The RTX 2060 is the most affordable RTX card in Nvidia’s Turing series, offering better raster performance than the previous generation, plus support for new technologies such as hardware-accelerated real-time (RT) ray tracing and video supersampling. deep learning (DLSS). It’s a compelling package, even though the card’s launch price of £330/€369/$350 is significantly higher than the GTX 1060. In this article, we’ll show you exactly how well this card performs in a variety of recent games. – and how it compares to its closest competition from AMD and Nvidia.
While traditional performance (i.e. no ray tracing) is what our readers are most interested in, we’ll also examine what happens when DLSS is introduced into the mix. This technology serves as an alternative to traditional anti-aliasing, allowing graphics hardware to render scenes at a lower internal resolution and make up the difference with an algorithm trained on extremely high-resolution images of the game in question. That process, made possible by the additional AI capabilities of the RTX architecture, can substantially increase frame rates in games that support it, and support is slowly growing.
So which cards are best suited to put the RTX 2060’s performance into perspective? Firstly, we’ve included two more RTX cards to give you an idea of how much extra performance you’ll unlock by moving up the ladder to the RTX 2070 or RTX 2080. We’ll also show you how the RTX 2060 compares to the card it effectively replaces, the Latest generation GTX 1070. (It’s worth noting that the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 cards we tested come factory overclocked, something you won’t find on the Founders Edition of the RTX 2060 or the GTX 1070.) Our final representative will be AMD’s penultimate flagship card, the Vega 64, which is in the same general price range as the RTX 2060.
To see how the RTX 2060 compares to Nvidia’s new GTX 1660 Ti, check out our article dedicated to this topic: RTX 2060 vs GTX 1660 Ti.
The RTX 2060 can outperform the GTX 1070 thanks to the inclusion of RTX and DLSS technologies, as well as impressive raster performance.
|RTX 2080||RTX 2070||RTX 2060||GTX 1070||Vega 64|
|RTX-OPS||60T (57T)||45T (42T)||37T||?||?|
|VRAM||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5||8GB HBM2|
|memory bus||256 bit||256 bit||192 bits||256 bit||2048 bits|
|TDP||225W (215W)||185W (170W)||160W||150W||295W|
The table above includes Founders Edition figures, with reference equivalents in parentheses.
Our new reference system was implemented about a year ago, in early 2018, and we are using it once again for RTX cards. The idea is that instead of using static graphics or recorded video data, we combine the two into a dynamic system. Press play on each game’s test scene and you’ll see live telemetry for frame times and frame rates that give you a better idea of performance than a simple average frame rate figure. You can add or remove different cards or resolutions with the controls to the right of the video, displaying up to four data sources simultaneously. If you’re in a hurry, you can also find average frame rate figures in a bar graph below. Here, you can also mouse over the graph to see how each card fared in the benchmark’s best or worst moments, which can tell different stories than averages alone. You can also click on the graph to switch between frame rate values and percentages, which can make it easier to compare two results without requiring mental calculations. Now, let’s get into the results!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
We start with one of the biggest hits of last year, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The expansive views of this game are accurately rendered on the benchmark, challenging even modern cards with the ultra-high preset we’ve selected. The RTX 2060 is just a few frames away from an average 60fps, showing a 16 percent lead over the GTX 1070. That gap widens as we go up the resolution ladder, and the new RTX card provides a 23 percent higher frame rate. speed at 1440p. The Vega 64 is not an expert on this engine and is among the lowest scores of the group.
AC Odyssey: Ultra High, TAA
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Unity, the 2014 Assassin’s Creed release, shows a similar trend for the RTX 2060 over the GTX 1070. There’s a 12 percent gap at 1080p, a 13 percent gap at 1440p, and a 14 percent gap at 4K . The 95 fps shown by the RTX 2060 at 1080p is enough to make use of a high refresh rate monitor, especially if you opted for a preset lower than ultra high. The Vega 64 shows the most variation in this test, with extremely high scores in some scenes and very low scores when the depth of field effect is applied.
Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ultra High, FXAA
Battlefield 1 is our next test. This DirectX 12 title isn’t too demanding even at its highest preset, allowing mid-range and better cards to deliver high frame rates at lower resolutions and reasonable results at 4K too. The RTX 2060 shows a huge lead over the GTX 1070 in Battlefield 1 at 1080p, at 140 fps compared to 110 fps – a 22 percent difference. The RTX 2060 sits about five percent behind the RTX 2070 and 20 percent behind the RTX 2080 at the same resolution. At 1440p and 4K, however, we see a bigger difference between the RTX trio, with the gap between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 widening to 28 percent at 4K. The Vega 64 performs much better here, outperforming the RTX 2060 and generally coming close to the RTX 2070 as well.
Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA
Despite being released six years ago, Crysis 3 is still a challenging game for the latest graphics cards, and particularly the explosive pass we see here from the game’s single-player campaign. The RTX 2060 is about 10 percent faster than the GTX 1070 at all three resolutions, while the Vega 64 provides almost exactly the same frame rates as the mid-range RTX card. The gap between RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 is also significant, around 30 percent for each resolution we tested.
Crysis 3: Very high, SMAA T2X
Very far away 5
Once again, we see a 10 to 14 percent difference between the RTX 2060 and GTX 1070 frame rates in this relaxing benchmark taken from the 2018 version of Far Cry. There is a similar gap between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070, and as expected, the latter card scored higher. The Vega 64 also scores highly here, beating the RTX 2060 at every resolution and coming close to the RTX 2070 at 4K.
Far Cry 5: Ultra, TAA
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Ghost Recon Wildlands is a 2017 release, but it’s still the most challenging benchmark in our collection when using its temporal anti-aliasing and ultra presets. The RTX 2060 is again 12 percent ahead of the GTX 1070, showing that its raw computing power makes up for its lower amount of RAM even in this challenging title. The Vega 64 becomes more competitive at higher resolutions, starting out worse than the RTX 2060 at 1080p, perhaps due to more driver overhead that looks better in more CPU-bound scenarios, but becoming four percent better in 4K.
Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA
The Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider is a poor simulation, as it’s easier to run than the real game, but its three-scene workload is still valuable for comparing graphics hardware performance. The RTX 2060 is again 12 to 14 percent ahead of the GTX 1070. Interestingly, the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 are able to flex their muscles better at higher resolutions, with the gap between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 widening from 11 percent to 15 percent when going from 1080p to 4K.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA
The shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the 2018 release of the Lara Croft franchise. The game did not receive as good reviews as the second game in the modern remake series, but offers a more realistic and more challenging experience. – integrated reference point. The latest engine appears to include some optimizations compatible with RTX hardware, as the RTX 2060 has a 17 percent lead over the GTX 1070. However, the Vega 64 performs very well here, offering around 9 percent better performance. at 4K.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Taller, TAA
The Witcher 3
If you have a 1080p, 144Hz monitor to use with your RTX 2060, The Witcher 3 is a great gaming option. You can expect 116fps at this resolution, as long as your processor can keep up; We’re using an overclocked Core i7-8700K clocked at 4.7 GHz. That’s about 13 percent faster than the GTX 1070, a gap that remains nearly constant at every resolution we tested. The larger RTX cards show comparatively better performance at higher resolutions, with the RTX 2070 going from 14 percent better than the RTX 2060 at 1080p to 18 percent better at 4K.
Witcher 3: Ultra, Post-AA, no hairstyles
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Our final title is Wolfestein 2: The New Colossus, where BJ takes a flammenwerfer-equipped Panzerhund on a nighttime ride through New Orleans. The RTX 2060 performs extremely well here, with scores 20 percent higher than the GTX 1070 at 1080p and 1440p. This game also supports the Series 20’s Variable Rate Shading (VRS) feature, which can add another 15 percent performance to the RTX 2060 at its most aggressive settings. Note: Due to incompatibilities between this game and our video capture software, Vega performance figures are not available.
Wolfenstein 2 Vulkan: Uber, TSSAA 8X
DLSS vs TAA: Final Fantasy 15
We conclude with a look at DLSS to see how this technology can improve performance in supported games. The Final Fantasy 15 benchmark isn’t the best-designed test software in the world, but it shows quite effectively how DLSS compares to traditional TAA at 4K resolution. The RTX 2060 jumps from the average 23fps to 32fps, a nearly 40 percent jump that’s in line with that of more expensive RTX cards. DLSS support will soon arrive in other titles as well, such as Battlefield 5, and could become this card’s secret weapon against its Nvidia 10 and AMD series competitors.
Final Fantasy 15 Demo: TAA vs DLSS
With the game performance summarized and our brief look at DLSS concluded, that’s the end of the article. For more details on the first mainstream RTX card, check out our full RTX 2060 review or our RTX 2060 video review on YouTube.