NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition 6 GB Review 114

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition 6 GB Review

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NVIDIA at its rather brief CES 2019 GeForce Update event announced what is perhaps the least glamorous yet most important graphics card for the company's bottom-line, the GeForce RTX 2060. Priced at a suggested retail price of $349, this is the graphics card most PC gamers are likely to buy this generation owing purely to its price. It succeeds the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, but is being launched at a $100 higher price.

The RTX 2060 was rumored to come in half a dozen sub-variants based on memory size and type, although in the end, NVIDIA only launched the top-spec varient with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. Perhaps, NVIDIA is saving the other SKUs up for when its GTX 1060 inventories are sufficiently off the shelves and spring-summer sets in.

NVIDIA carved the RTX 2060 out from the same silicon as the RTX 2070, the 12 nm Turing "TU106." This means you very much do get RT cores and Tensor cores, and NVIDIA wants you to enjoy real-time ray-traced gaming with this card, particularly with RTX enabled, and NVIDIA's ambitious new image-quality innovation, DLSS (deep-learning super-sampling).

The RTX 2060 is equipped with 1,920 CUDA cores, which is a huge step up from the GTX 1060 6 GB (1,280), spread across 30 out of 36 streaming multiprocessors on the "TU106." You hence get 30 RT cores and 240 tensor cores. NVIDIA narrowed the memory bus width of this chip down to 192-bit and equipped it with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 Gbps, resulting in 336 GB/s of memory bandwidth (roughly on par with that of a GTX 980 Ti).

NVIDIA in its CES 2019 unveil of this card focused on this card's 1440p performance, which roughly gives us an idea of what the company wants this card to do. It wants to bring about 1440p RTX-on gaming as the new mainstream option, and wants people to step up from 1080p.

In this review, we test the de facto reference-design RTX 2060 Founders Edition card by NVIDIA. The card looks and feels similar to the RTX 2070 Founders Edition because it's largely based on the same PCB and cooler.

GeForce RTX 2060 Market Segment Analysis
RX 580$185 2304321257 MHz1340 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 590$2602304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1060 3 GB$200 1152481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060$210 1280481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 980 Ti$390 2816961000 MHz1075 MHz1750 MHzGM2008000M6 GB, GDDR5, 384-bit
R9 Fury X$380 4096641050 MHzN/A500 MHzFiji8900M4 GB, HBM, 4096-bit
GTX 1070$320 1920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$370 3584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1070 Ti$3802432641607 MHz1683 MHz2000 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RTX 2060 FE$3501920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1080$460 2560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$675 3584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RTX 2070$5002304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 FE$6002304641410 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
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