ASUS has announced a new range of graphics cards based on the latest Nvidia GeForce chips.
The new ASUS cards include the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, 2070 Super and 2060 Super, spanning several brands: ROG Strix, ASUS Dual and Turbo.
The new Super series of designs is based on the latest evolution of Nvidia's RTX series in its Turning line of GPU (graphics processing unit) designs. The new ‘Super' chip variants add more computing cores, higher clock speeds and increased video memory (VRAM), along with other internal improvements.
The new chips are said to offer the best performance-per-dollar and performance-per-watt of electrical power achieved so far. However, it should be noted that they are aimed at performance-conscious gamers, which implies ‘enthusiast' pricing and requires sufficient muscle in the PC's power supply (up to 250W TDP).
This latest wave of Nvidia chip designs pushes PC gaming capability up by another notch. GPU power is actually becoming increasingly significant. It has recently been reported that sales of gaming PCs are flattening, as more gamers discover they can keep up with the latest game releases by simply upgrading their graphics card.
It is also significant that the newer Nvidia designs add features - most notably ray-tracing, for realistic reflections - that few games have implemented. So the technology is in fact running ahead of both the software and the large base of installed hardware.
As usual with a new chip release, individual manufacturers tweak the basic design, adjusting speeds and adding their own innovative cooling solutions. The new ASUS offering in fact focuses on novel cooling designs, re-emphasizing the main limiting factor facing today's PC technology: disposing of waste heat.
The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 20 Super uses the company's Wing-blade fan design, while the RTX 2070 and 2080 Super cards use its new Axial-tech fan configuration, with three fans and MaxContact technology to ensure the best transfer of heat from chips to the metal heatsink. ASUS also adds its own software package, including tools to tweak performance.
ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 20 Super EVO series cards use more lateral space in the PC case (termed a "2.7-slot footprint"), allowing a thicker heatsink and protective backplate, along with dual Axial-tech fans.
ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2070 and 2060 Super cards are a particular nod to real-world constraints. They're designed specifically to work in PCs that have restricted cooling airflow. Rather than simply pulling air in from the side of the card, these new cards feature a shroud that creates an air intake zone above each fan, helping to ensure good cooling even in a cramped PC case.
ROG Strix, ASUS Dual EVO and ASUS Turbo EVO GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and 2060 SUPER graphics cards will be available worldwide on July 9, 2019. ROG Strix and ASUS Dual EVO GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics cards will be available worldwide on July 23, 2019. Pricing was not included in the announcement.
[Image: ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070S.]