Gaming GPUs Reviews

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super review – more memory, bigger chip, faster and also a little thirstier

The GeForce RTX 2060 got several scolds for the launch, mainly because of the rather meagre memory expansion of only 6 GB, which was actually not appropriate for the purchase price. Now everything is supposed to be super and you are aiming with an EIA of 419 euros incl. Vat. in the end, a very similar class of buyers. The question is still the question of how the street price will develop with the board partner models, because that was the big weakness after the launch at that time. Current GeForce RTX 2060 is now available from approx. 340 Euro street price.

There is no fan stop, the fans always rotate, even in the idle. Are there still approx. 1500 rpm, it rises to more than 1800 rpm, depending on the housing and airflow. That's not much, and it's also quite quiet.

By the way, this is no different with the stress test.

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

RTX 2060 Super RTX 2070 FE
Fan speeds Open Benchtable Maximum 1756 rpm (Gaming, Peak) 1635 rpm (Gaming, Peak)
Fan speeds Open Benchtable Average 1740 rpm (warmed up) 1605 rpm (warmed up)
Fan Speeds Closed Case Maximum 1820 rpm (Gaming, Peak) 1759 rpm (Gaming, Peak)
Fan Speeds Closed Case Average 1800 rpm (warmed up) 1721 (warmed up)
Noise Emission (Air) Average 35.4 dB(A), Closed Case (Peak) 39.1 dB(A), Closed Case
Noise Emission (Air) Idle 31 dB(A) 31.3 dB(A)
Sound characteristic / hearing impression quiet, low-frequency peak rather noisy, hardly lower-frequency shares
Coil-feathers/electric noises low, only for very high FPS numbers and for load changes low, only for very high FPS numbers and for load changes

Sound Spectrum

The measured 35.4 dB(A) are based on the measured 1800 rpm in the closed housing. I applied the same gaming load to the open set-up in the measuring room, but the fans were set to approx. 1800 rpm to be able to adjust this value exactly. The result is audibly below the level of the GeForce 2070 FE. The map is really quiet, almost whisper-quiet.

The sound backdrop is present and you can also perceive and measure light (low-frequency) engine noise for light noise (see peak on the spectral analysis above). The noise comes from the turbulences of the rotor blades and is defined by a rather oscillating noise of the two fans. You could throttle the fans even further by setting the target temperature to 75°C. But it doesn't have to be. The chirping of the coils is rather a slight bounce, but hardly perceptible.




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Igor Wallossek

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