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Does upgrading my graphics card to a new "NVIDIA 2060 Super" edition make sense on my system?

My current graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

My current processor: Intel Core i7-6700K


16 megs RAM, 500 megs SSD

Note: I am asking about upgrading to the newly released 2060 Super which is benchmarking better than the 2070 and was released last week.

My question is will I see a noticeable improvement in graphics for gaming in mid applications like Second Life and even high end games like Wolfenstein 2 (the new promotion comes with a free elease of the new game) or is it overkill for a 6th generation I7 processor? Will Ray Tracing even work on my system?

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
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    The card is 30 watts higher power which isn't much, and standard design is 1x8 pin instead of the 2x6 pin so just beware of split rail power supplies and you are 550W or higher bronze or better efficiency.

    What display resolution? In many games you just raise fps of 1920x1080 and on others you can play 4K smoothly.

    2060 Super varies i benchmarking versus 2070 and usually 2070 is better.

    Versus GTX 970, at 4K gaming, you get about double performance with a 2060 Super

    at 1920x1080 about 80% apparently. With each, sometimes more, sometimes less.

    Wolfenstein II, 4K Extreme, about 50fps average with the RTX 2060 Suoer

    About 125 fps 1080p Ultra

    A GTX 970 4K Extreme choppy fps about 30 fps, Should hold stable 60fps 1080p averaging about 70 or so

    Second Life is a year 2012 release. It's a low end application. A GTX 1060 shows over 200fps. I don't think it was designed for 4K.

    Your guidance of change, in 2019 game Far Cry New Dawn, GTX 970 manages close to 60 fps 1080p Ultra

    RTX 2060 Super plays 4K at 60fps Ultra and 83fps on 1920x1080

    Most games will do much higher fps on 1920x1080 compared to what you have, but the RTX 2060 Super is unlocking 4K gaming capable.

    That's why your display is important to know.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Hellyeah.....................that would be a great upgrade. By the time the RTX 2060 Super is obsolete, so will be the Core i7 6700k. I'd say do it and don't look back, because you won't. You can sell off your GTX 970 and make at least $130cad which will make the deal sweeter.

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  • 9 months ago

    The Core i7-6700k is still considered to be a very good CPU for most things and it's still considered to be a very good CPU for gaming. No problems there. An old Core i7-3770k can keep up with the older 6gb RTX 2060 just as long as the CPU is paired with higher speed memory like 2133mhz.

    There are very few games that support Ray-Tracing and by the time there are more games that do the current RTX line will be obsolete. 9th Generation consoles will support Ray-Tracing but it will be a year or two after those Consoles are released when you see a rich library of games that support Ray-Tracing.

    If you're still gaming on a 1920x1080 monitor that runs at 60-75hz then don't bother upgrading the Graphics card. Something like a GTX 1070 or 1660ti does very well at 1080p if your target Framerate is 60fps. You need at least a 1440p 60hz or 1080p 144hz monitor to appreciate the RTX 2060 Super. The RTX 2060 Super is nearly 100% faster than the venerable GTX 970.

    I would have no problem upgrading from a GTX 970 to an RTX 2060 Super in a system with a Core i7-6700k.

    From the reviews I've read, the RTX 2070 edges out the RTX 2060 Super in most games, but there are a couple games in which the RTX 2060 Super wins by 1fps. If you can get the regular RTX 2070 for cheaper then go for that. It might not be a terrible idea to wait 'till Prime Day which is this Monday because most other retailers are also having their own sales.

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  • Eddi
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    My display is 2560 x 1440 right now. It is a 32 inch HP advanced color display.

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