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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Released – Faster Than GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 at $349 USD

NVIDIA officially announced the new GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card at the start of CES 2019 today. There were several leaks going around these past couple of weeks and now it’s finally official. Although most of the leaks weren’t exactly accurate; some of them were, especially the leaked RTX 2060 photos. The GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card is perhaps the most interesting card among the RTX 20 series family, as it offers real-time ray tracing features and DLSS for $349 USD. In terms of performance, the RTX 2060 is definitely faster than its predecessor the GTX 1060; it’s even faster than the GTX 1070; and it’s neck and neck with the GTX 1070 Ti. Sometimes it’s almost on par with the GTX 1080 depending on the game or scenario. The RTX 2060 is also faster than AMD’s RX Vega 56. The new GeForce RTX 2060 may be able to play games at 4K UHD resolution, but it is more suitable for 1080p and 1440p gaming. Aside from having a starting price tag of $349, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition will be available starting January 15, as well as customized RTX 2060 from partners. Check out the rest of its specifications and features below.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Released

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Card Released

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card features a cut-down version of the TU106 GPU chip that the RTX 2070 is using. The RTX 2060 is powered by a TU106-300 GPU with 1920 CUDA codes, 30 RT cores and 240 Tensor cores. Interestingly, it has the same amount of CUDA cores with the GTX 1070, 1920 cores. But it only has 6GB memory size similar to that of the GTX 1060. Despite having only 6GB of memory, it is using the faster GDDR6 memory instead of GDDR5.

The RTX 2060 Founders Edition is also the reference model. Meaning, the base clock speed of 1365MHz and boost clock speed of 1680MHz is the same with other base model RTX 2060s. The Founders Edition and other RTX 2060 will also start at $349; so unlike the upper RTX Founders Edition cards, the starting price and clock speeds on this one is the same with a reference RTX 2060 from partners.

Check out the specifications table below for more details. The official news is quoted below for more information.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Specifications

SpecificationsGeForce RTX 2060GeForce RTX 2070GeForce RTX 2080GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Architecture12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN12nm FNN
Die Size445 mm²445 mm²545 mm²754 mm²
Transis count10.8 B10.8 B13.6 B18.6 B
CUDA Cores1920230429444352
RT Cores30364668
Tensor Cores240288368544
Base Clock1365 MHz1410 MHz1515 MHz1350 MHz
Boost Clock1680 MHz1620 MHz
1710 MHz (FE)
1710 MHz
1810 MHz (FE)
1545 MHz
1635 MHz (FE)
Memory Size / Type6GB GDDR68GB GDDR68GB GDDR611GB GDDR6
Memory Clock14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps
Memory bus192-bit256-bit256-bit352-bit
Memory bandwidth336 GB/s448 GB/s448 GB/s616 GB/s
185W FE
225W FE
260W FE
NVLink (SLI)NoneNoneYesYes
Power Con.1x 8-pin1x 8-pin1x 8-pin + 1x 6-pin2x 8-pin
$599 (FE)
$699 USD
$799 (FE)
$999 USD
$1199 (FE)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Features

NVIDIA today announced the NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060, putting revolutionary Turing architecture GPUs within the reach of tens of millions PC gamers worldwide.

The RTX 2060 GPU delivers exceptional performance on modern games, with graphics enhanced by ray tracing and AI capabilities. Priced at US$349, RTX 2060 delivers new levels of performance and features previously available only in high-end gaming GPUs.

The RTX 2060 is 60 percent faster on current titles than the prior-generation GTX 1060, NVIDIA’s most popular GPU, and beats the gameplay of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. With Turing’s RT Cores and Tensor Cores, it can run Battlefield V with ray tracing at 60 frames per second.

The RTX 2060 will be available globally starting January 15 from every major OEM, system builder and graphics card partner.

“Next-gen gaming starts today for tens of millions of gamers everywhere,” said NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, who unveiled the RTX 2060 at the start of the CES tradeshow. “Desktop gamers are demanding, and the RTX 2060 sets a new standard — an unbeatable price, extraordinary performance and real-time ray tracing that blurs the distinction between movies and games. This is a great moment for gamers and our industry.”

Power of Turing
The RTX 2060 features a major upgrade of the core streaming multiprocessor to more efficiently handle the compute-heavy workloads of modern games. It supports concurrent execution of floating point and integer operations, adaptive shading technology and a new unified memory architecture with twice the cache of its predecessor. Modern games can utilize these features to achieve up to 2x the performance of the GTX 1060 GPU.

The RTX 2060 comes equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 memory and 240 Tensor Cores that can deliver 52 teraflops of deep learning horsepower, which can improve gaming performance through a feature known as Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS).

DLSS leverages a deep neural network to extract multidimensional features of the rendered scene and intelligently combine details from multiple frames to construct a high-quality final image. The result is a clear, crisp image with similar quality as traditional rendering, but with higher performance.

Battlefield V with DLSS Coming Soon
Electronic Arts and DICE will shortly release an update to Battlefield V that will incorporate DLSS support, as well as additional optimizations for real-time ray tracing. Pairing DLSS with ray tracing allows gamers to get both amazing performance and ray-traced image quality.

Testing with early builds shows that RTX performance with DLSS and ray tracing simultaneously enabled can provide comparable frame rates to playing with ray tracing disabled.

Powerful Capture and Sharing Tools with GeForce Experience
The RTX 2060 comes with GeForce Experience™, an application that makes PC gaming more accessible and provides unique, easy-to-use in-game features such as:

  • NVIDIA Highlights — which automatically captures the best gaming moments. Recently released games with Highlights support include: Deuterium Wars, Dirty Bomb, Dying Light: Bad Blood, Europa (Ring of Elysium), Extopia, GRIP, Hitman 2, Insurgency Sandstorm, Justice, Knives Out PC Plus, Lost Ark, Shadow of Tomb Raider, Switchblade and X-Morph: Defense.
  • NVIDIA Ansel — which lets gamers take stunning in-game photos. Recently released tiles with Ansel support include: Deep Rock Galactic, GRIP, Hitman 2, Insurgency Sandstorm, Ride 3 and Shadow of Tomb Raider. Gamers can share their favorite photos and participate in monthly photo contests on Shot with GeForce.
  • NVIDIA Freestyle — which lets gamers customize their games’ appearance with postprocessing technology. The latest filters can convert gameplay or photos into an oil painting or a water color, or deliver an appearance that’s right out of a movie or a retro 1980’s look.

Bundle with Anthem, Battlefield V
For a limited time, gamers buying a qualifying GeForce RTX 2060, or a new desktop PC equipped with the RTX 2060, can choose to receive Anthem or Battlefield V. This bundle promotion is available in most regions around the world.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Pricing and Availability

The GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card will be available beginning January 15 in systems built by Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, as well as by leading system builders worldwide. Custom boards, including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models, will also available starting January 15 from top add-in card providers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac. A stock-clocked RTX 2060 Founders Edition board — designed and built by NVIDIA — will also be available on that date at NVIDIA’s website.

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