It is not very common to see KFA2 products ‘in the wild’ in Portuguese stores, but it seems that the brand will really bet strong and ugly in the national market! This after having had a brutal success in Brazil where he uses the name ‘GALAX’.
That said, the manufacturer has two very interesting RTX 2060 Super cards, the EX version that we already had the opportunity to review, as well as the Gamer version that promises to offer good performance at a slightly lower price. In short, these are two components that actually impressed us in the performance / price department. After all, we are talking about two cards that 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, these two RTX 2060 Super use the same GPU as the ‘old lady’ RTX 2070, but calm, there are some differences. Let’s do it by steps.
(Review) KFA2 RTX 2060 Super Gamer: RGB has hit graphics cards hard!
With this RTX 2060 Super Gamer, KFA2 seems to have a great mission to demonstrate to players that RTX can be a friend of the wallet. At the end of the day, we are talking about a card that bets everything on the ‘budget’ market, bringing a very interesting Ray Tracing performance to the table, while we can still count on the brutal DLSS 2.0.
In short, if your goal is to play in Full HD (1080p), QHD (2K), or any Wide resolution in the middle of these, here is a board capable of showing you the way in the world of video games. However, do not think that you will get a lot of OC in this model, that there are some limitations present with the lowest price, especially in comparison to the EX model from the same manufacturer.
RTX 2060 Super! What is the difference between the ‘normal’ RTX 2060 and this new KFA2 ‘Super’?
All RTX Super use a GPU very similar to the version immediately above ‘non-Super’. That is, the RTX 2060 Super uses the GPU of the RTX 2070, while the RTX 2070 Super uses the GPU of the RTX 2080, but of course, similar … It’s not the same!
That said, the RTU 2060 Super TU106-410 GPU has 2176 CUDA cores, 272 Tensor cores, 34 RT cores, 136 TMUs and 64 ROPs. In comparison, the RTU 2070 TU106-400 GPU has 2304 CUDA cores, 288 Tensor cores, 36 RT cores and 144 TMUs. It is a difference that is not as significant as in the RTX 2070 Super vs RTX 2080 comparison, but it will still have some impact on performance.
What is important to keep in the middle of all this is that this ‘Super’ is capable of offering 7 computational power TFLOPs and 6 ray-tracing performance Giga-Rays.
But is an RTX 2060 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 (and remains) too heavy, especially if I 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, we eventually launched the RTX 2000 Super! A clear 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 feature, 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 2.0? After all … What is it?
Deep Learning Super Sampling, or DLSS, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce a high resolution image. This without ruining the GPU’s processing power. Do you know how?
In a nutshell, NVIDIA’s algorithms learn from tens of thousands of images generated by supercomputers, so that later the DLSS will be able to offer images as or more beautiful without having to put the graphics card to work hard. At the same time as this happens, NVIDIA drivers lower the game’s resolution on the screen, to later upscale the images generated by the AI. To get a sense of this, NVIDIA promises an upscale up to 4x with DLSS 2.0… That is, if you put the game to render everything in FHD, DLSS will handle everything for the output to reach 4K, with 3 in every 4 pixels will be generated through a neural network! A little scary isn’t it? It is a super interesting technology and full of potential.
In fact, it’s almost as if the job has already been done, and the DLSS just had 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.
It is a more ‘slim’ plate, designed to take up less space on your machine while still offering a performance worthy of the name ‘Super’. However, the design philosophy of this model has some disadvantages. It is that despite having an extra fan in relation to the ‘EX’ model, the temperature suffers from this choice. In our tests, the plate was always close to the limit defined by us in the MSI Afterburner, that is, always close to 86/87 ºC, which will not affect performance immediately, but it can certainly influence the longevity of the product.
In addition, compared to the RTX 2060 Super EX, this ‘Gamer’ only has an extra 8-pin input, while its more expensive sister has 8 + 6 inputs.
The two KFA2 cards impressed in performance / price, however, it is undeniable that this ‘Gamer’ is a few holes below its sister, something immediately noticeable when we take it out of the box and we see only 8 extra power pins. But let’s go to the benchmarks.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (OC and No OC)
Call of Duty Modern Warfare
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
3DMark Time Spy
In short, the KFA2 RTX 2060 Super Gamer is a very interesting card for the price, without major negative points to highlight. Except for the weaker OC temperature and capacity, due to the fact that the card only has an extra 8-pin power supply.
The performance is good, the aspect is interesting when bringing RGB fans on the table. Being an excellent alternative to the more expensive solutions, which in fact, offer a very similar performance in game.
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
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