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Galax / KFA2 GeForce RTX 2060 1-Click OC review – real savings buns or forced minimalism? | igorsLAB

The GeForce RTX 2060 1-Click OC from KFA2 deliberately places itself at the lower end of all GeForce RTX 2060, which is also expressed in the purchase price. But in addition to the savings that the manufacturer has to make for this, there are also various restrictions by the chip manufacturer, which must be reconciled. You can read what exactly it is about and what came out in the end in this test.

The fan stop with the start pulse now works very cleanly, which was not the case at the beginning and had to be fixed by a BIOS. I contacted the R&D at the headquarters, discussed the problem and also suggested an alternative curve. This BIOS only came this afternoon, but solves the problem quite elegantly, so that the annoying on-off-on-effect is now a thing of the past due to the lack of real hysteresis. Thank you for that! First, let’s look at the nerve curve, which was really horrible.

Although the sound pressure level rises slightly as a direct consequence, it still remains at an acceptable level even under Furmark in the closed housing at almost 160 watts of waste heat.

The new BIOS visibly eliminates the start-up problems, but has not yet been officially validated by Nvidia. I have already been able to test it and can certify that the start-up problems have been solved.

Let’s look at the measured values again in direct comparison to the Founders Edition as a tabular listing:

  MSI RTX 2060
Gaming Z
Fan speeds average 1855 rpm (gaming, after 15 minutes)
Fan speeds Peak 1892 rpm (gaming, after 15 minutes)
Noise Emission Average 38.7 dB(A). Peaks up to 39.4 dB(A)
Noise Emission Idle Fan stop
Sound characteristic / hearing impression noisy, somewhat buzzing engine noises when starting up
Coil-feathers/electric noises  Perceptible at high FPS numbers and load changes

Sound Spectrum

The measured 38.77 dB(A) are based on the measured 1855 rpm in the closed housing. We have created the same gaming load on the open set-up in the measuring room, but the fans are fixed to the previously determined speeds in order to be able to adjust this value exactly. The result is slightly below the level of the Founders Edition, where the cooling is no worse, on the contrary.

The soundscape is present, but still well bearable after the BIOS change. You can also perceive and measure light engine noise for noise (see peak on the spectral analysis above). The noise comes from the turbulences of the rotor blades and remains acceptable in spit, if one keeps the almost 160 watts in the back of the mind, which here must be disposed of professionally and relatively quietly as waste heat via a very cheap cooler.

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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