NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 graphics card is 60% faster than the GTX 1060

Jack Baker 7 January 2019 NEWS

NVIDIA's new RTX-enabled graphics card outperforms last generation's GTX 1070Ti for less, according to its own testing.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang entered the stage at the company's CES 2019 launch, ecstatic but short-breathed, proclaiming that he was going to "focus completely about gaming", and that he did.

The world's most popular video card manufacturer announced a whole slew of hardware, including the RTX 2060, 17 new Max-Q equipped laptops and G-SYNC Ultimate at its press conference on Monday.

The star of the show was no doubt the RTX 2060. The new ray-tracing-supporting graphics card is slated to be 60% faster than its last generation counterpart, and even claims "higher performance" for US$100 less than the US$449 GTX 1070Ti. The RTX 2060 packs 6 gigabytes of GDDR6 video memory and 240 Tensor Cores capable of delivering 52 teraflops of power.

NVIDIA claims that its new hardware is capable of running Battlefield V at 60 frames per second with ray tracing enabled. The new card will be released on January 15 globally.

Huang also announced a new bundle deal, with those purchasing an RTX 2060 or 2070 being able to opt for either BioWare's upcoming game Anthem or Battlefield V, and those grabbing the higher-spec RTX 2080 or 2080Ti getting both games with their purchase "in most regions around the world".

Newer G-SYNC technology and monitors were also announced, with G-SYNC Ultimate and three accompanying displays taking to the stage with 4K, 144Hz support. Driver updates relating to G-SYNC will launch on 15 January.

23 RTX-powered laptops and an additional 17 with Max-Q designs will hit the market soon, with NVIDIA touting the latter as fast, energy efficient and slim. Laptops packing RTX graphics cards will be available from Alienware, Asus, Dell, MSI, Razer and Samsung as well as from system integrators like Maingear and Origin PC starting from 29 January.

In the market for a new graphics card? For everything you need to know and to compare your options, check out our guide.

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