The Test Setup
In testing and benchmarking the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC 8G, the system I used is powered by an 8th Gen. Intel Core i7-8700K, overclocked to 4.9 GHz. The CPU is installed on an MSI MEG Z390 ACE motherboard. Below are the rest of the system specifications:
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit ver. 1903
Motherboard: MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12A
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB DDR4-3000MHz
Graphics card: Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC 8G
Storage Drives: WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD, Crucial MX500 2TB
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W Prime Titanium
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P5
When I tested the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC, I was using the GeForce driver version 436.15 for Windows 10 64bit. All games were tested in three resolutions, namely: 1920×1080 or full HD, 2560×1440 or WQHD and 3840×2160 or 4K ultra HD. For the synthetic benchmarks, I used the benchmark tools from 3DMark and Unigine 2. I also used the following games to test the graphics card: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Battlefield V, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Final Fantasy XV, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Metro Exodus, Middle Earth Shadow of War, Monster Hunter World, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Ray tracing benchmarks are seen on Battlefield V’s and Metro Exodus graphs.
Below are GPUz and GPGPU screenshots of the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC:
Noise and Temperature
I haven’t tried Gigabyte’s WindForce cooling solution before. But I have heard that it’s a really good cooler design. When I started my stress test, I thought the fans on the graphics card were not spinning because I could not hear anything. I looked at the fans as see that they were all spinning properly. The fans were already spinning yet it was very silent, inaudible. I’m not sure if the alternate spinning design is the root cause, but I think it really works. I tried to feel the airflow on the graphics card with my palm and it does feel breezier compared to other graphics cards I have tested. No wonder Gigabyte has continued to use the alternate spinning, it simply works and I don’t think that it’s a gimmick.
As for the temperature of the graphics card, on idle to light load situation (~41% GPU usage), it remained under 56° Celsius. The temperature is a bit higher because the GPU is passively cooled; meaning no fans were running unless it reaches a certain higher level of temperature. This is a feature pretty much similar with other higher end or premium graphics cards.
I was not really expecting that it would keep the GPU really cool under full load, but I was surprised to see that Gigabyte’s WindForce 3X cooling solution is doing a fantastic job. At full load, temperature was just hovering around 64° Celsius. That’s a few degrees cooler than MSI’ RTX 2070 Super Gaming X we previously reviewed. I thought that it would somehow get a little bit hotter than MSI’s, but I guess the tri-fan design with the alternate spinning did a really good job in sucking cool air to the heat sink and blowing the hot air away from the heat sink.
Now time to see the benchmark results that we got with the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC on the next following pages.