NVIDIA announced their “budget” GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card at CES for a price of $349, claiming performance on par with the GTX 1080 along with the perks of Turing included. NVIDIA’s own benchmarks put the 2060 hot on the heels of the 1080 with an overclock possibly closing the gap. Today, we are reviewing the RTX 2060 Founders Edition and see how it performs as a mid-range SKU and whether raytracing is practical with Turing junior at 1080p.

Testbench

Let’s go over the testbench once. We tested the GeForce RTX 2060 on an Asus Maximus Hero IX with an Intel Core i7-7700K paired with 16 GB DDR4 2400 MHz HyperX RAM.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

GeForce RTX 2060 Benchmarks @ 1080p

Game206010801070 Ti2070
AC: Odyssey75757384
DX: M.Divided69766872
Wildlands56605962
FFXV90868897
Hellblade858880104
TW382837994
KCD88898891
BFV10010496106

GeForce RTX 2060 Benchmarks @ 1440p

Game206010801070 Ti2070
AC: Odyssey61625771
DX: M.Divided48504653
Wildlands46474249
FFXV63626168
Hellblade67686376
TW352504860
KCD57575659
BFV80807685

GeForce RTX 2060 Benchmarks @ 2160p

Game206010801070 Ti2070
AC: Odyssey39393643
DX: M.Divided25262428
Wildlands28292730
FFXV32333037
Hellblade32333241
TW332312735
KCD28282731
BFV36464250

Performance Analysis

Looking at the numbers, it can be easily concluded that the GeForce RTX 2060 isn’t suited for 1080p gaming. Sure if you have a 75 Hz monitor, then it’s no biggie, but if like me, you are limited to 60 Hz, then 1440p would be our resolution of choice for Turing junior.

Furthermore, except for a handful of titles the RTX 2060 consistently performs on par with the GTX 1080. The GTX 1060 is left far behind with a delta of almost 70% in some cases. In comparison to the RTX 2070, the 2060 manages to deliver approx 90% of the former’s performance.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

So, if you are used to the silky smooth experience of 60 FPS at 1440p, then the RTX 2060 is a very viable option. The card should also run most games at 4K at 30 FPS, and some compromises in visual fidelity should push it even further up to at least the forties.

Lastly, since the thermals and noise were within remarkably acceptable limits, we decided to leave those tests out. This is all thanks to NVIDIA’s new shroud which other than being aesthetic does a wonderful job of keeping the graphics card cool.

If you are interested in seeing how the card performs in Battlefield V with ray-tracing enabled or how efficient DLSS really is, come back tomorrow and we’ll have a comprehensive article ready on that by then.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. It still says “notify me” on the Nvidia site. I wanna buy the FE as its the cheapest . Any idea where can i get it from for the same price?

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