Now that Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 has been launched, we are even more excited for the announcement of Nvidia GTX 2060 release date (GTX 2050 Ti & GTX 2050) after seeing the performance of RTX 2080 Ti with 4K AAA titles.
Why GTX 2060 and not RTX 2060?
In Gamescom 2018 event on 20 August 2018, Nvidia launched the RTX series and 3 of its enthusiast-higher range graphics card, namely Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070.
The whole keynote was focussed on Raytracing features and how it brings real-life light simulation to home pcs and how games & rendering (animation & real-world applications alike) can take advantage of it.
The reason why the name ‘RTX’ is missing from Nvidia 2060, is quite simple. Raytracing technology is still in its first phase and cannot be implemented in mainstream cards which are the xx50 and xx60 lineup.
Anything below than RTX 2070 is not going to support Ray-tracing as of now!!
As it happens the slightly altered raytracing supported games like Metro: Exodus saw an immediate frame drops at 1080P resolution and more graphically invested gamers would want to experience raytracing in 4k resolution.
It’s true that while RTX was turned on, the game looked great and the environment was naturally lit with surrounding light sources like it would in real-life.
Since we are presently accustomed to multiple-light sources (like a weird bulb keeps lighting up Agent 47’s bald head) and artificial illumination, this ‘natural illumination’ may look weird especially in darkened rooms. But, if you have ever created a project that required ray-tracing, then you’ll know how much it changes the overall scene.
Nvidia GTX 2060 vs Nvidia GTX 1060?
It’s always going to be a battle between current gen and next gen! Pascal has been one of the most successful architectures Nvidia has given us till date and it is still running strong.
Since, most of the gamers still play at 1080p resolution, going beyond GTX 1060 is for gamers who like to record games for Youtube or Twitch streaming.
Currently, Nvidia GTX 1060 is handling all current AAA titles well above 50 FPS at 1080p. And if developers keep the optimizations to the point, then those who have GTX 1060, won’t have to change their graphics card for another 3 years.
Even titles coming out in 2019 and 2020, will run fantastically well with few settings adjusted….that’s how great Pascal is.
Nvidia GTX 2060 is said to be 25%-40% faster than GTX 1060. Since, the card is not officially out yet, there is no way to confirm it.
But given the leap from generation to generation, we can expect a minimum of 25% boost in FPS performance and thermals.
This would mean a lot for portable gaming. Mini-gaming rigs for occasional gamers will be more powerful and 4k gaming will be well within their reach, if only at a resolution level (with other settings tweaked from low to medium).
Laptop gaming will benefit a lot as well, since most of them still sport 1080p resolution. Excluding, some dedicated laptop gaming with 2k or 4k screens, the average laptop consumer still wants to mainly work on it, while play games on the side.
So, bottom-line is, you should be excited for GTX 2060 for two reasons, first, it will drop the prices of GTX 1060 (which is still a great purchase). Second, GTX 2060 will become the de-facto 1080p gaming card for nearly 4 – 5 years.
Nvidia GTX 2060 Benchmarks
Presently, only fake benchmarks are available on the internet that you should not believe. It is quite easy to change your hardware id using UEFI hacks & trick benchmarking software to think that you have a graphics card with ‘certain name’.
Afterall, it’s just ASCII language for the software, it doesn’t care the least bit if the hardware is actually GTX 2060 or not.
But rest assured, as soon as the graphics card is launched, we’ll grab our hands on it and share some true benchmarks.
Nvidia GTX 2060 Release Date
Nvidia GTX 2060 release date is set around April 2019. After the sales of RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 & RTX 2070 reach a certain point.
Also, Nvidia is waiting for AMD’s response for RTX lineup, which is coming with AMD Navi in 2019.
So, from financial stand-point, they would want to make as many sales as possible to cover the cost of RTX development.
Million Dollar Question: Should I wait for Nvidia GTX 2060 or Buy GTX 1070?
It is true that GTX 2060 might sport a price tag near the range of ‘dropped-price-tag’ of GTX 1070. It is very confusing at that point to choose between the previous gen over current gen gpu.
The answer is go for it & buy GTX 1070.
If you have been keeping tabs on the benchmarks of GTX 1070, then you know that it had won several ‘value for money’ awards by several professional reviewers.
It still holds a great value next to upcoming GTX 2060. So, if the question is GTX 1070 vs GTX 2060 & you can’t wait anymore, then go with GTX 1070 (you won’t regret it).
But if the question is between GTX 1060 vs GTX 2060, then GTX 2060 will be a better choice (if it is priced appropriately).
AMD’s Answer to Nvidia RTX – Navi with Raytracing
I just want to throw this out there that AMD has also been preparing a ray-tracing technology in their next series of graphics card. Nvidia knew about this and that’s why they released their RTX lineup way earlier than AMD could.
Nvidia’s RTX lineup feels half-baked but don’t worry. The competition will bring down the prices and we’ll at least have a true 4k graphics card in our hands.
And may be the third iteration of RTX series and fully RTX compatible games, will feel like the fresh air that gaming community has been waiting for all this time.
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