NVIDIA mid-generation upgrade, the RTX SUPER series, proved to be a capable release to compete with the threat of an impending Radeon takeover but depending on whose side of the fence you root for in this battle, at this point in time, if you’re rocking the newer RTX series cards, you’re gonna be feeling a little bit uneasy especially if you bought your card sometime during late 2019. With things looking to have settled down a bit, the battle rages on still with the Radeon RX 5700 XT proving to be a viable alternative to the RTX 2070 but with NVIDIA’s larger RTX 2070 SUPER being built on the same chip as an RTX 2080, some gamers are swinging on the green team. While 1080p gamers, can relax with any of these cards, its the burgeoning 1080p 300hz and 1440p 240hz market that’s definitely being targeted by these graphics cards. Today we’ll check out one of the top offerings for the RTX 2070 SUPER lineup with the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 SUPER OC graphics card. Carrying the larger 2.7x slot of the RTX 2080 Ti model from ASUS ROG STRIX’s line, this graphics card seems its got plenty of room to wiggle around when overclocking as well providing overall great cooling. We’ll check out how the card performs in this review so read on!
About the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 SUPER OC
July 9, 2019
8GB GDDR6 256-bit
Based on the larger RTX 2080’s TU104 die, the RTX 2070 SUPER features a reduced 2650 CUDA cores vs the 3072. Both cards share the same GDDR6 8GB memory on the same 256-bit wide bus. The stock RTX 2070 SUPER has a 1605Mhz base clock, higher than the 1515Mhz of the RTX 2080.
ASUS takes this further with the ROG STRIX RTX 2070 SUPER OC, the 08G GAMING model to be exact, with a boost clock of 1905Mhz. The reference RTX 2070 SUPER only boosts to 1770Mhz. The premium cooling and cherry-picked GPU has always been a driving factor for price from ASUS and as a premium model, this card has a release price of $590, a 90$ premium over the reference NVIDIA models. ASUS decks out the ROG STRIX model though and has a slew of functionalities including a BIOS switch for choosing if you want to go Quiet Mode or Performance Mode. Quiet Mode is the stock setting and will provide an idle fan setting while Performance mode will provide a more aggressive fan curve with no idle for better cooling performance.
The ROG STRIX RTX 2070 SUPER OC also features a 2.7x slot cooler, the same cooler as their ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti. With the new standard for PCIe slot spacing now moving to a larger gap, card makers can really play with their designs a bit more to improve cooling and aesthethics. While ASUS does not crap RGB on this card, it still has a nice RGB lighting on the backplate and shroud. The GPU also features connectors for additional fans for cooling controlled by the GPU.
We have with us the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 Super O8G graphics card, which is the company’s top offering based on this chip. Since it’s based on the larger “TU104” silicon, ASUS uses the same board design as for its RTX 2080 STRIX OC graphics card, which is priced a segment above. What’s more interesting is that unlike other manufacturers, ASUS did not disable any power phases and reuses the RTX 2080 STRIX OC PCB cent per cent. The massive DirectCU III cooler is also practically unchanged and capable of handling much higher thermal loads than what the RTX 2070 Super can put out. You get factory-overclocked speeds of 1905 MHz GPU Boost. ASUS is pricing the RTX 2070 Super ROG STRIX OC at $590, a massive $90 premium over the $500 MSRP.