Right now we have 3 RTX cards from Nvidia, the RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080ti. The entry point for the RTX series stands at 500$ USD right now but that’s quite steep for most gamers wanting to build a budget rig. The GTX 1060 was a great card when it launched, being able to play most games at high settings comfortably at 1080p. Although it has been two years since its initial launch and honestly the 1060 isn’t the best choice if you want to build a PC that can hold well in the years to come.
Welcome The GeForce RTX 2060
When we initially covered the launch of the RTX series, we did state that the RTX 2060 was dearly missed. More so given the launch MSRPs of the RTX cards. But finally some good news for people waiting for the RTX 2060, as VideoCardz has reported that the card would be launching soon.
This variant of the card requires a 8-pin power connector, but the reference will only need a 6-pin one. All gigabyte cards are factory overclocked so this one should perform slightly better than reference cards. Most of the premium cards from Gigabyte come under the Aorus brand, so this is probably a budget aftermarket solution. From the picture above, it seems the card will come with two HDMI ports and a display port.
The RTX 2060 is based on the TU106 chip, but it can be a cut-down version as even the RTX 2070 is based on the TU106. There’s also 6GBs of GDDR6 VRAM with 30 compute units. This equates to about 1920 CUDA cores.
There aren’t any benchmarks for the card but we can make a well informed guess. The RTX 2060 will probably by 20-30% faster than a GTX 1070 getting pretty close to GTX 1070ti levels, but not crossing it.
Another thing to note here is the use of the RTX nomenclature. We did state earlier that there was a strong possibility that the 2060 would just be called the GTX 2060, given its not powerful enough for a smooth experience with Ray-Tracing enabled games. But with the RTX nomenclature, it can go either way. We will have to wait for an official announcement from Nvidia for more info.