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Nvidia's RTX 2060 vs RTX 2080Ti vs 1070Ti - Gaming Tests

The new year has just started and Nvidia started strong. During CES 2019 the company launched a new graphic cards from the RTX 2000 series, the RTX 2060, making RayTracing available for budget gaming builds.

When the RTX series launched, Nvidia did not give us much hope for a cheaper than a RTX 2070 graphic card, claiming that RayTracing needs allot of computing power. But it seems that Nvidia changed their mind and due to market pressure the company launched and RTX model that costs just $349 MSRP.

Last year was a terrible year to build a PC, due to the mining craze which increased the prices for high-end gaming graphic cards like crazy, but now since the crypto bubble has popped, prices are kinda back to normal, making it a prefect time to launch a mainstream graphic card like the RTX 2060.

The RTX 2060 is meant to replace the now old GTX 1070 and 1070Ti, as this graphic card is powerful enough to make this thing possible. It is clear that Nvidia is pushing RayTracing making it the new thing for the future which is a good thing as games will have a more real look and feel than ever before.

But to enjoy RayTracing developers must implement this tech in games that are not very fast paced like for example Fire Watch or games that focus more on exploring the map not on very fast paced games like BF5 such that we can really enjoy the delicious new graphics made possible by this tech.

Going back to the RTX 2060, the GPU comes with 1920 CUDA Cores, 6GB of GDDR6 memory and 30 Ray Cores. The card can generate 5 Gigarays/s, in comparison with the RTX 2070 which can generate 6 Gigarays/s or the 2080 which can generate 10 Gigarays/s, making the 2060 very close in performance with the 2070 when we talk about RayTracing. The RTX 2060 has a TDP of just 160W under load for the founders edition card that we use to test today.

To power the RTX 2060 Founders Edition we need an 8 pin plug , but in the future as board partners will release their own versions we might see variants with an extra 6 pin plug for overclocking. The base frequency of the GPU is 1365MHZ with a turbo of up to 1680MHZ.

We like what Nvidia did with the design of the card. It is simple, industrial well built, it includes two fans and a big enough radiator for optimal cooling, making it awesome looking for any build you might think of. The design does not include advanced RGB controls, the RTX logo being just illuminated by a green LED, but RGB is not on everyone's list of eye candy so let's not consider this a negative. So the RTX 2060 includes almost everything a RTX 2070 has, but at a lower price and in a bigger availability.

Testing Methodology

To test this video card we used a Ryzen 7 2700x and an Intel I9 9900K to avoid any CPU bottlenecks, both systems having 16GB of 2800MHZ DDR4 memory a 512GB Samsung 960 Pro NVME SSD MD2.

The tests were conducted on Battlefield 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assasing's Creed Odysey, Just Cause 4 and Overwatch. All games were tested using maximum settings at 1080p. Let's see how it fares with the top dog, the RTX 2080Ti, and with the previous generation Pascal card the GTX 1070Ti that the 2060 aims to replace.

While testing these games we noticed a slight higher FPS count on the Intel system, somewhere around 5-10 FPS on average so we won't include specific results for both systems as these extra FPS won't really matter on your daily experience as I am sure we all agree. We will talk about the averages FPS instead, obtained by the cards in the chosen games regardless of what system it ran.

In Assasin's Creed Odyssey the RTX 2060 had an average of 53 FPS on both systems, sometimes a +/- 5FPS on the Intel system. The GTX 1070Ti managed to have a 52 FPS average and the RTX 2080Ti went up to upper 60 lower 70 FPS average.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider:
RTX 2060: 80 FPS
RTX 2080Ti: 101 FPS
GTX 1070Ti: 79 FPS

Just Cause 4:
RTX 2060: 94 FPS

RTX 2080Ti: 135 FPS
GTX 1070Ti: 92 FPS

RTX 2060: 64 FPS
RTX 2080Ti: 112 FPS

GTX 1070Ti: 63 FPS

Battlefield 5 (RTX Off):
RTX 2060: 93 FPS
RTX 2080Ti: 109 FPS
GTX 1070Ti: 86 FPS

Battlefield 5 (RTX On):
RTX 2060: 43 FPS
RTX 2080Ti: 80 FPS
GTX 1070Ti: - (RayTracing not supported)

Conclusion time then. As we can see the RTX 2060 is spot on where Nvidia wants it to be making it a great graphic card for gamers that want a little taste of what RayTracing is and other new technologies that come with the RTX series. It is more powerful than the 1070Ti which wast to be expected and also allot more cheaper, at $349 MSRP buying this card is a no brainier if you are looking for an upgrade of your current system or if you are building a brand new gaming rig.

Nvidia's RTX 2060 vs RTX 2080Ti vs 1070Ti - Gaming Tests Reviewed by John Colston on 1/15/2019 12:49:00 AM Rating: 5

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