The first images have leaked of a GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. The model in question is from Gigabyte, who appears to be showing off its new Gigabyte RTX 2060 GPU behind-closed-doors ahead of what could be a full reveal at CES 2019 in early January.
And, er, what we have on our hands is a fairly standard looking Gigabyte graphics card, albeit carrying that GeForce RTX 2060 branding and looking fairly diminutive in size. It’s difficult to make out the display outputs but it looks like 3x DisplayPort and a single HDMI output. The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 also uses an 8-pin power connector while the reference specs for the RTX 2060 point towards a single 6-pin power connector.
The leak from Videocardz also reveals a few rudimentary specs for the card. The GeForce RTX 2060 will use a Turing TU106 GPU together with 6GB GDDR6 memory. It’s also got 30 Compute Units which translates to 1920 CUDA Cores. The GeForce GTX 1060 has 1280 CUDA Cores while the GTX 1070 is exactly the same with 1920 CUDA Cores. The GeForce RTX 2070 is next in line with 2304 CUDA Cores.
According to the specs, the current maximum clock speed is a miserly 1,200 MHz, but we certainly expect this to change between now and launch.
Up until this point, all we’ve seen so far of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 is a set of leaked benchmark results from the official Final Fantasy XV benchmark tool. Performance sits within a few percentage points of the GeForce GTX 1070 and it’s 30% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 it would be replacing.
We can’t place a huge emphasis on these benchmark results though as they’re potentially months removed from the RTX 2060’s actual launch, during which time performance will surely be improved through optimised drivers. It seems almost imperative that the GeForce RTX 2060, at the very least, can outperform the GeForce GTX 1070. Without that there’s no way it’s a tempting enough upgrade for current GTX 1060 owners.
The other big elephant in the room is price. There’s a huge price gap underneath the $500-600 GeForce RTX 2070 right now. Unless Nvidia plans to release a GeForce RTX 2060 Ti down the line, the GeForce RTX 2060 is never going to be cheaper than $300, but more likely up in the $350-$400 range. Price it too cheap and nobody’s going to want to buy an RTX 2070, price it too high and nobody’s going to want to move on from the GTX 10 series. It’s a tricky proposition for Nvidia, but an impressive performance jump would certainly help paper over the cracks.