The RTX 2060 is perfect for all but the most extreme builds, as it is definitely one of the strongest and most popular contenders for GPU for any gaming PC build. It offers an attractive package of power, performance and competitive pricing, so value is also pretty good for this card. In terms of the hard numbers and specifications, the 2060 features 1920 of the CUDA cores—these do 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 mega stats are backed up by 6GB of GDDR6 memory providing a not-inconsiderable 14Gbps of bandwidth (the 1060 6GBs and the 1070s make do with 8Gbps).
Such is its sustained popularity since it came out, there's now a whole host of the mto sift through, and choosing the best fit for your budget and your rig is a bit of a mind fudge. However, while some prices remain high (at first inspection) we really recommend pursuing the 2060 as it is easily one of the best graphics cards going right now—read more about why in our review.
The 2060 card represents the most accessible way to benefit and obtain ray-tracing due to its, well, ability to actually support the thing itself. As a result, when these cards get more affordable and their prices drop, they are fantastically tempting.
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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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