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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 08 2019, @09:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the picture-this dept.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB Founders Edition Review: Not Quite Mainstream

In the closing months of 2018, NVIDIA finally released the long-awaited successor to the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10 series: the GeForce RTX 20 series of video cards. Built on their new Turing architecture, these GPUs were the biggest update to NVIDIA's GPU architecture in at least half a decade, leaving almost no part of NVIDIA's architecture untouched.

So far we've looked at the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070 – and along with the highlights of Turing, we've seen that the GeForce RTX 20 series is designed on a hardware and software level to enable realtime raytracing and other new specialized features for games. While the RTX 2070 is traditionally the value-oriented enthusiast offering, NVIDIA's higher price tags this time around meant that even this part was $500 and not especially value-oriented. Instead, it would seem that the role of the enthusiast value offering is going to fall to the next member in line of the GeForce RTX 20 family. And that part is coming next week.

Launching next Tuesday, January 15th is the 4th member of the GeForce RTX family: the GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB). Based on a cut-down version of the same TU106 GPU that's in the RTX 2070, this new part shaves off some of RTX 2070's performance, but also a good deal of its price tag in the process

Previously: Nvidia Announces RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, and 2070 GPUs, Claims 25x Increase in Ray-Tracing Performance


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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday January 08 2019, @02:27PM (3 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Tuesday January 08 2019, @02:27PM (#783652) Journal

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nvidia_graphics_processing_units#GeForce_700_series [wikipedia.org]

    6 GB was pretty high circa 2015 (GTX 980 Ti). If you aren't running 4K resolution, does it matter? Does it matter even with 4K resolution?

    (I would assume that the ray-tracing capabilties on RTX 2060 are not sufficient for 4K60.)

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 08 2019, @03:02PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 08 2019, @03:02PM (#783677)

    The RTX 2080 can barely manage the fake raytracing at 30fps in 1080p

    • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Tuesday January 08 2019, @06:00PM

      by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday January 08 2019, @06:00PM (#783773)

      Follows the rule of First Gen Of Cool New Feature.

    • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Tuesday January 08 2019, @06:58PM

      by bzipitidoo (4388) on Tuesday January 08 2019, @06:58PM (#783787) Journal

      Guess that "RTX" stands for "Ray Tracing eXtreme", and that the name is more of a wishful goal and not an accomplishment?

      But then, ray tracing takes an awful lot of computation.