Is Nvidia’s cheapest RTX card worth buying? Can the RTX 2060 justify its high price? If you are looking for a new card but are confounded by the changing GPU market, stick with us as we check out the RTX 2060.
Foremost, the RTX 2060 is priced at Rs. 31,000 for the founders’ edition card. The price seems pretty steep when you compare it to the last generation’s GTX 1060. But, the new card paints a really different picture when it comes to performance.
With the ’60’ nomenclature, people tend it compare it with the GTX 1060. However, the card goes beyond expectations to cruise somewhere well between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1070 Ti. In some instances, the performance is at par with the GTX 1080.
When compared head to head with the GTX 1070, the RTX card packs in the same number of CUDA cores. The RTX 2060 has a lower base clock speed but both the cards are almost in-differentiable when it comes to ‘boost clock’ speeds. Both cards require an 8-pin PCIe connection to power up. RTX 2060 is 2 GB shy of 1070’s 8 GB VRAM, but the memory type is GDDR6, compared to GDDR5. RTX 2060 operates at 14 Gbps memory speed, 6 Gbps more than the GTX 1070’s memory speed.
A GTX 1070 FE costs Rs. 35,800 and if you plan to go for a 1070 Ti, you’ll have to pay a hefty Rs. 40,350 for a Founder’s Edition card. The RTX 2060 easily beats GTX 1070 and even competes aggressively with the GTX 1070 Ti. Going by the performance, So, a sub-1070 Ti performance card at price almost 10 k less is a decent deal.
If you don’t believe us, see the benchmarks yourself.
Looking at the benchmarks, the RTX 2060 can handle most AAA titles at ultra settings very comfortably, given that you pair it with an equally powerful processor. If you are confused by the Metro Exodus benchmarks, don’t worry, because Metro Exodus benchmark tool is a really intensive one. When we actually played the game on 1080p, we recorded a comfortable 82-83 average FPS.
Along with all these crazy specs and benchmarks, you get Nvidia’s latest addition, the ‘Ray-Tracing’ technology. While RTX 2060, is not a very powerful RTX card, you can enjoy ray tracing as long as you stick to 1080p. If you venture out any further, things tend to get choppy. If you are still not sure what ray tracing is, perhaps a direct comparison will clear things out for you.
The RTX technology is still in its early stage and suffers from severe performance loss with ray tracing turned on. But, to be honest, ray tracing is realistically beautiful and takes graphics to the next level.
To sum it all, RTX 2060 is a very well balanced card. It offers great performance for the price. However, the answer to the question ‘Should you buy the RTX 2060?’ depends entirely on your budget (and partially on your liking for RTX.)
If you have a pocket for a 30-35k card and like the new ray tracing technology, RTX 2060 is the best card you can get. If you don’t have a 30k budget or don’t like RTX, you might be better off considering a GTX 1660 Ti.