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Prevented cannibal: MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X in review – quiet and cool

I was looking forward to the respective interpretation of the board partner cards for the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and today I just start with an MSI RTX 2060 Gaming X, because it was the first card to arrive in the lab. Exactly and thoroughly with Tear Down as always...

Temperature gradients and boost clock in detail

The cooler is very good (and quiet), so that the temperatures of 62 °C in the open construction and 63 °C in the closed housing are described as really good, because you do not fall off your ears and the boost steps are largely preserved. The clock is still 1755 MHz even in the closed housing and after the final warm-up, which is good, but not world-shattering.

But you can still overclock, then you can also go with this card up to approx. 2030 MHz. There is no more, because you can hardly increase the power limit. At least the potent cooler guarantees more boost steps with fewer ear circuses than Nvidia's reference. But real OC would certainly look different.

This is no different with the stress test, because the waste heat is largely the same as the power consumption.

And now the whole thing again in sober numbers in table form, and I compare the map to the larger GeForce RTX 2070 in fairness:

  Initial
MSI RTX 2060 Super
Gaming X
Final value
MSI RTX 2060 Super
Gaming X
Final value
Nvidia RTX 2060 Super
Reference
Open Benchtable
GPU Temperatures
34 °C 62 °C 68 to 69 °C
GPU clock 1935 MHz 1845 to 1860 MHz 1755 MHz
Ambient temperature 22 °C 22 °C 22 °C
Closed Case
GPU Temperatures
33 °C 63 °C 71 to 72 °C
GPU clock 1920 MHz 1815 to 1830 MHz 1725 to 1755 MHz
Air temperature in the housing 25 °C 42 °C 41 °C

Board Analysis: Infrared Images

The following image gallery shows all infrared images for the gaming and the torture loop in the open structure and in the closed case. The differences are visible, but the cooler is absolutely confident in spite of everything, because it is not so much hotter in the end. What is really striking, however, is that there are no real hotspots, but the area is quite uniformly heated. On the contrary, below the GPU is even a real cold spot!

The temperature of the board rises by up to 3 degrees in the closed housing, but the fan hardly rotates faster.

 

The stress test shows the same picture…

 

Here, in the closed structure, another 2 to 3 degrees are added. Nothing to really think about.

The image of the Cold Spot shows once again very clearly how well the heatsink on the GPU can dissipate the heat.

 

 

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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.

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