The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB Founders Edition Review: No longer Rather Mainstream – AnandTech

In the closing months of 2018, NVIDIA at closing released the long-awaited successor to the Pascal-primarily primarily primarily based GeForce GTX 10 series: the GeForce RTX 20 series of video playing cards. Built on their fresh Turing structure, these GPUs were one of the best update to NVIDIA’s GPU structure in a minimal of half of a decade, leaving almost no section of NVIDIA’s structure untouched.

Up to now we’ve looked at the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070 – and along with the highlights of Turing, we’ve viewed that the GeForce RTX 20 series is designed on a hardware and instrument stage to enable realtime raytracing and other fresh specialised facets for games. Whereas the RTX 2070 is historically the cost-oriented fanatic offering, NVIDIA’s larger label tags this time around intended that even this section was as soon as $500 and no longer namely cost-oriented. As a substitute, it could possibly seem that the position of the fanatic cost offering is going to fall to the subsequent member in line of the GeForce RTX 20 family. And that section is coming next week.

Launching next Tuesday, January fifteenth is the 4th member of the GeForce RTX family: the GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB). In step with a lower-down model of the same TU106 GPU that is within the RTX 2070, this fresh section shaves off some of RTX 2070’s efficiency, but also a lawful deal of its label impress within the approach. And for this initiate, fancy the different RTX playing cards closing year, NVIDIA is taking section by releasing their very possess GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition card, which we are taking a ogle at on the unique time.

NVIDIA GeForce Specification Comparison
  RTX 2060 Founders Edition GTX 1060 6GB (GDDR5) GTX 1070
(GDDR5)
RTX 2070
CUDA Cores 1920 1280 1920 2304
ROPs forty eight forty eight 64 64
Core Clock 1365MHz 1506MHz 1506MHz 1410MHz
Enhance Clock 1680MHz 1709MHz 1683MHz 1620MHz
FE: 1710MHz
Memory Clock 14Gbps GDDR6 8Gbps GDDR5 8Gbps GDDR5 14Gbps GDDR6
Memory Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
VRAM 6GB 6GB 8GB 8GB
Single Precision Perf. 6.5 TFLOPS 4.4 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPS 7.5 TFLOPs
FE: 7.9 TFLOPS
“RTX-OPS” 37T N/A N/A 45T
SLI Reinforce No No Yes No
TDP 160W 120W 150W 175W
FE: 185W
GPU TU106 GP106 GP104 TU106
Transistor Depend 10.8B 4.4B 7.2B 10.8B
Architecture Turing Pascal Pascal Turing
Manufacturing Course of TSMC 12nm “FFN” TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm TSMC 12nm “FFN”
Initiating Date 1/15/2019 7/19/2016 6/10/2016 10/17/2018
Initiating Value $349 MSRP: $249
FE: $299
MSRP: $379
FE: $449
MSRP: $499
FE: $599

Fancy its older siblings, the GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB) is available in on the next label-point relative to earlier generations, and at $349 the associated fee is fairly not just like the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB’s $299 Founders Edition and $249 MSRP split, no longer to mention the GeForce GTX 960’s $199. At the same time, it mute facets Turing RT cores and tensor cores, bringing a fresh entry point for those desirous about utilizing GeForce RTX platform facets equivalent to realtime raytracing.

Diving into the specs and numbers, the GeForce RTX 2060 sports 1920 CUDA cores, which manner we’re looking out at a 30 SM configuration, versus RTX 2070’s 36 SMs. As the core structure of Turing is designed to scale with the different of SMs, this vogue that the total core compute facets are being scaled down similarly, so the 17% fall in SMs manner a 17% fall within the RT Core count, a 17% fall within the tensor core count, a 17% fall within the texture unit count, a 17% fall in L0/L1 caches, etc.

Unsurprisingly, clockspeeds are going to be very discontinuance to NVIDIA’s other TU106 card, RTX 2070. The execrable clockspeed is down a minute to 1365MHz, however the enhance clock is up a minute to 1680MHz. So in your whole, RTX 2060 is poised to elevate around 87% of the RTX 2070’s compute/RT/texture efficiency, which is an uncharacteristically runt gap between a xx70 card and an xx60 card. In other words, the RTX 2060 is in a lawful space to punch above its weight in compute/shading efficiency.

Nonetheless TU106 has taken a larger trim on the backend, and in workloads that aren’t pure compute, the fall shall be a minute more challenging. The card is shipping with correct 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, versus 8GB on its larger brother. The stay consequence of right here’s that NVIDIA isn’t very any longer populating 2 of TU106’s eight memory controllers, leading to a 192-bit memory bus and which manner that with the spend of 14Gbps GDDR6, RTX 2060 handiest affords 75% of the memory bandwidth of the RTX 2070. Or to build this in numbers, the RTX 2060 will offer 336GB/sec of bandwidth to the RTX 2070’s 448GB/sec.

And for the explanation that memory controllers, ROPs, and L2 cache are all tied together very closely in NVIDIA’s structure, this vogue that ROP throughput and the quantity of L2 cache are also being shaved by 25%. So for graphics workloads the wise efficiency fall is going to be larger than the 13% designate for compute throughput, but also generally much less than the 25% designate for ROP/memory throughput.

Speaking of video memory, NVIDIA has called this the RTX 2060 but early indications are that there shall be various configurations of RTX 2060s with much less VRAM and presumably fewer CUDA cores and other hardware sources. Hence, it appears to be like ahead-seeking to refer to the product mentioned in this article as the RTX 2060 (6GB); as you potentially can steal, the GTX 1060 6GB was as soon as launched as the ‘GTX 1060’ and so regarded as such in our initiate review, up except a month later with the free up of the ‘GTX 1060 3GB’, a branding that does no longer show conceal its lower-performing GPU configuration unrelated to physique buffer measurement. Mixed with ongoing GTX 1060 naming shenanigans, as smartly as with GTX 1050 variants (and AMD’s possess Polaris naming shenanigans also of existing), it appears to be like prudent to blueprint this clarification now within the fervour of future accuracy and particular person consciousness.

NVIDIA GTX 1060 Variants
Specification Comparison
  GTX 1060 6GB GTX  1060 6GB
(9 Gbps)
GTX 1060 6GB (GDDR5X) GTX 1060 5GB (Regional) GTX 1060 3GB
CUDA Cores 1280 1280 1280 1280 1152
Texture Objects eighty eighty eighty eighty seventy two
ROPs forty eight forty eight forty eight forty forty eight
Core Clock 1506MHz 1506MHz 1506MHz 1506MHz 1506MHz
Enhance Clock 1708MHz 1708MHz 1708MHz 1708MHz 1708MHz
Memory Clock 8Gbps GDDR5 9Gbps GDDR5 8Gbps GDDR5X 8Gbps GDDR5 8Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit A hundred and sixty-bit 192-bit
VRAM 6GB 6GB 6GB 5GB 3GB
TDP 120W 120W 120W 120W 120W
GPU GP106 GP106 GP104* GP106 GP106
Initiating Date 7/19/2016 Q2 2017 Q3 2018 Q3 2018 eight/18/2016

Inviting on, NVIDIA is rating the RTX 2060 for a TDP of 160W. Here is down from the RTX 2070, but handiest fairly, as those playing cards are rated for 175W. Reduce-down GPUs possess tiny alternate choices for reducing their energy consumption, so it’s no longer odd to sight a card fancy this rated to device almost as a lot energy as its chubby-fledged counterpart.

All-in-all, the GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB) is fairly the spirited card, as the cost-fanatic section tends to be more attuned to label and energy consumption than the efficiency-fanatic section. Additionally, as a cost-fanatic card and capability upgrade possibility this also can deserve to place smartly on a huge series of older and more fresh games – in other words, historical rasterization efficiency instead of hybrid rendering efficiency.

In the period in-between, looking out at evaluating the RTX 2060 itself, measuring generalizable hybrid rendering efficiency stays unclear. Linked to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809), DXR has been rolled-out rather lately. 3DMark’s DXR benchmark, Port Royal, is due on January eighth, whereas for realtime raytracing Battlefield V is the one real title with it for the moment, with optimization efforts are ongoing as viewed in their fresh driver efforts. In the period in-between, it sounds as if some of Turing’s other evolved shader facets (Variable Rate Shading) are handiest currently available in Wolfenstein II.

Clearly, RTX make stronger for a different of titles possess been presented and a lot of are due this year, but there could be no centralized helpful resource to maintain monitor of availability. It’s correct that developers are in a roundabout device accountable for this data and their sport, but on the flipside, this has required very discontinuance cooperation between NVIDIA and developers for fairly some time. In the tip, RTX is a technology platform spearheaded by NVIDIA and inextricably linked to their hardware, so it’s to the detriment of capability RTX 20 series owners in researching and collating what unique games can blueprint spend of which specialised hardware facets they bought.

Planned NVIDIA Turing Feature Reinforce for Video games
Game Exact Time Raytracing Deep Discovering out Supersampling (DLSS) Turing Developed Shading
Anthem   Yes  
Ark: Survival Developed   Yes  
Assetto Corsa Competizione Yes    
Atomic Heart Yes Yes  
Battlefield V Yes
(available)
Yes  
Control Yes    
Brave   Yes  
Darksiders III   Yes  
Enlighten Us The Moon: Fortuna   Yes  
Enlisted Yes    
Danger The Wolves   Yes  
Closing Fantasy XV   Yes
(available in standalone benchmark)
 
Fractured Lands   Yes  
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice   Yes  
Hitman 2   Yes  
In Death     Yes
Islands of Nyne   Yes  
Justice Yes Yes  
JX3 Yes Yes  
KINETIK   Yes  
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Yes Yes  
Metro Exodus Yes    
Outpost Zero   Yes  
Overkill’s The Walking Dull   Yes  
PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds   Yes  
ProjectDH Yes    
Remnant: From the Ashes   Yes  
SCUM   Yes  
Extreme Sam 4: Planet Badass   Yes  
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Yes    
Stormdivers   Yes  
The Forge Enviornment   Yes  
We Contented Few   Yes  
Wolfenstein II     Yes, Variable Shading
(available)

So the RTX 2060 (6GB) is in a larger scenario than the RTX 2070. With comparative GTX 10 series products either very low on stock (GTX 1080, GTX 1070) or at larger prices (GTX 1070 Ti), there’s much less capability for gross sales cannibalization. And as Ryan mentioned within the AnandTech 2018 retrospective on GPUs, with leftover Pascal inventory due to cryptocurrency bubble, there’s a lot much less pressure to promote Turing GPUs at lower prices. So the RTX 2060 leaves the existing GTX 1060 6GB (1280 cores) and 3GB (1152 cores) with breathing room. That being acknowledged, $350 is a lot from the same earlier ‘mainstream’ label-point, and much more costly than the favored $329 fanatic-class GTX 970.

Through the aisle, the fresh Radeon RX 590 within the mix, though its instruct competitors is the GTX 1060 6GB. In any other case, the Radeon RX Vega fifty six is seemingly the nearer matchup. In the mix are concurrent events fancy AMD-accomplice Sapphire’s correct-presented RX Vega label cuts, which is ready to ogle the RX Vega 64 Nitro Plus moved to $379 and the RX Vega fifty six Pulse to $329, and both with an linked three-sport bundle. Whereas no longer explicitly linked to the RTX 2060 (6GB) initiate, the implications from the AMD aspect of the fence are sure.

Unfortunately we haven’t had the card in for checking out so long as we would’ve cherished, but regardless the RTX platform efficiency checking out is within the same scenario as one day of the RTX 2070 initiate. For the explanation that technology remains to be within the early days, we are in a position to’t precisely settle the efficiency suitability of RTX 2060 (6GB) as an entry point for the RTX platform. So the same caveats note to gamers involved in making the descend.

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