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Palit RTX 2060 SUPER JetStream 8GB Review

Rating: 7.0.

Nvidia's new SUPER graphics cards launched about two weeks ago, and we've reviewed both the 2060 SUPER and 2070 SUPER Founders Editions, as well as a 2070 SUPER custom card from MSI. Today, we are looking at Palit's custom RTX 2060 SUPER JetStream, priced at £429. It's got a rated boost clock of 1830MHz, making this one of the highest-clocked cards on the market, while it backs that up with a beefy dual-fan cooling solution. Is this the card to get?

When we reviewed MSI's RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming X Trio last week, one of the disappointing points we mentioned was the meagre 30MHz factory overclock. Palit seems to have heard our voice with its RTX 2060 SUPER JetStream as this is clocked 180MHz faster than reference, giving a rated boost clock of 1830MHz.

On top of that, Palit has outfitted the card with a 2.7-slot cooler, utilising five copper heatpipes, to keep GPU temperatures in check. There's definitely potential for this card to run faster, cooler and quieter than the Founders Edition, so let's see how it gets on.

GPU RTX 2080 (FE)  RTX 2070 SUPER RTX 2070 (FE)  RTX 2060 SUPER  RTX 2060 (FE) 
SMs  46  40 36 34 30
CUDA Cores  2944  2560 2304 2176 1920
Tensor Cores  368  320 288 272 240
Tensor FLOPS  85  72 63 57.4 51.6
RT Cores 46  40 36 34 30
Texture Units 184  160 144 136 120
ROPs 64  64 64 64 48
Rays Cast  8 Giga Rays  7 Giga Rays 6 Giga Rays 6 Giga Rays 5 Giga Rays
GPU Boost Clock  1800 MHz  1770 MHz 1710 MHz  1650 MHz 1680 MHz
Memory Data Rate 14 Gbps  14 Gbps 14 Gbps  14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Total Video Memory  8GB GDDR6  8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6  8GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6
Memory Interface   256-bit 256-bit 256-bit  256-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth  448 GB/sec 448 GB/sec  448 GB/sec   448 GB/sec 336.1 GB/sec
TDP  225W  215W 185W  175W 160W

We've not looked at a 2060 SUPER since our initial Founders Edition review, so it's worth quickly re-capping the core specification. 2060 SUPER uses Nvidia's TU106 GPU – the same as the vanilla RTX 2070. It has been slightly cut-down, however, as it incorporates 34 SMs, which is two less than the full implementation found with RTX 2070. This means 2060 SUPER has 2176 CUDA cores, versus 2304 with vanilla RTX 2070.

The 2070's memory allowance has trickled down to the 2060 SUPER, though, meaning we get 8GB GDDR6 clocked at 14Gbps – instead of the 6GB capacity found on vanilla RTX 2060. This operates over a 256-bit bus, with total memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

Where reference 2060 SUPER has a total graphics power rating of 175W, Palit has cranked this to 215W with its JetStream model – a 40W increase. This allows significantly faster clock speeds out of the box – an extra 180MHz for this Palit card, as we mentioned – and hopefully we will see some good gains via manual overclocking as well.

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