MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X

 

Testing

The following system was used to test the graphics card:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5 GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W
– CPU Cooler: CoolerMater MasterLiquid 240
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
– Thermal compound: Arctic Cooling MX-4

 

To test the graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce 436.48 WHQL driver was used, being the latest Nvidia driver available at the time of writing the review.
All the games used to test the graphics cards are set to their highest quality settings with the resolution 1920 x 1080. Both the games and benchmarks used were run three times.
The software used to measure the temperature and frames per second (FPS) are the following:

– AIDA64 Extreme 6.10.5200
– GPU-Z v2.26.0
– MSI Afterburner 4.6.0
– Fraps

The overclocking has been done using the default fan settings. Each graphic card overclocks differently due to different batches of memory chips used as well as the variation in the manufacturing process of the graphics core. This means that each graphics card will overclock differently in both frequencies obtained and voltage required.

In the case of the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X, a maximum overclock of 1614MHz Base Clock and 2023 Memory Clock was achieved. These frequencies resulted in an overall gain of 7.2%.

 

The test results are as follows:

Grand Theft Auto V

 

Grand Theft Auto V (Low 0.1%)

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Low 0.1%)

Metro Exodus

 

Metro Exodus (Low 0.1%)

 

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

 

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (Low 0.1%)

 

 

Temperature

 

The Idle tests consists of the system left at the Desktop for 30 minutes, the power consumption is measured during the test.
Full Load: Represents the power consumption of the graphics card while playing a modern video game, in this case the benchmark of Tomb Raider 2013 with the following settings: 1920 x 1080, Ultra Preset, TressFX OFF, 4xAA.
Peak: Represents the power consumption of the graphics card during a synthetic benchmark, in this case FurMark 1.15.1.

 

The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 5 db. In the case of the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X, both fans will turn off when the graphic card has a light load. This means, that during internet browsing, movie rendering or other light tasks, both fans will not spin to eliminate the noise completely.

 

Final thoughts

The MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is available for a price of approximately $415 or 400 EUR, this of course, depends on what retailer you choose. The overall performance is very good, with high and stable frame rates across the board in multiple games at 1080p and above. The factory overclocking consists of a 45MHz increase over the stock core clock with further headroom for overclocking.

The cooling solution used on this model is capable while also integrating RGB elements. The two fans will not spin until the graphics card core reaches a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius, and the factory fan curve will not allow the graphics card to go over 80 degrees Celsius.
The build quality of the graphics card is very good and the cooler and backplate are designed not only to cool the components but also use a simple mounting structure. This means that the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is will be easy to maintain and clean in the future.

In terms of power consumption, the MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X has the same 175W power limit as the RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition. On average, the graphics card has a power consumption of 197W in gaming.

In conclusion, the MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is a worthy contender for the newly released AMD 5700XT in terms of performance, while also being cooler and more efficient. The only drawback of the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X could be the price, however, this can be said for most graphics card from all manufactures, if we look at what is available on the market.

 

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