399. This means the older products get lower prices as well. However, the prices also follow demand and availability, so we will have to wait and see how steady Nvidia's prices will be. AMD's Navi GPU will be launched soon, and it will be interesting how the new GeForce models perform compared to the Navi GPUs. AMD GPUs often convinced with very good price-performance ratios in the past. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080S does not have a direct rival and will be available later in July for $699.

First impressions of the new GPUs

Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX Super

Detailed specs of the Turing GPUs

Specification RTX 2060 RTX 2060S RTX 2070 RTX 2070S RTX 2080 RTX 2080S RTX 2080 Ti Titan RTX
Chip TU106 TU106 TU106 TU104 TU104 TU104 TU102 TU102
Manufactured 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm
Shader 1920 2176 2304 2560 2944 3072 4352 4608
Texture Units 120 136 144 160 184 192 272 288
Tensor Cores 240 272 288 320 368 384 544 572
RT Cores 30 34 36 40 46 48 68 72
GPU Base Clock 1365 MHz 1470 MHz 1410 MHz 1605 MHz 1515 MHz 1650 MHz 1350 MHz 1350 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1680 MHz 1650 MHz 1620 MHz 1770 MHz 1710 MHz 1815 MHz 1545 MHz 1770 MHz
Memory Bus 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit 384-bit
Memory Bandwidth 336 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 496,1 GB/s 616 GB/s 672 GB/s
Memory Size 6 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 11 GB GDDR6 24 GB GDDR6
Power (Watts) 160 W 175 W 175 W 215 W 215 W 250 W 250 W 280 W

Initial Benchmarks of the new GPUs in comparison

Due to the limited time, we cannot provide extensive benchmark results of the new GPUs at this point. However, we included a small preview of the performance you can expect from the RTX 2060S and the RTX 2070S. A comprehensive review with numerous gaming benchmarks of modern titles will be published on our website soon.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
38114 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
37235 Points ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
30099 Points ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
29083 Points ∼76%
Power Consumption - 1920x1080 The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) (100 fps, Idle: 46 W)
339 Watt * ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (100 fps, Idle: 45.8 W)
296 Watt * ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) (76 fps, Idle: 43.1 W)
253 Watt * ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (77 fps, Idle: 44 W)
246 (min: 244, max: 255) Watt * ∼73%

* ... smaller is better

The Witcher 3 - 3840x2160 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
50.8 (min: 46, max: 55) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
47.1 (min: 42, max: 51) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
38.6 (min: 34, max: 41) fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
36.4 (min: 31, max: 41) fps ∼72%
Battlefield V
1920x1080 Ultra Preset DXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
76 (99th percentile: 32.6) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
70 (99th percentile: 35.8) fps ∼92%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
70 (min: 54, max: 110) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
52.8 (min: 42, max: 83) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
49.4 (min: 40, max: 73) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
48.2 (min: 37, max: 70) fps ∼69%
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Sebastian Bade, 2019-07- 2 (Update: 2019-07- 2)