With the launch of Nvidia’s 20-series GPUs seemingly an eternity ago, Nvidia has finally announced a January 15th release date for their Geforce RTX 2060. The new graphics card uses the same GPU core as the GTX 2070, the TU106, though is cut down featuring 1920 CUDA cores, 240 tensor cores, 30 RT cores, 120 TMUs and 48 ROPs. This allows the card to be capable of up to 6.5 TFLOPS, which is roughly equivalent to the performance of a GeForce GTX 1070 while still maintaining a 160w TDP compared to the 120w and 150w of the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 respectively. It comes equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 running on an 192-bit bus, providing a bandwidth of 336GB/s (the same as the older GTX 980TI).
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The card does sit at the high end of the mid-range market at $349. This is partly due to the fact that Nvidia doesn’t have much direct competition and the fact that the GPU die is slightly larger than the GTX 1070 which will likely increase cost. This card does include all of Nvidia’s latest RTX features, though this one is much like the GTX 2070, and will need to lean strongly on features like DLSS in order to be able to competently do ray tracing without significant performance drops.
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Reviews that have been published recently does show the RTX 2060 performing faster than the GTX 1070 and 1070TI which makes the high pricing seem a bit easier to swallow, as this likely is the best value in the entire RTX lineup. Nvidia went on to show slides of it getting average FPS’s of above 60FPS with high settings and medium quality at 1440P with DLSS enabled.
Nvidia will be including a game bundle which includes Anthem or Battlefield 5 with the RTX 2060/70 cards and both titles with RTX 2080/TI models. Nvidia also stated that the official launch will be on January 5th. Both of these titles will feature DLSS and Battlefield 5 currently supports ray tracing, so this seems like a good idea to push their new cards with games that can actually use the functionality.