ASUS AND ROG GEFORCE RTX 2060 GRAPHICS CARDS GETS ANNOUNCED : RAY TRACING ON A BUDGET

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PRESS RELEASE

The GPU world was hyped up when NVIDIA announced its RTX lineup of GPU’s. They started off with the monstrous RTX 2080 and followed it up with its younger sibling the GTX 2070. Now, Nvidia has launched the apparent “budget RTX”: RTX 2060.

The GeForce RTX 2060 sports 1920 CUDA cores, meaning we’re looking at a 30 SM configuration, versus RTX 2070’s 36 SMs. As the core architecture of Turing is designed to scale with the number of SMs, this means that all of the core compute features are being scaled down similarly, so the 17% drop in SMs means a 17% drop in the RT Core count, a 17% drop in the tensor core count, a 17% drop in the texture unit count, a 17% drop in L0/L1 caches, etc.

As always keeping up with the traditions Asus came up with a full stack of RTX 2060 Cards starting from the Flagship ROG to the modest TURBO edition for the old school guys.

ROG STRIX

ROG STRIX represents the flagship lineup from Asus these days, and as such they come with all the bells and whistles that Asus has on offer.

ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 has a custom circuit board manufactured by our Auto Extreme Technology. Auto Extreme is entirely automated production process that reduce human errors. It also completes all the soldering in a single pass, without leaving flux residue. This method not only reduces thermal strain on the components, it’s also easier on the environment because the process uses less power and doesn’t involve harsh chemicals.

The PCB is reinforced by a metal frame that reduces torsion and flexing to improve rigidity and durability. This beefs up the overall strength of the card and nicely complements the metal backplate.

RGB lighting accents the backplate, and the fans on the shroud are also flanked by LEDs. With our Aura Sync software, you can control all of the lighting, and synchronize effects and colors across multiple compatible devices. When you’re feeling less ostentatious, you can press the Stealth mode button on the card to kill the lights.

The Strix RTX 2060 enjoys better thermal transfer between the GPU and the heatsink because we use precision machining to create a smoother MaxContact surface that doubles the contact area compared to traditional manufacturing. The cooler is substantial, covering 2.5 slots, and its size enables sufficient cooling for lighter loads without the fans spinning at all. The Strix runs in complete silence in this 0dB mode. When temps creep up to 55°C, the fans automatically kick back on and take care of business.

The fan use a patented Wing-Blade design with a unique shape that moves more air without additional noise. Because they’re IP5X-certified for dust resistance, the fans won’t suffer degraded performance from buildup over time, allowing them to maintain their efficiency for longer.

You can use the card’s BIOS switch to toggle between Performance and Quiet modes depending on whether you want to optimize the card for cooler temperatures or lower noise. Fan Connect II extends the card’s GPU-based fan control to system fans, allowing them to react intelligently to gaming loads that heat up the graphics card more than other components. The card has two headers compatible with three- and four-pin fans, and you can set them to react to both the CPU and GPU temperature to ensure the system’s cooling responds deftly to a range of workloads. You can tune fan curves and access other tweaking and overclocking options via the included GPU Tweak II software

The Strix RTX 2060 is prepared for G-Sync monitors thanks to dual DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, while two HDMI 2.0b ports give you plenty of flexibility for connecting big-screen TVs and other monitors. In all, you can power four displays simultaneously with a single card.

TURBO EDITION

The ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2060 has the same freshly renovated shroud and fan design that Asus introduced with the RTX 2080 version. This blower-style card occupies just two slots to better accommodate smaller chassis and multi-GPU configurations, but it has a couple of tweaks to ensure that the cooling performance remains strong. An angled surface on the shroud helps direct cool air into the fan when it’s stifled by an adjacent case panel or another card. The 80-mm fan larger than the previous generation, and its dual ball bearings are sealed with IP5X-rated dust resistance. The rear exhaust is redesigned to let air flow out more freely.

A classy lighting strip across the top edge adds just a hint of flair to the angular shroud. The card requires only a single 8-pin power connector instead of the 8-pin + 6-pin arrangement found on RTX 2070 cards.

RTX 2060 Dual EDITION

The ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 covers 2.7 slots to accommodate its extra-large cooler. It has two of the same 90-mm Wing-Blade fans as the Strix RTX 2060 to move tons of air between all of those metal fins. Our 0dB tech lets the fans turn off completely to reduce noise with lighter loads. They’re also IP5X-certified for dust resistance to improve longevity and ensure enduring performance.

Like its Strix and Turbo siblings, the Dual RTX 2060 is subjected to a punishing 144-hour validation process that uses popular games and demanding stress tests to ensure stability. It has pairs of DisplayPort and HDMI ports like the Strix but adds DVI for legacy connections.

Pricing and Availability

The ROG Strix, ASUS Dual, and Turbo GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards will hit the market starting January 15, while the Indian shipment is expected to hit the stores on the same week.