MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X Review – Faster Than GTX 1080?

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MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X – Pricing and Availability

The MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is now available. At the time this review was published, it retails for around $430 USD, $30 more from the reference or Founders Edition. This is a premium graphics card after all, so a bit of a markup is expected. However, prices do change from time to time, so check out the links below for its latest pricing and availability.

MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X latest pricing and availability:
For US: available on Amazon.com here
For UK: available on Amazon UK here

MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X Review – Conclusion

The MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is a great graphics card. MSI’s recent graphics card featuring the same Twin Frozr 7 thermal design, like the GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X, is no doubt tested and proven to offer a good balance of aesthetics and function. You get a nice metal backplate, a custom PCB with metal bracket support, a generous amount of aluminum heatsink that can passively cool the GPU and other components, and a sleek looking cooler fan shroud with RGB lighting. If you don’t like the rainbow effect, you can customize the lighting using MSI’s software.

We don’t have the RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition, so we don’t know how the thermal performance compared with the Gaming X. But based on our previous RTX 2060 Founders Edition review, we know that NVIDIA’s new cooler shroud is capable enough. It’s just that the fans do not stop and some people are not a fan of the more industrial look of the Founders Edition. However, NVIDIA’s Founder Edition has the advantage when it comes to the material used in their graphics card which is all-metal and it comes with reference price tag, at $399. Although this time, the RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition isn’t overclocked out of the box unlike MSI’s RTX 2060 Super Gaming X.

In terms of performance, we see a substantial performance increase from the RTX 2060. Depending on the game, the RTX 2060 Super offers up to 22% performance increase from the RTX 2060; while only being 14% more expensive when reference price is compared. The 8GB memory of the RTX 2060 Super helps a lot, especially when a game requires more memory for graphics quality or textures or when playing at higher resolutions. It’s is also no doubt faster than the previous GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Ti.

Who should be buying this graphics card? The RTX 2060 Super is great for 1080p (high refresh rate) and good for 1440p gaming, depending on the title. I wouldn’t get this card for 4K gaming though as it is simply not enough. Get at least an RTX 2080 or the upcoming RTX 2080 Super; better yet the RTX 2080 Ti instead.

At the end of the day, SUPER cards are simply a faster version of their predecessors. The RTX 2060 Super’s performance is solid for 1080p and 1440p gaming. And if you want to experience games with ray tracing, this is the cheapest RTX-enabled graphics card. Let me correct that, actually the cheapest RTX card is still the RTX 2060; it’s not discontinued yet. But between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super, I’d recommend the RTX 2060 Super more, especially if you want to experience ray tracing but don’t want to spend much on a graphics card. If you want a more gaming-centric looking card than NVIDIA’s Founders Edition and you don’t mind paying a bit more; the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is one of the best RTX 2060 Super graphics card available today.

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