Overall and Final Verdict
With both the RTX 2070 SUPER and the RTX 5700 XT both out now it is clear that the RX 5700 XT has been the better value, but the RTX 2070 SUPER comes in above it in performance. The Gigabyte RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC only widens that gap with its small but surprisingly effective overclock that gained a solid 2 FPS at 1080p and 1440p over the Founders Edition 2070 SUPER that I previously tested. What I was most surprised though with the Gaming OC was that it ended up being a little more power-efficient than the Founders Edition. Its cooler did a great job as well both in cooling performance, running cooler than anything else I tested it against with the stock fan profile. It is also surprisingly quiet, even with the three fans.
The overall design and look of the Gaming OC is going to be hit and miss depending on what your preference is. I do like that they have a nice color neutral design and the angular look is simple and to the point. Comparing the Gaming OC with the Founders Edition, I still prefer the thick metal fan shroud. The Gaming OC does have RGB lighting over the Founders Edition, but I think Gigabyte would be a little better off with a few RGB accents on the card, similar to what Asus does rather than just lighting up the Gigabyte logo on top. The Gaming OC’s long triple fan design also has its pro’s and cons. It is a little longer than the average 2070 SUPER but it also sticks with a more standard card height where a lot of the other aftermarket cards are extremely tall.
So is the Gigabyte RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC the card to get? Well like I mentioned before, the RX 5700 XT is still a better value assuming the aftermarket cards perform better on cooling that the blower design and assuming you can find cards. Availability right now is extremely tight. The RTX 2070 SUPER, if you have the extra money is going to be faster and a “little” easier to come across right now. The Gaming OC specifically comes in at $549.99 which is $50 more than the Founders Edition. That gets you improved cooling, a few FPS better in game performance, and a quieter card. Is it the best possible option? That will have to wait until I have the chance to check out more cards. But I was impressed with the performance and it is a solid option assuming you can find one.
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