Following a slew of rumors and leaks, Nvidia finally revealed its mid-range RTX 2060 GPU at CES 2019. At Nvidia CES 2019 keynote, CEO Jensen Huang revealed the $349 Nvidia RTX 2060 along with its specs.
Not only that, along with confirming the specs for its upcoming mid-range RTX 2060, Nvidia also confirmed its release date. Despite being a mid-range GPU, Nvidia RTX 2060 is apparently faster compared to the GTX 1070 Ti and features support for real-time Ray Tracing.
RTX 2060 coming on top in an RTX 2060 vs GTX 1070 Ti comparison is a huge deal. RTX 2060 is a mid-range GPU while the GTX 1070 Ti is a high-end GPU. Furthermore, in RTX vs GTX 1060 comparison, 2060 is 60% faster.
Also, the Nvidia RTX 2060 comes with support for real-time ray tracing. Meaning you can run games like Battlefield V, Shadow Of the Tomb and other games with Ray tracing with no problem. Furthermore, the RTX 2060 delivers 60 FPS performance at 1440p resolution. As for the Nvidia RTX 2060 specs, they are as follows.
Nvidia RTX 2060 Specs
- 1920 CUDA Cores
- 120/48 TMUs/ROPs
- 5 Giga Rays/s of Real-Time Ray Tracing performance
- 1365 MHz Base Clock
- 1680 MHz Boost Clock
- 6.5 TFLOPs GPU Computing performance( Xbox One X features 6 TFLOPs)
- Up to 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 14 Gbps Memory Speed
- 192-bit Memory Interface
- 336 GB/s Memory Bandwidth
- 8-Pin power connector and consumes 160W
Looking at the specs, Nvidia has definitely stepped up its game. Also, the inclusion of real-time Ray Tracing to its mid-range GPU is a technical achievement.
Furthermore, Nvidia has confirmed the RTX 2060 release date and it is coming sooner than expected. This mid-range GPU will launch next week on January 15, 2019, and again it will cost you $349 in the US.
Also, as a bonus, Nvidia announced during CES 2019 that a copy of Anthem or Battlefield 5 will be given free with a purchase of any RTX 20 series GPU.
Speaking of Nvidia, RTX 20 series GPUs brought us the real-time Ray Tracing. But, turns out you don’t need RT Cores to support real-time Ray Tracing.
PC enthusiasts managed to run Battlefield 5 with Ray Tracing enabled on an Nvidia Titan V and it doesn’t even have RT Cores to support it. PC enthusiasts managed to do it at a software level using DirectX 12.
However, the reason why the GPU is able to support Ray Tracing is the sheer amount of computational power that this $2999 GPU features. Meaning, for GPU like RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080, you really need RT Cores to support real-time Ray Tracing.
As for the performance, on average Nvidia TITAN V managed to run the game at 80 FPS with Ray Tracing.
On the other hand, AMD plans to unveil its 7nm GPUs, probably, this year. However, almost all of the GPUs will be based on 7nm in 2020. Reportedly, Nvidia and a number of tech giants will adopt the 7nm process node by 2020.