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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Review: Nearly As Fast As GTX 1080 (Page 2)

By Anthony Garreffa from Jan 7, 2019 @ 8:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Specs: Turing TU106

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2060 is using the TU106 GPU with 1920 CUDA cores, 120 TMUs, and 48 ROPs compared to the 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs inside of the GP106-based GeForce GTX 1060.


When it comes to the Turing GPU we have some new features that the Pascal GPU architecture didn't: TU106 has 240 Tensor Cores, 51.6 Tensor FLOPs (FP16) and 30 RT cores.

The new GeForce RTX 2060 still has 6GB of VRAM but has undergone a rather large change from GDDR5 to GDDR6, a move that makes the new Turing-based RTX 2060 much more expensive than the GTX 1060, but for good reason. The inclusion of GDDR6 drives up the cost of the RTX 2060 but the performance benefits from it are worth it.

GDDR6 has 14Gbps of bandwidth available to the GeForce RTX 2060 compared to just 8Gbps on the GTX 1060, while both cards and their 6GB of GDDR5 and GDDR6, respectively, are on a 192-bit memory bus. This results in a huge increase of memory bandwidth from the GTX 1060 and its 192GB/sec to a whopping 336.1GB/sec.

NVIDIA launched the then-flagship GeForce GTX 1080 at the time with 8GB of GDDR5X at a faster 10Gbps of bandwidth, and a larger 256-bit memory bus was only capable of 320GB/sec memory bandwidth. This means the new GeForce RTX 2060 has more memory bandwidth than the GTX 1060, all thanks to the shift to GDDR6.

There is more power consumption on the new GeForce RTX 2060 with a 160W TDP against the 120W TDP of the GeForce GTX 1060. This is something to look out for but I don't think it really matters - 40W for all this additional performance? The GTX 1080 rolled out with a 180W TDP and the RTX 2060 can nearly keep up with it at all resolutions.

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