Nvidia has finally announced its mid-range graphics card, the GeForce RTX 2060, from its RTX series line-up. The card is set to hit the markets starting 15th January 2019, at $349. Its specs include 6GB G6 memory and 5 Gigarays/sec. If Nvidia’s claims are to be believed, the card shall sport a performance similar to the older Pascal-based GTX 1070 Ti.
By retailing the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 at $1,300 and $700, respectively, Nvidia graphics cards of the RTX series have already gained a reputation for being on the pricier side; and the GeForce 2060 is just adding itself to the same list by being priced higher than its predecessor, the GTX 1060, which had been priced at $300 at launch. But this may be justified by Nvidia’s provision of full RTX support, including support for deep learning super-sampling (DLSS). It is also claiming to leapfrog the GTX 1070 by matching the GTX 1070 Ti in its game performance instead. On the other hand, the price hike cannot hold its ground when the fact of all these supportive features being ipso facto in Nvidia’s Turing GPUs, which offers better graphics in RTX-enabled games along with higher frame rates due to DLSS anyway, is brought to view; given that it has a price quite similar to that of GeForce RTX 2060.
Nvidia’s Jensen Huang, for his part, took to the stage at one of the opening shows of CES Las Vegas, 2019, to announce 40 new notebooks offering RTX GPUs.
However, Nvidia is facing tough competition from AMD, which may be planning to announce significant processors and graphics, probably based on its 7nm manufacturing process. What comes of this speculation remains to be seen.