GeForce RTX 2060 review roundup: she’s worth it

As you are no doubt already aware if you are reading this, Nvidia announced the GeForce RTX 2060 last night at its pre-CES show. The review embargo lifted this morning and a bunch of sites that got Founder's Edition cards early have published their reviews. We don't have one of our own, but we're curious enthusiasts and we've collected our impressions from the reviews we've read for you.

The GeForce RTX 2060 is based on the same TU106 processor as the RTX 2070. Nvidia has selectively disabled one-sixth of the chip and a quarter of its memory interface to produce the new model, and those cuts don't seem to result in as big of a performance drop as you might expect. Our friends across the pond at Hexus say the card is "thoroughly decent" and describe it as being arguably the best value-for-money offering right now.

That remark's not unusual for a GeForce card in the "x60" segment, but the price certainly is. The Guru of 3D notes that the RTX 2060's $349 list price is up 75% from the GTX 960's $199 debut price just two generations ago. Along similar lines, Tom's Hardware notes that the card really shouldn't be called the RTX 2060, and that its pricing and power draw would go over more smoothly if it was labeled "RTX 2060 Ti" or a similar name.

However, Tom's also states that the card's price is justified by its performance. In most games, the RTX 2060 seems to be neck-and-neck with the extant GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. That puts it slightly ahead of the GTX 1070 and Radeon RX Vega 56, and slightly behind the GeForce GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64. Not far behind, though. AnandTech notes that the RTX 2060 offers "95% of a Vega 64's performance," and that last night's announcement of incoming Adaptive Sync support for GeForce cards makes it difficult to recommend Radeons over the new card.

Kitguru remarks that the card is a "real RTX card, not a GTX" as was rumored. That site says the card is "Worth Buying" owing to its competitive price-to-performance ratio and forward-looking features. Kitguru and Tom's both note that the card maintains an average frame rate over 60 FPS while playing Battlefield V in 1920×1080 with the DXR option set to Ultra. On the other hand, many reviewers including The Guru of 3D were somewhat dismissive of DLSS and RTX, given that you can count the games that support these features on one hand.

Cowcotland went ahead and crowned the card "the new queen of 1080p," and that site joins the chorus in stating that the RTX 2060 also offers solid performance at 2560×1440. AnandTech remarks that the 6 GB of memory on the card could be limiting when playing in very high resolutions, and even credits some performance oddities in Wolfenstein II to the card's modest amount of memory.

HotHardware gave the GeForce RTX 2060 Founder's Edition an Editor's Choice award, and said that "if you're in the market for a new GPU and have $350 to spend, [it's] currently the card to get." While other sites generally weren't as enthusiastic, the buzz is cautiously positive. Even Gamer's Nexus gave the card a "soft recommendation," noting that despite having a comparatively high price and power draw versus the outgoing models, the RTX 2060 is still 50% faster than a GTX 1060 and offers a 170% boost for those hanging onto GTX 960 cards.

Here are some quick links to the reviews we read:

If you've read the reviews yourself and have a unique take on the results, let us know in the comments below.

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    • Jigar
    • 9 months ago

    Will there be reviews on Techreport in future or have we lost all our heroes ?

    • emvath79
    • 9 months ago

    It won’t be worth it if there is a GTX 1160 for $50 less in a month that has all the same specs minus ray-tracing. Nobody in their right mind is going to try and use ray-tracing with this card so its addition is pointless.

    • hiki
    • 9 months ago

    I didn’t bought a 1070 Ti for that price, and I will not buy a 2060 just because it has a different name and there are more expensive cards.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]the RTX 2060 is still 50% faster than a GTX 1060 and offers a 170% boost for those hanging onto GTX 960 cards.[/quote<] Eh comparing it to the 1060 or 960 is a questionable choice, given the price.

      • hiki
      • 9 months ago

      Irrelevant, because before the 2060 there were other cards at the same price, with the same performance.

      Another card at that same price and performance makes no difference.

    • YukaKun
    • 9 months ago

    I don’t understand why most media outlets are giving every single bit of evidence this 2060 is NOT A GOOD VALUE at 350, but still recommend it. Like, why????

    Anandtech and Toms have been the only two places I’ve read they say it’s not a good value, but they do say it’s worth the money if you’re eyeing a 2070 due to deltas.

    For me, I won’t be recommending this thing until it drops to 250, where it belongs, or the current 10XX gen runs out of stock everywhere.

    Cheers!

      • Sahrin
      • 9 months ago

      nVidia money spends just like anyone elses.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 months ago

      Intel IGP is infinite value because it’s “free”, but that doesn’t mean I’d pick it over my 1080Ti.

      1070 Ti is what I would have recommended last gen as best performance/value compromise, and the 2060 is cheaper and faster than it.

    • plonk420
    • 9 months ago

    hoping for a TechReport review .. or at least TPU. i’m happy Guru3D has my newly acquired Fury on its benches, at least!

    • DataMeister
    • 9 months ago

    Seems like nVidia is shifting all the numbers up a notch on the pricing bracket (970 was $350 back in it’s day). If the 2050 is $250, I wonder what the new model number will be for the $70 price bracket.

    Maybe they’ll fill in the gaps with the 2040 and 2010 which seemed to be missing last time around.

      • MOSFET
      • 9 months ago

      ORDER DATE: 6/24/2015
      EVGA GeForce GTX 960 02G-P4-2962-KR 2GB SC GAMING
      Order Total: $179.00

      ORDER DATE: 8/9/2016
      EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 06G-P4-6163-KR, 6GB GDDR5
      Order Total: $266.98

      ORDER DATE: 1/8/2019
      GTX 2060
      j/k

      • Ushio01
      • 9 months ago

      Really low end cards have been replace with the IGP. That’s why after several 700 series back in 2014 it took till mid-2017 for just a 1030.

      Anything under a 2050 is unlikely unless AMD do something in the low end space.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 months ago

    Ummm…where’s TR’s review in that list? Or is it coming and we just have to be patient (I can be patient for TR).

      • torquer
      • 9 months ago

      I feel like fewer reviewers got this card for some reason, but maybe TR is shorthanded these days

        • nanoflower
        • 9 months ago

        All of the Youtuber’s I follow had the cards for a few weeks so seems like Nvidia put a lot of cards out there and gave people plenty of time to test the cards.

    • Fonbu
    • 9 months ago

    AnandTech probably said it best–
    “The RTX 2060 (6GB) is no exception, and while it is a better price-to-performance offering relative to its older siblings, it’s simply no longer a ‘mainstream’ video card at $350, instead occupying the ‘value-enthusiast’ space.”

    The other item on the menu is its “only a 6GB” frame buffer. A very questionable amount in this day and age for a 2019 gpu.

      • ptsant
      • 9 months ago

      I am slightly worried about the 6GB, too. Although I don’t think more is currently needed, I’m afraid 8GB may become the norm for ultra textures quite soon.

    • torquer
    • 9 months ago

    The 2060 is worth exactly what people are willing to pay. Like every single other thing sold by anyone ever.

    The collective internet/reddit hive mind howled when the 2080Ti came out because of the cost, and yet it remained scarce for months.

    Clearly, enough people are willing to pay the MSRP, despite the collective whines of those who are so overinvested in the purchasing decisions of strangers on the internet.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      It’s all part of the echo-chamber build up for “why Navi destroyed NVidia.”

      They need this outrage as a foundation when Navi is released on [Insert_date_guesstimate_here] with [Insert_performance_guesstimate_here] improvement over Polaris at [Insert_price_guesstimate_here] price point, they can declare that AMD has won the GPU war.

        • Voldenuit
        • 9 months ago

        AMD just revealed a [url=https://www.anandtech.com/show/13832/amd-radeon-vii-high-end-7nm-february-7th-for-699<]Vega 20 for $699 at CES[/url<], so I'm doubtful that Navi will meaningfully rewrite the price/performance curve, unless they want to cannibalize their own high end.

      • hiki
      • 9 months ago

      People willing to pay that price for that performance already bought another card long time ago.

      People not willing to pay that price for that performance in older cards, is not willing to pay that price for that performance.

    • DPete27
    • 9 months ago

    I think an RTX2060Ti would’ve been better so that when they release the cheaper GTX1160 around Navi time, there’s less confusion.

      • LocalCitizen
      • 9 months ago

      i think they like confusion

    • Derfer
    • 9 months ago

    “she’s worth it”

    I strongly disagree with this statement. Nvidia has ensured every RTX card offers no performance increase at a given price point over the previous gen. The few percent gain here and there is about all you’d expect from the reference cooler change.

    Do not allow RTX pricing to be considered “acceptable.”

      • ptsant
      • 9 months ago

      If it is cheaper than the 1070Ti, which it rivals, it does improve (even very slightly) the price/perf ratio. But a true $250-300 card is certainly needed.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 9 months ago

    Who sets the quality > “high” on a mid-range card for current AAA titles? I think that hurts more Han anything.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 months ago

      >Who sets the quality > “high” on a mid-range card for current AAA titles? I think that hurts more Han anything.

      Nothing hurts Han more than a lightsaber.

      As Shakespeare said, “Sharper than a serpent’s tooth is the lightsaber of an ungrateful child.”

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 months ago

      brah, i live with like 14fps cause i turn the settings up so high

      • jihadjoe
      • 9 months ago

      People who played Myst? lol

    • maroon1
    • 9 months ago

    For wolfenstein II, I just like to say that there in no difference between Uber and ultra texture in visual quality . In other words, Uber eats too much memory with no real benefit

    [url<]http://m.hardocp.com/article/2017/11/13/wolfenstein_ii_new_colossus_performance_review/12[/url<] Quote: "If you have a large enough VRAM capacity (framebuffer) you can place more in there with a higher texture stream, thus keeping more in the framebuffer, thus having to texture swap less. This can improve performance. But watch out, cause if you run out of that VRAM capacity then you are having to swap out harder and faster, and this will REDUCE performance. This is why we actually got a little bit faster performance with "Uber" setting where the video cards had plenty of VRAM at that resolution. Do not try this on anything lesser than 8GB of VRAM though, performance will suffer. We also noticed no visual difference using "Uber" versus "Ultra" Image Streaming unfortunately. In the end, it’s probably not worth it and best just to use the "Ultra" setting for the best experience" In other words Uber texture just improves performance (for people have 8GB), but it does not have any visual difference over ultra. So, if you have 6GB there is no reason to use Uber when it decrease performance for no difference in quality So, please keep this in mind when you test the RTX 2060.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 9 months ago

      This honestly seems like poor programming. They could detect VRAM and pre-load textures until it’s full.

        • psuedonymous
        • 9 months ago

        That’s what they do. That’s that [b<]every[/b<] game has done for years. That's also why taking a naive peek at vRAM usage and stating "xGB is not enough for HD/4k/etc!" is not in any way a useful measure of actual vRAM usage requirements. "Top graphics settings preset tanks performance for no visual quality improvement" has also the standard for years. Every time a new GPU generation is released, the e-peen settings mode for new games will shift upwards once again, making the elusive "4k gaming GPU" a self-unfulfilling prophesy.

          • ptsant
          • 9 months ago

          On almost every game, the perf cost vs visual quality improvement is ridiculous from high -> ultra. You really have to look carefully or compare screenshots to find the differences.

          The only exception I can think of is BF1. Ultra is quite visibly better.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 9 months ago

    AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS WE CAN FINALLY GET 1070 PERFORMANCE AT 1070 FE MSRP. THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO BE A GAMER.

      • maroon1
      • 9 months ago

      I’m not sure if you looked at the reviews. RTX 2060 is clearly beating the regular 1070

      Anandtech reviews mentioned that its is even 2 to 3% faster than GTX 1070 Ti at 1080p/1440p and 11% faster than Vega56 at 1080p/1440p and 8% faster at 4K

      For 350 dollar it does not look bad. Cheapest vega56 at newegg is 370 dollar the moment

        • albundy
        • 9 months ago

        yeah, and it clearly costs more than twice of what i paid for my used 1070. and for what? a measly 5 fps, if that? all that and no freesync, and no hdmi 2.1 to run 4k at 120hz or higher. amazingly lame to say the least. hopefully AMD wont release such a huge disappointment later this year.

          • dragontamer5788
          • 9 months ago

          [quote<]all that and no freesync[/quote<] [url=https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2019/01/06/g-sync-displays-ces/<]The 2060 will have FreeSync, or at least, Adaptive Sync support.[/url<] [quote<]There are hundreds of monitor models available capable of variable refresh rates (VRR) using the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol. However, the VRR gaming experience can vary widely. To improve the experience for gamers, NVIDIA will test monitors. Those that pass our validation tests will be G-SYNC Compatible and enabled by default in the GeForce driver. G-SYNC Compatible tests will identify monitors that deliver a baseline VRR experience on GeForce RTX 20-series and GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and activate their VRR features automatically.[/quote<]

            • albundy
            • 9 months ago

            yeah, i read that right after this article. my bad.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 9 months ago

            Sounds like all the things currently enabled by freesync like LFC are not implemented in Nvidia’s adaptive driver. Not saying it can’t be done, since it is all software, but Nvidia sounds like they are not implementing adaptive sync the same as AMD, and as such require higher quality panels. Which is fine for raising the quality level, and is a good start, but this obviously isn’t going to work across the board like AMD. Still, better than nothing.

          • jihadjoe
          • 9 months ago

          Comparing new to used isn’t really fair. That’s like the guy saying a brand new hatchback is worthless because you could get a used Mercedes E55 AMG for the same price.

            • psuedonymous
            • 9 months ago

            And if we bring used prices into it, then the current high used prices mean the ‘upgrade cost’ ($new_card_price – $old_card_sale_price) likely comes out as a wash.

      • funko
      • 9 months ago

      srsly bro?

    • Krogoth
    • 9 months ago

    2060 isn’t worth it until it gets a price cut. It is meant to make the existing 1070Ti stock look good by comparison so people will buy that. Now that VESA VRR is going to be implemented on Nvidia’s Desktop GPUs. Potential buyers on the fence are going probably going to opting for a 1070Ti or used 1080.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 months ago

      1070 Ti is going for $380-480 in most listings I’ve seen, so unless one has a hateboner for RTX, it’s not better value than a 2060 at $349.

        • Krogoth
        • 9 months ago

        $349 MSRP. It isn’t available in etailers yet, so who knows how etailers will mark it up. I also expect significant price cuts on 1070Ti stock in light of the RTX 2060.

          • chrcoluk
          • 9 months ago

          a uk retailer has a holding price equivalent to about $420 so markup is real. But with that said they marking up pascal cards as well so its still cheaper in the uk at this one retailer than a 1070ti, but the 1070ti does have the extra 2 gig of vram so its not a no brainer. Its basically a choice if you value extra 2 gig of vram, or DLSS/RT tech more.

          Its a good thing DVI is on these cards, the lack of DVI on the 2080 made it an easy choice to get a 1080ti.

            • psuedonymous
            • 9 months ago

            [quote<]a uk retailer has a holding price equivalent to about $420 so markup is real. [/quote<]Don't forget VAT is added to UK advertised prices by default, moving the price back down to $350 ($350 + 20% VAT).

        • Kretschmer
        • 9 months ago

        A lot of people do have hateboners, for some reason.

      • CScottG
      • 9 months ago

      To me it looks more like they are helping to sell Vega. It’s an upper midrange price card, Vega *prices are dropping, and the better midrange gaming monitors are **Freesync.

      * [url<]https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#c=404,405&sort=price&page=1[/url<] **though the latest on opening-up VRR for drivers with 10 and 20 series Nvidia cards is encouraging.

      • rudimentary_lathe
      • 9 months ago

      I suspect this is correct. Nvidia is sitting on too much inventory from the previous generation. They have little reason to price the new generation aggressively.

      The 2060 looks like a solid card, but I’m not paying that price for a x60 card. I’ll wait to see what Navi has to offer and/or a price cut on the 2060.

      • NovusBogus
      • 9 months ago

      What existing 1070 Ti stock? It’s been sold out just about everywhere since early December.

        • Krogoth
        • 9 months ago

        There are plenty of units in NA/EU markets. It is even worst with 1050s/1060s.

          • ptsant
          • 9 months ago

          Lots of 1070Tis on sale in EU but not many 1080 [Ti] to be found. That being said, the local “sale” price for a 1070Ti is about $450, so if the 2060 slots in at $400 (these are EU prices), it would be definitely interesting.

    • leor
    • 9 months ago

    I’m thrown off by the idea that this NEXT GEN product justifies its price by performing the same as the previous gen’s card at the same price.

    When has that ever been true or ok? I get it has some updated tech, but having the same performance as the last generation at the same price point is a definition of FAIL, IMO.

      • Krogoth
      • 9 months ago

      Just wait for Navi to put some pressure on Nvidia. The ball is in AMD RTG’s court.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      Not sure where you’re coming from — the X60 card performing at the previous gen’s x70 level has been pretty normal for several generations. (e.g. 1060 being at or better than 970 perf, 960 being at or better than 770, etc.)

      If it was the 2060 performing at the 1060 level you’d be perfectly justified…

        • auxy
        • 9 months ago

        Why are you talking about performance levels and segment tiering? He’s talking about price points. He’s saying that the $350 RTX card performs the same as the $350 GTX card. That’s WRONG, because the GTX 1070 was a $400 card, and the RTX 2060 is faster than it anyway.

        @leor, if we wanna talk about “the previous gen card at the same price”, the previous gen card that the RTX 2060 is closest to (in PERFORMANCE) is the GTX 1070 Ti. That card debuted at $450. So the debut price of the RTX 2060 is $100 less for the same performance. Plus more features and stuff. (It does have less RAM tho.)

        So you’re both kinda wrong. (*’▽’)

          • leor
          • 9 months ago

          What does debut price have to do with anything, pascal is over 2 years old, of course it will have come down. Show me one scenario where a GPU next generation product is launched and is price/performance identical to the previous gen (model names not withstanding).

          If you want to talk about x60 products, we can talk about the 200 dollar 960, the 250 dollar 1060, and now a 350 dollar 2060. Most of what I personally own is Nvidia (including the Asus 34 inch Gsync screen, and a Titan), but we have never lived in a world where $350 met the definition for mid-range, and it’s not really a world I want to live in.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 9 months ago

      Its not really a next-gen product though. The NVidia RTX series is still 12nm or 14nm class tech.

      Architectures can sometimes improve performance, but only if you change your code to fit the new architecture. In this case: the NVidia RTX adds tensor cores, FP16, RTX, and a bunch of features for programmers to use… but that’s not going to help older games perform better.

      In a few years, maybe the RTX / Tensor stuff will be used (or maybe not). But generally speaking, code written for the last generation will perform best on the last generation of architecture. This is only negated when a process advantage (ie: higher clocks, better density, etc. etc.) improves things fundamentally.

      • NovusBogus
      • 9 months ago

      As much as I hate to admit it, Turing is what happens when you let the engineers run wild and free.

      • Ushio01
      • 9 months ago

      The 2060 is $350 and beats or matches the 1070Ti which was released at $450.

      • chrcoluk
      • 9 months ago

      I agree, I think the issue here is that the value of the 2080ti and 2080 were both very bad, by comparison the 2060 is seen as more reasonable and for that reason its been given a get out of jail free card.

      But on your point you are bang on. Turing remains as of today’s date a poor generation. The gamble I suppose is if DLSS and RT take off. There is certainly no guarantee of that, nvidia have made new tech in the past that is as good as dead today such as MFAA and CSAA. MFAA works still but because MSAA is almost completely abandoned now, it makes MFAA dead in new games.

      If DLSS and/or RT do become popular then of course another issue is it will probably only affect new games, so if you mainly play older games, they are moot anyway.

      Thats the issue really, if you have no love for RT/DLSS then you are paying for a part of the die you have no use for, and thats whats making some people dislike RTX.

      There is two sides of every coin tho, since the performance fix those who play BF5 a lot are mostly liking the RT enhancements. Turing is a love it or hate it generation for sure.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]Kitguru and Tom's both note that the card maintains an average frame rate over 60 while playing Battlefield V in 1920x1080 with the DXR option set to Ultra[/quote<] Remember Tom's said "just buy it" and these guys are clearly shills. [H]ardOCP needed a 2080Ti to hit AVG 60fps with DXR at Ultra. [url<]https://www.hardocp.com/article/2019/01/07/battlefield_v_nvidia_ray_tracing_rtx_2080_ti_performance/7[/url<] Not buying this at all. I call BS when I see it.

      • DancinJack
      • 9 months ago

      Ok Josiah.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 9 months ago

      Pretty interesting. Those are multiplayer tests, no? I wonder if the single-player isn’t less demanding.

        • auxy
        • 9 months ago

        Single-player is where RTX matters anyway. Who is gonna enable RTX and dunk their FPS on a fast-paced PvP shooter game where you won’t even notice? So stupid. (。-`ω-)

          • DancinJack
          • 9 months ago

          Josiah, evidently!

      • maroon1
      • 9 months ago

      with the newer patch RTX 2070 gets 62fps (55fps minmum) on 1440p ultra setting (DXR at low or medium)
      [url<]https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/1759/images/2018-12-06-image-12.png[/url<] DXR at low or medium still looks better than no DXR at all

    • chµck
    • 9 months ago

    finally time for a desktop build with a 1060

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 9 months ago

      rx 580 is cheaper and faster and gives you freesync which is also cheaper than gsync

        • RAGEPRO
        • 9 months ago

        [url<]https://techreport.com/news/34369/nvidia-expands-g-sync-to-encompass-adaptive-sync-displays[/url<] Haha. That said, Gamer's Nexus did remark that the RX 590 is a better buy in the circa-$250 range.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 9 months ago

          Whoops, not any more

    • enixenigma
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]Kitguru and Tom's both note that the card maintains an average frame rate over while playing Battlefield V in 1920x1080 with the DXR option set to Ultra.[/quote<] An average frame rate over what? On the topic of the 2060...AMD can't get 7nm GPUs out fast enough.

      • DancinJack
      • 9 months ago

      Sixty.

      You know you can click the links and read, right?

        • enixenigma
        • 9 months ago

        Absolutely, but shouldn’t the sentence be understandable on its own?

          • DancinJack
          • 9 months ago

          Absolutely, you are correct, but I’d imagine it took you more time to post a comment and wait for an answer than to look it up yourself.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 9 months ago

            Who’s to say anybody stopped and waited? Maybe he asked (as one of several ways of not being pompous about pointing out a typo) and then clicked the link. Did you guys have lunch together? Did you wait with him patiently as Zak answered? Did enixenigma step on your cat/dog/college mascot?

      • RAGEPRO
      • 9 months ago

      Sorry, it got lost in editing. It was indeed over 60 FPS.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 9 months ago

      The card definitely produces frames over time.

    • chuckula
    • 9 months ago

    No TR review card??

    Ngreedia!! You got some ‘splainin to do!!

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 months ago

      They heard I’d been writing.

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