Just in case you missed it, an extremely comprehensive leak happened this week concerning the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. Nvidia’s unannounced GPU was leaked in all its glory, including the specs, game performance benchmarks, potential pricing, and details of several different variants.
And later tonight? We should be getting the full reveal at CES 2019.
Up until this point, the GeForce RTX 20 series has been well outside the price point that most PC gamers will feel comfortable spending on a graphics card. With the GeForce RTX 2060, however, real-time ray-tracing begins to take its first tentative steps into affordability for a lot of folks. $350 still ain’t cheap, representing a massive step up in what we expect from GeForce x60 pricing, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than a $600 GeForce RTX 2070. Performance doesn’t look as if it’s going to be too far off its more expensive sibling either, depending on which version you plump for.
For those who want in on ray-tracing, it’s a tempting option. The chief worry is that the GeForce RTX 2060 is entry-level ray-tracing at best, and almost certainly won’t be a future-proof choice for the ultra-demanding graphical effects. It’s all got to start somewhere though, and this time last year we couldn’t in our wildest dreams have expected DXR raytracing on $350 consumer GPUs.
You can see the full FPS benchmarks for the GeForce RTX 2060 in our original piece, but in terms of raw specs, we’re looking at a graphics card with 1920 CUDA Cores, 120 TMUs, 47 ROPs, 240 Tensor Cores, 30 RT (Raytracing) Cores. The base clock is 1365 MHz and the boost clock on the reference GeForce RTX 2060 is 1,680MHz.
The one snag here is that we’re hearing about all sorts of different variants that’ll be available. The top-tier model with have 6GB GDDR6 memory delivering 336GB/s memory bandwidth, but the Gigabyte leak hints at 4GB and 3GB RTX 2060s and, on top of this, GDDR5 versions of all of these. Just to complicate it even further, it’s also looking likely we could get GeForce GTX 2060 graphics cards as well.
Gigabyte alone already has 40 unique versions of the RTX 2060 planned. These will be similar GPUs but without the RT and Tensor Cores, and therefore not capable of real-time ray-tracing. All of these different models are also going to have different price points, so while it’s $350 for the top-end model, there should be a handful of much cheaper 2060’s available, albeit with limitations less memory or slower memory.
It's got the potential to be a confusing mess, although perhaps it'll all be cleared up by the end of tonight's conference. Bearing in mind what we know though, are you eyeing up a GeForce RTX 2060 as your potential next upgrade? Or has the price jump from the $250 GeForce GTX 1060 caused you to think twice?