What makes them special?
As we explained when they were announced, the RTX Super cards are basically souped up versions of NVIDIA's existing lineup. They are taking the place of the faster "Ti" cards we used to see from the company (though, confusingly enough, the 2080 Ti is still sticking around as the king of the RTX hill). They're not meant to be upgrades for people who jumped on last year's cards ̵
RTX 2060 Super
RTX 2070 Super
Spend $ 100 more though, and you'll get the even faster RTX 2070 Super. It replaces the original model, and you can think of it as a slightly slower version of the RTX 2080. The 2070 Super gets 256 more CUDA cores, 16 additional texture units, and faster clock speeds (1.605MHz base and 1.770MHz boost). All the hardware makes it faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, NVIDIA's load of the crop.
Both cards also get slightly better tracing performance, though we're still unsure how NVIDIA measures that. The 2060 Super offers 6 Giga Rays – NVIDIA's term for counting ray tracing speeds – instead of five. The 2070 Super, meanwhile gets 7 Giga Rays. In real world usage, those numbers mean they will be able to handle things like realistic reflections, shadows and lighting – the key features of NVIDIA's RTX real-time ray tracing technology – without hurting your frame rate much.
If we saw in the review of AMD's n ew Radeon cards, NVIDIA's hardware is unsurprisingly fixed. The $ 399 RTX 2060 Super is a pair of Radeon RX 5700 XT. In some cases, like 3DMark, it's noticeably better, but NVIDIA's GPU still lags behind in games like Hitman 2 . That's the sort of gap that can be easily cleared by driver updates and game optimization though, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.
What the benchmarks boil down to: both the RTX 2060 Super and RX 5700 XT are solid $ 399 GPUs, delivering the sort of 1,440p performance you'd expect from high-end cards just a few years ago. You can't really go wrong with either option – but of course, you will only get tracing with the RTX 2060. The importance of that feature is entirely up to you, and how much you want to future-proof your next video card. At the very least, both cards offer decent ray tracing performance. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider the 2060 Super reached 51 FPS with ultra ray tracing settings in 1.440p, while the 2070 Super reached 57 FPS.
As usual, your budget is the main consideration here with the $ 399 RTX 2060 Super and Radeon RX 5700 XT. They'll give you a bit more power to handle demanding next-gen games like Cyberpunk. The $ 499 RTX 2070 Super will get you close to getting something powerful like the RTX 2080. And if you're intrigued by tracing, your only choice is to pick one of the NVIDIA cards.