Early this year, EVGA released the GeForce RTX 2060 KO; a graphics card that is priced similarly with the RTX 2060 Founders Edition at $299 USD. The “cheaper” RTX 2060 KO was released to combat AMD’s RX 5600 XT graphics cards. Looks like the “KO” didn’t stop with the RTX 2060, as the company recently announced the EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO (08G-P4-2072-KR) and RTX 2080 Super KO (08G-P4-2083-KR). Both KO cards are also priced similarly with their NVIDIA Founders Edition equivalent. But before decide and get one, you might want to check out what are the “sacrifices” or “cuts” just to keep the prices as low as possible. More details below.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super KO and RTX 2070 Super KO to “Knock Out” The Competition
Just like their reference counterpart, specifically the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition; EVGA’s KO series features the same specs and configuration. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO features 2560 CUDA cores with a boost clock speed of 1770 MHz. Its 8GB GDDR6 memory has an effective memory speed of 14Gbps and runs on a 256-bit memory interface.
On the other hand, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super KO features 3072 CUDA cores with a boost clock speed of 1815 MHz. It also has an 8GB GDDR6 memory like the RTX 2070 Super KO; but with a faster effective memory clock speed of 15.5Gbps. Despite having similar specs and configuration, the KO series cards are said to feature a custom PCB design. I personally haven’t seen their PCB (layout) so I’m not entirely sure how different are the KO series from the Founders Edition.
Most of the difference can be found on the physical aspects of the KO series. EVGA’s KO series features a dual fan design and occupies 2 PCI slots. The cooling system is the basic EVGA can offer. There are no fancy iCX cooling technology, and they lack a backplate even for the RTX 2080 Super KO. Also, the KO series lacks the USB Type-C output, found on the Founders Edition and other RTX cards, for VR headsets. There is no lighting on the KO series as well, just like EVGA’s Black series.
So, I guess having cheaper alternatives of the RTX 2070 / 2080 Super cards are great. But personally, I think the Founders Edition is still the better choice at the same price. The Founders Edition feels and looks more premium; it has USB-Type C output if ever you need it; and it has a reference PCB design in case you decide to water cool the graphics card. But this is a matter of personal preference already.
Their performance should be similar or on par with other RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super. We have reviewed the RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition here, and several RTX 2070 Super cards here. You can check them out if you want to see some benchmark results.
Pricing and Availability
The EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO Gaming is now available and comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.99. Meanwhile, the RTX 2080 Super KO will follow soon and comes with an MSRP of $699.99. EVGA is offering a 3-year warranty for both cards. For the latest pricing and availability, you can check them out via the links below. I also included the RTX 2060 KO as well.
EVGA KO Series latest pricing and availability:
- EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO Gaming available on Amazon.com here
- EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO Gaming available on Amazon.com here
- EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO Ultra Gaming on Amazon.com here
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO and RTX 2080 Super KO Specifications
Below are the specifications of the RTX 2070 Super KO and RTX 2080 Super KO, side by side with the more premium or higher-end version EVGA offers. I didn’t include NVIDIA’s Founders Edition because the specs are basically the same with the KO series.
|RTX 2070 Super KO||RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra+||RTX 2080 Super KO||RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra|
|Boost Clock||1770 MHz||1815 MHz||1815 MHz||1845 MHz|
|Texture Fill Rate||283.2 GT/s||290.4 GT/s||348.5 GT/s||354.2 GT/s|
|Memory||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
|Memory Clock||14000 MHz||15500 MHz||15500 MHz||15500 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GB/s||496 GB/s||496 GB/s||496 GB/s|
|Cooling||Dual fan||Tri fan iCX2||Dual fan||Tri fan iCX2|
|Dimensions (L x H)||269.83mm x 111.15mm||301.93mm x 136.8mm||269.83mm x 111.15mm||301.93mm x 139.3mm|
|PCI Slots||Dual slot||2.75 slots||Dual slot||2.75 slots|
|Check price / availability||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||TBD||Amazon.com|