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Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC 8G Review – Better Value Card?

Price and Availability

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC 8G is now available. At the time this review was published, it comes with a retail price of around $550 USD. It’s just $50 more from the base price or the Founders Edition RTX 2070 Super. This graphics card is also available in two colors, Black and White. You can check out the links below for the latest pricing and availability.

Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC 8G latest pricing and availability:
For US: available on Amazon.com here or Newegg.com here
For UK: available on Amazon UK here

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Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC Review Conclusion – Should You Buy One?

This is our second GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card review, so more or less I already have an idea how the Gigabyte Gaming OC would perform. As expected, it performs similar and a tad better than the dual fan RTX 2070 Super from MSI. It is also very close and sometimes neck and neck with an RTX 2080 (non-Super) graphics card; although that graphics card is now discontinued and is replaced by a slightly faster RTX 2080 Super.

The performance difference between the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 (Super) isn’t significantly huge. But they have a $200 price difference that may be significant to some consumers already. Obviously, the RTX 2070 Super is the better value.

As for its AMD competition, the Radeon RX 5700 XT isn’t really going after the RTX 2070 Super. The Radeon RX 5700 XT is priced similarly with NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 Super, its main competitor. Based on our review of the RX 5700 XT, we found that the 5700 XT is generally faster than the RTX 2060 Super. It’s even on par with the RTX 2070 Super in some games, and even faster in games like Battlefield V. Recent Battlefield titles tend to perform better with Radeon GPUs.

Nevertheless, the RTX 2070 Super is generally faster than the Radeon RX 5700 XT and has a better feature set than the 5700 XT. Radeon cards don’t have ray tracing capabilities and that is one advantage of the RTX cards. More and more developers are already implementing ray tracing in their games. It will only be a matter of time until we see majority of the games in the market to feature real-time ray tracing or similar graphic effects.

Between the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 Super, I think the latter is the better option or value. Not unless you really need the RX 5700 XT for a specific purpose, our you simply want an AMD graphics card. Not to mention, I personally can’t recommend a stock RX 5700 XT graphics card. The blower style simply runs hot and loud. You’ll have to choose from some of the best Radeon RX 5700 XT on the market if you want something cool and quiet. And most of these cards are already priced close or similarly to an RTX 2070 Super.

Is Gigabyte’s RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC worth buying?
Going back to the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC, I think it’s a great graphics card. It runs dead silent and (almost) inaudible on full load. The WindForce 3X cooling solution performs quite impressive. It was able to maintain the temperature just under 65° Celsius at full load. It could get lower (or higher) depending on your ambient temperature. But overall, I find the cooling solution on this graphics card to be impressive.

This graphics card can play games comfortably at 1080p (high refresh rate) up to 1440p resolution even at high or ultra graphics quality. It can play some games at 4K UHD as well, although you need to tone down the graphics quality to achieve higher frame rates. If you have a 1080p 144Hz-240Hz monitor, or a 1440p 60Hz-144Hz monitor, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super would be an ideal partner for your gaming monitor.

If you like or don’t mind its simplistic look and color scheme, I think the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC is definitely worth buying. The size is not too big and it’s not too heavy as well. However, if you want a graphics card that would stand out, and with all the RGB-glory, you might want to check out the Aorus RTX 2070 Super instead. Be prepared to pay more for that graphics card though.

Will the Aorus variant perform (significantly) higher than the Gigabyte Gaming OC? I don’t think so. Although we haven’t tested the Aorus variant of the same GPU, I doubt that it will perform significantly higher. Perhaps the Aorus variant will be slightly faster, 2 to 3 fps (not sure yet), but the performance will definitely be unnoticeable at all when you are gaming.

If you want the best that Gigabyte has to offer, get the Aorus variant and pay a premium price. But if you want the best value RTX 2070 Super from the company, the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC 8G is your best option.

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I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC 8G Review – Better Value Card?”

  1. The card has a nasty bug where the fans go to max speed at intervals when they should remain idle. If anyone has a fix, do leave a comment.

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