Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition review: Ray tracing and 1440p gaming get more affordable

Ray tracing goes mainstream as prices go upstream.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands

Move over, Crysis. If you crank up all the graphics options to 11, like we do for these tests, Ghost Recon Wildlands ($50 on Humble) and its AnvilNext 2.0 engine absolutely melts GPUs. Only the RTX 2070 manages to surpass 60fps even at 1080p resolution with these strenuous visual settings.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands also prefers Nvidia’s GPU architecture, and Nvidia’s RTX 2060 FE pulls ahead of AMD’s rival Vega 56 by 13.5 percent at 1080p.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War ($50 on Humble) adds a strategic layer to the series’ sublime core gameplay loop, adapting the Nemesis system to let you create an army of personalized Orc commanders. It plays like a champ on PC, too, thanks to Monolith’s custom LithTech Firebird engine. We use the Ultra graphics preset but drop the Shadow and Texture Quality settings to High to avoid exceeding 8GB of VRAM usage, as many cards—including the RTX 2060—fall under that capacity.

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Shadow of War reacts well to hardware that supports asynchronous compute capabilities, which finally debuted in the RTX series. As a result, the RTX 2060 opens up a much more commanding lead over even the GTX 1070 Ti in this game.

F1 2018

The latest in a long line of successful games, F1 2018 ($60 on Humble) is a benchmarking gem, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options—making it a much more reliable option than the Forza series. It’s built on the fourth version of Codemasters’ buttery-smooth Ego game engine. We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies.

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Next page: Gaming benchmarks continue

At a Glance
  • The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition delivers superb 1440p and 1080p gaming as well as real-time ray tracing in an affordable package. The design of the graphics card is stunning, too.

    Pros

    • Great 1440p and 1080p gaming performance
    • RTX hardware for ray tracing and DLSS
    • Stunning Founders Edition aesthetic design
    • Very cool under load

    Cons

    • Much more expensive than GTX 1060
    • Ray tracing and DLSS not widely available in games
    • Mild performance gains compared to similarly priced GTX 1070
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