Nvidia revealed a new video card, the GeForce RTX 2060, during its live press conference to kick off CES 2019. It joins the RTX 20-series family next week, according to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, and pricing for RTX 2060 cards will start at $350–pricing will varying depending on model and manufacturer.

Many claims were made about the performance of the RTX 2060, and it is said on par with or better than the GTX 1070 Ti (see our review of the 1070 Ti to get an idea of its performance). Huang also presented graphs and metrics that showed that the GeForce RTX 2060 can handle Battlefield V at 1440p resolution with an average of 60 FPS. Compared to the GTX 1060, last generation’s mid-range card, the RTX 2060 can perform between 1.4 to about 1.9 times better at 1440p with high settings (depending on the game).

Still image from Nvidia’s CES 2019 keynote.

Nvidia’s RTX line of video cards boast the ability to perform real-time ray tracing, which translates to reflections, lighting, shadows that more more accurately resemble the real world. Previous video cards have difficulty with ray tracing because of how demanding it is, but GeForce RTX cards feature multiple cores that specifically perform ray tracing as to not impact overall framerate. RTX cards can also use an AI-based antialiasing method called DLSS, which offers a cleaner image with minimal performance loss.

A closer look at the GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition
A closer look at the GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition

To sweeten the deal, Nvidia is included some high-profile games along with the purchase of an RTX video card. If you buy an RTX 2060 or RTX 2070, you can choose either Battlefield V or the upcoming shooter Anthem in a bundle. Those who buy an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti will get both games bundled.

The GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti were first launched in September last year, and we reviewed both cards. Be sure to check out our RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti review to see how these new cards stacked against the previous generation’s GTX 1080 Ti.



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