Prime Day is peeking just over the horizon, and that means it's a great time for sales on the best graphics cards, and a fantastic time to be hunting for the best Nvidia RTX 2060 deals. The 2060 remains the cheapest way to get on the ray tracing bandwagon, and it's an excellent mainstream card for 1080p and 1440p gaming. With the Super cards emerging just today, and with Prime Day unfolding on the 15th, we're already seeing excellent discounts on the entire original 20-series, and the 2060 is no exception. A Newegg sale hatching just this morning, in fact, pushed the 2060 below $300, to its lowest price point ever.
The best Nvidia RTX 2060 deals are happening right now, and the opportunity to score a card that delivers excellent QHD performance at 144hz or higher at a massive discount is extremely choice. The discounts are likely to hit a fever pitch when Prime Day kicks off on July 15th, so keep a close eye on our Amazon Prime Day PC deals hub for all the hottest graphics cards sales, and deals on everything else under the PC hardware sun.
Best Nvidia RTX 2060 price and deals today
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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