System Configuration & Software
The hardware used to benchmark the MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 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.
“The world’s most recognized and widely used graphics card overclocking utility which gives you full control of your graphics cards. It provides an incredibly detailed overview of your hardware and comes with some additional features such as customizing fan profiles, benchmarking and video recording. MSI Afterburner is available completely free of charge and can be used with graphics cards from all brands.”
MSI Afterburner allows you to get the absolute most out of your GPU by giving you the ability to increase the voltage, power limit, core clock, memory clock and fan speed of your card. We will go more in detail of the inner workings of Afterburner in the Overclocking section.
Dragon Center helps to optimize all you need for smooth gaming by allowing you to optimize many aspects of the RTX 2060 Gaming Z. You can adjust various settings of your GPU, Monitor, and LAN using the Performance, EyeRest, and LAN Manager buttons.
If you wish Dragon Center to automatically optimize all these settings by pressing the “G” button of the left-hand side. Once pressed it will go through and optimize your system, monitor, GPU OC, and Zero Frozr settings.
To adjust the clock rate of the Gaming Z within Dragon Center you can do so by clicking the “Performance” button. You can choose use one of the two predefined profiles or configure a custom profile.
When configuring a performance profile, you have the ability to adjust both the core and memory frequency of the GPU.
Using the Hardware Monitor it gives you the ability to monitor many aspects of the RTX 2060 Gaming Z. Some of these include GPU frequency, GPU memory frequency, GPU usage, and GPU temperature.
To display the selected attributes just turn on the hardware monitor from the left menu.
EyeRest allows you to adjust your monitor with one of 3 presets which include EyeRest, Game, and Movie. Using the Customize option you can manually adjust the Gamma, Level, Brightness, and Contrast of all colors to match your preference.
Using the LAN Manager, you can prioritize the bandwidth of certain applications to maximize your experience.
If you haven’t already registered your RTX 2060 Gaming Z you can do so by using the people icon in the lower menu.
Using the cloud icon, Dragon Center will look for updates to for your installed MSI software.
The last item in the lower menu allows you to turn Zero Frozr on/off and start Cooler Boost which runs your fans at full speed.
Mystic Light 3
To adjust the lighting effect, speed and brightness of the RTX 2060 Gaming Z RGB LEDs, you can use the included software “Mystic Light 3”. Mystic Light 3 comes with a variety of predefined effects which include:
- Rainbow – Cycling through all colors blending them across RGB zones
- Flowing – Flowing through all RGB zones with random colors
- Magic – Cycling colors blending them as they change
- Patrolling – Single color going up and down each LED
- Rain Drop – Randomly turning on LEDs with a random color
- Lightning – Lightning type pattern one each RGB zone changing colors each cycle
- Marquee – Marquee type effect going across RGB zone and then back
- Meteor – Like Marquee but only in one direction
- Stack – Cycling through the LEDs and stopping at the last empty one and resets when full.
- Dance – Color slowly turning on all the LEDs then turning them off in reverse
- Rhythm – Like dance but resets once they are all turned on
- Whirling – All lit except for a section moving up and down the LEDs
- Twisting - All lit except for two sections moving up and down the LEDs in different directions
- Fade-in – Color fading in and out
- Crossing – Color cycling through the LEDs in a cross pattern
- Steady – All LEDs lit with a single color
- Breathing – Color with a breathing effect
- Flashing – Color flashing in and out across all LEDs
- Double Flashing – Color double flashes across all LEDs
- Default – Reset to the Rainbow effect
Mystic Light 3 will also allow you to configure other compatible hardware such as motherboard and ram.