The RTX 2070 Super is NVIDIAs latest mid-lineup graphics card based on its Turing architecture, positioned between the great value RTX 2060 Super and the enthusiast-grade RTX 2080 Super. The RTX 2070 Super offers close to RTX 2080 Super levels of performance but at a more attainable price – with MSRPs of reference cards at $500. This has made the RTX 2070 Super the most popular offering from NVIDIA, with many builders opting for the RTX 2070 Super rather than build with the RTX 2080 Super.
All of NVIDIAs latest ‘Super’ range of graphics cards all offer considerable improvements in performance and value over its previous generation line of Turing-based graphics cards, such as the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080. The release of the ‘Super’ line of RTX cards comes as a response to the release of AMD’s RX 5700 & RX 5700 XT – both cards aimed at mid-range market builds with fantastic performance for the money have both proven to be quite the success.
The RTX 2070 Super features 8GB of GDDR6 memory and a boost clock speed of 1770 MHz, resulting in an impressive 9.1 Teraflops – which gives a +1.6 TF improvement over its predecessor the RTX 2070, and comes close to the RTX 2080s performance at 10 TF.
In this guide, we are going to focus on what the best RTX 2070 Super cards are in 2019, now that users have been able to get their hands on these cards, as well as plenty of hardware tests, reviews & benchmarks are now available for the RTX 2070 Super.
You have two choices when picking for a RTX 2070 Super – you can either purhase a Founders Edition RTX 2070 Super with a reference design or instead purchase an aftermarket (also known as custom, AIB or partner) RTX 2070 Super card.
Benefits of aftermarket RTX 2070 Super cards vs Reference design
Opting for an aftermarket RTX 2070 Super from a manufacturer such as MSI, Gigabyte or EVGA, often presents a range of benefits compared to building with just a reference design RTX 2070 Super card.
The main benefits are listed below:
- Some RTX 2070 Super partner cards feature a custom PCB design which allows manufacturers to improve the VRM design of the card and thus allow for greater power delivery and more stable overclocking. In addition, a custom PCB allows manufacturers to add features not present on reference 2070S cards such as RGB lighting, custom fan speeds, dual BIOS and an increase (normally) in power connectors (such as dual 8-pin, or 8-pin, 6-pin setups). The reference RTX 2070 Super features a 6-pin and 8-pin power connector, but some AIB 2070S cards such as the Palit 2070 Super Jetstream features dual 8-pin power connectors.
- Beefier cooling designs such as dual or triple-fan cooling setups, such as the MSI Gaming X Trio, offer quieter operation and improved cooling performance. This, in turn, allows for manufacturers to raise the factory overclock speeds in comparison to the reference design, whilst often operating cooler and quieter at the same time. For example, the ASUS Strix Super OC features a beefy triple fan setup, and has a factory boost clock of 1935 MHz, a huge +165 MHz improvement over the stock 1770 MHz boost overclock of the 2070 Super Founders Edition!
- Form factor – due to custom PCB designs from partner 2070S cards, this allows to manufacturers to alter the form factor of the RTX 2070 Super, such as increasing the size to accomodate for beefier VRM and cooling solutions, or smaller designs to allow for the 2070S to be more compact and be more suitable for ITX/small form factor RTX 2070S Super builds. The FE (Founders Edition) comes in at 267mm length, whilst the MSI Ventus OC is 12mm shorter at 257mm length, and the MSI Gaming X Trio is far larger at 328mm length!
- Partner cards can typically command a price premium over the Founders Edition of the RTX 2070 Super, usually, when the partner card features an improved cooling solution, factory overclock gain or improved features over its reference version. For example, of the of the most expensive RTX 2070 Super cards, the EVGA FTW3 Ultra commands a $90 premium over the FE edition, at $590.
- On the contrary, many partner/AIB 2070S cards retail for the same price as the Founders Edition, and these often have similar factory overclocks, feature-set PCB design – they just provide better value and often better availability.
Now we’ve gone over the various benefits there are when opting for an aftermarket version of the RTX 2070 Super, let’s get onto our favorite and best performing RTX 2070S cards on offer right now in 2019.
Best RTX 2070 Super Cards – Top Picks
|Best RTX 2070 Super Aftermarket Cards||Design||Recommendation|
|Best Performance RTX 2070 Super Card||EVGA RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra|
|Quietest RTX 2070 Super||MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio|
|Best Budget RTX 2070 Super Card||Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC|
|Best Water Cooled RTX 2070 Super||EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Hybrid Gaming|
Best Performance RTX 2070 Super Card
If all-out-performance is the driving factor in your RTX 2070 Super build, then you should go for the EVGA RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra – the fastest RTX 2070 Super partner card with the highest power limit and best cooling setup. With the triple fan setup of the FTW3 Ultra, thermals are super low as well as the acoustics – also being one of the quietest 2070S cards out there. In addition, with EVGAs fantastic post-purchase customer support and warranty terms, should there be any problem with this card – EVGA will have your back and be proactive in sorting it.
Retailing at $590, the FTW3 Ultra has a 2.75-slot, triple cooling fan solution, resulting in an 1815 MHz boost clock speed. If you want the fastest RTX 2070 Super out of the box, then the EVGA RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra is the card to go for.
Quietest RTX 2070 Super
Aftermarket RTX 2070S cards run as a general rule of thumb far quieter than the FE variant, but if you want the absolute quietest RTX 2070 Super partner card, then the MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio is the AIB card for you.
The Gaming X Trio is based on a custom 8+2 phase VRM, cooled by a massive triple TORX 3.0 fan setup, generating huge amounts of airflow and making this a well-ventilated card – with the card at load maxing at just 66 degrees Celsius. Factory overclocks only result in this card in being a 2% improvement over the FE 2070S, although it is possible to tweak this card and get further performance out of it.
Acoustics wise, the Gaming X Trio is one of the quietest cards out there, with a super silent cooling solution, no audible coil whine, and will be unnoticeable when placed into a PC enclosure.
Best Budget RTX 2070 Super Card
Sometimes you don’t care about having the absolute best if it means paying a huge premium. All the cards have the same chip anyways, aside from binning and factory overclocks. With the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC, you can get the RGB, USB Type C connector and triple fan configuration of the AORUS, while only spending $500 compared to $590.
It’s smaller, too, with a width of 2 PCIe slots and a length of only 280mm. Still a large card, but it covers one less PCIe slot, which might be handy for a future upgrade like an NVMe SSD or a 10gb ethernet port. It even only requires an 8 + 6 power cable.
The only notable downside is that the boost clock is 120 MHz lower at 1785 MHz. However, that’s only a 6% reduction in clockspeed. For reference, if a game’s performance changed linearly with clockspeed (Which it usually doesn’t), you would be getting 135fps instead of 144fps. Some people may be able to feel this, but to a large majority of people it will be unnoticeable enough to not warrant spending an extra $90.
And of course, you can manually OC to get it on par or better with a stock AORUS. This one still works with Gigabyte RGB Fusion, too, so paying a lower price doesn’t mean you sacrifice glowy lights. It is the recommended RTX 2070 Super card for the majority of you.
Best Water Cooled RTX 2070 Super
There are non-Gigabyte cards worthy of mention too, such as the EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Hybrid Gaming. It’s relatively expensive at $590, but it’s the only card that’s water cooled out of the box. It’s usually more complicated to install a water cooler on a GPU than a CPU, thus you will get all the benefits of water cooling without the effort of putting it on yourself. The size is smaller than the other two; 266mm long and 2 PCIe slots wide, making it better if you aren’t sure the others would fit in your case. It has USB Type C and RGB, but unfortunately no RGB sync. The boost clock is a respectable 1800 MHz and it only needs an 8 + 6 pin power cable. It’s a very solid card apart from the price, so those who feel strongly about having water cooling for performance or aesthetic reasons should consider this card. Just make sure your case has a space to mount the single fan radiator.
Best RTX 2070 Super without RGB
Lastly, for those adamantly opposed to RGB, there are two recommended options: the EVGA RTX 2070 Super Black Gaming if you care about USB Type C on your GPU, and the MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus if you don’t. Both are dual fan, have a boost clock of 1770 MHz, are 2 PCIe slots wide, are roughly the same length, and require 8 + 6 pin cables. The only real difference is the price, with the EVGA card being $520 and the MSI card being $500. The decision just comes down to whether you want to spend $20 more for USB Type C, which really means “do you want to spend an extra $20 to make VR easier to set up”?
Choosing Your Own Model:
If you don’t agree with the recommended choices but don’t know enough about what to look for in a GPU model, look here (Link to general buying guide) for a general GPU model choosing guide. Then, you can search the full list of GPU choices below and pick the one most suited to your needs.
|Model||MSRP||Base Clock||Boost Clock||Fan Design||Length (mm)||Width (Slots)||Warranty (Years)||PSU Requirements||USB-C||RGB?|
|NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super Founder Edition||$500||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||Dual Fan||267||2||1||8 + 6 pin||1|
|ASUS Turbo RTX 2070 Super Evo||TBC||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||Blower Fan||268||2||3||8 + 6||0|
|ASUS Dual RTX 2070 Super Evo||TBC||1635 MHz||1800 MHz||Dual Fan||267||2.7||3||8 + 6||0|
|ASUS Dual RTX 2070 Super Evo Advanced||TBC||1605 MHz||1815 MHz||Dual Fan||267||2.7||3||8 + 6||0|
|ASUS Dual RTX 2070 Super Evo OC||$530||1635 MHz||1845 MHz||Dual Fan||267||2.7||3||8 + 6||0|
|ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super||TBC||1635 MHz||1800 MHz||Triple Fan||300||2.7||3||8 + 8||1||Yes|
|ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super Advanced||$585||1635 MHz||1830 MHz||Triple Fan||300||2.7||3||8 + 8||1||Yes|
|ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super OC||TBC||1635 MHz||1935 MHz||Triple Fan||300||2.7||3||8 + 8||1||Yes|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super Black Gaming||$520||Not given||1770 MHz||Dual Fan||270||2||3||8 + 6||1|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super Gaming||$530||Not given||1770 MHz||Blower Fan||266||2||3||8 + 6||1||Yes|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Gaming||$540||Not given||1800 MHz||Dual Fan||270||2||3||8 + 6||1||Yes|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Ultra Gaming||$550||Not given||1800 MHz||Dual Fan||270||2||3||8 + 6||1||Yes|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra Gaming||$590||Not given||1815 MHz||Triple Fan||301||2.75||3||8 + 8||1||Yes|
|EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Hybrid Gaming||$590||Not given||1800 MHz||Watercooler||266||2||3||8 + 6||1||Yes|
|Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC||$500||Not given||1785 MHz||Triple Fan||280||2||3||8 + 6||1||Yes|
|Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC||$550||Not given||1815 MHz||Triple Fan||287||50mm||4||8 + 6||1||Yes|
|Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2070 Super||$590||Not given||1905 MHz||Triple Fan||290||60mm||4||8 + 8||1||Yes|
|MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus||$500||Not given||1770 MHz||Dual Fan||257||2||3||8 + 6||0|
|MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus OC||$510||Not given||1785 MHz||Dual Fan||257||2||3||8 + 6||0|
|MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming Trio||TBC||Not given||1770 MHz||Triple Fan||328||57mm||3||8 + 8||0||Yes|
|MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio||$515||Not given||1800 MHz||Triple Fan||328||57mm||3||8 + 8||0||Yes|
|Zotac RTX 2070 Super Twin Fan||$500||Not given||1770 MHz||Dual Fan||268||2||3||8 + 6||0||Yes|
|Zotac RTX 2070 Super AMP||TBC||Not given||1800 MHz||Dual Fan||268||2||3||8 + 6||0||Yes|
|Zotac RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme||TBC||Not given||1830 MHz||Triple Fan||308||2.5||3||8 + 6||0||Yes|
|Palit RTX 2070 Super X||TBC||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||Blower Fan||269||2||3||8 + 6||0|
|Palit RTX 2070 Super JS||TBC||1410 MHz||1815 MHz||Dual Fan||292||2.7||3||8 + 8||0||Yes|
|Palit RTX 2070 Super GR||TBC||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||Dual Fan||292||2.7||3||8 + 8||1||Yes|
|Palit RTX 2070 Super GRP||TBC||1605 MHz||1830 MHz||Dual Fan||292||2.7||3||8 + 8||1||Yes|