Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI want you to know about their GeForce RTX Super cards

In case you’ve been under a rock since yesterday, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, and (to a lesser extent) 2080 Super GPUs turned the performance-per-dollar scale on its head. The graphics giant isn’t shipping its own cards this time, however. That duty falls to its many partners, and Asus, Gigabyte (along with its Aorus brand), and MSI have lined up at the front door to show you their Super wares as the Super Newsapalooza continues.

We’ll start with the ways in which every manufacturer’s cards are the same. All three vendors have equipped their cards 8 GB of GDDR6 memory that runs at 15.5 GT/s on the RTX 2080 Super variants and 14 GT/s for the 2060 and 2070 models. Interestingly, none of the companies have published maximum boost clocks for any of the cards, and it seems awfully late in the game to have those figures under wraps. The 2060 and 2070 Supers all hit retail on July 9, while the (sub-$1000) chart-topping 2080 Super hits shelves on July 23.

First up alphabetically is Asus, which brought 19 different cards to show you dispersed among the three GPU types, loosely arranged in a “good / better / best” kind of pattern. At the top of each GPU’s range is the familiar ROG Strix brand, which has a triple-fan, triple-slot cooler. All of the ROG Strix RTX 2080, 2070, and 2060 Super cards have a pair of HDMI 2.0b ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, and a USB Type-C connector for displays and VR headsets that can use the newest connection standard. RGB LED accents surround the three fans on the cooler’s shroud.

Below that, Asus has two other designs: Turbo Evo and Dual Evo. The Turbo variety is a single-fan blower that fits into a two-slot footprint and exhausts heat directly out the back of the PC’s case, and is only available on the Turbo RTX 2060 and 2070 Super. Turbo Evo cards have a pair of HDMI 2.0b ports and dual DisplayPort 1.4 connectors but drops the USB Type-C output. Dual Evo, as you might have guessed, is for a two-fan cooler design. These cards, which drop one of the HDMI 2.0b ports in favor of a third DisplayPort output, come in RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Super varieties. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super Dual Evo also gets a downright retro dual-link DVI-D output.

After that is Gigabyte and its Aorus gaming-focused arm. The GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Super Gaming OC 8G all come equipped with Gigabyte’s signature alternate-spinning fan arrangement, where the center fan spins clockwise while the front and rear fans spin counter-clockwise. These cards have a pair of HDMI 2.0b and two DisplayPort 1.4 connections. Gigabyte also announced that it will release cards under the Ultra Durable and Windforce brands, but did not provide more detail in its press release.

Aorus has a trio of triple-slot cards to choose from. The GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Super 8Gall employ the same cooler and six-display configuration. Each of these cards has a trio of HDMI 2.0b ports and triplicate DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. The cooler for each card has a snazzy RGB LED-adorned shroud with three Windforce-branded 100-millimeter fans and a cooler shroud with the brand’s “punching eagle” logo.

Lastly, MSI sent along details and tiny photos of its GeForce RTX 20 Super line of cards, which has four cooler designs in total. The top models bear the MSI Gaming brand. The GeForce RTX 2070 and 2080 Super Gaming Trio keep thermal output under control with the amusingly-named Trio Frozr / Twin Frozr 7 triple-fan cooler. The RTX 2060 Super Gaming is a smaller card with just a pair of fans spinning to keep it cool. These cards also have MSI’s Mystic Light-branded RGB LEDs on the side and cooler shroud.

Below that is the RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 Super Ventus series, which MSI graced with a dual-fan cooler. MSI apparently tuned those fans for more static pressure than the Gaming series’, which the company says will keep these cards quieter. Finally, MSI has a pair of one-off RTX 2060 Super cards. The RTX 2060 Super Armor’s cooler has a nickel-plated copper base and the same high-static-pressure fans as the Ventus cards. The RTX 2060 Aero ITX is the smallest card covered here today, which should slot into a small-form-factor build easily.

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Serg
Serg
2 years ago
Reply to  SoM

Likes its something bad

Voldenuit
Voldenuit
3 years ago
Reply to 

Yeah. Miners run in open air rigs and undervolt + underclock their cards to get better $$$/watt.

pandemonium
pandemonium
3 years ago
Reply to  Grunt

Mining cards are usually treated better than most gaming cards are. What’s your point?

WaltC
WaltC
3 years ago

Instead of buying an RTX-2080ti @ ~$1400, I’ve decided to buy an Aorus Master x570 mboard, either a 6c or 8c Ryzen 3k CPU, and a 50th Anniversary 5700XT–which should still leave me with ~$200-$300 in my pocket out of that $1.4k….;) What’s not to like?

Firestarter
Firestarter
3 years ago
Reply to 

cooler cards consume less power even at the same voltage/clock

K-L-Waster
K-L-Waster
3 years ago
Reply to  Liron

… unless it was used for mining, of course.

Chrispy_
Chrispy_
3 years ago
Reply to  leor

BIOS power limits are what governs most cards.

The Egg
The Egg
3 years ago
Reply to 

More choice all sounds well and good until you realize that offering a zillion different SKUs costs the manufacturer more money to build/support, and you’re likely paying for all that nonsense in the bottom line, regardless of which card you choose.

When even the most knowledgeable enthusiasts can’t tell the difference between any of 7 SKUs for a single product, is all that “choice” really offering any additional value??

albundy
albundy
3 years ago

i paid $170 for a used 1070 over a year ago. see you in 9 years.

SoM
SoM
3 years ago

all this RGB is promoting pedophilia

K-L-Waster
K-L-Waster
3 years ago
Reply to  Redocbew

See Chrispy’s point about Taiwanese manufacturers…

Chrispy_
Chrispy_
3 years ago
Reply to  drfish

Welcome to the never-ending disaster that is Taiwanese manufacturers left to their own styling and product segmentation choices.

K-L-Waster
K-L-Waster
3 years ago
Reply to  excession

#CannotUnsee

K-L-Waster
K-L-Waster
3 years ago
Reply to  froz

We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a 2070 SS model.

jihadjoe
jihadjoe
3 years ago
Reply to  excession

But knowing is half the battle!

Pancake
Pancake
3 years ago
Reply to  SWEATSHOPKING

It’s choice. The manufacturers will do whatever they can to compete with each other and increase their profits. And maybe some will choose to buy a more expensive card with a quieter more effective cooling solution than others. Far better this, I say, than blindly following a cult-leader and accepting what they offer as the One True Way. No choice. Apple fanbois and girls – I’m looking at you. Personally, looks of a graphics card don’t matter to me as it goes in a box sight unseen for years. The box is even unseen. So superficial features like fans with… Read more »

Mr Bill
Mr Bill
3 years ago

Reminds me of socket 7 and AMD extended the specs for socket 7. VIA among others released the Super 7 chipset. Good times for overclocking AMD’s K6-2 and K6-III.

MOSFET
MOSFET
3 years ago
Reply to  Renee Johnson

I’ve experienced that in a puzzling fashion. EVGA GTX 960 SC activates its single fan only above 60C. EVGA GTX 1060 SC runs its single fan 24/7. Afterburner helps with that, but Afterburner is so unnecessary with both Nvidia’s built-in boost and EVGA’s added boost.

FuturePastNow
FuturePastNow
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark R Wyman

For your social credit score, of course.

derFunkenstein
derFunkenstein
3 years ago
Reply to  brucek2

Ack! Can confirm. I uninstalled Dragon Center because it wasn’t really controlling any of the RGB lights in my case and there are three (!) exceptions in Windows Firewall for it. Mystic Light Party Sync, Mystic Light Server, and Mystic Light Web API Server.

Presumably these are necessary for the phone app that I never downloaded or installed. Would be nice if 1) MSI cleaned up after itself and 2) it didn’t add these exceptions in the first place unless I specifically ask for it.

Mr Bill
Mr Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  cynan

“[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy2YhxXn7NY<]No capes![/url<]"

Wirko
Wirko
3 years ago
Reply to  Rand

Ah! The old unimpressed you is back with a vengeance.

Voldenuit
Voldenuit
3 years ago
Reply to  Gastec

IIRC, not all graphics cards go passive at idle, but you can set a 0 rpm fan curve in msi afterburner if your card didn’t come that way from the factory.

DPete27
DPete27
3 years ago
Reply to  froz

Nice.

DPete27
DPete27
3 years ago
Reply to  SWEATSHOPKING

Sometimes, but not always. I’ve notice on Gigabyte cards that one step down goes to 2 heatpipes instead of 3, or a one sided extruded aluminum fin instead of pass-through, etc etc. Some bean-counter somewhere figured out how to save 20 cents.

DPete27
DPete27
3 years ago

“Yeah, I own an MSI RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming Trio Frozr Twin Frozr 7 Triple-fan GPU. Whatchu got, punk?”

DPete27
DPete27
3 years ago
Reply to  brucek2

I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me nearly all RGB apps do this (sigh).

Gonna need that internet access for (?)

DPete27
DPete27
3 years ago

Are semi-passive [axial] fans ubiquitous across the whole product stacks by now, or is there a certain quality tier below which you lose that function for each/some manufacturers?

thedosbox
thedosbox
3 years ago

[quote<] These cards also have MSI's Mystic Light-branded RGB LEDs on the side and cooler shroud. [/quote<] PSA - The MSI utility to control those (a) requires administrator privileges (b) silently opens a hole in your firewall, and doesn't remove it on uninstall.

firewired
firewired
3 years ago

As if blinken-lights and triple-slot video cards were not enough… now we get cards called “Super”?

No, oh no. No no no.

Even if these could be the best performing video cards in the history of humankind, I would not own a video card called “Super”.

Someone in NVIDIA marketing needs a new hobby, call it PC gaming enthusiast and keeping in touch with consumer trends. That might be a good place to start from.

Redocbew
Redocbew
3 years ago
Reply to  Rand

I don’t often agree with Krogoth, but when I do it’s impressive.

Stay incredulous, my friends.

Neutronbeam
Neutronbeam
3 years ago
Reply to  froz

Well, duh. That’s why it’s the stealth model. 😉

K-L-Waster
K-L-Waster
3 years ago
Reply to 

You’ll never see it.

NTMBK
NTMBK
3 years ago
Reply to  drfish

Asus still make blower models that remove hot air from the case instead of circulating it around, so I’m going to give them a pass for the rest of their lineup.

derFunkenstein
derFunkenstein
3 years ago
Reply to  Shobai

lost in the mail, presumably with the sample Nvidia provided. 😉

The Egg
The Egg
3 years ago
Reply to 

I just wonder how much having 31,968 different SKUs is costing the customer in the end (if anything). Perhaps they’re all just the same dang board with a different cooler tacked on?

(aside from the shorter, M-ITX cards of course)

StuG
StuG
3 years ago

Where is the TR super review?

Neutronbeam
Neutronbeam
3 years ago
Reply to  drfish

I’m waiting for a stealth model where every part of the card is matte black with no RGB LEDs.

Neutronbeam
Neutronbeam
3 years ago
Reply to  Rand

That is brilliant.

drfish
drfish
3 years ago
Reply to  Rand

I lobbied for an Incredibles reference.

derFunkenstein
derFunkenstein
3 years ago
Reply to  drfish

There’s something like 50 individual SKUs represented here. Get it right. 😉

ronch
ronch
3 years ago

I DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THESE CARDS.

Krogoth
Krogoth
3 years ago

When everyone is Super, no one is……

Firestarter
Firestarter
3 years ago

Psst kids, want to turn your GPU super? Just remove the dinky old fans and strap on 2 big honking 120mm fans with some cable ties and let the GPU boost work its magic

Pancake
Pancake
3 years ago
Reply to  drfish

Well, you can choose the colour you like then.

What’s worth celebrating is that 2060S and 2070S bring effectively 2070 and 2080 performance down by $200. We’ll see AMD’s response in a few days but Lisa Su will no doubt not be looking forward to the next conversation with the bank manager.

The Egg
The Egg
3 years ago

Yes!! Seven (7) different 2070S cards from Asus, and seven (7) 2060S’ all barely distinguishable from one another, and featuring tons of plastic shrouds!

[i<]**THROWS RGB CONFETTI**[/i<]

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