Nvidia Super graphics cards look to thwart AMD comeback

The Nvidia Super lineup of graphics cards have officially been announced – the 2080 Super, 2070 Super, and the 2060 Super – all of which promise significant improvements over high-end 10 Series cards.

Yes folks, you read that right – Nvidia’s gone and announced another lot of GPUs, news which will no doubt frustrate anyone who has shelled out for an RTX 2080 or RTX 2070 already, but music to the ears of anyone who has yet to throw down, and might have been eyeing up one of the new AMD Navi GPUs instead.

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The standard RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 cards will be phased out, with the Super equivalents replacing them in the market. Interestingly the RTX 2060 will coexist with its Super sibling, which actually makes sense since there’s still a sizable price difference between the two.

The new Super cards don’t really bring anything new to the table in terms of features or technology, with ray tracing and DLSS still the main talking points, but the Super cards will be treated to slight spec boosts as Nvidia looks to gain an advantage over AMD ahead of the launch of its Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT.

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Nvidia Super specs – What are specifications for the new Super graphics cards?

Nvidia’s new Super line-up are essentially beefed up versions of previously released Turing cards, with the RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 all being treated to upgrades. What exactly is new? We’ve created comparison charts so you can see for yourself. 

RTX 2060 Super RTX 2060
Architecture Turing Turing
CUDA Cores 2176 1920
Base clock speed 1470 1365
Boost clock speed 1650 1680
VRAM 8GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6
Memory bandwidth 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TDP 175W 160W
Price £379 £329

 

RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070
Architecture Turing Turing
CUDA Cores 2560 2304
Base clock speed 1605 1410
Boost clock speed 1770 1710
VRAM 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Memory bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
TDP 215W 185W
Price £475 £450

 

RTX 2080 Super RTX 2080
Architecture Turing Turing
CUDA Cores 3072 2944
Base clock speed 1650 1515
Boost clock speed 1815 1800
VRAM 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Memory bandwidth 496 GB/s 448 GB/s
TDP 250W 225W
Price £669 £630

As you can see, the Super Cards still share the same Turing architecture as the non-Super RTX graphics cards. The only major differences here are minor spec pumps, resulting in either clock speeds or video RAM.

This should mean the Nvidia Super Cards should offer improved frame rates compared to the standard RTX equivalents. Since we’re yet to get our hands on any test units, we can’t comment on the difference in performance just yet.

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Nvidia Super – How much will the Super cards cost?

The RTX 2060 Super will cost £379, the RTX 2070 Super will cost £475 and the RTX 2080 Super will cost £669.

Nvidia has made an effort to spread out the prices and specs of its RTX range, which explains the Super shake up for its Turing cards.

The standard RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 will be phased out by Nvidia, while the RTX 2060 will remain on the market due to its bargain £329 price point.

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Nvidia Super release date – When can you buy the Nvidia Super cards?

The Nvidia RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super graphics cards will launch as soon as 9 June 2019.

You’ll have to wait slightly longer for the RTX 2080 Super, which is set to hit stores worldwide on 23 July 2019.

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