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(Review) KFA2 GeForce RTX 2070 Super EX Gamer

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(Analysis) KFA2 GeForce RTX 2070 Super EX Gamer – It is not very common to see KFA2 products ‘in the wild’, but apparently, the brand will bet strong and ugly in the National market, after having had a brutal success in the Brazil where he uses the name ‘GALAX’.

That said, the RTX 2070 Super EX Gamer Black that we have for analysis, may well be one of the most interesting solutions if you want to play with a lot of quality, and of course, you want to connect the famous RTX without major performance losses (thanks to DLSS 2.0 ).

After all, this RTX 2070 Super uses the same GPU as the ‘old lady’ RTX 2080, but calmly, there are some differences. Let’s do it by steps.

(Review) KFA2 GeForce RTX 2070 Super EX Gamer

Therefore, the KFA2 GeForce RTX 2070 Super EX Gamer comes equipped with 3 fans, as well as a massive backplate, to offer everything we need in terms of robustness and cooling performance.

We also have access to a small section with LED lighting, which is undeniably a bit ‘Gamery’, and therefore, it may not please all consumers.

But is an RTX 2070 Super enough to play the few (but good) games with RTX available?

In case you don’t remember, the RTX 2000 card range (NVIDIA Turing) promised a lot in this field, but it quickly started to disappoint when Battlefield V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider hit the shelves… After all, the cost of performance to activate the functionality was too heavy, especially if you hadn’t bought one of the most powerful graphics cards of the generation, or as it were, the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti.

Still, NVIDIA’s commitment to this technology has continued, with more and more games taking advantage of realistic reflections and refractions of light rendered in real time. And of course, following this strategy, as you may know, we eventually had the launch of the RTX 2000 Super! The answer to AMD Radeon’s RX 5700 and 5600! A range of cards that did not revolutionize, but that undeniably brought some performance gains to the PC world, especially when we look at the middle of the product range, namely when we look at the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super, which without a doubt already bring some interesting capabilities to the new generation of games.

RTX On vs RTX Off (Some examples of technology in play)

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

DLSS: It’s not just the RTX that makes the difference in the ‘Super’

NVIDIA graphics cards based on the Turing architecture have brought a lot of new technology to the table. Where it is clear, we must emphasize Ray-Tracing. However, we also have another super interesting novelty, DLSS technology or Deep Learning Super Sampling, which is equally powerful, but much more difficult to explain.

After all, DLSS technology only serves to increase graphics fidelity, while increasing the performance of your card … That is, it is potentially even more important than Ray Tracing.

DLSS? After all … What is it?

Deep Learning Super Sampling, or DLSS, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce a high-resolution image without ruining the processing power of the GPU.

In other words, NVIDIA’s algorithms learn through tens of thousands of images generated by supercomputers, so that later DLSS will be able to offer images as or more beautiful, without having to put the graphics card to work hard.

It’s almost as if the job is already done, and the DLSS just has to put it into play.

Example: Control in 4K Extreme with RTX On, is able to reach 57 FPS with DLSS on, while on the image on the right side, with DLSS off, the framerate is at 36. We are talking about almost doubling the frames , with simple features inherent to any RTX 2000, including this KFA2 RTX 2070 Super.

RTX 2070 Super! What is the difference between the ‘normal’ RTX 2070 and the new ‘Super’?

The new and revamped RTX 2070 Super brings a few extra bits, as it features 2560 stream processors instead of the 2304 of the original version of the RTX 2070 (the RTX 2080 has 2944). In addition, it also brings an improvement in base and boost frequencies, as well as 8GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory. After all, as I said above, the RTX 2070 Super uses the same GPU as the ‘original’ RTX 2080, it has a slightly different configuration.

In fact, the KFA2 GeForce RTX 2070 Super EX Gamer Black does not differ much from what the reference RTX 2070 Super offers, bringing with it 8GB of GDDR6 memory powered by a 256-bit bus. However, the board requires extra power from a pair of cables (8 pins + 6 pins), to bring the slightly higher frequencies of this version to life.

As for the price, we are talking about a board that costs ~ 550 € depending on the store, which makes it a very interesting solution for our portfolio, especially when we consider the 7 + 2 phase power system.

To finish the introduction, the KFA2 board offers 4 image outputs, one HDMI and three DisplayPort.

Installation, Consumption and Temperature

Installing a graphics card will never be something that requires a bachelor or master’s degree, after all, you just have to ensure that the card fits in its box, which fits well into the PCIe input, and connects the power cables of the source . Obviously, it’s a good idea to have a source with enough power to bring this girl to life! I don’t want a cable with molex adapters here. Therefore, at least 600W 80+ Silver or 550W 80+ Gold. If you are thinking of doing OC, it might be a good idea to choose an even more equipped font.

Finally, turn on the PC, install the latest drivers, and that’s it, Chocapic is done.

Consumption

To realize the maximum consumption of a graphics card, it is necessary to do continuous stress tests to bring the GPU to its maximum capacity, leaving the CPU at ease. Thus, we were able to find out what energy the card will actually consume.

That said, the KFA2 RTX 2070 Super EX Gamer Black reached 220W, which is slightly below the reference RTX 2080 (230W), slightly above its direct rival, AMD’s RX 5700 XT (203W)

Temperature

Although many users do not care about this topic, the temperatures IDLE (when you are not doing anything) and LOAD (when you are at maximum capacity) are very important when buying a graphics card. After all, a GPU that is too hot may affect the component’s longevity, and of course, I don’t think I want to spend € 550 again anytime soon.

That said, an IDLE temperature below 50 ° C is very satisfactory, while below 40 ° C it is simply brutal. However, in Full LOAD everything will depend on the manufacturer’s specification, but normally NVIDIA graphics cards are fresh, so anything below 70 ºC is cool.

  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super (IDLE) -> 38 ºC
  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super (LOAD) -> 65 ºC

However, the plate temperature reached a maximum of 65ºC in stress tests, which is really very good. In IDLE, the fans do not work to keep the PC quiet. However, the board shows some Coil Whine at moderate levels of use.

Overclocking

So, as the KFA2 board is fresh, we went with some confidence to the OC, achieving a ~ 10% increase in final performance without major difficulties.

Performance (Benchmarks)

Performance (Games)

Gears 5 (FHD Ultra / DirectX 12)

  • RTX 2080 -> 111 FPS
  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super -> 108 FPS
  • RX 5700 XT -> 106 FPS
  • RTX 2070 -> 90 FPS

(WQHD – 2560 x 1440 – Ultra / DirectX 12)

  • RTX 2080 -> 80 FPS
  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super -> 78 FPS
  • RX 5700 XT -> 74 FPS
  • RTX 2070 -> 63 FPS

Battlefield 5 (FHD Ultra / DirectX 12)

  • RX 5700 XT -> 146 FPS
  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super -> 134 FPS
  • RTX 2080 -> 131 FPS
  • RTX 2070 -> 114 FPS

Ray Tracing On

  • KFA RTX 2070 Super -> 80 FPS (130 FPS with RTX Off)

(WQHD – 2560 x 1440 – Ultra / DirectX 12)

  • RX 5700 XT -> 109 FPS
  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super -> 106 FPS
  • RTX 2080 -> 106 FPS
  • RTX 2070 -> 88 FPS

Ray Tracing On

  • KFA RTX 2070 Super -> 65 FPS (106 FPS with RTX Off)

Metro Exodus (FHD Ultra / DirectX 12)

  • RTX 2080 -> 79 FPS
  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super -> 76 FPS
  • RX 5700 XT -> 75 FPS
  • RTX 2070 -> 60 FPS

Ray-Tracing On

  • KFA RTX 2070 Super -> 63 FPS (76 FPS with RTX Off)

(WQHD – 2560 x 1440 – Ultra / DirectX 12)

  • RTX 2080 -> 62 FPS
  • KFA2 RTX 2070 Super -> 60 FPS
  • RX 5700 XT -> 59 FPS
  • RTX 2070 -> 47 FPS

Ray-Tracing On

  • KFA RTX 2070 Super -> 55 FPS (60 FPS with RTX Off)

Conclusion

KFA2 did a phenomenal job on this RTX 2070 Super! We have a black design that does not impress, but also does not disappoint, as well as some LED lighting to be able to ‘fit’ in any setup.

All of this in a package with excellent performance at a very attractive price in relation to the competition. After all, we are talking about a card capable of offering 2 ~ 3% more performance compared to the reference model from NVIDIA, allowing to reach another ~ 10% with some OC.

In short, it is a graphics card capable of rivaling the all-powerful GTX 1080 Ti that continues to be very successful in the market after having reigned everything and everyone for 2 years. While approaching the ‘normal’ RTX 2080, at significantly less cost! Furthermore, it is consistently above its main rival, the RX 5700 XT.

Therefore, we are talking about a spectacular performance level for any gamer who wants to play at high resolutions and high frame synchronization rates.

Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.

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