More VRAM, but for whom? Nvidia RTX 2060 12GB Review
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Today we're taking a look at the new GeForce RTX 2060, you know, 12GB model that gamers are hoping will help address the GPU shortage. Well, I guess most of you didn't have much hope for it, and probably those who hoped for it have already given up hope, and there's no stock. And very little you can find at retail is More expensive than the 6GB (!)


when a 6GB RTX 2060 can be purchased from retailers like Newegg for $620, which is about 80% of the over 350 premium $830 that they sold in 2019. We can find a 12GB model for $830. That's a 34% premium over existing 6GB cards, and in other markets we've examined, the story is similar. In short, it's impossible to find one at a reasonable price. Of course, Nvidia was smart in announcing the MSRP for the new 12GB version, and we think that was part of their strategy.It makes sense that Nvidia and AMD would roll their previous product lines onto legacy nodes to help reduce supply issues, just as Nvidia is doing with 12GB RTX 2060. He cared about the players, the agents who got them to where they are today.

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Simply put, the RTX 2060 was a 12GB. It was never meant to be sold to gamers, and instead Nvidia is looking to invest in The current situation and oversupply of miners. The longer this period is, the less important players are to GPU makers as their target market. but what do players have to choose from?


Plus, the moment the coding breaks and everything goes back to normal, gamers will flock to each other for the awesome new GeForce graphics card. Nvidia knows this, and its only job is to run the business after the inevitable end of the current cryptocurrency boom.

Arguably the best way to do this is to sell as many non-competitive gaming graphics cards as possible as for miners, when they get in Finally on the flea market, they'll be nearly worthless.So again, that's why the 12GB RTX 2060 is, you're not likely to buy for gaming. After all, if it miraculously makes sense to you, how exactly does it work? To find out, We bought a 12GB Zotac RTX 2060 (high pay), which we talked about briefly in this month's GPU price update.

Before we get into the benchmarks, let's take a quick look at the specifications of the 12GB RTX 2060 as well as the test system. Unlike the original 6GB card, the version contains 12 GB on 2176 CUDA cores, which is the same amount as the 2060 Super, making it a Super 2060, but with More VRAM.

but there's more, other than the 2060 Super, which uses a 256-bit broadband bus, the 2060 uses 12GB of the same 192-bit bus as the original 2060, reducing Memory bandwidth of only 448GB/s.336Gbps, which is a huge drop of 25%.This means that 12GB 2060 should work between 6GB 2060 and 2060Super, and depending on the game settings and quality used , you might be closer to each model. For testing, we're using our Ryzen 9 5950X GPU test system, which has 32GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 CL14 memory. Let's get into the data p Benchmarks

We start with an accurate Assassin's Creed Valhalla 1080p, and please note that these scores have been updated with the latest version of the game, which has greatly enhanced the performance of GeForce's advanced GPUs.Light advantages for mid- or low-end models, such as the RTX 2060.


The 12 GB model here is no faster than the 6 GB version, which is clearly disappointing, which means that both It was a little slower than the 5600 XT.


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Next Cyberpu We have nk 2077 and have very similar performance to the 6 GB model. In fact, at this point you can see what we call 1080p "the same Performance", averaging 64fps using slightly diminished quality settings.


We're 119 fps, making the 12GB 2060 only 5% faster. Stranger than the 6 GB version.

Surprisingly, with the increased resolution, 12GB 2060 came close to the 6GB version, as memory bandwidth seems to be an issue here, rather than capacity. memory.

In our Horizon Zero Dawn test, we see that the new 12GB 2060 is between the 6GB and 2060 Super version at an average speed of 83fps.


The margin is then reduced to 1440px as More memory capacity is not needed and memory bandwidth becomes More relevant instead.

We're looking at a 5% increase in Rainbow Six Siege at 1080p, which is good for 12GB.

Increasing the resolution to 1440p reduces the margin between the 6GB and 12GB models due to the same bandwidth of 336GB/s.

In terms of power consumption, the 12GB model is no different from the 6GB version. Similar power consumption to the RTX 3060 is faster.

Summary Performance

It's fair to say that the 12GB version of the GeForce RTX 2060 was performing as expected or maybe a little worse than expected. It throttles a bit, especially at 1440p. but before we get into that, let's take a look at the average ​​Visual performance in 1080p and 1440p, as well as thermal performance of the Zotac Gaming Twin Fan.

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Starting with the 1080p results, we see that on average in 12 games the Tested, the 2060 12GB is 4% faster than the original 6GB model, which is nothing to write home about. but it was definitely good enough for 1080p games.

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The 1440p resolution was a little trickier, but even here we averaged over 60fps tested, which again is good, The 12GB 2060 was 4% faster than the 6GB model, roughly equivalent to a 5600 XT.

After 30 minutes of gaming in a 21°C room in a closed box, the Corsair Obsidian 500D, Zotac Gaming RTX The 2060 Twin Fan 12GB reached a maximum temperature of 68°C, which is a great result, although the fan speed was a bit high at 2200 rpm.

The card remained relatively quiet at 43dB and didn't have Lots of sound from our test. System state fans.

We knew you had this. I'm left-handed, but h veins wouldn't be like that. This product was always meant for miners.

Honestly, players don't need the 12 version Gigabyte RTX 2060. Just give us the old model at half the price and the days will be happy, just as sad. And while that's not good for gamers or PC makers, it's news Walked for Nvidia and AMD.

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Overall, 12GB 2060 isn't suitable for gamers. Although it was interesting at least for us to compare the same specs for the 2060 with the 6 1GB and 12GB of VRAM, and that's an interesting discussion that raged in early 2019. At the time, the RTX 2060 was criticized by many for its lack of VRAM, but overall we felt it was a solid product and certainly one of the best in the Turing series.

< p> However, strong comments so we looked at memory usage in 37 games and found that the 2060 performs relatively well.The RTX 2070 is not only at 1440p but also at 4K and this leads us to the conclusion that memory usage for 2060 won't be an issue for years to come The Crystal Ball game, but it's been 3 years since its release, and it's fair to say that 6GB 2060 is still playable at 1440p.

More gamers can see why you should avoid the 12GB 2060. And of course, wait for More Reviews of GeForce and Radeon products you probably won't be able to buy early next year.

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