Nvidia is set to launch its mid-range GeForce RTX 2060 GPU on the 7th of January 2019 with an expected price of $349 (approximately R 5 500), according to reputable sources. This launch date would line up with Nvidia’s scheduled press conference at CES 2019. Prices in South Africa can be expected to be much higher due to import duties.

Prolific leak source Videocardz claims to have seen a reviewers’ guide for the GeForce RTX 2060, in which all the specifications, features, and performance targets for this GPU are laid out. It will of course be based on the Pascal architecture that debuted with the high-end GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in late August 2018.

If these leaks are accurate, the GeForce RTX 2060 will have a base clock of 1365MHz and a boost speed of 1680MHz. The TU106-300 GPU will be pretty much the same as the TU106-400 that the GeForce RTX 2070 is codenamed, but scaled down to 1,920 CUDA cores, 240 tensor cores, and 30 RT cores. Compute bandwidth is rated at 6.5Tflops. The TDP is a reasonable 160W and reference design cards will require one 8-pin PCIe power connector.

As for performance, Nvidia is said to claim that players can expect 90fps in Battlefield V with RTX ray tracing disabled, and that will drop to 65fps with it enabled. Using Nvidia’s DLSS algorithm to upscale a lower resolution, performance can be bumped up to 88fps. What this means is Nvidia is clearly targeting 1920×1080 as the target resolution for buyers of this GPU, at least as far as current-day games are concerned.

Other benchmark scores for the GeForce RTX 2060 include 101fps in Far Cry 5, 122fps in PUBG, 59fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, 81fps in The Division, and 94fps in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. You should also take into consideration that these scores were achieved by Nvidia in its own testing, but exact details of the test setup and quality settings used are unknown.