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EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra 6 GB

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EVGA's RTX 2060 XC Ultra is the company's flagship RTX 2060, priced at $379. It comes with the largest overclock of all RTX 2060 cards: 1830 MHz. You may also raise the board power limit to 217 W, which is almost the maximum capability of the 8-pin PCIe power input configuration.

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So, a bit better than Zotac in terms of noise. But that price o_O

Any way great review as always, keep em coming :toast: (Palit seems to be next in line.)
 
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EDIT: Price has been corrected to be only $30 over FE. Given this is the higher clocked version of EVGA's dual slot card, I have some hope the regular model is $350.



I have to agree with your commentary on the price. $50 over the Founder's Edition with little to show for it (I think the only tangible gain is fan idle stop). I am curious what the other major vendors will have for the RTX2060. Also, while Virtualink may not be popular now (or ever?), I noticed the Founder's Edition still has it.

I've moved to a tiny mITX case (Dancase A4) and it really made the individual component noises much more noticeable. No more case fans to smother over the noise. The last major source of noise is the always-on blower fan on my GTX780Ti.

Such a shame with this batch of EVGA RTX2060 cards. The single fan model is three-slots, whereas the two-slot models are pricey and massive (a bit over 10.5" or ~26cm long). I've stuck exclusively with EVGA for a long time (since Fermi, basically; after a good warranty experience, in a sea of bad customer support from other brands at the time), perhaps it's time to look elsewhere.
 
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Also, while Virtualink may not be popular now (or ever?), I noticed the Founder's Edition still has it.
Yeah, I'm unsure about its significance too, especially since it adds a lot of cost/complexity to the board designs.
 

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Yeah, I'm unsure about its significance too, especially since it adds a lot of cost/complexity to the board designs.
It's probably done to stick with a single 8pin connector? VirtualLink needs to supply an additional 40W or so.
Also, you probably copy/pasted the price in the first page table. It says $380.
$399 is a bit much, especially considering it's missing VirtualLink. But since there are 5 other models in EVGA's lineup, I'm pretty sure the SC version can be had at close to MSRP. That's what I usually shoot for, they boost pretty much as high as their top model.
 

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EVGA just updated us that the launch price is $380, the review has been updated accordingly.
 

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EVGA just updated us that the launch price is $380, the review has been updated accordingly.
Even better. Though this round they may have lost a customer when, besides not implementing VirtuaLink, they went with a 3-slot solution for their other models. I have the space to spare, but I don't want to encourage this practice.
 
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So the flagship 2060 from a respectable manufacturer still has a worse cooler than the FE... At a higher price point. If I were searching for a GPU right now, I'd opt for the FE for sure.
 
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2C less for that amount of noise is a terrible trade off!
 
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This RTX 2060 model seems alarmingly inefficient. I'm not happy with this power consumption for that type of GPU.
We need to move to 7nm asap.
 

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I just took another look at the pictures: where have all the capacitors gone?
 
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I just took another look at the pictures: where have all the capacitors gone?
Well I counted 18 Tantalum polymer SMD caps on the circuit board. And I won't be counting all those little Ceramic smd caps.
 
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Well I counted 18 Tantalum polymer SMD caps on the circuit board. And I won't be counting all those little Ceramic smd caps.
Yeah, I meant where have all those solid capacitors (as seen on the Zotac board) have gone.
I will admit I'm not really familiar with SMD/SMT caps, are there any advantages to them, besides their smaller form factor?
 
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I mean with 8Gb so voluminously showing, all that Vivacious volume has me not turning any for this. Especially when some deals today price similar! Even if it's $50 more to drop... on hot date, Look at it... Lookatit?
 
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Yeah, I meant where have all those solid capacitors (as seen on the Zotac board) have gone.
I will admit I'm not really familiar with SMD/SMT caps, are there any advantages to them, besides their smaller form factor?
They are usually more heat resistant and more reliable. But they are a lot more expensive compared to aluminium solid caps too. And of course one have to design good circuit to begin with if using Tantalums, they are prone to explode if misused.
 

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They are usually more heat resistant and more reliable. But they are a lot more expensive compared to aluminium solid caps too. And of course one have to design good circuit to begin with if using Tantalums, they are prone to explode if misused.
And there I was thinking they could come with drawbacks :p

Do these hold charge any better?
 
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And there I was thinking they could come with drawbacks :p

Do these hold charge any better?
Can't really tell, there ain't just one type of Tantalum SMD capacitor. But yeah Tantalums are low leakage high capacity capacitors, thus have good for holding charge. It really depends what is the intended use case for the capacitor.

Haven't designed DC/DC -converters for ages, but If my memory does not deceive me, one should always use some ceramic capacitor in parallel with Tantalums for better high frequency performance. And for love of god don't exceed the rated voltage.
 

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Can't really tell, there ain't just one type of Tantalum SMD capacitor. But yeah Tantalums are low leakage high capacity capacitors, thus have good for holding charge. It really depends what is the intended use case for the capacitor.

Haven't designed DC/DC -converters for ages, but If my memory does not deceive me, one should always use some ceramic capacitor in parallel with Tantalums for better high frequency performance. And for love of god don't exceed the rated voltage.
Why? Could come in handy on July 4, couldn't it?
 

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Well
So it's not only tantalum, it's also got fireflies inside. Neat.

@W1zzard This just hit me. There's no power draw test that includes DXR/DLSS, would it be possible to add that? Also, Furmark probably doesn't know about those features either, so it kind of fails in its role to stress the cards to the max for Turing. Unfortunately, I don't know any tool that could pick up that task.

(And yes, I know you've been dying to lengthen the duration of your tests. But if it draws more page clicks, it might be worth it.)
 

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Just for reference, I just purchased this card in early March 2019, and after just 3 months on the market, the EVGA and the FE cards have skyrocketed in price. I watched sales for about a month and the lowest I could find the EVGA card was $399. The Nvidia FE edition hovered around $420+ so I'm satisfied with paying slightly less for a better card, especially since a free game (Anthem, BFV, or Metro: Exodus) was thrown in.
 

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Just for reference, I just purchased this card in early March 2019, and after just 3 months on the market, the EVGA and the FE cards have skyrocketed in price. I watched sales for about a month and the lowest I could find the EVGA card was $399. The Nvidia FE edition hovered around $420+ so I'm satisfied with paying slightly less for a better card, especially since a free game (Anthem, BFV, or Metro: Exodus) was thrown in.
There was was that mishap at TSMC that affected a lot of waffers, but various RTX 2060 models have always been available at $349 or $359. I almost pulled the trigger on one, but decided not to in the end.
 
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