As we’re almost on the edge of next-gen games coming out, graphics are going to be at the forefront. It is definitely an exciting time to be a PC gamer. No matter what your criteria may be, there is a lot of value being offered in every tier. However, if you want futureproofing and want to run your games at the best quality possible, you need a great GPU
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 is arguably the best option right now for people who need a high-end graphics card. The 2080 Super and the 2080Ti might be overkill for most people. The RTX 2070 Super is an exceptionally good GPU, and it is definitely worth buying.
However, there are a lot of variants out there, and it’s hard to decide if you should focus on overall value, or thermals, or even performance. Well for all the skeptical and confused folks out there, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best RTX 2070 Super graphics card worth buying in 2020.
ASUS is a consistently reliable brand if you want to buy a high-end GPU. They have great quality control, and most of their GPUs perform as expected without any hiccups. The ROG Strix lineup has been successful for this reason alone, the fact that people tend to love the design of this brand also helps.
The ROG Strix 2070 Super Advanced OC is the top variant of this card offered by ASUS. The board design is similar to its 2080 Super card in a lot of ways. All the power phases are active here as well, unlike many other manufacturers. This makes sure that this Strix card has the best performance out there.
At the back, you’ll notice a high-quality metal backplate, as expected. It has the ROG logo on the right side, which has addressable RGB, and looks impressive when turned on. The Strix is massive and will take up 3 slots in your case. It even has a VirtualLink connector, which means you can power your HMD VR headset with one cable. There’s also a button on the card, which lets you turn off RGB without software.
As for performance, well it performs like a 2070 Super, but it is noticeably faster than the non-OC variants out there. This card can boost well, and the triple fan design means that it keeps temperatures low as well. ASUS is using a six heat pipe design inside, so the thermal performance is amazing.
When it comes to finding the perfect balance of price, performance, thermals, and design, the ROG Strix nails every part perfectly. The only downside I can think of is its massive size, so be aware of that.
Gigabyte’s Windforce lineup of graphics card has always provided great value, great thermals, and performance on-par with 90% of other models. The Windforce 2070 Super is not an exception to that in any way. There’s a reason this specific version has sold so many units.
As usual, Gigabyte is using its efficient Windforce fans on this card. This is a triple fan design, and while that may add to the size, you’ll need that for better thermal performance. The fans quite big too yet they don’t get too loud at full load.
You’ll also find six metal heat pipes inside used for a complex cooling system. The fans spin in an alternate fashion. All of this combined gives excellent thermal performance without getting too noisy. Oh, and you can’t have a new graphics card without RGB these days, can you? Both Gigabyte logos on the side and on the top have addressable RGB.
Performance is on par with the alternatives out there. The GPU is clocked up to 1815MHz, which is a tad bit higher than the founder’s edition cards. 4K gaming at medium to high settings and 1440p at 144Hz are not an issue for this card at all. All of that without overheating or thermal throttling.
There is one downside, however. While the hardware is definitely there, the software needs to catch up. Gigabyte’s software is frustrating to use and eats up considerable resources. However, that won’t be a dealbreaker for many.
MSI’s Twin Frozr GPUs haven’t always been successful. In my opinion, that’s because their past graphics card never stood out in terms of design. The Twin Frozr cards used to have that iconic red and black design. In all honesty, that aesthetic has been overdone at this point in 2020. So it’s good to see that MSI has updated the design for a sleeker look.
The card has been fitted with 8GB of GDDR6 memory at a 256-bit wide bus. It has two PCIe power headers (6/8-pin). It does have a boost clock of 1800MHz, which is still higher than the founder’s edition reference cards. The Twin Frozr fan design also helps with overclocking.
Speaking of design, it has a sturdy metal backplate and bright RGB lighting. MSI also includes a GPU support bracket for the card, to reduce sag. The traditional fan blades create good flow and do a great job of dissipating heat. It definitely looks attractive and might be my personal favorite design on this list.
Performance-wise there are no nasty surprises hidden here. The card crushes high refresh rate 1440p gaming, and never goes above 70 degrees in temperature at full load. Not too shabby for a dual fan card at all. MSI’s software is quite powerful as well, and much less frustrating than other manufacturers.
There’s not much wrong with this card, in fact, if you like the design, go for it. However, considering it’s a dual fan card it’s strange that it’s so chunky for a card takes up to 2 slots. If you’re not a fan of RGB you can find a cheaper variant offered by MSI themselves.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen a lot of Mini-ITX cases gaining traction. Manufacturers have realized that there is quite a big demand for small form factor builds. These mini-ITX cases are getting much easier to build in. However, most 2070 Super cards are quite big for these builds. That’s where the Zotac Mini comes in.
The Zotac Mini 2070S might be small in size, but it doesn’t make sacrifices anywhere else. This is still a full-fledged 2070 super by all intents and purposes. Overall, the design does look decent albeit a bit bland/generic. The shroud is made out of plastic and uses a gunmetal grey+black color combination. It will look good in just about any build.
Disappointingly, the plastic does feel a bit cheap and feels like it might bend with too much force. Now, I’m aware most people don’t often carry their GPUs around with them but when you pay this much you should expect a certain level of build quality.
The left fan is slightly smaller than the one on the right. Maybe this is to give different levels of pressure. As for dimensions, this is a tiny card in comparison to the massive ROG Strix version of the 2070S. The heatsink inside is using 5 nickel-plated heat pipes.
As for performance, this card does fare quite well. Even in small form factor cases, it never throttles and always keeps the temperature in. a safe region. Not bad for a card this small.
The EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Hybrid is one of the more relatively expensive cards on this list. That’s not because it’s the fastest, nor that it has the best design. In fact, it’s on this list for one unique reason entirely: water-cooling.
Before I get into the details, keep in mind that this card is only marginally better in terms of performance when compared with the founder’s edition cards. The design is pretty basic and looks a bit bland in all honesty. But the selling point is all in the name, it’s called hybrid for a reason.
This card has a single fan design, paired with a 120mm AIO to cool the actual chip and VRMs. While it may not be factory overclocked out of the box, you can overclock it quite well. In fact, the hybrid cooling solution works so well that you can really crank this card to the max.
Unfortunately, the radiator does require some extra space, so that is something to factor in. Apart from that, you will pay a small premium for that added bonus. But maybe the only major con is the coil whine the pump makes, which is quite audible at full load.