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Nvidia introduces GeForce RTX 2060, 6GB of G6 memory for $349

Nvidia introduces GeForce RTX 2060, 6GB of G6 memory for $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.

Also expected to make its debut in the next generation of Max-Q designed laptops, Nvidia unveiled the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics processing units. The low-cost GPU will pave the way for "next-gen gaming for tens of millions of gamers", according to the company.

We look forward to putting the next wave of RTX 2060-powered systems through their paces this year, as well as see our pals at Tom's Hardware put it through their thorough benchmark tests.

But ray tracing is just a piece of the equation for the RTX 2060 and Nvidia's RTX platform, which also includes the recently released RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. The 6GB of GDDR6 featured is a huge win for the company over the slower GDDR5 memory used on the GTX 1060, helping it kick some serious ass in VRAM intensive titles like Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

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AI algorithms take up the slack and help achieve this performance. For the uninitiated, Nvidia RTX Ray Tracing is a new graphics technique that models light in real time as it intersects with objects in a virtual scene during GPU heavy games.

"We can use DLSS to infer a much more lovely, higher resolution", Huang explained. 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. It will improve gaming performance through a feature known as Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS).

The new addition to the GeForce RTX series will be a more power-efficient version of the other chips optimized for mobile with Nvidia's Max-Q technology. Nvidia says the card also will soon start showing up in machines built by Acer, Alienware, Dell, HP and Lenovo. No matter which notebook you select, you'll have the choice of a 1080p (up to 144Hz on the m15) or 4K display panel. NVIDIA though will also continue supporting their G-SYNC technology.