MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Review – The Best RTX 2070 Super?
by Peter Paul
Pricing and Availability
At the time this review was published, I don’t see the RTX 2070 Super Gaming X listed on the major retailers yet in the US. However, the MSI RTX 2070 Super Ventus OC and RTX 2070 Gaming Trio are already available; retailing at $509.99 and $539.99 respectively. Since the Gaming X variant sits in between these two models, I am guessing that the RTX 2070S Gaming X would retail around $520-$530 USD. The reference or RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition retails for $499. Expect custom designed RTX 2070S to be priced (slightly) higher than the reference model. Also, at this point, if you ever see an RTX 2070 (previous model) priced similarly or above $500 USD, better get the RTX 2070 Super instead. The RTX 2070 non-super is already a discontinued product and prices are expected to go down. For updated pricing and availability of the MSI RTX 2070S Gaming X, kindly check out the links below.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Review – Conclusion
First, let’s talk about the performance of the RTX 2070 Super in general. As you have seen on our benchmark results, the RTX 2070 Super performs almost on par and sometimes neck and neck with the RTX 2080 graphics card. It’s not that far from the newer RTX 2080 Super as well; since the performance difference between the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Super is not that significant. However, price difference between a reference RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super is $200 USD; making the RTX 2070 Super a better value than the RTX 2080 (Super).
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super 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 may 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 RTX 2070 Super would be a great combination for your (gaming) monitor.
Perhaps the main competition of the RTX 2070 Super now is AMD’s RX 5700 XT, starting at $399. The RTX 2070 Super is generally faster than the RX 5700 XT. However, depending on the game’s engine you may see that the RX 5700 XT performs faster than the RTX 2070S; for example, in Battlefield V. But the RX 5700 XT doesn’t have any real-time ray tracing capabilities. If ever you are planning to try out some games with ray tracing, you will be missing this feature. And on top of that, the RTX 2070 runs more power efficient, perhaps generally cooler as well, than the RX 5700 XT. This is a bit disappointing actually since the RX 5700 XT is based on 7nm fabrication process, while the RTX Turing cards are still using 12nm.
As expected, the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X is a fantastic graphics card, just like the other Gaming X variants. It runs very silent, dead silent if not in full load, and runs very cool as well. In our test, the temperature never went over 70 Celsius, while maintaining a very silent fan operation. Its great performing acoustics and temperature is thanks to the Twin Frozr 7 thermal design with Torx 3.0 fans. When it comes to aesthetics, the RTX 2070S Gaming X looks fantastic as well. It feels solid on hand, the color scheme is generally neutral with the combination of black and gunmetal, plus the aluminum-brushed back plate. The RGB lighting isn’t exaggerated in my opinion and it looks pleasing to the eyes. You can control the RGB lighting via the Dragon Central, if you want a different lighting effect or color.
MSI’s Gaming X is really a great performing graphics card, no doubt about it. Pair it with the RTX 2070 Super GPU and you get a really great performing graphics card. If ever you are in the market for a mid to higher end graphics card, the MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X is one of the best and should be in your top list.
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!