The RTX 2060 from Nvidia may be the entry-level ray tracing GPU, but its strong performance lives up to the benchmarking and offers the best price-performance ratio in the series. The RTX 2060 sits right below the RTX 2070 and offers similar levels of performance at a much cheaper price.
In this section, we’ll see what’s behind the specifications of the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070. There may be some gamers who are still slightly confused about which GPU to go for. So compare features, architecture, and performance should clarify that.
Architecture and functions
Both the RTX 2060 and 2070 cards were created in the 12 nm process and are based on the TU106. Nvidia’s TU106 GPUs use the Turing architecture and both support DirectX 12 Ultimate. The Turing architecture throughout the series features real-time ray tracing, AI, and programmable shading.
The Turing architecture in RTX 2060 and 2070 combines several types of specialized processor cores, enabling real-time ray tracing to be implemented. The TU106 graphics processor chip has features a chip area of 445 mm² and 10,800 million transistors. The RTX 2060 differs from the fully unlocked RTX 2070, which uses the same processing unit but has all 2304 shaders enabled (CUDA cores), 144 texture mapping units, and 64 rendering output units. On the other hand, Nvidia has disabled some shading units on the RTX 2060, with 1920 shading units, 120 TMUs, and 48 ROPs.
Both the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 support OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, Nvidia Ansel, GPU Boost and G-Sync. In addition, both cards are VR ready and do a great job with any VR title. Tensor cores, which help improve the speed of machine learning applications, differ only slightly between the two cards. The RTX 2060 has 240 and the RTX 2070 has 288.
Although the RTX 2070 is the more powerful card, the power consumption of the two is pretty similar. The RTX 2060 has a TDP of 160W, while the RTX 2070 has a TDP of 175W, which means you can power both cards with a 500W power supply if needed.
While both the RTX 2060 and the RTX 2070 have GDDR6 memory, the special features vary. The entire series of GDDR6 memory is manufactured by Samsung. The RTX 2060 has 6 GB and the 2070 has 8 GB. The RTX 2060 has a 192-bit interface with a bandwidth of 336 Gbit / s. However, the RTX 2070 has a 256-bit interface with a bandwidth of 448 Gbit / s. That extra 2GB that we see in the RTX 2070 really only really makes itself felt when you’re playing higher-resolution games like 4K or doing other memory-intensive tasks.
Price and availability
There is a big price difference between the RTX 2060 Vs. The RTX 2070 and yet the performance is negligible until you get resolutions higher than 1080p. Here we have two MSI Ventus GPUs that still show a significant price difference even after all this time.
As you can see, there is a price difference of almost $ 100 between the RTX 2060 and the 2070, which makes the 2060 a very attractive option. Even so, the AMD Radeon 5700 XT offers better performance for the same price as the RTX 2070. You can’t take advantage of ray tracing technology with the AMD 5700 XT, but you get a lot more for your money.
It’s still easy enough to get an RTX 2060, but the RTX 2070 is pretty rare. Since Nvidia launched its super range of these RTX beasts, they haven’t been available as quickly.