With the impending RX 5700/5700XT launch from AMD, Nvidia surprised us all by refreshing their current RTX line of cards with a new set of cards: the RTX 2060/2070/2080 Super.
These new cards come with more CUDA/RT cores, additional texture units, and with the RTX 2060 Super more memory over their predecessors. Like many GPU launches, people wait for cards from third-party companies that have custom designs/coolers, higher factory overclocks, and include additional features such as RGB.
Gigabyte is one of those companies with its new RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC which features a custom Windforce 3X cooler, metal protection backplate, and a splash of RGB all for an MSRP of $529.99.
We would like to thank Gigabyte for sending us the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC to review.
Gigabyte’s Take on the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC
- WINDFORCE 3X cooler system
- Alternate spinning fans
- Metal protection backplate
- Memory 14 Gbps with 256bit bus
- 2560 CUDA cores
- Factory overclocked to 1815 MHz
Features & Specifications
Packaging & Unboxing
The Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC arrived at the door in a mostly black box with subtle accents of orange and Nvidia green.
On the front, we have a large robotic AORUS eye in the center with some feature badges in the lower-left corner. These feature badges include:
- Compatible with RGB Fusion 2.0
- Windforce Cooler
- OC Edition of the card
- 4 Year warranty
Flipping it over to the back, we learn more about the Gaming OC’s Windforce cooling system as well as some additional features such as its metal protection backplate, pure copper heatpipes, and 16.7M possible colors for the Gigabyte backlit logo.
Over on the right is a diagram of the available connectors on the Gaming OC that include three DisplayPorts, one HDMI, and on USB-C. Also on the right-hand side are the system requirements which are PCI Express-compliant motherboard with one dual-width 16x slot, 650W or great PSU with a 6 and 8 pin PCIe power connector, 1.6GB of hard disk space, 8 GB of system memory, and Windows 7/10 or Linux 64-bit operating system.
Opening the box reveals an all-black box with Gigabyte writing in the center.
Upon opening the inner box is a smaller black accessory, also with Gigabyte written on it.
Lifting the smaller box, we find a precisely cut piece of foam protecting the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC from damage during transport. The Gaming OC is also protected from any static discharge by also being stored in an anti-static bag.
After all the packaging has been removed, the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC also included a driver/utility disk and a registration card.
A Closer Look
Following the same look as the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC, the RTX 2070 Super features a black Windforce 3x cooler with silver accents.
What’s unique about the Windforce cooler is the center fan spins in the opposite direction than the other two fans. This creates smoother airflow to the heatsink below for better heat dissipation.
A closer look at the fans reveals that it has an 11-blade design with 3D strips across the blade to enhance airflow.
Moving to the side of the Gaming OC, we have some branding which is also the only RGB element on the card. Like the RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC we reviewed previously, the RTX 2070 Super also has a 6pin and 8pin power connectors. This extra power should come in handy when we start overclocking the Gaming OC.
The Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC comes equipped with three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, one HDMI 2.0b connector, and one USB Type-C that supports VirtualLink.
Flipping the Gaming OC to its back is a black metal protection backplate with Gigabyte written in the center.
System Configuration & Software
The hardware used to benchmark the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC is:
- Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro Motherboard
- Intel 9900K Processor @ Stock
- 2 x 8GB Team Group Vulcan TUF Ram @ 3200MHz
- Crucial P1000 M.2 NVMe
- Cooler Master ML240P Mirage 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.
To get the absolute most performance out of your RTX 2070 Super 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.
To control 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 pre-configured 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
- Intelligent – Color based on temperature sensors
- Off – Turns off the RGB LEDs
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 2070 Super Gaming OC pulls great number in both Firestrike and Timespy.
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 2070 Super Gaming OC easily crushes the Orange and Cyan Room and scores a respectful 70 FPS in the Blue Room.
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.
The Gaming OC does extremely well in the 1080p run of Unigine Heaven benchmark and sitting above all other RTX 2070 Supers we have benched.
At 4K, we see the Gaming OC just edging out the other RTX 2070 Supers.
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.
In the Superposition benchmark, the Gaming OC did great scoring 48 FPS in the demanding 1080p benchmark and hitting 62.85 FPS at 4K. Moving to 8K, we see the RTX 2070 Super start to struggle only pulling an average framerate of 26.40.
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, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC does extremely well across the board scoring above 60 FPS at all resolutions.
In 1440p, The RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC finds itself on the upper part of the chart with the fellow RTX 2070 Supers.
In 4K, the Gaming OC sits within 5-6 FPS of the RTX 2080’s we have benched.
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.
The Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC does great in both 1080p/1440p with an average FPS of 138/103 FPS. At 4K, the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC is just shy of 60 FPS with an average of 55FPS.
Once again, we find the Gaming OC sitting just below the RTX 2080s by a few FPS.
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.
We see the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC dominate 1080/1440p with 127/91 FPS and does extremely well at 4K with an average frame rate of 56 FPS.
In Middle Earth: Shadow of War we see Gaming OC right in the middle of other RTX 2070 Supers we have benchmarked.
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, the Gaming OC does a great job at both 1080/1440p with an average 129 and 87 FPS. At 4k, the RTX 2070 Super starts to struggle with an average of 45 FPS.
At 1440p, we see the RTX 2070 Super Gaming really shine beating out all other RTX 2070 Supers we have benched.
At 4K we see exactly the same story as 1440p, besting the other RTX 2070 Supers.
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.
The Gaming OC continues to excel at 1080/1440p with great scores of 128/92 FPS and also does well at 4K with an average of 52 FPS.
Since The Division benchmark is heavily tied to the processor, we see the Gaming OC even beat out an RTX 2080TI that was benched on another system.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands is the very first military shooter in a massive open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op.
TAKE DOWN THE CARTEL
A few years from now, Bolivia has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The Santa Blanca cartel has turned the country into a narco-state. As a Ghost, you must stop the cartel by any means necessary.
BECOME A GHOST
Create and fully customize your Ghost, weapons, and gear. Enjoy total freedom of playstyle. Lead your team and take down the cartel, either solo or with up to three friends.
Journey through Ubisoft’s largest action-adventure open world. Discover the stunning diverse landscapes of the Wildlands both on and off-road, in the air, on land and at sea with over 60 different vehicles.
In our most demanding benchmark mark Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the Gaming OC tops our other RTX 2070 Supers with scores in 1080p/1440p/4K with average framerates of 75/60/37.
Now that the benchmarks are complete, it’s time to see how far we can push the Gaming OC and see. Opening up GPU-Z, we see Gaming OC already has a decent factory OC of 1815MHz and a memory clock of 1750 MHZ which is 14 GHz effective.
Testing out how far Nvidia GPU Boost 4.0 will push the Gaming OC, we ran Timespy with GPU-Z logging the core clock. After the run was completed the Gaming OC topped out at 2010 MHz at the start and leveling out at about a 1985MHz core clock.
Like the other Gaming OC card, the “Autoscan” feature in AORUS Engine always failed and could never get past around 10%. So we will have to overclock the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC manually.
After spending about an hour looking for the best overclock, we ended with a core clock of 1905 MHZ (+85 core clock) and hitting 2080ti memory speeds with an impressive memory clock of 16102. During our final Timespy run we see the core clock boost even higher with the core clock settling around 2070MHz.
In the last Timespy benchmark with our new overclock applied, we post a great score of 10979. Looking at the GPU score of 10297 from the original run and the final run scoring 11132 we see an 8% increase in performance.
To measure the power consumption of the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC, we use a combination of Kill-A-Watt and GPU-Z. Kill-A-Watt measures the total power draw of the system from the wall and GPU-Z records the power usage of the RTX 2070 Super during our benchmarks. Letting the system idle for a while, we found that our 9900K testbench pulled a total of 52W. While running our final Timespy run, Kill-A-Watt displayed peak power draw hitting 336W. We were quite surprised to see that the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC pulls about 40W less power than our overclocked RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC. This is likely due to the power slider of the RTX 2060 Super allowing you to raise it to 130% were the RTX 2070 Super only went to 111%. Looking at the GPU-Z logs, we can see the Gaming OC power of 112.7% which equates to 242.4 W.
At stock, the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC was almost silent with the fans only kicking in once we hit 60C. During most benchmarks, we found the Gaming OC only ever hit 64C on our open testbench with fans only spinning at 42%. In our final overclocked run of Timespy, we did see temperatures drop dramatically 51C which was due to running the fans at full speed.
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Like the other Gigabyte, RTX Super cards we have reviewed, the RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC performed extremely well at stock clocks and even had some room for overclocking. At stock speed we found the Gaming OC about 7-10% faster than its predecessor, the RTX 2070 and in one of our benchmarks it bested the other RTX 2070 Supers we have tested. If you are looking for even more performance, you can overclock the Gaming OC with ease, and we were able to unlock an additional 8% performance.
Not only did the Gaming OC perform great in our benchmarks, it stayed cool doing it. I’m a big fan of Gigabyte Windforce 3X cooler which does an excellent job cooling the card and is also whisper quiet. Running in its default configuration, the Gaming OC only hit a maximum temperature of 64C with fans only spinning at 42%. This was quite impressive and with the fan only kicking in after 60C makes for nice quiet gaming sessions.
In the looks department, the Gaming OC also didn’t disappoint with its neutral black/silver finish and subtle splash of RGB. Being that the card is color neutral, the Gaming OC will have no probably matching most builds regardless of theme. For people who like a little pop in your build, the backlit “GIGABYTE” on the Gaming OC adds just enough RGB lighting to make the card stand out.
So, if you find yourself searching for a 1080/1440p GPU that performs well, looks great, and stays cool, definitely check out the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC.
Excellent job, Gigabyte!
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