The RTX 2070 and its Super variant are one of the most popular cards based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture. When it comes to numbers, the RTX 2070 and the 2070 Super are only behind the RTX 2060 in terms of popularity on Steam. The current iteration, the RTX 2070 Super, includes more than 100 models from various manufacturers, and finding the best card for your needs can be a pain. Especially regarding GPU prices and availability (or prices for virtually any PC component), which are all over the place at the moment.
So, we’ve created a list populated by the best RTX 2070 models you can get right now. You’ll find a couple of picks that are hard (or impossible) to find at the moment, but most of our picks can be bought online. We have the best overall card, the RTX 2070 Super with the best cooling, prettiest RTX 2070 models, models that have the best OC potential, etc.
1. EVGA RTX 2070 Super FTW3 Ultra+ & ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super Advanced OC: Best overall RTX 2070 Super
When it comes to the best RTX 2070 Super overall, we have two picks. You’ll also see these two models in a couple more categories because they pack serious hardware and performance. These two cards ship with the highest boost clock (ASUS ROG Strix) and the highest memory clock (EVGA FTW3 Ultra+) out of all RTX 2070 Super cards on the market.
Now, we don’t have official reviews of the Ultra+ card but user reviews mention OC numbers going from 60 to 150MHz for the GPU and the card’s already shipped with 10 percent faster memory. Together, GPU and memory overclock should provide about 8 percent faster performance compared to the reference card.
As for the ASUS model, it ships with the boost clock of 1905MHz, compared to the reference clock of 1770MHz and EVGA’s boost clock of 1815MHz. The card can reach OC of 2105MHz for the GPU and 2020MHz for the memory. That’s higher than EVGA’s OC numbers (1965Mhz for the GPU and about 2000MHz for the memory) and puts the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced OC on the throne as the best overall RTX 2070 Super card.
2. ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super Advanced OC: Best RTX 2070 Super with highest OC potential
Again, the ASUS ROG STRIX 2070 Super wins the prize. As we already mentioned, the card comes with heavy GPU overclock and its limit is about 2105 for the GPU and 2020MHz for memory, which is an amazing result. You can get up to ten percent performance boost by overclocking memory and further OCing the GPU. That’s a lot but it’s not enough to justify the price premium this card has over most other RTX 2070 Super models.
3. ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Super Advanced OC: Best RTX 2070 Super with the best air cooling
Colling-wise the ASUS ROG STRIX model wins again. It reaches just 64 degrees Celsius when under heavy load, which is more than ten degrees lower compared to the reference Nvidia 2070 Super Founders Edition card. Another strong contender in this category is the MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming Z Trio. The flagship model from MSI is also pretty cool, reaching only 62 degrees under heavy load.
And both cards are very quiet. The ASUS model peaks at only 33 dBA, in line with the reference card. Gaming Z Trio is even quieter, with a noise ceiling of 29 dBA when under load. But, the thing is, the MSI model is next to impossible to find at the moment so we picked the ASUS ROG STRIX as the card with the best cooling solution. And if you need the absolute best cooling available, check out our next pick.
4. EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Hybrid Gaming: Best RTX 2070 Super with liquid cooling
While the lowest temperature under load for an air-cooled RTX 1070 Super is 62 degrees Celsius, found on the MSI Gaming Z Trio, the EVGA XC Hybrid peaks at only 53 degrees Celsius! That’s almost ten degrees lower than the best air cooled RTX 2070 Super card. And more than ten degrees lower than the best air cooled RTX 2070 Super card you can buy at the moment. And yes, the card’s pump is pretty quiet even when it’s under heavy load.
5. Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2070 Super & MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X: Best RGB RTX 2070 Super
And the card’s OC potential isn’t bad at all. With max overclock the card can gain almost 10 percent performance boost, reaching those more expensive RTX 2070 Super models we’ve mentioned above. The cooling’s also solid. Even when overclocked, the card should reach the same temps as the RTX 2070 Super FE reference card. If you cannot find the EVGA RTX 2070 Super KO, check out the ASUS RTX 2070 Super EVO, another card with a price very close to the RTX 2070 Super base pricing.
7. Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC: Best white RTX 2070 Super
If you want to build an all-white conf, the best RTX 2070 Super card for you is definitely the Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC White. Sporting a white cooler body along with a white backplate, this is the closest you can get to an all-white RTX 2070 Super graphics card.
It would be cool if fans were also white, to add to the overall design, but oh well. Combine it with a white motherboard and a white PC case and you can build a very attractive and original PC.
When it comes to performance this card sports a boost clock of 1815Mhz, a slight OC over the 1770MHz boost clock found on the reference card. In other words, you should expect performance in line with other RTX 2070 Super models.
8. Zotac Gaming RTX 2070 Super Mini: Best RTX 2070 for SFF builds
Finally, we have the RTX 2070 Super card that’s best for those who want to build a PC around a Mini-ITX case. The Zotac Gaming RTX 2070 Super Mini is a perfect card for compact gaming PCs. This card’s PCB measures only 209.6mm, which should allow the card to be installed in, like, 98 percent of Mini-ITX cases. The only cases that are too small for this card are those ultra-small and light HTPC cases. And it gets better.
Not only that this card is so short and compact, but it’s also one of the most affordable RTX 2070 Super cards on the market. It’s only a couple of bucks more expensive than the budget champion, the EVGA RTX 2070 Super KO Gaming. And despite the card’s compact dimensions, it features default boost and memory clocks, allowing it to achieve the same gaming performance as full-sized RTX 2070 Super cards.
The RTX 3000 series should also introduce cool new tech that could match SSD performance and features found on next-gen consoles. And don’t forget that the next-gen GPU will arrive with HDMI 2.1, which can be important for users who own or plan to buy HDMI 2.1 supported TVs. But, enough about that. What we want to say is that, unless there’s an emergency, wait a couple of months and skip buying current-gen graphics cards.
Anyway, the RTX 2070 Super is perfect for 1440p resolution, be that 60 hertz or high refresh rate gaming. The card’s also usable at 4K. It can run less demanding titles at full details but demanding games cannot run with full details and playable framerates. You can use the RTX 2070 for 1080p high refresh rate gaming, especially if you want to play the most demanding games at 100 frames or higher.
The card’s also great for users who have multi-monitor setups. By default, the card comes with three DisplayPort and one HDMI port, perfect for up to four monitor setups. It can also be used for gaming on a multi-monitor setup, if you’re ready to play at 60fps and with reduced details. But for something like a dual or triple monitor setup used for gaming, the RTX 2080Ti is a better choice.
What about for work-related purposes?
It depends on which programs you’re using and for what you need the card for. If you need it for CUDA-accelerated 3D rendering, the RTX 2070 Super can be a pretty good choice for the money. If you have the cash, it’s better to get a card with as many CUDA cores as possible, so something like the Titan V or the RTX 2080 Ti are much better for that kind of workload. But if you need a GPU for an application that doesn’t support CUDA acceleration an AMD card is probably a better choice.
If you deal with video editing where the GPU isn’t as important, you can use the RTX 2070 Super since it achieves excellent results in Premiere Pro benchmarks compared to AMD counterparts. But here, unless you’re using it for unrealistically overproduced videos with a ton of GPU-accelerated effects, an RTX 2060 would be a better choice regarding price to performance ratio. Something more powerful (like an RTX 2080 Ti) is required only for 6K or 8K resolutions.
Finally, if you want to get a card for AI research or machine learning, or for stuff such as neural networks, get an RTX Quadro card. These are pro cards specialized for AI and deep learning performance. RTX Quadro GPUs are also better for some AutoCAD apps that utilize features exclusive to RTX Quadro lineup.
Overall, the RTX 2070 is solid for most workloads that require a GPU. If you’re a gamer and also use your PC for work, the RTX 2070 would be an excellent choice for all uses aside from CUDA-accelerated rendering.