NVIDIA’s Newly Launched RTX 2060 – Gaming Power For The Masses

NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 has finally come to market, but what does that mean for consumers, and how does the 2060 fare in benchmarks compared to other cards on the market?

The RTX 2060, similar to other xx60 NVIDIA cards, is right near the sweet spot between price and performance. With the founders edition available on NVIDIA’s website for $349 US, the card is neither a budget card nor a flagship, but rather comes out in the lower-mid range, and should be affordable for most average consumers.

In terms of performance, the RTX 2060 is no slouch. Running at 1680 MHz without any overclocking, and boasting 6GB of GDDR6 memory and an impressive 1920 CUDA cores, the card is quite impressive on paper.  When compared with alternative cards, the 2060 performs very well for its price point, beating out comparable cards from previous generations, with an approximate 10% performance boost in synthetic benchmarks (as per userbenchmark) over both the GTX 1070 and the GTX 980 Ti, before even taking into consideration the fact that the RTX series of video cards all support real-time ray tracing, a new addition to NVIDIA’s consumer grade graphics cards. The RTX 2060 also competes quite well with the GTX 1070 Ti and AMD’s RX Vega 56, boasting benchmarks within a handful of percent of the 2060.

Really though, people who are in the market to purchase the RTX 2060 are likely not people who upgrade every cycle, and likely wouldn’t have purchased a 980 TI, which retailed at about a grand when it was new – they’re more likely to have a similar class of graphics card from two or more generations previous, and this is where a 2060 would be really noticeable – compared to the GTX 960, for instance, preliminary benchmarks suggest that the RTX 2060 runs somewhere around 2.5 times faster than the 960, a card which now is starting to struggle to keep up, even with settings toned down, in newer games.

Realistically, the RTX 2060 has more than enough computing power to run today’s games, especially if you’re running at 1080p or 1440p instead of 4K (which is likely if you’re considering a $350 card).  The 2060 is going to be sufficient for the majority of users, almost all the time – while there is certainly a level of smug satisfaction to be had purchasing a flagship card, unless you place a lot of value on being able to brag about how expensive your computer is to your friends, the ratio of price to value is likely not worth it for a 2080 or 2080 Ti.

While there isn’t currently a lot of selection available, if a founders edition card doesn’t float your boat, branded versions of the card, many of which are not overclocked, are also available, including:

Asus’ Strix GeForce RTX 2060

ZOTAC’s stock and overclocked RTX 2060s

EVGA’s “Black Edition” RTX 2060, and

MSI’s “Gaming” GeForce RTX 2060

Allowing you, the consumer, to choose the look that best suits your build – if that’s something that is important to you.

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