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MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G Review

Our newest GPU test procedure has been built with the intention of benchmarking high-end graphics cards. We test at 1920×1080 (1080p), 2560×1440 (1440p), and 3840×2160 (4K UHD) resolutions.

We try to test using the DX12 API if titles offer support. This gives us an interpretation into the graphics card performance hierarchy in the present time and the near future, when DX12 becomes more prevalent. After all, graphics cards of this expense may stay in a gamer’s system for a number of product generations/years before being upgraded.

We tested the RX Vega64 and Vega56 using the ‘Turbo‘ power mode in AMD’s WattMan software. This prioritises all-out performance over power efficiency, noise output, and lower thermals.

As mentioned, the RTX 2060 Gaming Z has a boost clock of 1830MHz, while memory is left at stock speeds.

Driver Notes

  • All AMD graphics cards were benchmarked with the Adrenalin 18.11.1 driver.
  • Nvidia graphics cards (apart from RTX 20 series cards) were benchmarked with the Nvidia 399.24 driver.
  • RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti cards were benchmarked with the Nvidia 411.63 driver.
  • RTX 2070 cards were benchmarked with the Nvidia 416.33 driver.
  • RTX 2060 was benchmarked with the Nvidia 417.54 driver supplied to press ahead of launch.

Test System

We test using the Overclockers UK Germanium pre-built system. You can read more about it over HERE. It is important to note we have had to re-house the components to an open-air test bench to accommodate our new GPU power testing (more on that later) but the core of the system is unchanged and the performance figures you see presented here are what you can expect from the Germanium.

Intel Core i7-8700K
Overclocked to 4.8GHz
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
Team Group Dark Hawk RGB
16GB (2x8GB) @ 3200MHz 16-18-18-38
Graphics Card
System Drive
Patriot Wildfire 240GB
Games Drive Crucial M4 512GB
Chassis Streacom ST-BC1 Bench
CPU Cooler
OCUK TechLabs 240mm AIO
Power Supply
SuperFlower Leadex II 850W 80Plus Gold
Operating System
Windows 10 Professional

Comparison Graphics Cards List

  • Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition (FE) 11GB
  • ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Ti Strix 11GB
  • Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition (FE) 8GB
  • Gigabyte RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8GB
  • Palit RTX 2080 GameRock Premium 8GB
  • ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Strix OC 8GB
  • Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtreme 8GB
  • MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8GB
  • MSI RTX 2070 Armor 8GB
  • Palit RTX 2070 GameRock Premium 8GB
  • Zotac RTX 2070 OC Mini 8GB
  • Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition (FE) 6GB
  • ASUS ROG RTX 2060 Strix OC 6GB
  • Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (FE) 11GB
  • Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8GB
  • Palit GTX 1070 Ti Super Jetstream 8GB
  • Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition (FE) 8GB
  • Nvidia GTX 1060 Founders Edition (FE) 6GB
  • Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti XTREME Gaming 6GB
  • AMD RX Vega 64 Air 8GB
  • AMD RX Vega 56 8GB
  • Sapphire RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition (SE) 8GB
  • XFX RX 590 Fatboy 8GB
  • Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+ 8GB
  • ASUS RX 570 ROG Strix Gaming OC 4GB

Where a card has been tested using both on-board BIOS profiles, a (P) at the end of the name indicates use of the Performance BIOS, and a (Q) at the end of the name indicates use of the Quiet BIOS.

Software and Games List

  • 3DMark Fire Strike & Fire Strike Ultra (DX11 Synthetic)
  • 3DMark Time Spy (DX12 Synthetic)
  • 3DMark Port Royal (DXR Synthetic)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (DX12)
  • Far Cry 5 (DX11)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (DX11)
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War (DX11)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
  • Battlefield V w/ RTX (DX12)
  • Final Fantasy XV w/ DLSS (DX11)

We run each benchmark/game three times, and present averages in our graphs.

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