Testing the Geforce RTX 2060 12GB storage giant

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Surprise for the party: the Geforce RTX 2060 12GB in the test. The newest graphics card on the market was introduced almost secretly on December 7th without the typical hype. Are there any reasons for this beyond the three-year-old hardware?

Apparently, the situation is grave. No, we’re not talking about Corona’s latest acquisition, Omikron, but rather the chronically exhausted graphics card market. The lack of components, which will probably last well into 2022, is producing interesting flowers – for example in the form of the Geforce RTX 2060 12GB. For the latest Geforce gaming graphics card and in time for Christmas, Nvidia is bringing back the old Turing chip TU106 from the retirement home. We are testing what can be achieved at the turn of the year 2021/2022 in the test of the Geforce RTX 2060 12GB.

Geforce RTX 2060 12GB: positioning      

Almost three years after the start of the Geforce RTX 2060, a model appears with doubled and therefore future-proof capacity. With the help of this stunt, Nvidia kills several birds with one stone. On the one hand, the Californians bypass the component shortage around RTX-30 models (ampere) by using an older GPU from another foundry and slower GDDR6 memory from other sources. On the other hand, despite the adverse conditions on the market, you can bring out a new model that makes perfect sense to round off the current portfolio – even if not everywhere.

As a reminder: The original Geforce RTX 2060 and its new edition are based on the Turing architecture launched in late summer 2018, with which ray tracing and tensor arithmetic units found their way into Nvidia GPUs for the first time. The TU106 processor built by TSMC in the 12FFN process, which has now been brought back from the siding, fires in various assemblies both the Geforce RTX 2070 (full expansion), the almost identical RTX 2060 Super, and the old and new RTX 2060. Only a few GPUs can claim to serve three storage capacities – 6, 8, or 12 GB, the TU106 proves to be a versatile cross-country runner.

New release or not, the core of the Geforce RTX 2060 corresponds to 12GB of old wine in new bottles – but the long maturation in the barrel brought a new flavor. Technically, it is a hybrid that is neither RTX 2060 Super nor RTX 2060: The Geforce RTX 2060 12GB works – like the RTX 2060 Super – with 2,176 FP32-ALUs, but – like the RTX 2060 – has to work with one on 192 Bit trimmed memory interface. This also reduces the level 2 cache from 4,096 to 3,072 KB and the memory transfer rate from 448 to 336 GB per secondNvidia leaves the memory type and its speed untouched: The Geforce RTX 2060 12GB also relies on GDDR6-RAM with an effective transfer rate of 14 GT/s.

It is interesting that Nvidia does not double the memory (as with the Geforce RTX 3090) with twice as many RAM modules, but with double-capacitive memory chips – as with the Geforce RTX 3060. In the case of our sample, there are six GDDR6 chips from Micron, but according to the firmware entries, the memory from other manufacturers is also supported. For example, the Geforce RTX 3060 mostly uses 16 GT / s chips from Samsung. The number of RAM modules is interesting because it has a direct effect on the power consumption of the graphics card. Twice as many chips require more energy, partly because of the more complex wiring, and it was previously assumed that the relatively high power consumption of the RTX 2060 12GB can be explained with twelve memory modules. In fact, the 184-watt board power (TGP) is generated with only six RAM chips. More on that later.

The following table provides a complete overview of the most important performance data. 

Graphics cardRX 6600 XTRX 6600RTX 3060 12GBRTX 2060 12GBRTX 2060 6GB
Reference card available?nonononoAnd
Market launch11.08.202113.10.202125.02.202107.12.202107.01.2019
architectureRDNA 2RDNA 2AmpereTuringTuring
Code name / clothingShips 23 XTShips 23 XLGA106-300TU106-300-KATU106-200-KA
Chip size (pure die)237 mm²237 mm²276 mm²445 mm²445 mm²
Transistors graphics chip (million)11.06011.06012.00010.80010.800
Manufacturing process (foundry)N7P (TSMC)N7P (TSMC)8N (Samsung)12FFN (TSMC)12FFN (TSMC)
Shader-Cluster (CUs/SMs)3228283430
FP32-ALUs / TMUs / ROPs2.048/128/641.792/112/643.584/112/482.176/136/481.920/120/48
Ray tracing units32 (1. Gen.)28 (1. Gen.)28 (2. Gen.)34 (1. Gen.)30 (1. Gen.)
Tensor cores (e.g. for DLSS)112 (3. Gen.)272 (2. Gen.)240 (2. Gen.)
Level-2-Cache (KiB)2.0482.0482.3043.0723.072
L3 Infinity Cache (MiB/Bit)32/51232/512
Infinity Cache Max. Takt (MHz)1.8001.800
GPU boost clock in games (MHz)2.3592.0441.7771.6501.680
FP16 performance ALUs (TFLOPS)19,314,712,77,186,45
FP32 / FP64 performance ALUs (TFLOPS)9,7/0,607,3/0,4612,7/0,207,18/0,226,45/0,20
Füllrate (Mtex/Mpix pro Sek.)302,0/151,0228,9/130,8199,9/85,7224,4/79,2201,6/80,6
Memory connection (bit)128128192192192
Speed ​​RAM (GTs / MHz)16,0/8.00014,0/7.00015,0/7.50114,0/7.00114,0/7.001
Transfer rate memory (GB / s)256224360336336
Transfer rate Infinity Cache max. (GB/s)922922
Storage capacity (MiB)8.1928.19212.28812.2886.144
PCI-Express-Standard4.0 ×84.0 ×84.0 ×163.0 ×163.0 ×16
PCI-Express-Stromanschlüsse1× 8-Pol1× 8-Pol1× 8-Pol1× 8-Pol1× 8-Pol
Typical power consumption160 Watt132 Watt170 Watt184 Watt160 Watt
Retail price430 $380 $370 $unknown420 $