Nvidia at CES 2019: GeForce RTX2060 makes Turing architecture GPUs mainstream

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CES 2019: Nvidia RTX 2060 is here, it's faster than a GTX 1070Ti and costs just $349

Anandtech notes that the RTX 2060 offers "95% of a Vega 64's performance", and that last night's announcement of incoming Adaptive Sync support for GeForce cards makes it hard to recommend Radeons over the new card.

CES 2019 is underway, and Nvidia has unveiled its mid-tier RTX 2060 GPU, a Turin-based graphics card as a part of its RTX series that consists of RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. (Nvidia will continue to sell lower-end cards in the existing GTX "Pascal" line.) It will go on sale January 15 for $349, an appealingly low price that marks the new entry point into the fledgling world of ray tracing in video games.

To get the price down to $349 for the RTX 2060, Nvidia had to make a few compromises. Nvidia made the announcement at a Consumer Electronics Show event, revealing that there'll be over 40 models of gaming laptops incoming that pack in the Nvidia RTX graphics card technology - bringing with it the performance boons, plus access to features like ray-tracing and DLSS, an impressive new form of AI-assisted anti-aliasing that's also exclusive to the RTX-series GeForce cards.

The RTX 2060 features 240 tensor cores with 52 teraflops of performance, 6GB of GDDR6 RAM and 5 giga-rays of real-time ray tracing performance.

AI algorithms take up the slack and help achieve this performance. Kitguru and Tom's both note that the card maintains an average frame rate over 60 while playing Battlefield V in 1920x1080 with the DXR option set to Ultra.

The RTX 2060 will be available worldwide starting on January 15 in computers built by Acer, Alienware, Dell, Lenovo, and more. Electronic Arts and DICE are expected to soon launch an update to Battlefield V to add the DLSS support. No matter which notebook you select, you'll have the choice of a 1080p (up to 144Hz on the m15) or 4K display panel. Support, however, will be limited to those monitors which have passed Nvidia's internal testing - a mere 12 out of 400 tested so far, the company claims - while power users will be able to force Adaptive Sync on non-certified displays.

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