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Nvidia Announces RTX 2060 Video Card, Price Starts At $350

07 January 2019

Say hello to Nvidia's latest graphics card.

But ray tracing is just a piece of the equation for the RTX 2060 and Nvidia's RTX platform, which also includes the recently released RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards.

So the RTX 2060 will offer a new entry point for RTX graphics, although at £329, it is more expensive than past xx60-series launches. It didn't help that no games supported Nvidia's RTX technologies when the new cards hit the market, which limited their appeal-especially compared to the GTX 10-series cards.

Almost five months after making its debut for desktop PCs, NVIDIA's latest RTX 20 Series graphics chips are ready for the limelight in laptops.

The RTX 2060 is 60 percent faster than the GTX 1060, and in fact it is even faster than the GTX 1070Ti, it comes equipped with 6GB GDDR5 of video memory, 240 Tensor cores that delivers 52 teraflops of deep learning power, which aims to improve gaming performance through a feature known as Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). Previous video cards have difficulty with ray tracing because of how demanding it is, but GeForce RTX cards feature RT Cores that specifically perform ray tracing as to not impact overall framerate.

Nvidia claims RTX 2060 is 60% faster on current games than the predecessor, GTX 1060. At the keynote Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang declared "RTX is here, next gen is on", before continuing to explain his statement was intended for the masses - "For $349 you can enjoy next generation gaming", Huang said to the excited audience. If the quality is there, it stands to be particularly impressive stuff - and the same is true across the range of brands now incorporating GeForce RTX technology into their new machines.

So far we know that the likes of Asus, Acer, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, MSI, Samsung and Razer will all be releasing RTX-powered laptops. In an onstage demo of Battlefield V at 1440p, the system reached almost 70 FPS with RTX off. But when they added DLSS to the mix, performance bounced back to where it was with ray tracing disabled. There is a Founders Edition and it looks pretty much identical to the RTX 2070 FE. We'll have to see what the RTX 2060 can really do when we get a chance to test it.

The GeForce RTX 2060 will be available from 15 January priced at $349 (around £275), and buyers will get a choice of Battlefield V or Anthem (below) for free.

Nvidia Announces RTX 2060 Video Card, Price Starts At $350