Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super GameRock Premium Review 8

Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super GameRock Premium Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • Palit's GeForce RTX 2070 Super GameRock Premium is listed for €570 (including VAT), which we converted to US$540 for this review.
  • Much faster than the RTX 2070
  • Idle fan-stop (on 2nd BIOS)
  • Very quiet in gaming (2nd BIOS)
  • Low temperatures
  • Backplate included
  • Dual BIOS
  • RTX Raytracing and DLSS
  • Game bundle includes both Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • VESA Adaptive-Sync, HDMI 2.0b, USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, 8K support
  • Power limit not increased over Founders Edition
  • Fan stop only available through optional 2nd BIOS
  • 2nd BIOS has lower clocks
  • Memory not overclocked
Palit has overclocked their RTX 2070 Super GameRock Premium by +60 MHz rated boost, to 1830 MHz, which results in a solid 5% performance increase over the Founders Edition, making the card almost 20% faster than the plain RTX 2070. The much more expensive RTX 2080 is only 2% faster. With a 8% lead, the Palit RTX 2070 Super GameRock Premium easily beats AMD's Radeon VII flagship, too, and the aging GTX 1080 Ti is 7% behind. AMD recently released the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 XT—the GameRock is 16% faster. With those performance numbers, we can easily recommend the card for gaming at 1440p.

Palit's large triple-slot thermal solution is identical to that of the company's RTX 2080 Super JetStream, so it brings plenty of cooling power to the table. Using the default BIOS, temperatures are 5°C better than on the RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition with slightly lower fan noise. While the card's default mode does not include fan stop, using the second BIOS, which is just a switch away due to dual-BIOS functionality, lets you enable the highly popular idle-fan-stop feature, which completely shuts off the fans during idle, desktop work, and light gaming. In that mode, the card also runs substantially quieter with only 30 dBA, making it almost whisper quiet and one of the lowest-noise high-end gaming graphics cards on the market. Unfortunately, the second BIOS runs at reduced clock speeds, matching the Founders Edition, which is a shame as it requires you to compromise either on performance or noise levels. The better solution for users would have been to have the same clocks with just adjusted noise levels.

Palit did not increase their board power limit out of the box, which does help keep efficiency high, but at the cost of a little bit of extra performance, which could be gained from a higher power limit. The manual adjustment limit is much increased, though, at up to 300 W, which will be useful for overclockers. During manual overclocking, we saw typical clocks for an RTX 2070 Super on both GPU and memory, which yielded a 5% performance gain.

Unlike AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT, the NVIDIA RTX Super lineup comes with support for raytracing hardware acceleration. While that's not the most important feature to have right now, it looks like game developers are picking up on it, and many upcoming titles have been announced to feature raytracing, so the future might be bright for RTX.

We found Palit's card listed in Europe for €570, which we converted to $540 for this review. With a $40 price increase over the Founders Edition, pricing is not unreasonable even though I would like to see it closer to $30. Out of the box, the card is 5% faster than the Founders Edition, which would justify a $25 increase if looking at that alone. The bigger cooler and dual BIOS can certainly be worth a few more bucks, but competition is strong, with other vendors pricing their cards closer to the $500 mark. In order to sweeten the deal, NVIDIA includes a two-game bundle with all RTX Super cards consisting of Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Control. Both titles come with support for NVIDIA RTX raytracing to show off the capabilities of their new technology.
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