The RTX 2060 is an Nvidia video card launched in 2019 with an intermediate specification. The model is part of the Turing architecture and is one of the most considered options equipped with Ray Tracing and DLSS technologies natively. Despite this, its price remains high in the market, at least $350.
Anyway, the model promises to be ideal to run games in Full HD or even Quad HD without problems. Check below the main pros and cons of RTX 2060 and see if the board is a good option for you.
Native Ray Tracing
Native Ray Tracing support is one of the main highlights of RTX 2060. The feature can optimize shadows and textures, delivering lighting effects that promise to make images even more realistic. Nvidia has more current models that also support the technology, but with higher prices. This ends up making RTX 2060 an affordable option to some extent for gamers who want to have the experience of playing with Ray Tracing, but can not invest in more robust models like RTX 3090, for example.
Also, the RTX 2060 has DLSS, a technology that uses artificial intelligence to render images and promises greater clarity even without losing performance. With this, the user can use Ray Tracing and other features without compromising greatly the fps rate. It is worth mentioning that the features are present throughout the Turing line, but the GTX models run both via software, which should represent inferior results.
Good for Full HD
Although it is not the most suitable to run content in 4K, the Nvidia board should ensure a good performance in Full HD and Quad HD. According to benchmark results released on the Internet, in Full HD the graphics card is capable of running games such as The Division, Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, and Battlefield V at rates of 95 fps. With Quad HD resolution, the product can handle an average rate of 60 frames per second. With Ray Tracing on, the RTX 2060 performance average drops a little, reaching 46 fps.
The RTX 2060 is not very demanding when it comes to energy. According to the manufacturer, the GPU has a TDP of 160 Watts, a low number when considering the hardware of the board and that is in the average of rival models. To run safely, Nvidia suggests the use of a 500 Watts power supply. The RTX 2060 also promises an easy installation, as it uses an additional eight-pin power cable.
Price still high
Even being an entry option, the RTX 2060 still has a high price in the market. The model can be found in the online retail market costing from $350. Meanwhile, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super, which promises to be faster than the RTX 2060, has 8 GB of VRAM, comes with DLSS 2.0, is more recent, and is on sale starting at $499. It is worth noting that the values are the responsibility of online stores and may change at any time.
Although it can beat GPUs like GTX 1660 Ti, the RTX 2060 begins to lose out to slightly more advanced models, such as the Super line cards. The latest Turing generation promises to deliver superior performance, higher VRAM, and better value for money. Nvidia’s upgrade has left not only the RTX 2060 behind, but also most of the “original” Turing RTX cards.
Besides, Nvidia has even newer card options, such as RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090, the latter being equipped with 24 GB of VRAM in the GDDR6X standard, the latest and fastest, and allows playing at 8K to 60 fps.