If you’re thinking about getting a high-end graphics card in 2020 in order to take on 1440p or even 4K gaming, your first and most cost-effective option (as far as the latest models are concerned) would be the RTX 2070 Super.
Being an updated version of the original RTX 2070, this GPU brings all the key features of its predecessor to the table (most notably, real-time ray tracing), all the while also packing a decent performance boost that is bound to come in handy when tackling QHD and UHD resolutions in demanding new games.
So, if you have your sights set on this particular GPU, here are some of the best versions that you can buy!
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The 4 Best RTX 2070 Super Graphics Cards for 2020
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ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini
As it often seems to be the case with our graphics cards buying guides, we’re kicking the list off with a (relatively) affordable and compact model from Zotac – the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini.
On the outside, it looks pretty much like the rest of Zotac’s Mini lineup, featuring a fairly simple dark gray shroud with some sharp angles, and it also comes with a backplate. Much like the other Mini models in this price range, it also features dual-fan cooling that allows the card to offer good performance despite its diminutive size, with a solid boost clock of 1770 MHz.
However, just like most compact graphics cards, this model suffers from the usual drawbacks: high temperatures and high noise generation. Granted, the temperatures that the Zotac RTX 2070 Super Mini reaches when under load aren’t as bad as with some other cards, but the fans can get quite loud.
Needless to say, this won’t be your go-to card if you want to get the best performance that you can out of an RTX 2070 Super. However, due to its small size, it is a perfect pick if you want to build a compact gaming PC.
- Highly compact
- Good performance
- MSRP pricing
- Fans get loud under load
- Not much overclocking headroom
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super BLACK GAMING
Moving on, if you’re looking for a full-sized RTX 2070 Super that can offer better performance without going beyond the MSRP, then you just might be interested in the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER BLACK GAMING.
With this model, EVGA used the same shroud design that they introduced with the very first Turing cards i.e. a fairly simple black shroud and fans dotted with the EVGA logo. However, this particular card sadly lacks a backplate, which is not a big issue but it is a bit jarring to see it missing in a high-end card now that backplates have become common among mid-range and even some budget models.
Much like the above Zotac model, this EVGA RTX 2070 Super comes with a factory boost clock of 1770 MHz, but with its larger heatsink, there is a bit more overclocking headroom than with the Zotac RTX 2070 Super Mini and the card runs more quietly.
In any case, while it may not be the best RTX 2070 Super out there, this model from EVGA definitely offers good value for your money, as it doesn’t go far above the MSRP pricing.
- Good overall value
- Solid overclocking performance
- No backplate
MSI Gaming X GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Now, we get to a solution that offers even better performance, albeit at a slightly higher price tag: the MSI Gaming X GeForce RTX 2070 Super. MSI did a really good job in general when it comes to the new Turing GPUs, and the RTX 2070 Super is no exception.
Firstly, there is the new design that the company introduced with the original Turing models, boasting a neutral dark gray shroud, as well as RGB lighting for some mid-range and high-end models, this one included. Needless to say, this makes for a much better and more flexible design than their old models with heavy red highlights.
Secondly, when it comes to the performance, the card tends to run a bit hot, although the fans are rather quiet and the GPU clock can be pushed beyond 2000 MHz, which makes this RTX 2070 Super a great all-around solution for gaming.
So, if you want a GPU that not only looks good, with a sleek shroud and customizable RGB lighting, but can also offer good overclocking performance without getting too loud when under heavy load, then this is the graphics card for you.
- Great performance
- Good overclocking potential
- Very effective exterior design
- A bit on the pricey side
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 Super
No graphics card list would be complete without an Asus RoG Strix card, and as usual, Asus’ well-known gaming brand focuses on delivering great performance, though a design refresh might be long overdue.
The RoG Strix RTX 2070 Super features a highly familiar exterior that you have probably already seen in Asus’ older models. While there is nothing wrong with the design itself, it does feel a bit bland compared to what companies such as MSI, Zotac, EVGA, Gigabyte, and others have to offer in 2020.
But on the performance front, things could hardly be better. The card features a hefty factory boost of 1935 MHz, which means that the card will be running faster than most models out of the box. With some tweaking, this can be pushed all the way up to 2100 MHz, making this one of the best air-cooled RTX 2070 Super models available.
However, the RoG Strix RTX 2070 Super is quite a bit pricier than most other models, so whether the relatively small boost in in-game performance that an overclocked RTX 2070 Super would net you is worth the extra expense is a very subjective matter.
- Great overclocking potential
- Good triple-fan cooler
- Dated design
How to Pick the Right Card For Your Needs?
Now, there are a few things to consider when shopping for a new GPU i.e. if you’re trying to find the ideal version of one particular GPU. So, here are the key factors to keep in mind!
As mentioned before, smaller cards are obviously the way to go if you want to build a compact Mini ITX PC, but most people won’t be doing that and will most likely go with a Mid Tower or Mini Tower case. But even with the more spacious cases, a graphics card could still be too large to fit.
The two key dimensions to keep in mind if you want to make sure that your graphics card will fit inside your case are the length and the width of the card.
Some graphics cards are longer, either because they have a bigger cooler/heatsink or because they have a larger PCB. In either case, you should make sure there is enough room for the card and that it will not be obstructed by the HDD/SSD rack.
As for width, cards that have thicker heatsinks often end up taking up more vertical slots inside the case, which leads to two potential issues:
- They might obstruct some of the motherboard’s additional PCIe slots, thus preventing you from installing any additional PCIe expansion cards in those slots
- They might be too close to the bottom of the case, and even if there is enough room to fit the card, being too close to the bottom or to a bottom-mounted power supply could inhibit airflow and thus lead to higher temperatures and higher noise generation
As such, if you’re buying a larger card such as the RTX 2070 Super, you should probably check the graphics card measurements and the measurements of your case on their respective manufacturer’s website.
Cooling – Types
Like any other component that generates excessive amounts of heat, graphics cards need active cooling, and modern graphics utilize one of the following types of cooling:
Open-air coolers are the most common, and all the graphics cards currently listed in this article utilize them. For the most part, open-air coolers are the best solutions for most gaming PCs because they feature better overall heat dissipation and can benefit more from case fans. The coolers themselves can feature up to three fans, but high-end models stick with two or three.
On the other hand, blowers have only one fan and a closed heatsink, expelling hot air out of the back of the card and out of the case, which makes them good for small cases with limited airflow. However, their high noise generation and lower overall cooling efficiency generally makes them less appealing than open-air coolers.
Finally, liquid cooling is the most efficient when it comes to overclocking and maximizing heat dissipation. Liquid cooling is only really worthwhile with high-end cards, as these coolers are usually quite pricey and the performance boost that they’d provide a budget or mid-range card just isn’t worth the money.
Now, as you can tell, all of the graphics cards we have listed here are cooled by open-air coolers. Liquid-cooled models are a bit pricier and aren’t as readily available in the case of the RTX 2070 Super, so we decided to leave liquid-cooled variants out this time around.
Is Overclocking Worth It?
Now that we have touched upon cooling, we have to consider overclocking. We’ve mentioned that the Asus RoG Strix RTX 2070 Super can be pushed as high as 2100 MHz, which is quite a bit higher than what most RTX 2070 Super models can do.
But how much extra performance can you really get from such a boost and is it worth the extra cash?
Well, generally speaking, an overclocked GPU can get you roughly 5-15% more frames per second compared to a card running with reference settings, but this will inevitably vary from game to game.
It could be a minor boost of only 2-3 frames in some more demanding AAA titles, but it could also constitute a solid boost if you’re playing less demanding eSports titles and want a more stable triple-digit framerate if you’re thinking about getting a 144 Hz monitor.
Conclusion – The Best RTX 2070 Super of 2020
So, at the end of the day, which of these graphics cards is the best?
Well, as is usually the case, there is no one-size-fits-all, as different people will have different requirements and different budget constraints.
If you’re struggling to fit the RTX 2070 Super into your build (price-wise), we say go with the EVGA variant, as it offers good performance at MSRP pricing. On the other hand, if you think you might end up struggling to physically fit the card inside the case, the Zotac model is definitely the most compact RTX 2070 Super model that you’ll find right now.
However, if you’re willing to spend a little bit extra, you could get better performance and a very sleek looking card with the MSI RTX 2070 Super. As we’ve mentioned before, it is currently the best model that pretty much “has it all” – performance, cooling, design, and good pricing.
But if you want all the performance that you could possibly squeeze out of an RTX 2070 Super, then the Asus RoG Strix version should be your go-to choice. As we’ve already mentioned, RoG Strix cards are in dire need of a redesign and this particular model is fairly pricey. However, if you feel that the performance boost might improve your gaming experience, it just might be worth the extra cash.
And those would be our picks for the best RTX 2070 Super models currently available! We do our best to keep our buying guides up-to-date, so if you notice that some of the models listed here are dated or if there are some newer models missing, that means that the guide is slated for an update in the near future. In the meantime, if you notice any other overlooks or errors, feel free to let us know in the comments!