The RTX 2060 is the latest entry in Nvidia’s RTX refresh series. We’ve known the card was coming for some time; its launch was likely delayed to give the company time to clear inventory and bring new cards to market. Now, the entire GPU’s specs, launch performance, and expected price have all leaked.
The design and specs appear fairly straightforward. In several ways, the RTX 2060 is a straightforward update to the 1060. It retains the latter’s 6GB RAM buffer and 192-bit memory bus. The overall core configuration is 1920:120:48 (cores, texture units, ROPs), with 240 tensor cores and 30 ray tracing cores. Total memory bandwidth would be substantially boosted by the advent of GDDR6, with an estimated 336GB/s of bandwidth, up from 192GB/s on the baseline GTX 1060.
These specs suggest substantial performance improvements for the RTX 2060 relative to the GTX 1060, and benchmark data proves this out. Videocardz has published a full set of data for both 1080p and 1440p. We don’t want to give out all the data the site has compiled, so here’s the set of 1440p results alone.
These benchmarks show the RTX 2060 trading shots with the GTX 1070 Ti, which it nominally replaces. With a $ 350 price tag, the RTX 2060 would cost almost exactly what the GTX 1070 Ti does. The RTX 2060 does not appear to offer any additional performance over the GTX 1070 Ti, simply the promise of RTX support. Whether this is particularly attractive as an upgrade option for gamers with Pascal cards remains an open question, but Nvidia’s decision to stick to its guns on pricing implies that its happy with the product sales it’s getting from the RTX family. The best-selling list at Amazon shows just one RTX card in the Top 10 and two in the Top 20. Newegg shows a similar distribution. GPUs like the GTX 1070 are vastly over-represented compared to RTX GPUs.
Of course, GTX-class GPUs like the 1070 are also quite a bit cheaper, which means it may not be terribly unusual to see RTX GPUs selling in lower numbers overall. Either way, Nvidia is going to be making money — the company is basically competing with itself at this point until AMD brings Navi to market.
To date, all of the RTX cards have been at least slightly faster than their GTX replacements, but the gap between the 1070 Ti and the RTX 2060 seems as though it might be smaller than previous cards in the family. The question of whether offering gamers RTX support and equivalent performance to the 1070 Ti will be an enticing offer is an interesting one, but we’ll wait for the card to actually formally debut before saying more. Since all of this is pre-release information, the performance figures and stats could still be off or reflect non-optimized drivers.