Things have spiced considerably since we last took a look at Nvidia's graphics card line-up, with no fewer than three new GeForce GPUs launching in the last three months alone. The GeForce RTX 2060 has become the plucky upstart of the RTX family, while the GTX 1660 Ti and GeForce GTX 1660 bring some level of affordability to the Turing architecture

GeForce GTX 1660

Price - $219

At last, a new mainstream graphics card from Nvidia. Priced at $219, the GeForce GTX 1660 slots in at a similar price point to the GTX 1060 it's usurping. However, it's not the true next-gen successor you may be craving, offering only modest performance gains over the three-year-old GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. 

The GeForce GTX 1660 offers performance in a similar region to the Radeon RX 590 at 1080p, falling around 15% shy of the GTX 1660 Ti in terms of frame rates. In fact, the 1660 ultimately finds itself pretty much bang in the middle of the GTX 1060 and the GTX 1660 ti, offering around 12-14% higher frame rates than the GTX 1060.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 ended up being one of the most popular graphics cards Nvidia has ever made, so there'll be plenty of you out there contemplating an upgrade. However, 12-14% really just isn't good enough for a next-generation GPU three years later. That's the difference between 60fps and 68 fps and arguably not worth the upgrade. If you're still lurking with a GTX 960 or older then it becomes far juicier upgrade though, and one that doesn't overly sting the wallet.

Buy, Don’t Buy, or Wait? - Don't Buy

Alternative: If you're still sporting a GTX 1060 then it's also certainly worth holding fire and seeing what's around the corner. AMD's 7nm Navi GPUs could end up being a great value proposition. Aside from that, we'd recommend you try and pull together an extra $60 and look a little higher, up to the GTX 1660 Ti. This would provide much more assured performance in the latest games, at the cost of one new AAA title.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 vs GeForce 1060 6GB 1080p Ultra Game FPS Benchmarks

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Price - $279

On February 22nd, the Turing architecture began to go mainstream. There's no headline-grabbing features such as real-time ray-tracing to sell you a GTX 1660 Ti though, instead offering a reliable, if not exactly spectacular performance upgrade over Pascal.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti offers 1080p performance that just sneaks in above the GTX 1070, so it is certainly a generational improvement. It's also not hugely far offer the RTX 2060 at this resolution, complete with a $70 cheaper price point.

Overall, this is a GPU with excellent efficiency, a middling performancce increase, and very capable 1080p performance. It won't break the bank and it's certainly not a terrible buy, although not exactly a great one either. AMD provides stern competition at this price point and we can't help but feel that there are going to be plenty more juicy alternatives right around the corner.

Buy, Don’t Buy, or Wait? - Wait

Alternative: The Radeon RX 590 has to be on the agenda at this price. Performance is neck and neck between the two and yet the Radeon RX 590 can be found for $50 cheaper and with three new games thrown into the bargain. Outside ofthis, we'd also be tempted to wait and see what else AMD has in the wings. Even taking that into account though, AMD currently has this price point sewn in terms of value for money.

 

GeForce RTX 2060

Price - $349

Much has changed since last we took a look at the GeForce RTX 2060, but our opinion hasn't really changed for the better. The GeForce RTX 2060 is an extremely formidable 1080p graphics card. However, it's also far more expensive than a GPU would usually cost at this tier. This is usually regarded as the mid-range but $349 certainly isn't mid-range pricing.

Since we last looked at the RTX 2060 it's also been joined by the GTX 1660 Ti. The RTX 2060's trump card is its DXR ray-tracing, a feature currently only available in just three games. The GTX 1660 Ti is a more reasonable $279 and offers frame rates within 5-20% of the RTX 2060. In these circumstances, the RTX 2060 becomes a tricky value proposition.

Our advice right now for those looking to buy a GeForce RTX 2060, or to have tip-top 1080p performance, is to go for the cheaper GTX 1660 Ti, or perhaps try to be patient and see what the next gen brings. Ray-tracing just isn't widespread enough, or optimised enough, to make it a must-have technology.

Buy, Don’t Buy, or Wait? - Don't Buy

Alternative: If you're the market for a 1080p graphics card then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a worthy, and cheaper, alternative. Although not an outstanding upgrade, it can achieve comparable frame rates and only really suffers because of its lack of DXR and DLSS support.

GeForce RTX 2070

Price - $549

With Nvidia's entire line-up now out we're actually taking an about-turn with the GeForce RTX 2070, upgrading it to a 'Buy'. So why the change? Well, it all hinges on whether you've got a 1440p monitor, but if you do then this has absolutely shaped up to be a great card at this price. Stocks of the previous GTX 10-series have now largely run dry, limiting our options somewhat. 

However, despite this, prices on the RTX 2070 have dropped somewhat and you can now find a fair few models in the region of $500. This is not too far up from the price of premium RTX 2060 models, and with that particular card now looking decidedly expensive next to the GTX 16 series, the GeForce RTX 2070 becomes a more tempting proposition. 

If you’re playing at 1440p there’s a case to be made the GeForce RTX 2070 is value for money at this price point. While it's not a night and day difference between the RTX 2070 and the RTX 2060, it is nevertheless a decent advanced at this point.

Buy, Don’t Buy, or Wait? - Buy

Alternative: The GeForce RTX 2070 is a graphics card with slightly poor price to performance. If you’re mulling over whether you should upgrade to a new GTX 1070 Ti or an RTX 2070, we’d go with the RTX 2070 all day though, particularly if DLSS plays as big a part as we hope. If you can find a second-hand GTX 1080 Ti for the $550 price point though then that could be the ultimate solution. That's becoming more difficult all the time though, and we know going second-hand isn't even an option for most people due to it all the risks it entails.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 vs GeForce RTX 2070 1080p Ultra Game FPS Benchmarks

 

 

GeForce RTX 2080

Price - $799

Last quarter, the GeForce RTX 2080 was a tentative 'Buy'. It just about clings on again, purely for the reason that is vastly better value for money than the RTX 2080 Ti, but it's a bit of a coin-toss between Buy and Wait. It's certainly not cheap and anyone with a GeForce GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti from the previous-gen would do well to save some cash and skip a generation.

The GeForce RTX 2080 straddles 1440p and 4K performance in a manner that can make it a difficult recommendation. At $500 the RTX 2070 is flat-out a better choice for 1440p users, whilst at 4K the RTX 2080 is handily outstripped by its Ti variant. On that front, it's difficult to see just where the RTX 2080 slots in aside from those who want good-to-great 4K performance without stepping up $400 to the RTX 2080 Ti. Sacrifices may need to be made in some titles, but overall, in the short term, the RTX 2080 is a fine 4K card. 

As ever, its worthiness is always going to come down to the price you can find it for. There are a few RTX 2080 variants floating around at the $700, which makes for decent value. Some extend well beyond $1000 though, at which point you may as well just the bullet and pick up a full-fat 2080 Ti.

 

Buy, Don’t Buy, or Wait? - Buy

Alternative: The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or the Radeon Vega VII are the obvious alternatives to the RTX 2080. Stocks of the 1080 Ti appear to have dried up though so it's not the value buy it was six months ago. AMD's Radeon Vega VII is $100 cheaper than the RTX 2080 and will hold its own in terms of performance, although comes with the major caveat that it's not capable of raytracing features.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 vs GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 1080p Ultra Game FPS Benchmarks

 

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Price - $1199

Still the daddy, and still packing an eye-watering price tag. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the de facto standard for those who want the very best. It is unparalleled in terms of gaming performance. You will pay through the nose to experience its top-tier performance, and you're probably all too aware you're being price gouged, but it's the price that's paid to have top-of-the-line 4K and ray-tracing performance.

As we said last time, upgrading to a flagship GPU is something that should be done sooner rather than later. No value proposition drops faster than a flagship. You will be able to get this level of performance for $600 in two years, so getting it earlier is the best way to squeeze out some value for money from what is a ridiculously expensive outlay.

Our one worry is the RTX price premium is due to the ray-tracing capabilities. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti not only very expensive but it’s also first-gen RTX tech. Nvidia could massively improve ray-tracing with its next-gen hardware and leave the RTX 2080 Ti looking a little basic. Not ideal for a $1200 graphics card. That is a while away though and you could potentially sell your RTX 2080 Ti to fund a decent chunk of a next-gen upgrade.

Buy, Don’t Buy, or Wait? - Buy

Alternative: For those who want the best of the best, there really is no alternative to the RTX 2080 Ti for gamers. This is a formidable graphics card with no notable competition.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti vs GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 4K Ultra Game FPS Benchmarks

What do you make of Nvidia's new GeForce RTX graphics card series then? Assuming you had the money, would you buy, not buy, or wait for each of these GPUs? Get voting in the polls and let us know why below!

We'll have our AMD-flavoured version of this up next week!