Nvidia's CES 2019 press conference reveals RTX 2060 pricing, release date

Nvidia's CES 2019 press conference reveals RTX 2060 pricing, release date

Most of the third party designs look like pretty standard twin-triple fan solutions (as per the current GRT/RTX cards out there), but Gigabyte has a compact single fan board that stood out, dubbed the Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2060 Mini ITX OC 6G (just noticed EVGA had one too, the RTX 2060SC).

The NVIDIA RTX 2060 will be priced at $349 and be available globally starting January 15.

NVIDIA just wrapped up its CES keynote, and in addition to the expected unveiling of the RTX 2060, the company announced new mobile GeForce RTX options.

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RTX cards are based on a more advanced Turing architecture than their Pascal-based predecessors.

As stated by Nvidia, "Ray tracing technology that brings real-time, cinematic-quality rendering to content creators and game developers". Including the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti, the GeForce RTX graphics cards were created and designed for high-end gaming PCs.

To get the price down to $349 for the RTX 2060, Nvidia had to make a few compromises. The 6GB of GDDR6 featured is a huge win for the company over the slower GDDR5 memory used on the GTX 1060, helping it kick some serious ass in VRAM intensive titles like Middle-earth: Shadow of War. When it comes to ray tracing, the RTX 2060 can perform 5 gigarays per second, compared with 6 gigarays per second for the RTX 2070 and 10 gigarays per second for the RTX 2080 Ti.

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"We can use DLSS to infer a much more lovely, higher resolution", Huang explained. According to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, the GeForce RTX 2060 can handle Battlefield V at 1440p resolution with an average of 60 FPS. The problem is that not many games support both DLSS and ray tracing yet. Electronic Arts and DICE plan to release a "Battlefield V" patch incorporating DLSS support in the near future.

During the press conference, Huang took time to extol the virtues of Max-Q, which has helped usher in the rise of thin-and-light gaming laptops. Currently, these models will ship with a 1080p, 144Hz G-Sync display. On top of this, older cards with the NVENC technology will also receive some speedups and optimizations, granting better video encoding all around for those with 700 series or newer Nvidia GPUs.

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