Up For Debate - Are You Buying a GeForce RTX 2060?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jan 6, 2019 3:47 PM

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?

Are you planning on picking up a GeForce RTX 2060?

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09:22 Jan-08-2019

Nein, i'm waiting for something else. Perhaps navi

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10:07 Jan-08-2019

Just 7nm GPUs in general.

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20:59 Jan-07-2019

I'm just curious as to why they keep posing the question when it's very clear that most of the people here nearly unanimously favor AMD.

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21:01 Jan-07-2019

It's also readily apparent that people on this site prefer price to performance over all other things. So it's like asking a dog do they prefer steak or catnip.

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21:23 Jan-07-2019

This is a tech site and what is posted is proper and relevant question for this place.
Majority of users on this site have Nvidia systems. You can also check the comments to see that majority of commenters have Nvidia GPUs too. Price to performance is the biggest purchasing factor of the average user, and they're by far the majority, including on this site.

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16:31 Jan-07-2019

Well watching some of the reviews of the 2060 are showing it to be comparable to a 1070ti for $100 less, I'm giving it a second look.

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09:22 Jan-08-2019

I have a regular 1070 and upgrading to a ti version is just stupid.

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12:49 Jan-08-2019

But I would be upgrading from 980 to 2060.

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13:03 Jan-07-2019

I hope AMD comes out with a great 200 - 250$ GPU and blasts Nvidia's greedy ass into the sun.

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13:04 Jan-07-2019

Well considering how much breathing room they have with the current Nvidia GPU prices who know, AMD might get greedy and miss a great opportunity.

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13:15 Jan-07-2019

Considering their history, any time they decided not to be greedy it backfired on them.
They're trying to get back in the GPU space, so I don't think they'll get as greedy if they do. Although Nvidia has conditioned people to believe that higher prices = better product, and because AMD is usually cheaper, they're usually "worse". Which shows with somewhat disappointing number of Polaris GPU sales compared to their counterpart.

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13:19 Jan-07-2019

Polaris is a fantastic architecture for how little it required to be developed and produced, and for how much you gain from that. AMD never were bad at designing GPUs, but somehow their failures and disadvantages, although still rightfully, get overblown compared to other two players in this space. Meme's about AMD's products being space heaters are still to this day to some peoples legit concerns for not buying their products, even though other two had similar blunders too.

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17:13 Jan-07-2019

It's not just Nvidia that has convinced people that more expensive = better... sadly...
And thanks to mining Polaris sold like crazy(so did Pascal), basically sold-out all the time, just not to gamers.


The only really hot single GPU from AMD(not counting ATi) was the STOCK R9 290(X) since they decided to have an even smaller than the hd7970 stock cooler on a GPU that produced more heat, just because their new silicone could perform without Any degradation up to 95.8C or 95.6C instead of 82C, to cut on costs as much as possible, but people are ignorant... It's like the 8000 gt(x), 9000 gt(x), GTX 200, 400, 500, 700 GPUs never happened...

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17:16 Jan-07-2019

AMD was cheaper due to having more performance per die size, leading to smaller dies than the competition at the same or around the same performance, but people are to this day oblivious on the role and importance of die size for IC chips...


A side note: If Polaris was on TSMC's 16nm(20nm) instead of Glofo/Samsung's 14/12nm(20nm) then the clock speeds would have been higher(still lower than Pascal) and would have had around the same performance per die size.

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17:22 Jan-07-2019

Exactly. Not only that but everything has shifted from actually necessary and proper information to mostly just relative performance benchmarks which are less and less remarkable with every new generation. But just the fact than new generation is a tiny bit faster is all the excuse you need to overcharge the hell of it even though they use chips that are smaller than they should be for the current market they're targeting.

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17:28 Jan-07-2019

Yup and back in the day(about 6 years ago and prior and especially in the 90s and 2000s) the best review sites had great articles, detailing most if not all the specs, many technical details, reasons for performance and architectural performance, not just software benchmarks, but they noticed that (most)people didn't care about that at all, especially as the PC community got bigger, so now people with no idea of hardware micro-architecture or anything hardware, besides how to build a PC and set-up software are doing reviews...


And everything has been simplified to three things:



  1. Overall Performance in software benchmarks, be it game or synthetic benchmarks

  2. Price

  3. Power Consumption and Heat


These are merely not good enough... on top of the optimization biases of software...

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17:40 Jan-07-2019

I do agree with you to an extent. I don't think everyone needs to be a computer engineer or to understand minute details of certain hardware and their inner workings, after all, PCs are made to be accessible to almost everyone.
I do though resent the fact that there are no more, so to say, proper reviews detailing all the necessary information as we had back then for those actually willing to read about them instead of having to scour the net for those details and info.

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20:43 Jan-07-2019

I mean you can still get documentations either official from AMD and Nvidia or from 3rd party sources, usually universities, but it's more annoying to read a 200-500 page documentation than to get it summarised in an around 20 page article from a person who read it instead of you XD

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11:12 Jan-07-2019

just bought another gtx 970 and im running in sli now so...no graphic cards for 4 more years for me.Next stop intel graphics.And if some one told me sli was this good id do it earlier.

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09:45 Jan-07-2019

If GTX 1080 is cheaper than the 2060. Why would anyone buy the 2060?

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09:47 Jan-07-2019

I mean the rtx 2060 won't even match a gtx 1080... soo...

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21:06 Jan-07-2019

Well the intent is that DlSS will become wide spread allowing it to make up distance between them. If games give you 50 percent more fps it would be better.

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21:36 Jan-07-2019

Well, the moment 4k becomes more popular anti-aliasing becomes quite pointless, especially for monitors since they are usually below 50 inches (and that's not a random number). Even at 1080p with monitors below 31 inch AA is pointless most of the time too...


otherwise, I'm a fan of DLSS.

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22:48 Jan-07-2019

"Even at 1080p with monitors below 31 inch AA is pointless most of the time too…" do you have a good vision?

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07:23 Jan-08-2019

Yes, checked yearly why?

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11:32 Jan-08-2019

because AA for my 24inch 1080p helps massively, unless you sit very far back, but from my siting position its night and day, i honestly have no idea how you came up with this idea.

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13:55 Jan-08-2019

By playing video games on previously 23.8 inch 1680x1050 and didn't need anti-aliasing, no at 2560x1080 I don't need anti aliasing on a 25 inch monitor which at 21:9 is quite smaller than expected, but still.

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08:54 Jan-07-2019

Definitely will be a good upgrade for me

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09:07 Jan-07-2019

No it won't. Its very marginal at best. If you want a proper upgrade than maybe 2070 would be a better choice.

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09:48 Jan-07-2019

That would be a really small upgrade... a good upgrade would be a rtx 2080...

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05:35 Jan-07-2019

Im not buying a gpu till gtx 2260 releases xD.

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04:28 Jan-07-2019

i just picked up a second 1080 for 300 so i doubt it.

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14:52 Jan-07-2019

New or used ?

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22:37 Jan-07-2019

used.. they stopped production on the 1080, because it was super cannibalization of sales of the 20 series.

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03:23 Jan-07-2019

Only 4 guys will, shame! :D

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23:55 Jan-06-2019

i dont know ask my used gtx 1080ti(530€) i bought before RTX 2080 release

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23:33 Jan-06-2019

Definitely not, it'll most likely be an RX 3080 if the price rumors are true

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23:25 Jan-06-2019

I'm not buying anything from Nvidia until they sort out their prices, I'm going to instead invest on the up coming RX 3080 from AMD.

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22:44 Jan-06-2019

Nope, I feel it likely won't be worth it for me. My 1070 can still do things fine at 1080p.

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22:38 Jan-06-2019

Nah, I'm saving for an RTX 2080.

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22:30 Jan-06-2019

looking to upgrade to a 2560x1440p 144hz or 3440x1440p, 100hz so need a 2070 or used 1080 ti.

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22:33 Jan-06-2019

will that be enough? For 60+ fps sure, but for 100+?

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23:57 Jan-06-2019

if you can grab a cheaper used 1080ti if you can find one if not grab a 2080(gtx 1080ti performance)

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05:35 Jan-07-2019

Not sure what games you play or what quality settings you play at but my 1080 ran games like r6 siege, pubg, destiny 2, and Monster hunter world at nearly ultra and always got well above 100fps. You can find used 1080's around 300 dollars that will perform within 10% of a 2070.

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22:10 Jan-06-2019

No, already have better cards.

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07:57 Jan-07-2019

I don t understand why are people getting downvoted for answering the question. Come on guys let's fight the downvotes!

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08:18 Jan-07-2019

I've been fighting the downvote system since day one... they should at the very minimum require a person to comment and give a reason as to why he downvoted. Upvotes are simple, they mean that you agree, so no further need to explain yourself, but dislikes means you don't agree and you have a different point of view and arguments should be given.


That or just remove it all together like it was before.

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08:32 Jan-07-2019

Not every single point needs to be argued nor does everyone wants to argue every point. Some can be self explanatory, others are unnecessary and third are people wanting to disagree while being anonymous, and they should have every right to do so.
You are usually here arguing that no one should ever be forced to do anything and yet now you're forcing them to do something. What you ask is a form of censorship, and I though you were against that.

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08:39 Jan-07-2019

Sh*t happens and people don't like some stuff, it's normal. If you think the comment is worth it, up vote it and be done with it, otherwise leave it be. At the end it often ends up fixing itself.

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13:53 Jan-07-2019

Look at this, first thing I find on this site after registering in is some guy bragging about his perfect rig. Great start!

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21:38 Jan-07-2019

Ok, let's consider what you said is true and he is bragging, so what? There are people that like to brag, some don't(I personally don't mostly because I don't get it). There is a saying: "You are not a bragging motherf@cker if you can back it up", so yeah.

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22:07 Jan-07-2019

First off, what I said is true and he is definitely bragging. There's only one possible reason why he'd post that comment on this article, and that reason is to brag about it.
And secondly, so what? Absolutely nothing.

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22:07 Jan-07-2019

He has every reason to brag about his stuff, but I also have every reason to dislike those who brag about very expensive material possession. Such bragging is usually done because of persons low self esteem or desperate need for acceptanc

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22:07 Jan-07-2019

Because they don't have any other personality traits apart from having lot's of money. And that's the worst one of them all, if you ever consider it one to begin with. I really dislike those people. That's about it.

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22:11 Jan-07-2019

Those people also breed jealousy by this kind of behavior. And they act like they're being wrongfully accused and take solace in the fact that those hating are just little b*tches instead of looking onto themselves and finding the problem.

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12:21 Jan-08-2019

Wow guess Steven is seriosly jealous. Calm down he isn t even braging about anything just answering a simple question.

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16:16 Jan-08-2019

Jealous of what exactly? I have a machine that can run everything I want at my resolution with Ultra graphics settings and above playable 60 fps. So what do I have to be jealous off? RTX? Once it actually has games with it than maybe.

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16:16 Jan-08-2019

But I seriously doubt that too. I have a better machine than majority of people but you'll never see me bragging about it, nor insulting someone based on that and calling them jealous for it. That'd be petty and sad, and I'm above that.

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16:17 Jan-08-2019

I spent less on my whole system than he has just on his GPUs, there's nothing to be jealous off apart from the good deals I found. At least he got what he wanted, acceptance. You've fallen for it, shame.

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Jealous is an insult? O_O

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21:04 Jan-08-2019

And you fallen way way lower. Will be a long climb up. It s a shame that you get triggered so easyli for anything basicly.

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21:46 Jan-08-2019

I've fallen low and you're here white knighting this guy. Funny. Also buddy, you got triggered by a negative score on a comment. If I got "triggered" than you're way worse.

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05:06 Jan-09-2019

Not sure what you mean but I can see this conversation with you leads nowhere. Hopefully you ll be more reasonable next time. Take care.

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12:32 Jan-09-2019

I am always reasonable. Take care too.

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21:38 Jan-06-2019

gotta upgrade my cpu first

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21:31 Jan-06-2019

Do we know when the Amd gpus are coming out , 350$ (or more )for a card that is supposed to be mid range is a ripoff .

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21:04 Jan-06-2019

I'd rather save my money for the next AMD GPU coming out.

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