Nvidia unveiled a new video card, the GeForce RTX 2060, during its live press conference to kick off CES 2019 on Sunday night. It joins the RTX 20 series family next week – its release date is set for January 15 – and the price of the RTX 2060 cards will start at $ 350, although exact prices vary depending on the model and the manufacturer.
Many claims were made at CES on the performance of the RTX 2060, and it is said in parity with or better than the GTX 1070 Ti (see our review of the 1070 Ti to get an idea of its performance). According to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, GeForce RTX 2060 can handle Battlefield V at 1440p resolution with an average of 60 FPS. Several benchmarks and metrics have been shown; compared to the GTX 1060, the next-generation mid-range card, the RTX 2060 can run from 1.4 to about 1.9 times better at 1440p with high settings (depending on the game).
Nvidia's line of RTX video cards have the ability to efficiently run real-time ray tracing, which translates into reflections, lighting, shadows that look more like the real world. Previous video cards have difficulty with ray tracing due to their high requirement, but GeForce RTX cards feature RT Cores that specifically perform ray tracing so as not to impact the overall frame rate. RTX boards can also use an AI-based antialiasing method called DLSS, which provides a cleaner image with minimal loss of performance.
To smooth the deal, Nvidia includes some high-end games along with the purchase of an RTX video card. If you buy an RTX 2060 or RTX 2070, you can choose between the Battlefield V or the Anthem shooting game in one package. Those who buy an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti will receive both bundled games.
The GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti were first released in September last year and we reviewed both boards. Be sure to check out our RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti reviews to see how these new boards have been compared to the previous generation GTX 1080 Ti.