The best Nvidia RTX 2060 deals of 2019

The best Nvidia RTX 2060 deals of 2019
The best Nvidia RTX 2060 deals of 2019

One of the best Nvidia RTX 2060 deals is always going to be tempting, and it's the perfect card, in the latest series, for all but the most extreme PC builds. It's an incredible attractive and popular contender in the RTX range as it offers a wicked package of power, performance and competitive pricing and ultimately, for a 20-series card, value. When it comes to the hard numbers, the 2060 features 1920 of the CUDA cores—these do most of the card’s calculations (the GTX 1070 has the same number)—30 RT cores for five gigarays that enable ray-tracing, and 240 Tensor cores (the deep-learning processors responsible for things like DLSS). These numbers are backed up by 6GB of GDDR6 memory providing 14Gbps of bandwidth (by comparison, the 1060 and 1070 6GBs make do with 8Gbps).

It has remained pretty popular since it came out and manufacturers often have several models each, all of different in-card specs to attract you with. Therefore, choosing the right one for your machine and your budget can be a bit of a minefield. But we recommend you keep going and persevere with the 2060 as it easily one of the best graphics cards of the day (read more about why in our review) and use this guide to help track down the best current prices for the GPU. The 2060 is the most accessible way to benefit and obtain ray-tracing so when the prices of them do dip, they are fantastically tempting.

To check out your alternatives in both directions, see the best Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 deals and the best Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 prices to ensure your bases are covered. 

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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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