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ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC Edition Review

Introduction

 

Nvidia’s xx60 level mainstream cards are always one of the most popular cards to gamers for a strong performance at a reasonably wallet-friendly price. The mid-season update to the Turing powered RTX cards gives you most of last years enthusiast-level RTX 2070 at the same budget-friendly RTX 2060 price point. ASUS takes that and gives it their nearly bulletproof Auto-Extreme manufacturing and beefy 2.7 slots cooler with twin Axial Flow fans for reliable and silent gaming performance. Today, we’ll see how it stacks up to the competition!

ProClockers would like to thank ASUS for sending over the Dual RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC edition to check out!

 

ASUS’s take on the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER EVO OC edition:

2x Fans. 2x Fun.

Delivering the latest NVIDIA Turing™ gaming experience in its purest form, the ASUS Dual GeForce® RTX 2060 SUPER™ EVO melds performance and simplicity like no other. Leveraging advanced cooling technologies derived from flagship graphics cards, the Dual GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER EVO opts for substance over style, the perfect choice for a well-balanced build. Buckle up and engage in cutting-edge gaming prowess.

The ASUS Dual GeForce® RTX 2060 SUPER™ EVO OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 with two powerful Axial-tech fans for AAA gaming performance and ray tracing

  • RT Cores: Dedicated ray tracing hardware enables fast real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions, and global illumination.
  • Concurrent Floating Point and Integer Processing: Turing GPUs more efficiently process the compute-heavy workloads of modern games.
  • Ultra-fast GDDR6: Experience up to 496 GB/s of memory bandwidth for high-speed, high-resolution gaming.
  • Axial-tech fan design features a smaller fan hub that facilitates longer blades and a barrier ring that increases downward air pressure.
  • 0dB technology lets you enjoy light gaming in relative silence.
  • 2.7-slot Design expands the cooling surface area to make the most of the two powerful Axial-tech fans.
  • Auto-Extreme Technology uses automation to enhance reliability.
  • A protective backplate secures components during transportation and installation.
  • GPU Tweak II provides intuitive performance tweaking, thermal controls, and system monitoring.
  • 144-hour Validation Program puts cards through a series of stringent tests to ensure compatibility with the latest games.

NVIDIA Turing™ Architecture

GeForce RTX is powered by NVIDIA Turing, the world’s most advanced GPU architecture for gamers and creators. Get truly next-gen performance and features with dedicated AI and ray-tracing cores for the ultimate experience.

Get Super Powers

The new GeForce RTX SUPER™ Series has even more cores and higher clocks, bringing you performance that’s up to 25% faster than the original RTX 20 Series and 6X faster than the previous-generation 10 Series GPUs. It’s time to gear up and get super powers.

Features & Specifications

COOLING

Axial-tech Fan Design – Better, faster, stronger

Newly designed for the latest generation of top-end ROG graphics cards, these fans feature a smaller hub that facilitates longer blades and a barrier ring to increase downward air pressure.

0dB Technology – Quiet intelligence

An advanced onboard controller brings fans to a standstill when the GPU core temperature is below 55 Celsius, letting you enjoy light gaming in relative silence. As temps rise past the threshold, the fans automatically start up again.

2.7-slot Design – Sink your heat into this

The Dual GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER EVO leverages a 2.7-slot design to gain more heatsink surface area. The extra thermal headroom increases overclocking potential and allows fans to run at even lower speeds in light scenarios.

ENGINEERING

Auto−Extreme Technology – Precision automated manufacturing

Auto-Extreme Technology is an automated manufacturing process that sets new standards in the industry by allowing all soldering to be completed in a single pass. This reduces thermal strain on components and avoids the use of harsh cleaning chemicals, resulting in less environmental impact, lower manufacturing power consumption, and a more reliable product overall.

Protective Backplate – That’s so metal!

The PCB is reinforced by an aluminum backplate that adds structural rigidity, helping to prevent PCB flex and protect components and trace pathways from damage.

SOFTWARE

GPU Tweak II – Monitor, tweak, and tune

The ASUS GPU Tweak II utility takes graphics card tuning to the next level. It allows you to tweak critical parameters including GPU core clocks, memory frequency, and voltage settings, with the option to monitor everything in real-time through a customizable on-screen display. Advanced fan control is also included along with many more features to help you get the most out of your graphics card.

XSplit – Premium streaming

XSplit offers a premium streaming experience with in-game annotations and other advanced features. Enjoy a free license with the purchase of select ASUS graphics cards. See you online!

Wtfast – Play lag-free

We’ve partnered with wtfast to help you to play free from lag, latency issues, and lost packets. With a 6-month subscription to the wtfast Gamers Private Network, you’ll enjoy lower ping for a smoother, more fluid online gaming experience. Buy an ASUS graphics card – and don’t be left waiting!

Quantumcloud – Profit from GPU power

Quantumcloud is a simple and secure service that lets you effortlessly earn extra money by putting your idle GPU to work. Through an easy-to-use app, your computer can help run cloud-based applications, making you money in the process. Earnings are automatically transferred to your WeChat or PayPal account, and your privacy remains intact because Quantumcloud doesn’t collect your personal data. Get started making money today!

EXPERIENCE

144−Hour Validation Program – “Extensive” may be an understatement

Each card must meet rigorous performance and reliability standards before it ships. Performance and stress tests are run with the latest chart-topping titles like Fortnite, League of Legends, Overwatch, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. We also carry out reliability trials that include a 144-hour stability test and a series of 3DMark benchmarking runs to ensure the card performs well when pushed to the limits.

Subtle Lighting – A bit lit

The shroud features a subtle illuminated strip that creates a stylish accent for your build.

NVIDIA® G−SYNC™ Technology – Smooth operator

This graphics card supports NVIDIA® G-SYNCTM display technology for a super-smooth variable refresh rate experience. Enjoy AAA games without the nuisance of screen tearing or stuttering.

 

Specifications:

  • Graphics Engine – NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 SUPER™
  • Bus Standard – PCI Express 3.0
  • OpenGL – OpenGL®4.6
  • Video Memory – GDDR6 8GB
  • Engine Clock
    • OC Mode – GPU Boost Clock : 1845 MHz , GPU Base Clock : 1635 MHz
    • Gaming Mode (Default) – GPU Boost Clock : 1815 MHz , GPU Base Clock : 1605 MHz
  • CUDA Core – 2560
  • Memory Clock – 14000 MHz
  • Memory Interface – 256-bit
  • Resolution – Digital Max Resolution:7680×4320
  • Interface
    • HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (Native) (HDMI 2.0b)
    • Display Port : Yes x 3 (Native) (DisplayPort 1.4)
    • HDCP Support : Yes (2.2)
  • Maximum Display Support – 4
  • NVlink/ Crossfire Support – Yes
  • Recommended PSU – 650W
  • Power Connectors – 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
  • Accessories – 1 x Quick Guide
  • Software – ASUS GPU Tweak II & Driver
  • Dimensions
    • 10.5 ” x 4.7 ” x 2.28 ” Inch
    • 26.7 x 11.8 x5.8 Centimeter
  • Slot – 2.7 slot

Packaging & Unboxing

ASUS’s non-ROG lineup of cards stay very close to the Nvidia standard packaging with the series in the top right corner.

The back lists tons of features and some basic specifications.

Inside the outer sleeve is a black box with gold writing and an embossed pattern over the entire surface.

Inside, we find the GPU sort of shrink-wrapped into the packaging.

Once you move the cover, we find this is not shrink wrap but a clever way to hold the card in place.

The box is more origami rather than packaging.

Once you extricate the card form the packaging, you’ll find every surface of the card covered in a protective film as well as an included thank you card from ASUS and a quick setup guide.

A Closer Look

ASUS’s Dual card uses two large axial tech fans embedded in a shroud that has brushed metal and ridged accents.

The card also has a full cover backplate that features the same ridge and brushed finish but some of the area is slotted to see the PCB underneath and to let heat out via convection.

The large cooler takes up nearly 3 slots. Power is provided by a single 8 pin inlet.

The PCIe power inlet features the diagnostic LED’s that first showed up on the flagship ROG cards. White means your PCIe power cable is working right, and as usual, red is bad.

The rear I/O bracket is only two slots but is fully vented even though very little air from the cooler will reach it. All ports are capped with rubber plugs out of the box. You get a pair of Display Port 1.4 connections and a pair of HDMI 2.0 and the humble DVI port makes a return as a single Dual-Link DVI-D port.

The visible edge of the card has a small RGB accent strip, it adds a nice touch without going off the deep end.

System Configuration & Software

  • CPU:  Intel Core i7-8700K
  • GPU: ASUS Dual RTX 2060 Super EVO OC Edition
  • Mobo: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Apex
  • Ram: 32GB GeIL EVO Spear 3200MHz C16
  • SSD: Toshiba OCZ RC400 480GB
  • Chassis: Streacom Open BenchTable
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional

 

GPU Tweak II – Monitor, tweak, and tune

The ASUS GPU Tweak II utility takes graphics card tuning to the next level. It allows you to tweak critical parameters including GPU core clocks, memory frequency, and voltage settings, with the option to monitor everything in real-time through a customizable on-screen display. Advanced fan control is also included along with many more features to help you get the most out of your graphics card.

Gaming Mode:

The default “Gaming Mode” gives us a clock speed of 1470 MHz.

OC Mode:

OC Mode kicks this up 30 MHz to 1500 MHz.

Silent Mode:

If you care more for efficiency and silence, this mode will drop the stock clock to 1440 MHz.

Synthetic Testing

Testing was performed at stock settings with the exception of system memory had its XMP profile applied.

Futuremark 3DMark

3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your PC and mobile devices in one app. Whether you’re gaming on a smartphone, tablet, notebook, or a desktop gaming PC, 3DMark includes a benchmark designed specifically for your hardware.

ASUS’s Dual RTX 2060 Super blows it out of the water with only the smallest gap between the Founders RTX 2070 of last year.

 

Futuremark VRMark

The performance requirements for VR games are much higher than for typical PC games. So if you’re thinking about buying an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift, wouldn’t you like to know that your PC is ready for VR?

VRMark includes three VR benchmark tests that run on your monitor, no headset required, or on a connected HMD. At the end of each test, you’ll see whether your PC is VR ready, and if not, how far it falls short.

Orange Room Test – The Orange Room benchmark shows the impressive level of detail that can be achieved on a PC that meets the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If your PC passes this test, it’s ready for the two most popular VR systems available today.

Cyan Room Test – Cyan Room is a DirectX 12 benchmark. It features a large, complex scene and many eye-catching effects. Cyan Room shows how using an API with less overhead can help developers deliver impressive VR experiences even on modest PC systems.

Blue Room Test – The Blue Room is a much more demanding test. It’s ideal for benchmarking the latest graphics cards. With its massive 5K rendering resolution and spectacular volumetric lighting effects, the Blue Room sets the bar for future hardware generations.

VR isn’t an issue to the Super card, even if the futuristic blue level is still a little out of reach for everything on the market currently but the Dual 2060 Super almost doubles the needed performance for both orange and cyan levels.

 

Unigine Heaven

Heaven Benchmark is a GPU-intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. This powerful tool can be effectively used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions, as well as check the cooling system’s potential for maximum heat output.

The benchmark immerses a user into a magical steampunk world of shiny brass, wood, and gears. Nested on flying islands, a tiny village with its cozy, sun-heated cobblestone streets, and a majestic dragon on the central square gives a true sense of adventure. An interactive experience with fly-by and walk-through modes allows for exploring all corners of this world powered by the cutting-edge UNIGINE Engine that leverages the most advanced capabilities of graphics APIs and turns this bench into a visual masterpiece.

At lower resolutions, the 2060 Super actually pulls a lead over the RTX 2070 cards thanks to the faster memory and really isn’t too far behind last years RTX 2080.

With the resolution cranked up, it slips back to just a few points behind the 2070 cards.

Unigine Superposition

Extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system. Check your rig in stock and overclocking modes with a real-life load! Also includes interactive experience in a beautiful, detailed environment.

A lone professor performs dangerous experiments in an abandoned classroom, day in and day out. Obsessed with inventions and discoveries beyond the wildest dreams, he strives to prove his ideas.

Once you come to this place in the early morning, you would not meet him there. The eerie thing is a loud bang from the laboratory heard a few moments ago. What was that? You have the only chance to cast some light upon this incident by going deeply into the matter of quantum theory: thorough visual inspection of professor’s records and instruments will help to lift the veil on the mystery.

At the 4K optimized setting, the Dual 2060 Super pulls an average of 47.31 FPS.

Game Testing

Ashes of the Singularity

Planet by planet, a war is raging across the galaxy. The technological singularity has given humanity the power to expand further than they ever have before. Now, they compete with each other and their sentient artificial intelligence adversaries for control of newfound worlds.

Our first real game leaves the Dual RTX 2060 Super a fair bit ahead of even our best RTX 2060 and dangerously close to catching up to the prior RTX 2070 cards.

Far Cry 5

Anything can happen. Everything will.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana, land of the free and the brave, but also home to a fanatical doomsday cult—known as The Project at Eden’s Gate—that is threatening the community’s freedom. Stand up to the cult’s leaders, Joseph Seed, and the Heralds, as you spark the fires of resistance that will liberate the besieged community.

 

It’s the same story in a fictional northern Montana. The Super upgrade to last years card gets us a very slight edge over the prior RTX 2070

 

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
In the epic sequel to the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, go behind enemy lines to forge an army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

Interestingly, here the Dual RTYX 2060 Super all but matches the Dual RTX 2070 Super and edges out the entire stack of last year’s RTX 2070 cards.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, ASUS’s Dual RTX 2060 Super is a few FPS ahead last year’s reference RTX 2070 cards.

 

 

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Frame times for the Dual 2060 Super are super close to the RTX 2070 for a much lower price tag, that’s pretty hard to beat.

 

Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created.

4A’s latest shooter looks incredible but proves to be a brutal load on even the latest flagship GPU’s.

 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands is the very first military shooter in a massive open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op.

TAKE DOWN THE CARTEL

A few years from now, Bolivia has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The Santa Blanca cartel has turned the country into a narco-state. As a Ghost, you must stop the cartel by any means necessary.

BECOME A GHOST

Create and fully customize your Ghost, weapons, and gear. Enjoy a total freedom of playstyle. Lead your team and take down the cartel, either solo or with up to three friends.

EXPLORE BOLIVIA

Journey through Ubisoft’s largest action-adventure open world. Discover the stunning diverse landscapes of the Wildlands both on and off-road, in the air, on land and at sea with over 60 different vehicles.

The latest visual stunner in the Tom Clancy universe plays quite well maxed out at 1080P and 1440P, but 4K is still playable at a little over 32 FPS.

Overclocking

We always like to open up the power target and see what the card is capable of with the limits raised or removed. Asus gives us up to an additional 20% to play with.

This gives us a pretty impressive jump from stock.

We work on the memory next but quickly run out of slider at 15.4Ghz effective speed.

This gives us almost another 200 points.

After a little digging in the settings, we unlock the full range for overclocking.

At this point, we are able to get another full gigahertz out of the Dual 2060 Super before we run into artifacting, so we settle on 16,500 MHz as our final speed, quite the jump over the stock 14,000 MHz.

This gains us another 100 points overall.

Last but not least is the core. We are able to add 100 MHz before we run into random crashes.

This lets the core boost up to 2130Mhz with it averaging around 2100Mhz most of the time.

Our final score jumps another 200 points, quite impressive!

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

Asus’s Dual RTX 2060 Super is made for two things, kicking some rear and chewing bubble gum, and it’s all out of gum. It’s easy to think of the 2060 super cards as a rebrand of last year’s 2070, but the Dual 2060 Super ran most of them over in the charts and was within the margin of error on the last few. If that wasn’t enough, Asus left a ton of performance on the table for those willing to go get it. Given the near-silent operation and cool temps, The Dual RTX 2060 Super makes a Super strong case for the masses with its relatively modest $430 price tag.

Great job ASUS!

Dan Western is the founder of Gaming Gorilla, as well as several other infotainment blogs. When he's not working on his business, he's likely in the gym or playing video games. Dan's current setup is a PS5/Nintendo Switch living room setup, and a custom RTX 3090, I9-10850K inside the Lian Li 011D Mini for his office setup.

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