TEST: Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme – not only super, it's overclocked
The new series of NVIDIA graphics cards has caused a price movement on the market and slightly popularizes the use of ray tracing. The tested card is certainly one of the most powerful 2070 Super RTXs on the market. No wonder – many components, including cooling, were transferred directly from the GeForce RTX 2080 AMP of the same manufacturer.
- performance almost like RTX 2080
- great cooling system
- high quality
- ideal for playing in 1440 p
- higher price than other RTX 2070 Super
- the fans always work
A great card with a performance close to the GeForce RTX 2080 model. Performance goes hand in hand with silence, because the cooling system works extremely efficiently … but it never stops completely. The factory overclock raises the number of frames, which, however, comes at a price.
In the middle of this year, NVIDIA had to face a challenge. The main competitor of green, AMD, announced for July the premiere of Radeon Navi graphics cards using 7-nanometer RDNA architecture. The announcements suggested that AMD had an ace up his sleeve, which was later confirmed in reality. As a result, NVIDIA has done something that, referring to military terminology, can be called a pre-emptive strike. It was the introduction of NVIDIA GeForce Super graphics cards, clearly faster than their usual counterparts. It wasn't just a simple factory overclocking. We have received heavily rebuilt GPUs with a different, larger number of CUDA, ROP units or a wider memory interface. This caused both price movement on the graphics card market and the appearance of a number of interesting models from major manufacturers. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme from Zotac tested by us is certainly one of the most efficient cards in its segment.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
The most interesting aspect of the RTX 2070 Super is that it is based on the TU104 circuit built from 13.6 billion transistors. This is the same GPU that powers the GeForce RTX 2080 cards. For consumers, this means that most NVIDIA partners designing custom cards would prefer to reuse their existing RTX 2080 card designs instead of spending money on developing and verifying new circuit boards. Another advantage will be companies using solutions with strong cooling, which were originally designed to support a much warmer RTX 2080, and maybe even RTX 2080 Ti. In short – many RTX 2070 Super can look identical to a more expensive card and have exactly the same cooling.
NVIDIA carved the RTX 2070 Super from the full TU104. 2560 of 3072 CUDA cores were left. The rest of the specification includes 160 TMU, 64 ROP, 320 Tensor cores and 40 RT cores. The memory subsystem remained intact. 8 GB of GDDR6 memory operating at 14 Gb / s uses a 256-bit interface, which results in a bandwidth of 448 GB / s. The GPU Boost clock frequency has also been increased to 1770 MHz, compared to 1620 MHz in the original RTX 2070.
Tested model – Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme
It's just that Zotac wouldn't be himself if he didn't turn the cards up a bit. The variant we tested is the Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme model, which is the company's flagship variant for the RTX 2070 Super system. Zotac uses a large triple cooling system. Three fans are embedded in a solid heat sink and, yes, everyone who associates this cooling system with the GeForce RTX 2080 AMP card (ZT-T20800D-10P) the same manufacturer was not wrong. The use of a cooling system with a more expensive and stronger card will definitely help in taming the temperature. And this despite the fact that the card has a factory overclocked clock in GPU Boost up to 1830 MHz. The GDDR6 memory chips used in this card are the work of Micron. The card dimensions are 30.0 x 14.5 cm. The same cooling system we saw earlier in the Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme card.
Overclocking is one thing. Ensuring proper power supply is the second thing. Zotac has proven many times that his cards have substantial OC potential. This is the effect of not only good cooling systems, but also reliable power supply. In the tested GPU model, the VRM system is eight-phase, controlled by the uP9512R controller. The VRM memory is 2-phase, managed by a second, same controller.
For the test, I used our permanent test platform, consisting of an Intel Core i7-7820X processor, i.e. an eight-core allthingsblogging.com for the HEDT platform, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM by HyperX, and a 250 GB Kingston KC1000 data carrier. The whole was embedded in the Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 motherboard. The Silentium PC 750 W power supply was responsible for the power supply.
We checked the capabilities of the Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme card in several popular benchmarks and, of course, in games. It will probably not surprise anyone that this card did better than the "ordinary" RTX 2070 Super, not to mention the standard RTX 2070. Of course, we start testing with the popular 3D Mark.
The second synthetic test we used was Superposition. This benchmark shows the card's performance in graphics tasks on the Unigine engine.
Time for games. The first to go is "Battlefield V" – a shooter with great graphics and, unfortunately, the outgoing predecessor of gameplay. However, it is great for GPU performance testing, among other things because it is one of the first titles to support both ray tracing and DLSS.
In both tests conducted on this game, both in Full HD and 4K, we set all standard graphics quality parameters to the maximum and launched ray tracing and DLSS. We left ray tracking at a high level. IN Full HD obtained an average of 88 frames per second, with the lowest drops of up to 40 frames. In 4K, the average result was 54 frames per secondand a minimum of 39 frames. Why such a minimum score in both settings? This is of course the "merit" of the processor, which is slowly beginning to pose a certain limitation. This is an octa-core unit, and therefore very efficient, but, unfortunately, not very high-clocked (3.6 GHz / 4.3 GH / 4.5 GHz). It only means that in the near future we need to think about modernizing our test platform.
We also checked the card's performance in the excellent "Kingdom Come: Deliverence". The Czech game is characterized by high hardware requirements and realistic graphics. However, there is no support for ray tracking.
Here, we also checked the possibilities in Full HD and 4K resolutions. In both cases, all other graphic settings were the highest available. We recorded at Full HD 45 frames per second on average and 28 minimum. In 4K, 34 and 25, respectively. Here too, the CPU turned out to be a limitation.
How does "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" perform on this card? It is not difficult to guess that a few years' title is not a challenge for a modern high-end card.
"The Witcher 3" when it appeared – in 4K resolution and with maximum settings could only work on a computer with two high-end graphics cards. Today, one is sufficient, and within reasonable prices. In 4K we can play the Zotac card without major problems. The average result is 51 frames per second, the minimum is 40. In Full HD, on the other hand, we obtained 107 on average and 74 minimum.
Zotac overclocked its RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme by 60 MHz, to 1830 MHz, which results in a slight increase in performance (by several percent) compared to the Founders Edition, thanks to which the card is several percent faster than the usual RTX 2070. Much more expensive, standard GeForce RTX 2080 is only a bit (a few, about 3-4 percent) faster.
Work culture and temperature
The cooling used here by Zotac works well in keeping the card temperature low. The fan noise level is also excellent – only 32 dBA during load. This is an excellent result – in an apartment in the center of a large city, the card remains virtually inaudible, background noise is louder. Unfortunately, the Zotaca card is not equipped with the popular fan idle function, which completely turns off the fans when the card is not subject to any particular load.
Three quiet fans, high performance allowing fairly free playing at 1440p resolution, not to mention Full HD, solid power supply system and factory overclocking. What is missing to the ideal? A bit more attractive price.
On Polish market Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme is rated quite high. It costs about 2700 zlotys. This is much more than e.g. the AMP version (two fans, lower Boost timing) costing PLN 2,400 or the three-fan Windforce by Gigabyte (even below PLN 2,400). However, if you care about silence even at full load, then this card will be an excellent choice. And it is the price issue that I would point out as the only real disadvantage of this card. The price, even 300 PLN higher than other RTX 2070 Super, is difficult to justify a slightly higher performance. On the other hand, the efficiency and culture of the cooling system are undoubtedly the arguments in favor of this card. Everyone, however, must answer the question whether it is worth an additional dozen or so percent of the card's value?
In terms of performance, however, this card is enough for any player who needs a really large supply of frames in Full HD or just fully smooth gameplay in new titles in 1440p. And how about playing in 4K? This is of course possible, but for games in such high resolution on a single GPU it is better to use rather RTX 2080 Super or RTX 2080 Ti monsters. Then we have complete confidence that the gameplay will be smooth, no matter how high graphics detail we set. Thus, the Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme card I can recommend especially to those players who … play at night. At night, decibels matter. The fewer the better. | allthingsblogging.com