UPDATE: Early this morning Nvidia officially announced the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. This Turing-powered GPU provides the cheapest entry point to real-time ray-tracing so far, packing GeForce GTX 1070 Ti gaming performance alongside DXR compatibility.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 is priced at $349/£329 and will be launching worldwide from January 15th.
In terms of the specs, the GeForce RTX 2060 is the exactly the same as it was in the leaked info. We've just got the reference Founders Edition of the RTX 2060 to go on for now but it sports 1920 CUDA Cores, 240 Tensor Cores and 30 RT Cores, providing 5 Giga Rays/s of ray-traced performance. For point of reference, the RTX 2070 can perform 6 Giga Rays/s.
By default the GeForce RTX 2060 comes with 6GB GDDR6 memory, utilising a 192-bit memory interface and delivering 336GB/s of memory bandwidth.
The Turing GPU itself is a 12nm TU106-300A-A1 with a base clock speed of 1365 MHz and a boost cclock of 1680 MHz.
“Next-gen gaming starts today for tens of millions of gamers everywhere,” said NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. “Desktop gamers are demanding, and the RTX 2060 sets a new standard — an unbeatable price, extraordinary performance and real-time ray tracing that blurs the distinction between movies and games. This is a great moment for gamers and our industry.”
Pricing, here in the UK at least, makes the RTX 2060 a very competitive graphics card compared to the GTX 10 series. Current prices for a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti hover around the £500 mark, so if the RTX 2060 does trade blows with the 1070 Ti in terms of performance, and is actually available for £329, then this represents a tempting proposition.
However, no matter how you dress it up, $350 is a still a fairly huge jump in price for an x60 graphics card, typically considered the mid-range. That's the same cost as buying a PS4 Pro so it doesn't exactly scream budget-friendly, despite the potentially impressive performance.
Original Story: 30-Dec-2018 - Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Specs, Price and 1080p, 1440p Game Performance Benchmarks Leaked
It’s been a busy few days for hardware leaks. Nvidia’s unannounced GeForce RTX 2060 has been doing the rounds thanks to leaked shots from AIB partner Zotac, as well as pics from Nvidia’s own reference model. On top of all that, we’ve also had the full specs of the GeForce RTX 2060, as well as the expected gaming performance from Nvidia’s upcoming GPU.
First up, those all-important specs. The GeForce RTX 2060 will, naturally, sit at the bottom of the ladder in terms of the RTX 20 series. However, performance should be on par with, or possibly in excess of, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.
In terms of the nitty-gritty that’s been pulled from the GeForce RTX 2060 reviewers’ guide by Videocardz, the RTX 2060 will have 1920 CUDA Cores, 120 TMUs, 47 ROPs, 240 Tensor Cors, 30 RT (Raytracing) Cores. The expected boost clock on the reference GeForce RTX 2060 is 1,680MHz. The RTX 2060 will have 6GB GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit memory interface, delivering total memory bandwidth of 336GB/s.
True to the RTX name, the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card can do raytracing. Raytraced performance will be a smidgen below the RTX 2070 and it looks as if the RTX 2060 will be geared towards 1080p/60fps with DXR effects. Our one worry here is that the RTX 2060 is cutting it so fine with its RTX performance that we don’t believe it’s going to be capable of acceptable ray-traced performance a couple of years out.
As for the pricing, it’s looking as if the GeForce RTX 2060 will be arriving at $349, although WCCFTech reports there may also be a cheaper $299 model. The full reveal of the GeForce RTX 2060 is expected to be on January 7th, with a release planned for January 15th.
|GeForce RTX 2080 Ti||GeForce RTX 2080||GeForce RTX 2070||GeForce RTX 2060|
|Process Node||12nm NFF||12nm NFF||12nm NFF||12nm NFF|
|Core Clock||1350 MHz||1515 MHz||1410 MHz||1365 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1545 MHz||1800 MHz||1620 MHz||1680 MHz|
|Memory||11GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6|
|Memory Speed||14 GHz||14 GHz||14 GHz||14 GHz|
|Power Input||2x 8-pin||1x 6-pin & 1x 8-pin||1x 8-pin||1x 8-pin|
With the specs, pricing, and availability of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 out of the way, it’s time for the all-important gaming performance benchmarks. There’s a couple of caveats with these:
1. They’ve been leaked by Videocardz, we’ll have to take them at their word these are legit, although we certainly believe they are.
2. These are official Nvidia in-house benchmark results. It's obviously in Nvidia's interest to spin this as positively as possible, although they'll be keen to avoid an Intel situation.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 1080p Performance
|GTX 1060||GTX 1070||GTX 1070 Ti||GTX 1080||RTX 2060|
|BF V: RT Off||72||94||104||113||110|
|BF V: RT Med||-||-||-||-||66|
|BF V: RT Ultra||-||-||-||-||58|
|Deus EX: Mankind Divided||54||73||82||87||81|
|Far Cry 5||71||91||99||102||101|
|Ghost Recon Wildlands||44||55||61||66||62|
|Middle-Earth: Shadow of War||63||86||94||99||98|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||52||68||82||90||79|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||37||48||58||63||59|
|Sniper Elite 4||71||91||115||124||111|
|VR Mark (Cyan)||114||153||180||194||222|
|Witcher 3 WH||57||78||94||99||94|
1080p performance looks as if it'll be the GeForce Rx 2060's natural home, although you'll see below that it's also a very capable 1440p GPU. For those looking to future-proof 1080p performance though, we could be onto a winner. Performance is typically a minimum of 50% faster than the previous-gen GTX 1060, and can almost double the framerates in some titles.
Crucially, the GeForce RTX 2060 is significantly faster than the Geforce GTX 1070, and faster in 12/20 benchmarks than the GTX 1070 Ti. This is very decent performance, even at this early stage. Combine it with the $350 price point and Nvidia could have found the price to performance sweet spot to make this GPU a hit.
However. our one worry is the GeForce RTX 2060 is being touted as an RTX GPU. It can't break past 60fps on 1080p/Ultra in BFV, which is literally just ray-traced reflections, so we can't envision this GPU having long legs in terms of RTX titles, particularly once more demanding games come to market. We'd love to be surprised though.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 1440p Performance
|GTX 1060||GTX 1070||GTX 1070 Ti||GTX 1080||RTX 2060|
|BF V: RT Off||54||72||78||89||85|
|BF V: RT Med||-||-||-||-||53|
|BF V: RT Ultra||-||-||-||-||43|
|Deus EX: Mankind Divided||35||48||54||59||55|
|Far Cry 5||49||66||75||81||77|
|Ghost Recon Wildlands||33||43||48||52||48|
|Middle-Earth: Shadow of War||41||56||63||69||72|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||32||42||52||56||50|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||23||31||38||41||38|
|Sniper Elite 4||52||66||83||91||81|
|VR Mark (Cyan)||71||96||113||123||140|
|Witcher 3 WH||43||58||70||74||70|
At 1440p we begin to see the GeForce RTX 2060 really begin to trade blows with the GTX 1080 in terms of AAA game frame rates, even besting it in a handful of benchmarks. There's a few games where it struggles to get near 60fps but overall the RTX 2060 looks like a great video card for 1440p screen resolution.
What are your thoughts on the specs and pricing of the RTX 2060? Have the gaming benchmarks prompted you to think about a potential upgrade? Let us know!