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GeForce RTX 2060 (12 GB): Early gaming benchmark show NVIDIA's new €700 desktop graphics card is consistently slower than the RTX 2060 SUPER

There is no point in upgrading from an RTX 2060 (6 GB) unless you intend to mine cryptocurrencies. (Image source: ZOTAC)
There is no point in upgrading from an RTX 2060 (6 GB) unless you intend to mine cryptocurrencies. (Image source: ZOTAC)
Early gaming benchmarks have shown that the RTX 2060 (12 GB) is no match for the RTX 2060 SUPER. The nine triple-A games underline that the new Turing-based graphics card offers barely any performance improvements over the original RTX 2060 too, despite having a more powerful GPU and double the VRAM.

NVIDIA has sought to downplay the release of the RTX 2060 (12 GB), as we have discussed separately. However, Benchmark Lab has published an early gaming comparison video, pitting the card against the RTX 2060 (6 GB) and the RTX 2060 SUPER. To recap, the RTX 2060 (12 GB) has 2,176 CUDA cores, 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM on a 192-bit memory bus.

Theoretically then, the RTX 2060 (12 GB) is the RTX 2060 SUPER with more VRAM but operating on a narrower memory bus. Generally though, Benchmark Lab's video shows that the RTX 2060 (12 GB) is closer in performance to the RTX 2060 (6 GB) than the RTX 2060 SUPER. The newer card falls nearly 20% short of the RTX 2060 SUPER in some games too, such as Horizon Zero Dawn.

For reference, Benchmark Lab benchmarked the RTX 2060 (12 GB) with an MSI MPG Z690 Carbon motherboard and an Intel Core i7-12700K, among other components. The YouTube channel benchmarked the card in the following games:

  • Battlefield 5
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Farcry 6
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Immortal Fenix Risen
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Witcher 3

Ultimately, none of the games shown below exhaust 6 GB of VRAM, let alone the 8 GB that the RTX 2060 SUPER has. Overall, the RTX 2060 (12 GB) straddles the performance gap between the RTX 2060 (6 GB) and RTX 2060 SUPER, but for the same price that the RTX 2060 SUPER sells for on eBay.

(Image source: Benchmark Lab)
(Image source: Benchmark Lab)
(Image source: Benchmark Lab)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-12- 7 (Update: 2021-12- 7)