To start off my testing I ran the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X through a few synthetic benchmarks. They don’t give us in game performance, but they are consistent and typically are well optimized in drivers to give a good direct comparison from card to card. I’m especially curious how the 1695 MHz clock speed of the Gaming X compares with the RTX 2060 Super Founders Edition’s 1650 MHz. The first three tests are all based on the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark which is a little older and DirectX 11 based. The Performance test is 1080p focused, Extreme is 1440p, and Ultra is 4k. In the performance setting the Gaming X comes in above the Founders Edition but not with a significant gap between the two. The gap is a little wider on the Extreme test and smaller on the Ultra test but all three have the Gaming X coming in a little faster but not enough to get close to the new RX 5700. The RX 5700’s both did much better in DX11 tasks where Turing based Nvidia GPUs excel at DX12.
So speaking of DirectX 12, the two 3DMark Time Spy tests are new DX12 focused tests. They currently have the two detail levels and here the Nvidia cards do much better. The clock speed improvement shows a bigger improvement on both tests and in the normal Time Spy test it was enough to jump the Radeon VII and RX 5700 XT when going from the Founders Edition to the Gaming X. At the higher detail level, it put the Gaming X close to the Radeon VII with the Founders Edition behind it and you can see how both RX 5700’s are much farther behind.
So with this being an RTX card, I did want to check out ray tracing performance and to do that I used the 3DMark Port Royal test. Right now AMD cards haven’t received support for DirectX Raytracing so the results are exclusive to the Nvidia cards right now. The Gaming X gained 96 points over the Founders Edition 2060 Super here.
For the last test, I switched over to Superposition which is a Unigine Engine based test to get a look at performance using one of the most popular game engines. For this test, I only tested at 1080p but I tested at medium and extreme detail levels with the extreme detail being very demanding. The Gaming X saw a big improvement here, being enough to bridge the gap between the 2060 Super FE and the RX 5700 XT at the medium setting but at the extreme setting, it passed the RX 5700 XT by a large margin, getting close to the Radeon VII in performance.