One of the strongest and most popular contenders for GPU for your build, based on its power, performance and price point, the RTX 2060 is perfect for all but the most extreme builds. But because of its sustained popularity after it burst on to the scene, it can be a bit of a job choosing the right one for you. We really think its worth pursuing though as it is is easily one of the best graphics cards going right now, and you read more about why we think so in its review.
In terms of hard specifications, the 2060 features 1920 of the CUDA cores that do the donkey work and most of the card’s calculations ( the GTX 1070 has the same number) along with 240 Tensor cores (the deep-learning processors responsible for things like DLSS) and 30 RT cores for five gigarays that enable ray-tracing. These beastly stats are backed up by 6GB of GDDR6 memory providing 14Gbps of bandwidth (the 1060 6GBs and the 1070s make do with 8Gbps).
With its ability to actually offer the support for the ray-tracing feature, the 2060 card represents the most accessible way to benefit and obtain ray-tracing so when these cards get more affordable and deals are around, they are a deliciously attractive purchase.
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Nvidia’s own figures put performance at 1440p solidly in the ballpark of the newly discontinued GTX 1070Ti, an 8GB card with 500 more CUDA cores that can currently run anything you throw at it in Ultra at 1080p, and makes occasional forays into 4K too as long as you don’t mind 30fps.
The new RTX card beats the older generation’s GTX 1070 at 1080p, and offers Battlefield V at 60fps with raytracing enabled, according to Nvidia. PC Gamer’s testing bears this out, with the 17-game average at 1080p seeing it neck-and-neck with the 1070Ti at 1080p and Ultra settings, and pulling away from the older card slightly at 1440p. The gap closes again at 4K, depending on what your definition of a playable framerate is, but the message here is that this is a capable card able to do justice to modern PC games.
The new card splits the GTX 1070s when it comes to power consumption, pulling 160W - more than the GTX 1060’s 120W and the GTX 1070’s 150W, but less than the 1070Ti’s 180W, and connects to the PSU with a single eight-pin connector just like the 1070s.
Apart from raytracing, which is yet to make itself an unmissable feature - although it may become that in the future - the benefit of the new RTX cards is DLSS, or Deep Learning Super Sampling. The idea here is the card renders internally at a lower resolution than it’s set to output, and the Tensor cores upscale the image intelligently so you’d never know the difference. It’s a clever way of squeezing extra performance out of a chip, and is supported by precisely one game at the time of writing - Final Fantasy 15 (Battlefield V is getting it in a patch). And only then if you want 4K output. Still images created with DLSS look a bit blurrier, but in motion you’ll hardly notice, and it boosts performance by around 25%.
Nvidia’s new card brings modern rendering technology to the majority of PC gamers playing at 1080p, and with a US price of $350 looks to do so at a price that’s high, but not so high as the higher-spec Turing cards. An upgrade now, or when discount season is in full swing, could boost the framerates on a whole range of the most popular games.
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