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MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G Review

Rating: 7.5.

With RTX 2060 now out in the wild, we continue our look at the custom cards manufactured by Nvidia's partners. Today we turn to MSI and its RTX 2060 Gaming Z model – a factory overclocked card with a boost clock of 1830MHz, we can expect the Gaming Z to outperform Nvidia's Founders Edition by a decent margin. The question is whether or not this extra performance is worth a £70 price premium over the Founders Edition – so let's find out.

On top of the increased out of the box frequency, the RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G also sports MSI's 7th generation Twin Frozr cooler, a brushed metal backplate, as well as some obligatory RGB lighting. It's perhaps not as over the top as something like the ASUS ROG RTX 2060 Strix OC we reviewed previously, but then again it is also £50 cheaper and still comes factory overclocked. Let's see just how good this card really is.

GPU RTX 2080 (FE)  GTX 1080 RTX 2070 (FE)  GTX 1070  RTX 2060 (FE)  GTX 1060
SMs  46  20 36 15 30 10
CUDA Cores  2944 2560 2304 1920 1920 1280
Tensor Cores  368 N/A 288 N/A 240 N/A
Tensor FLOPS  85 N/A 63 N/A 51.6 N/A
RT Cores 46 N/A 36 N/A 30 N/A
Texture Units 184 160 144 120 120 80
ROPs 64 64 64 64 48 48
Rays Cast  8 Giga Rays/sec 0.877 Giga Rays/sec 6 Giga Rays/sec 0.65 Giga Rays/sec 5 Giga Rays/sec 0.44 Giga Rays/sec
RTX Performance  60 Trillion RTX-OPS  8.9 Trillion RTX-OPS 45 Trillion RTX-OPS 6.5 Trillion RTX-OPS 37 Trillion RTX-OPS N/A
GPU Boost Clock  1800 MHz  1733 MHz 1710 MHz 1683 MHz 1680 MHz 1708 MHz
Memory Data Rate 14 Gbps 10 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps
Total Video Memory  8GB GDDR6  8GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR6 6GB GDRR5
Memory Interface   256-bit  256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth  448 GB/sec  320 GB/sec  448 GB/sec 256 GB/sec 336.1 GB/sec 192 GB/sec
TDP  225W  180W 185W 150W 160W 120W

Unlike the other cards in the RTX 20-series,  Nvidia's RTX 2060 Founders Edition is not a factory overclocked model – so the 1680MHz boost clock from that card is in fact reference speed. That means MSI's Gaming Z, with its default boost clock of 1830MHz, is essentially a factory overclock of +150MHz from reference. We can still expect this card to run faster than that in the real world, thanks to GPU Boost, but we will get to that later in the review.

The GDDR6 memory speeds have been left at stock, though, meaning a frequency of 1750MHz, giving 14000 MHz (effective) speeds.

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