Monday, January 7th 2019

Hands On with a Pack of RTX 2060 Cards

NVIDIA late Sunday announced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card at $349. With performance rivaling the GTX 1070 Ti and RX Vega 56 on paper, and in some cases even the GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64, the RTX 2060 in its top-spec trim with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory, could go on to be NVIDIA's best-selling product from its "Turing" RTX 20-series. At the CES 2019 booth of NVIDIA, we went hands-on with a few of these cards, beginning NVIDIA's de-facto reference-design Founders Edition. This card indeed feels smaller and lighter than the RTX 2070 Founders Edition.

The Founders Edition still doesn't compromise on looks or build quality, and is bound to look slick in your case, provided you manage to find one in retail. The RTX 2060 launch will be dominated by NVIDIA's add-in card partners, who will dish out dozens of custom-design products. Although NVIDIA didn't announce them, there are still rumors of other variants of the RTX 2060 with lesser memory amounts, and GDDR5 memory. You get the full complement of display connectivity, including VirtualLink.
MSI showed off its RTX 2060 Ventus, an elegantly designed card that's positioned lower down its product-stack that's otherwise led by premium Gaming-Z series products. The Ventus borrows many design cues from the Founders Edition, and is perfect for RGB heathens who just need something to game with. Also lying around was an ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2060 O8G. This card is huge, and closely resembles the company's RTX 2070-based ROG Strix cards. A large dual fin-stack cooling solution lets ASUS dial up clock-speeds, while you get some ROG Strix exclusives, such as case fan headers.
EVGA went ahead and designed a triple-slot card based on the RTX 2060. This isn't an oversized card designed to compensate for its mid-range GPU; but rather a densely packed aluminium fin-stack cooler ventilated by a single fan, and is built along the same philosophy as the Ultra Silent series from the previous generation. ZOTAC and Inno3D each have compact board designs that have been built to a cost, and are expected to sell the most, due to aggressive pricing. These cards are guaranteed to fit in most cases, owing to a ~20 cm board length, nearly-standard height, and yet a dual-fan cooling solution.
Palit and Gainward each have a well-balanced board design that's neither too compact like ZOTAC, nor too beefy like the ASUS Strix. Both cards feature a dual-fan cooler, with an aluminium fin-stack heatsink, factory-overclock, and a ~23 cm board length. All these cards will debut on the 15th of January, however, NVIDIA's partners are expected to launch dozens more SKUs running up to Spring-Summer.
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27 Comments on Hands On with a Pack of RTX 2060 Cards

#2
renz496
Rahmat Sofyan, post: 3971853, member: 98404"
no review yet ?
Wizz ?
Probably on jan 15 when the card starts selling. It is common now to announced the card first and only let the review coming out one or two weeks later. Most reviewer probably did not get their sample until the day nvidia officially announced the card. Some probably much later. Even so they probably have NDA that review can only be published on 15th.
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#3
xkm1948
Saw a couple of reviews, so like 1070Ti or Vega56 performance. At the time I am typing this comment cheapest Vega56 is $369. And cheapest 1070Ti is like $439. I say it is pretty good value.
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#4
Berfs1
I TOLD U GUYS THE POWER PORT WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE CARD >:(
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#5
illli
xkm1948, post: 3971876, member: 50521"
Saw a couple of reviews, so like 1070Ti or Vega56 performance. At the time I am typing this comment cheapest Vega56 is $369. And cheapest 1070Ti is like $439. I say it is pretty good value.
Eh, last week you could get an EVGA 1070ti at a legit online store for $359 and had 2 games included. This 2060, with same performance at the same cost is pretty sad (if this had come in at $250 it would have been a different matter). No longer are people going to get price/performance of last gen upper tiers at lower tiers/cost. Especially when you factor in that RTX using a 2060 and 2070 is pretty awful... so that leaves DLSS, which... doesn't seem too appealing of an upgrade (if a person already has a 1070/1070ti/1080)
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#6
Darmok N Jalad
renz496, post: 3971863, member: 104135"
Probably on jan 15 when the card starts selling. It is common now to announced the card first and only let the review coming out one or two weeks later. Most reviewer probably did not get their sample until the day nvidia officially announced the card. Some probably much later. Even so they probably have NDA that review can only be published on 15th.
Anandtech has a FE review up. Hangs with the 1070 Ti and Vega.
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#7
xkm1948
illli, post: 3971908, member: 104001"
Eh, last week you could get an EVGA 1070ti at a legit online store for $359 and had 2 games included. This 2060, with same performance at the same cost is pretty sad (if this had come in at $250 it would have been a different matter). No longer are people going to get price/performance of last gen upper tiers at lower tiers/cost. Especially when you factor in that RTX using a 2060 and 2070 is pretty awful... so that leaves DLSS, which... doesn't seem too appealing of an upgrade (if a person already has a 1070/1070ti/1080)
Be happy with your 1070Ti then. Pascal inventory will dry up and this would be a good replacement for 1070Ti.
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#8
CheapMeat
Minor but damn awesome to see the power port on the front.
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#9
Rahmat Sofyan
some tech site and tech tube already reviewing the RTX 2060 FE .. still waiting for Wizz review
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#10
Robcostyle
illli, post: 3971908, member: 104001"
Eh, last week you could get an EVGA 1070ti at a legit online store for $359 and had 2 games included. This 2060, with same performance at the same cost is pretty sad (if this had come in at $250 it would have been a different matter). No longer are people going to get price/performance of last gen upper tiers at lower tiers/cost. Especially when you factor in that RTX using a 2060 and 2070 is pretty awful... so that leaves DLSS, which... doesn't seem too appealing of an upgrade (if a person already has a 1070/1070ti/1080)
I just thought about this way things would end up....
And If it gonna end that way - thus making RTX 3080 Ti cost like 3000$ and 3080 1500$, I wonder what they will do with consoles? Seems like next gen is going to hit 4K, seriously. And I can say current xonex and ps4pro output pretty neat picture, very close to pc high quality settings - so the whole situation is far more better than it was 5-10 years ago.
Simply put, before it was almost identical in terms price-perfomance quality, now, with 3x-6x difference, I doubt they will have customers left at all, exept of brain-dead pc enthusiast.
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#11
Darmok N Jalad
Robcostyle, post: 3971960, member: 176192"
I just thought about this way things would end up....
And If it gonna end that way - thus making RTX 3080 Ti cost like 3000$ and 3080 1500$, I wonder what they will do with consoles? Seems like next gen is going to hit 4K, seriously. And I can say current xonex and ps4pro output pretty neat picture, very close to pc high quality settings - so the whole situation is far more better than it was 5-10 years ago.
Simply put, before it was almost identical in terms price-perfomance quality, now, with 3x-6x difference, I doubt they will have customers left at all, exept of brain-dead pc enthusiast.
Having owned a PS4 Pro, it does make for some nice visuals, but it’s usually capped at 30FPS, especially at “4K.” I would hope that next gen will be able to do 60FPS at 4K, but the prettiness of games has already arrived on consoles. Considering consoles are played on big TVs from many feet away—making pixels harder to distinguish, I’d rather they chase 60 FPS over even higher resolutions.
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#12
neatfeatguy
Berfs1, post: 3971894, member: 163173"
I TOLD U GUYS THE POWER PORT WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE CARD :mad:
In some situations I could find that useful. In my current case with my current card - nope, wouldn't work. My card is right up next the radiator and the power port on the side wouldn't work.

My last case, lots of room. Power port on the end (side) of the card would have been better. I'd just route the power cable through the holes in the case and click it right in. But with the power port being on top of my current card I had to fight with the cable to get it to at the right angle and then try to push the excess cable back down to keep unnecessary cabling out of the way. I make it sound worse than it was. I just would have been slightly more convenient to have the power port on the side of my GPU with my last tower, that's all I'm trying to say.
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#13
cyneater
Over Priced much $100 to much IMO :P
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#14
Berfs1
neatfeatguy, post: 3972037, member: 70848"
In some situations I could find that useful. In my current case with my current card - nope, wouldn't work. My card is right up next the radiator and the power port on the side wouldn't work.

My last case, lots of room. Power port on the end (side) of the card would have been better. I'd just route the power cable through the holes in the case and click it right in. But with the power port being on top of my current card I had to fight with the cable to get it to at the right angle and then try to push the excess cable back down to keep unnecessary cabling out of the way. I make it sound worse than it was. I just would have been slightly more convenient to have the power port on the side of my GPU with my last tower, that's all I'm trying to say.
Lol if ur space cramped, u might as well get a single fan RTX 2060, and not the stock 2060. That’s what all the options are for!
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#15
Vayra86
Robcostyle, post: 3971960, member: 176192"
I just thought about this way things would end up....
And If it gonna end that way - thus making RTX 3080 Ti cost like 3000$ and 3080 1500$, I wonder what they will do with consoles? Seems like next gen is going to hit 4K, seriously. And I can say current xonex and ps4pro output pretty neat picture, very close to pc high quality settings - so the whole situation is far more better than it was 5-10 years ago.
Simply put, before it was almost identical in terms price-perfomance quality, now, with 3x-6x difference, I doubt they will have customers left at all, exept of brain-dead pc enthusiast.
Nothing is forever, check my sig ;)

Just because the market isn't in a good shape right now doesn't mean it won't change. Its always about ups and downs. The key is buying at the right time, and now is not it.
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#16
W1zzard
Rahmat Sofyan, post: 3971853, member: 98404"
no review yet ?
Wizz ?
card just arrived this morning, benching right now
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#17
lexluthermiester
Berfs1, post: 3971894, member: 163173"
I TOLD U GUYS THE POWER PORT WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE CARD :mad:
Calm down. And technically, it's on the end of the card, not the side. Not all of them are like that.
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#18
Fluffmeister
cyneater, post: 3972093, member: 113386"
Over Priced much $100 to much IMO :p
Maybe, but as Anandtech noted in their review:

AnandTech
What makes the $350 pricing at least a bit more reasonable is its Radeon competition. Against RX Vega at its current prices the RTX 2060 (6GB) is near-lethal, so if AMD wants to keep their Vega cards as viable market competitors, they are going to have to reduce prices. Reference-to-reference, the RTX 2060 (6GB) is already bringing around 95% of RX Vega 64 performance, so card pricing will make all the difference.
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#19
mak1skav
$349 is the paper price or the actual price that a customer can get one ?
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#21
alexander brett
All low-end nVidia video cards now need to look like black/silver e-machines PCs from the early 00's? Don't get me wrong, I love plastic painted silver as much as the next guy.
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#22
Berfs1
lexluthermiester, post: 3972186, member: 134537"
Calm down. And technically, it's on the end of the card, not the side. Not all of them are like that.
Yea I meant at the end, I just meant not at the top like normal
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#23
lexluthermiester
Berfs1, post: 3975266, member: 163173"
Yea I meant at the end, I just meant not at the top like normal
Thing is, I'm one of those people that prefers the power connector on the end because it always looks better and most of the time works better for wire/cable management reasons.
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#24
Berfs1
lexluthermiester, post: 3975571, member: 134537"
Thing is, I'm one of those people that prefers the power connector on the end because it always looks better and most of the time works better for wire/cable management reasons.
Well, considering the 2070 also had it, gamers on a more limited budget can now get better cable management
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#25
medi01
illli, post: 3971908, member: 104001"
Eh, last week you could get an EVGA 1070ti at a legit online store for $359 and had 2 games included. This 2060, with same performance at the same cost is pretty sad (if this had come in at $250 it would have been a different matter). No longer are people going to get price/performance of last gen upper tiers at lower tiers/cost. Especially when you factor in that RTX using a 2060 and 2070 is pretty awful... so that leaves DLSS, which... doesn't seem too appealing of an upgrade (if a person already has a 1070/1070ti/1080)
Ever growing margins of NVDA need to come from somewhere.
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