So the GeForce RTX 2060 is here and I have to say I am actually more excited for this card than I was for the RTX 2080. The main reason is because the RTX 2080 was just underwhelming, I mean you would expect the second-best card from the current generation to beat out the best card from the previous generation, but it didn’t and the price was just too much to make it really worth it. Now the RTX 2060 on the other hand does what you would want it to do.
NVIDIA has built the RTX 2060 with the same GPU as the RTX 2070, but it is cut down. So you only have 1920 shaders, 120 texture units, and 48 ROPS. The memory capacity is only 6GB of GDDR6 and the memory bus is cut down to 192 bit too. With that its performance is between a GTX 1070 Ti and a GTX 1080. That performance will be good enough for 1440p gaming at pretty high detail or 1080p gaming on say a 144 Hz monitor.
Yes this card still does feature RT cores so you will be able to mess with ray tracing if you want to, but I would only suggest it at 1080p (at least with current games). Another thing you are going to get with this card is NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS). This leverages Turing’s artificial intelligence engine to achieve results of similar quality of temporal anti-aliasing while using less resources to do so. If you game supports DLSS you are definitely going to see a performance bump, we tested this with Final Fantasy XV, which you can see on page 9.
Now talking Zotac’s Twin Fan version specifically, they have made a great card at the $349 price point. Remember many of the higher-end and non-reference cards are more expensive and can go for over $400. This card is one of the better-looking cards at the $349 price point. I really am a fan of the new shroud design that Zotac has gone with on their 20-series cards. The dual-fan design provides adequate cooling, but the card itself is not all that large so it can easily fit in a smaller system. Zotac also provides a full backplate with this card, which is a nice touch.
$349 obviously is a bit more than what NVIDIA launched the GTX 1060 6GB for ($249), but you have to consider how much more powerful this card is, again with performance between the GTX 1070 Ti and a GTX 1080! On top of that if the game you are playing supports DLSS you are going to get even more performance out of this card.
That is why I am so excited about the RTX 2060, it is basically 1440p gaming at high settings or 1080p gaming on a 144 Hz display for $349! The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan is a solid choice for a reference RTX 2060 and one we can totally recommend! Although their AMP (overclocked) version is only $20 more so that is something to consider. The only real thing I can say bad about the RTX 2060 is that there is no NVLink SLI support, so you are not going to be able to buy two of these and outperform a higher-priced NVIDIA card.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan Graphics Card a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Great performance over the previous generation
– One of the better-looking reference RTX 2060’s
– Dual cooling fans
– Full backplate
– DLSS and ray tracing
– Solid price for what you are getting
– The AMP (overclocked) version is only $20 more
– No NVLink support