MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC – Pricing and Availability
The MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC is now available in the US and UK. In fact I noticed that the Ventus OC was the first variant of MSI’s RTX 2060 to become mostly available on online stores. Currently it comes with a retail price of around $380 USD; making it a bit more expensive compared to the Founders Edition, or depending on where you buy the graphics card. Prices do change and you can always check out the latest pricing and availability via the links below.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC Review – Conclusion
Just like in our NVIDIA RTX 2060 Founders Edition review, the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC is a good solid performing graphics card. It runs almost in audible or silent at best and it can do real-time ray tracing and DLSS thanks to its Tensor Cores and RT Cores. Looking at the benchmark results, the RTX 2060 Ventus OC is indeed a bit faster compared to the Founders Edition; thanks to its slight factory overclock speeds. It also performs (almost) on par with the GTX 1080 most of the time.
At this point, there is really no reason to get a GTX 1080 or a GTX 1070 Ti over the newer RTX 2060; unless you found one (second hand) with a really steal price. The previous GTX 10 series graphics cards are almost gone now, and it looks like the ones that are left listed on online stores are the ones with an unreasonable price tag. No wonder no one buys them. These retailers must be waiting for some uninformed buyers.
Aesthetically speaking, the MSI RTX 2060 Ventus looks nice with its black and silver color theme. It doesn’t have RGB lighting so it is something that one should consider. Some people don’t like or don’t mind not having (RGB) lighting, but some do want them. It’s nice that MSI put a back plate on it, although the back plate is plastic. The graphics card doesn’t run too hot and the two huge Torx 2.0 fans are doing a great job at cooling the GPU.
However, NVIDIA partners may be having a difficulty competing with the RTX 2060 Founders Edition since that card comes with the base $349 price tag. There’s no premium price this time, unlike on the RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti Founders Edition. On top of that, the RTX 2060 Founders Edition has a really nice and premium design, with its all-metal body. Nevertheless, I can’t say that the MSI RTX 2060 Ventus OC is inferior when it comes to performance.
The RTX 2060 Ventus OC is no doubt slightly faster than the Founders Edition RTX 2060. It’s a good graphics card for 1080p and 1440p gaming, including high refresh rate 1080p monitors; even on a 144Hz 1440p monitor. Although you may want to tone down the graphics settings a little bit if you are using a 1440p 144Hz to get higher frame rates.
Generally speaking, the GeForce RTX 2060 is a good card and it offers better value compared to the RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti. If you want to experience real-time ray tracing and DLSS (although they are a bit limited at this time), the RTX 2060 is the gateway to these new features. On the other hand, the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC is a nice custom-design graphics card and you may want to consider this one. If you’re looking for some RGB action, then I would point you towards MSI’s RTX 2060 Gaming (X/Z) variant instead.