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Last-Gen RTX 2060 Is Nvidia’s Best GPU Value Right Now

It’s an interesting time for the best graphics cards as both Nvidia’s RTX 40-series Ada GPUs and AMD’s RX 7000-series RDNA 3 GPUs are expected to launch within the next few months. Some might say it’s the worst time to buy a graphics card, but I was in that boat just before the launch of his Ampere and learned a valuable lesson. Predicting the future is not an exact science. On top of that, Ada and RDNA 3 will almost certainly launch at the top of the graphics card market. That means even if the card stock were his MSRP, it could end up being a lot more expensive than most gamers are willing to pay.

Looking at the latest Steam hardware survey confirms this. A GPU we didn’t particularly care about at launch, the GTX 1650 now ranks as the most popular individual GPU. The old 1060 6gb actually gives good performance in most games but still costs a bit more now but his 3rd most popular GPU on Steam is the topic of the day GeForce RTX 2060.

Three and a half years after its January 2019 debut, the RTX 2060 is making a comeback. Most of the other RTX 20-series GPUs have been out of stock at retail stores for quite some time now, but a few months ago the RTX 2060 started showing up in EVGA’s stores, and it’s been on Newegg, Amazon, and other places ever since. Originally priced at $349, it was later officially dropped to $299 (to compete with the launch of the RX 5600 XT). Like all other GPUs, the RTX 2060 has been nearly impossible to find at a reasonable price for most of the last two years. That has changed a lot now.

Currently the GeForce RTX 2060 is $229 at Amazon (opens in new tab), new egg (opens in new tab)Also Direct from EVGAI’ve even seen it go less occasionally.This card has some limitations, notably his VRAM of 6GB, but it’s at least on par with similar cards like the GTX 1660 Super and RX 5600 XT, plus you can also find $279 for RTX 2060 12GBif you really insist on having more VRAM.

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To be clear, we’re not saying the RTX 2060 represents the best value of all graphics cards right now. That honor goes to the Radeon RX 6600. $249 at Amazon (opens in new tab)(Once upon a time gamers still fondly recall Nvidia’s 6600 GT, so there must be a reason for that number.) But not everyone wants to buy AMD GPUs, and the RTX 2060 fully supports DLSS. Other similarly priced GPUs.

Curiously, Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3050 still carries a hefty price premium. With an official suggested retail price of $249, it might be a reasonable alternative, but currently the cheapest 3050 is priced at $299. Additionally, the RTX 2060 offers better performance in most games, with the exception of a few cases where the 2060 exceeded his 6GB of VRAM.

This is basically a microcosm of what AMD and Nvidia will face with their new GPUs in the near future. Performance could be better, but there are reports of a number of current generation GPUs sitting on shelves and warehouses. As GPU prices continue to drop, older GPUs can be more valuable, especially in the mid-range and budget sectors.

The RTX 3060 as another example is currently priced at $369 (opens in new tab) Performance is now somewhere between the old RTX 2070 and the RTX 2070 Super. Paying more for the RTX 3060 doesn’t make much sense when these older GPUs are still readily available for under $299. That’s exactly what the RTX 2060 is doing to his RTX 3050 and GTX 1660 Super.

GeForce RTX 2060 performance

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