We've spent the last few months focusing on Nvidia's GTX 16-series graphics cards – starting with the GTX 1660 Ti and working down to the more recent GTX 1650. Today, however, our attention turns back to the RTX family, and specifically the mid-range RTX 2060. The particular model in question is Gigabyte's Gaming OC Pro 6G, which comes with a factory overclocked core, triple-fan cooler and RGB lighting. Is it worth the £360 asking price?
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When RTX 2060 launched back in January 2019, Nvidia decided that its Founders Edition card would not come factory overclocked – instead, it would be up to AIB partners to ship RTX 2060s with higher clock speeds. Gigabyte has duly stepped up to the plate with its RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G, as this card has a rated boost clock of 1830MHz – an increase of 150MHz over the Founders card.
That means we would expect the Gigabyte to run a bit faster than the Founders Edition, while its triple-fan Windforce 3X cooler should also keep the card both cooler and quieter than the Founders 2060. Priced £31 higher than RTX 2060 MSRP, though, we would expect some improvement for the extra outlay. Whether or not the improvements can justify the higher price, we will have to see.
|GPU||RTX 2080 (FE)||GTX 1080||RTX 2070 (FE)||GTX 1070||RTX 2060 (FE)||GTX 1060|
|Rays Cast||8 Giga Rays/sec||0.877 Giga Rays/sec||6 Giga Rays/sec||0.65 Giga Rays/sec||5 Giga Rays/sec||0.44 Giga Rays/sec|
|RTX Performance||60 Trillion RTX-OPS||8.9 Trillion RTX-OPS||45 Trillion RTX-OPS||6.5 Trillion RTX-OPS||37 Trillion RTX-OPS||N/A|
|GPU Boost Clock||1800 MHz||1733 MHz||1710 MHz||1683 MHz||1680 MHz||1708 MHz|
|Memory Data Rate||14 Gbps||10 Gbps||14 Gbps||8 Gbps||14 Gbps||8 Gbps|
|Total Video Memory||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5||6GB GDDR6||6GB GDRR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GB/sec||320 GB/sec||448 GB/sec||256 GB/sec||336.1 GB/sec||192 GB/sec|
RTX 2060 is based on the same TU106 GPU as found in the RTX 2070, but with 6 less streaming multiprocessors (SMs). This means it sports 1920 CUDA cores, as opposed to the 2304 in its bigger brother. It is also very much an RTX card, meaning we do have dedicated RT cores (30 of those) and also the AI-driven Tensor cores (240 there).
Reference specification for the RTX 2060 has a rated boost clock of 1680MHz, but as mentioned this Gaming OC Pro 6G ups the speed to 1830MHz. The 6GB of GDDR6 memory, however, has been left at the stock 14 Gbps data rate.
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