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Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro GPU Review

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Introduction

With the launch of the RTX 2060 comes new partner cards and Gigabyte is creating its own cards based on the RTX 2060. One of these cards includes the Gaming OC Pro which features a WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with patented “Alternate Spinning” fans, metal protection backplate, and RGB lighting that links with RGP Fusion 2.0. Out of the box, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro has a factory boost clock of 1830 MHz and comes in only $40 above Nvidia’s Founder’s Edition at an MSRP of $389.99.

Gigabyte’s Take on the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro

Features:

  • WINDFORCE 3X cooler system
  • Alternate spinning fans
  • Metal backplate
  • RGB lit “Gigabyte” badge

Core Clocks:

  • Memory 14 Gbps
  • 1920 CUDA cores
  • Boost frequency of 1830 MHz

Features & Specifications

Packaging & Unboxing

Gigabyte’s RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro arrives in a black box with orange and green accents. Taking over the majority of the front of the box is a large mechanical eye which resembles the eye of the AORUS falcon from the “A New Dawn” trailer.  In the bottom-left, we can see that the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro is RGB Fusion 2.0 compatible, implements WINDFORCE technology and is the OC edition of the card.

The back of the box contains information about most of the Gaming OC Pro’s notable features. These include the WINDFORCE 3X cooling system, pure copper heat pipes, protection metal back plate, and RGB fusion 2.0 compatibility. It also lists the system requirements of the card:

  • PCI Express-compliant motherboard
  • 500W or greater PSU
  • 1.5GB available hard-disk space
  • 8 GB system memory
  • Windows 7/10 64-bit or Linux 64-bit
  • One 8-pin power connector

Removing the outer packaging reveals an entirely black box with the word “Gigabyte” written in a slightly darker shade.

Opening the inner box, we find a black accessory box covering the top which has the same dark shade “Gigabyte” branding.

Taking out the accessory box, we see the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro in a static bag and surrounded by protective foam securing it in the box.

After taking off all the packaging, we get our first look at the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro as well as its quick guide and software CD.

A Closer Look

The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro has a plastic shroud which is black with silver accents. It houses 3 x 80mm 11 blade fans with the “Gigabyte” brand in the center.

Taking a close look at the fans you will notice that the middle fan is oriented in the opposite direction as the 2 outer fans. This is Gigabyte patented “Alternate Spinning” solution which aims to provide smoother airflow and better heat dissipation than the standard configuration.

The back of the Gaming OC Pro contains an entirely black metal backplate with just the word “GIGABYTE” in the center written in white.

The side of the GPU contains the only RGB element on the card with the “GIGABYTE” brand name which is backlit located on the silver portion of the shroud. The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro is powered by a single 8-pin power connector which is on the right-hand side of the card.

The Gaming OC Pro includes 3 x Display Ports and 1 x HDMI port with the bottom 3 connectors being gold plated.

Tossing the Gigabyte RTX 2060 on the test bench, we get a look at the RGB lit side which defaults to the “Color Cycle” effect. Personally, I really like the minimal RGB on this card as it adds just the right amount of lighting without going overboard.

System Configuration & Software

The hardware used to benchmark the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro is:

  • Gigabyte AORUS Pro Motherboard
  • Intel 9900K Processor @ Stock
  • 2 x 8GB Team Group Vulcan TUF Ram @ 3200MHz
  • Crucial P1000 M.2 NVMe
  • Corsair H115i Platinum AIO Cooler
  • Corsair HX750 PSU
  • Open Benchtable
  • Microsoft Windows 10

The motherboard’s BIOS has been reset to default settings with the exception of enabling XMP of our ram.

AORUS Engine

To get the absolute most performance out of your RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro, Gigabyte has included the AORUS Engine overclocking software. Using AORUS Engine, you’re able to manually adjust the GPU boost, memory clock, GPU voltage, fan speed, power target, and target temperature.

If you’re not comfortable dialing in your own overclock, AORUS Engine has an OC Scanner. The OC Scanner will go run through multiple frequencies for a given voltage to try and find the best OC for your specific card.

While dialing in an overclock, it is important to monitor temperatures and clocks when testing a given profile. Conveniently, AORUS Engine has included a monitor table which helps you keep an eye on GPU clock, memory clock, and GPU temperature to name a few.

RGBFusion 2.0

To the RGB LEDs on the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro or any other compatible hardware, you can do so with Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0. From here can apply a variety of preconfigured effects which include:

  • Static – A single lit color
  • Pulse – A single color fading in and out
  • Flash – Flashes a single color
  • Double Flash – Double flashes a single color
  • Color Cycle – Cycles through all the colors of the rainbow
  • Off – Turns of the RGB LEDs

Synthetic Testing

Futuremark 3DMark

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3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your PC and mobile devices in one app. Whether you’re gaming on a smartphone, tablet, notebook, or a desktop gaming PC, 3DMark includes a benchmark specifically designed for your hardware.

The RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro performs in line with other RTX 2060s we have benchmarked. The scores put it between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1070ti.

Futuremark VRMark

The performance requirements for VR games are much higher than for typical PC games. So if you’re thinking about buying an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift, wouldn’t you like to know that your PC is ready for VR?

VRMark includes three VR benchmark tests that run on your monitor, no headset required, or on a connected HMD. At the end of each test, you’ll see whether your PC is VR ready, and if not, how far it falls short.

Orange Room Test – The Orange Room benchmark shows the impressive level of detail that can be achieved on a PC that meets the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If your PC passes this test, it’s ready for the two most popular VR systems available today.

Cyan Room Test – Cyan Room is a DirectX 12 benchmark. It features a large, complex scene and many eye-catching effects. Cyan Room shows how using an API with less overhead can help developers deliver impressive VR experiences even on modest PC systems.

Blue Room Test – The Blue Room is a much more demanding test. It’s ideal for benchmarking the latest graphics cards. With its massive 5K rendering resolution and spectacular volumetric lighting effects, the Blue Room sets the bar for future hardware generations.

The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro does extremely well with both the Orange and Cyan room with 247 and 172 FPS averages. It starts to struggle with the highly demanding Blue room on achieving an average of 53 FPS.

Unigine Heaven

Heaven Benchmark is a GPU-intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. This powerful tool can be effectively used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions, as well as check the cooling system’s potential for maximum heat output.

The benchmark immerses a user into a magical steampunk world of shiny brass, wood, and gears. Nested on flying islands, a tiny village with its cozy, sun-heated cobblestone streets, and a majestic dragon on the central square gives a true sense of adventure. An interactive experience with fly-by and walk-through modes allows for exploring all corners of this world powered by the cutting-edge UNIGINE Engine that leverages the most advanced capabilities of graphics APIs and turns this bench into a visual masterpiece.

We do extremely well in the 1080p run of Unigine Heaven benchmark as it surprisingly beating out a few RTX 2070’s in the process. This is probably due to testbench hardware rather than having more GPU horsepower. Among the other RTX 2060s, the Gigabyte finds it just below the MSI by 2 points.

At 4K, we see the RTX 2060s settling just below the 2070s as we would expect. All the 3 RTX 2060s are within 4 points of each other with the Gaming OC Pro tying the MSI with 649 points.

Unigine Superposition

Extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system. Check your rig in stock and overclocking modes with a real-life load! Also includes interactive experience in a beautiful, detailed environment.

A lone professor performs dangerous experiments in an abandoned classroom, day in and day out. Obsessed with inventions and discoveries beyond the wildest dreams, he strives to prove his ideas.

Once you come to this place in the early morning, you would not meet him there. The eerie thing is a loud bang from the laboratory heard a few moments ago. What was that? You have the only chance to cast some light upon this incident by going deeply into the matter of quantum theory: thorough visual inspection of professor’s records and instruments will help to lift the veil on the mystery.

The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro performs as expected in the Superposition benchmark and hits an average FPS of 35.23 in the highly demanded 1080 Extreme benchmark. At the optimized 4K benchmark, we see better framerates with an average of 47.11 FPS. Like other RTX 2060s, we hit the limit with the 6GB of VRAM with the 8K benchmark needing 6.2GB. The benchmark ran fine but we did get a message stating that we may see performance issues or artifacts.

Game Testing

Ashes of the Singularity

Planet by planet, a war is raging across the galaxy. The technological singularity has given humanity the power to expand further than they ever have before. Now, they compete with each other and their sentient artificial intelligence adversaries for control of newfound worlds.

In Ashes of the Singularity, we see strong 1080p and 1440p numbers with an average FPS of 77.1 and 63.4. At 4K, the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro does reasonably well hitting an average framerate of 51.1 FPS.

In 1440p, we see all the RTX 2060s within 0.4FPS of each other with the Gaming OC Pro sitting in the middle with 63.4 FPS.

In 4K, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro takes the top spot with a 0.1 FPS lead over the ASUS ROG Strix.

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Far Cry 5

Anything can happen. Everything will.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana, land of the free and the brave, but also home to a fanatical doomsday cult—known as The Project at Eden’s Gate—that is threatening the community’s freedom. Stand up to the cult’s leaders, Joseph Seed, and the Heralds, as you spark the fires of resistance that will liberate the besieged community.

In Far Cry 5, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming pulls excellent framerates in 1080p and 1440p with averages of 113 and 81. As expected, it does less favorable at 4K with maintaining an average of 42 FPS.

Comparing with the other RTX 2060s we have benched the Gigabyte Gaming OC Pro ties with the ASUS ROG Strix for the top spot in all 3 resolutions.

Dues Ex: Mankind Divided

The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have now been deemed outcasts, living a life of complete and total segregation from the rest of society.

Now an experienced covert operative, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

In Deus Ex, which is one of the most demanding gaming benchmarks, we are able to maintain a playable 71.7 FPS at 1080p. At 1440p we struggle to maintain 60 FPS with an average of 50.3 and at 4K we are only able to reach 27.3 FPS.

The Gigabyte RTX 2060 takes top spot over our other RTX 2060s and sits few FPS below the RTX 2070s.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

In the epic sequel to the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, go behind enemy lines to forge an army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

Like in most benchmarks, we see the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro really shine in 1080p and 1440p with averaging 99 and 69 FPS respectfully. At 4K, it still does reasonably well as it hit an average of 41 FPS.

Again we see it tie for top spot with the ASUS ROG Strix among the RTX 2060s across all 3 resolutions.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

In Shadow of Tomb Raider, we excel at both 1080/1440p with an average 96 and 64 FPS. At 4k, we get about ½ the FPS as 1440p achieving 33 FPS on average.

At 1440p, the Gigabyte Gaming OC Pro edges out the other RTX 2060 and ties an RTX 2070 with 64 FPS.

Nothing much changes at 4K with it still tying the Zotac RTX 2070 Blower this time with 33 FPS.

Grand Theft Auto: V

“When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber, and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.

Grand Theft Auto V for PC offers players the option to explore the award-winning world of Los Santos and Blaine County in resolutions of up to 4k and beyond, as well as the chance to experience the game running at 60 frames per second.”

Grand Theft Auto: V is the oldest game in our benchmark suite but still proves to be a heavy load on high settings and resolutions. The game offers players a huge range of PC-specific customization options, including over 25 separate configurable settings for texture quality, shaders, tessellation, anti-aliasing and more. It has the highest recommended system requirements in our game benchmark suite.

The RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro does exceptionally well at 1080p and 1440p with enough frames to even push a 144Hz monitor. In 4K, we exceed that golden 60 FPS with use averaging a 72.6 FPS.

Once again the Gigabyte RTX 2060 earns top marks among the other RTX 2060s in 1440p and 4K.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

We live in a complex world. The more advanced it gets, the more vulnerable it becomes. We’ve created a house of cards: remove just one, and everything falls apart.

Black Friday – a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, these agents are trained to operate independently in order to save society.

When society falls, we rise.

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Once again, we pull impressive framerates above 60 FPS in both 1080p and 1440p with them being 92.7 and 67.7 respectively.

Again the Gigabyte RTX 2060 takes the top spot among all the RTX 2060s.

Metro: Last Light

“It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.”

Developed by 4A Games and published by Deepsilver, Metro: Last Light uses the 4A game engine. At its highest settings, the 4A game engine is capable of bringing all but the most extreme gaming systems to their knees.

In Metro: Last Light we find the Gaming OC Pro within 1 FPS of the other RTX 2060s with an average framerate of 50.

Overclocking

Now that we know what a stock Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro can do, let’s see how much more performance we can get out of it. Looking at GPU-Z we can see the factory OC boost of 1830MHz and a memory clock of 1750 MHZ which is 14 GHz effective.

Knowing that Nvidia GPU Boost 4.0 can bring a card well above the factory overclock we put it under some load with the Unigine Heaven benchmark. As seen in AORUS Engine’s monitor panel we see it achieve a peek clock of 2010 MHz and settling at 1995 MHz. Out of the box, this is already 9% above the advertised clock rate, let’s see how much further we can push it.

We first tried to use the built-in OC Scanner but no matter what we did it always seemed to fail within a few seconds. So it looks like we are going to have to manually dial in the card.

After about an hour of dialing in the overclock, we finished with a core clock of 1960 MHz which Nvidia GPU Boost bringing that up to 2130 MHz. We also overclocked memory into 2080ti territory with a clock rate of 16080 MHz. What we were impressed with was the ability to move the power slider to 113% were with the other RTX 2060s capping it at 105%.

With the overclock applied, we re-ran the Timespy benchmark and hit an impressive score of 8876. This beat all of our other overclocked RTX 2060 runs and garnered us a 10% performance increase in graphics score over the Gigabyte RTX 2060’s stock run.

Power Consumption

To measure the power consumption of the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro, we use a combination of Kill-A-Watt and GPU-Z. Kill-A-Watt is used to measure to the total power draw of the system from the wall and GPU-Z will record the power usage of the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro. At idle, our 9900K testbench pulled a total of 52W at the wall and well running our final overclocked Timespy run hit a peak power draw of 302W. Looking at GPU-Z we can see that 113% power slider really helped us out with our overclock with using peaking out at 113.5% TDP and 215.7W.

Thermals

During our stock benchmarks, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 never exceeded a temperature of 67c and the fans only ever reaching 55%. I was quite impressed with how quiet the fans were with them being fairly silent throughout the testing. For our overclocking session, we set the fans to 100% and in our last Timespy run, we only hit a temperature of 56c. Once we set the fans to 100%, we were quite surprised by how much quieter they were against all the other RTX 2060s we have benched.

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

Over the past few years Gigabyte has been putting out some impressive hardware and the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro is no exception. Out of the box, it topped many of our RTX 2060 charts post impressive 1080/1440p framerates across the board. Even though it’s a beast with its factory boost, I was incredibly impressed with its overclocking ability. I managed to squeeze an additional 10% performance and had a record run in Timespy among the other RTX 2060s I have benched.

During all our testing the RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro was extremely quiet and with the fans only turning on once the temperature exceeds 55c. Even with the fans only reaching 50% the Gaming OC Pro was able to keep the card cool with it only ever reaching 67c. Most of the time for my overclocking session, many GPUs sounds like a jet engine with the fans set to 100%. That wasn’t the case with the Gigabyte RTX 2060 and it was by far the quietest GPU with the fans maxed out.

The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro is really the best of both worlds. It runs amazing at stock speeds boosting to 2010 MHz for the people that are not into overclocking. If you’re like me and like to push your hardware to achieve maximum performance the Gaming OC Pro will not disappoint. If you’re in the market for a 1080p/1440p graphics card add Gigabyte’s RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro to your list of ones to check out.

Exceptional job, Gigabyte!

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