Like it or not, Nvidia has been dominating the GPU market for quite some time now, and they will continue to do so for as the seeable future. To keep their competition at bay (mainly AMD), they’re releasing new graphics card literally every 6 months. Their latest SKU is the RTX “SUPER” series … featuring more CUDA cores and a higher clock rate than the original RTX series. In this review, we’ll be taking a quick look at the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER MINI Graphics Card with 8GB GDDR6 ram.
The GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER featuring the same Turing architecture from Nvidia but now comes with more CUDA cores, a total of 2176 as opposed to 1920 CUDA cores found on the original RTX 2060. It also runs at a higher base clock rate of 1470 MHz (original is 1365 MHz), giving you performance boost of 6 Giga Rays/sec. Interestingly, it’s now using a larger memory capacity of 8GB of GDDR6 ram, along with a higher memory bus of 256-bit (original RTX 2060 uses 6GB DDR6/192-bit bus), giving you a total memory bandwidth of 448 Gb/s.
All of these extras could only mean one thing … better performance, and this is what I’ll be expecting.
The ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER MINI Graphics Card is one of the first custom GeForce RTX 2060 Super available on the market, and this one from Zotac is a compact mini version suitable for most chassis out there including mini-ATX cases.
What is RTX all about?
Well, Nvidia have included Ray-Tracing capabilities in their new Turing GPU, giving you lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows, offering a level of realism far beyond what’s possible using traditional rendering techniques.
Ray-Tracing is nothing new, in fact it’s been around a lot longer than you can imagine. The very first real-time ray-tracing was presented by Arthur Appel in 1968. It became more widely known during the 1980’s but it required huge processing power that only a few mainframe computers and a handful of workstations could offer.
Now almost forty years later, Nvidia is bringing real-time Ray-Tracing to the masses with their Turing GPUs, and you’ll find them on their GeForce RTX series of graphic cards.
Here’s a quick comparison of the GeForce RTX 20 series from Nvidia (default clock speeds)…
|GeForce RTX 2080 Ti||GeForce RTX 2080||GeForce RTX 2070||GeForce RTX 2060||GeForce RTX 2060 Super|
|Frame Buffer||11GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6|
|Base Clock Speed||1350 MHz||1515 MHz
||1410 MHz||1365 MHz
|Boost Clock Speed||1545 MHz||1710 MHz||1620 MHz||1680 MHz||1650 MHz|
|Memory Speed||14 Gbps||14Gbps||14 Gbps||14 Gbps||14 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||616 GB/s||448 Gb/s||448 Gb/s||336 Gb/s||448 Gb/s|
We’ll start by saying a big thanks to Zotac for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what Zotac has to say about themselves on their website …
ZOTAC, the creator of the Original Mini PC, derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing our skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style.
Innovation, Quality and responsibility
ZOTAC believes being at the forefront of innovation is the key to the future. Our dedication to produce quality products us the backbone of our business model, and we work round-the-clock to ensure all our products are up to then our rigorous standards.
The Zotac RTX 2060 Super Mini uses the same stock speeds as Nvidia’s orginal RTX 2060 Super, and doesn’t come overclocked this card like their AMP and AMP extreme editions. So if you’re after something better than stock speeds, then this card may not be the card for you.
But having said that, extra features found on he RTX 2060 Super will certainly make up for it. I’m expecting good performance from this card, and if all goes well it should get our recommendation as a top performing graphics card for both gamers and enthusiasts alike.
OK, let’s dive straight in and check out the features and specifications on our next page…
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