The ray-tracing capable RTX 2060 just got a price drop and now costs $299. A year ago, the graphics card released with an MSRP of $350. As of now, it has a $50 discount from Nvidia’s store. It’s not surprising as EVGA had already announced two new variants at CES this year, with one of them costing just $280.
This price-cut may be a response to the RX 5600XT, an AMD graphics card yet to be released, which costs a bit cheaper. The card is aimed to compete with both the RTX 2060 and the GTX 1660 Ti. The performance it hopes to deliver will affect the sales of Nvidia in the $200 to $300 price range. We’ll see what RX 5600 XT has to offer in terms of price to performance when it comes out.
An important point to be noted is that the cost of GTX 1660 Ti is now much closer to RTX 2060. While the entry-level RTX graphics card costs just $25 more, it brings significant framerate stability in games. Not to mention an average of 15 to 20 frames more in many modern AAA titles.
Paying just a bit more not only brings ray-tracing capability to a gaming build but also other benefits the RTX lineup has to offer. DLSS improves visual quality, Tensor cores allowing impressive AI performance and dedicated RT cores, just to name a few. Seeing graphics cards getting cheaper while still having good performance is a nice thing to have these days. Let’s hope AMD brings more competition to both Intel and Nvidia. That way, we can enjoy more price drops.
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