MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G OC Graphics Card Review

Today we will be taking a quick look at the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G OC graphics card. The Geforce RTX 2060 is Nvidia’s latest addition … and their entry point to the RTX 20 series of graphics card, and features the much talked about Turning architecture that allows ray-tracing capabilities.

A BIG thanks to Hornington Computers for supplying the review sample. If you live in Hong Kong or Macau, you can visit their online shop. Read the Chinese version of this review here.

 

This is one of the first custom GeForce RTX 2060 on the market, and is overclocked from the default base clock speed of 1365 MHz (boost 1680 MHz) to an impressive 1710 MHz, and features 6GB of GDDR6 ram with a memory speed of up to 14 Gbps. It’s has a memory bus of on a 192-bit, thus giving you a total bandwidth of 336 Gb/s.

If you bought a GeForce GTX 1060 two years ago (which by the way, is still one of the best value gaming card out there), but want to upgrade … then the RTX 2060 could the graphics card you want. 

 

What is RTX all about?

Well, Nvidia have included Ray-Tracing capabilities in their new Turing GPU, giving you lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows, offering a level of realism far beyond what’s possible using traditional rendering techniques.

Ray-Tracing is nothing new, in fact it’s been around a lot longer than you can imagine. The very first real-time ray-tracing was presented by Arthur Appel in 1968. It became more widely known during the 1980’s but it required huge processing power that only a few mainframe computers and a handful of workstations could offer.

Now almost forty years later, Nvidia is bringing real-time Ray-Tracing to the masses with their Turing GPUs, and you’ll find them on their GeForce RTX series of graphic cards.

 

Here’s a quick comparison of the GeForce RTX 20 series from Nvidia (default clock speeds)…

  GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce GTX 1060
Architecture Turing Turing Turing Pascal
CUDA Cores 2944 2304 1920 1280
Frame Buffer 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR6 6GB GDDR5
Base Clock Speed 1515 MHz
1410 MHz 1365 MHz
1506 MHz
Boost Clock Speed 1710 MHz 1620 MHz 1680 MHz 1708  MHz
Giga Rays/s 8 6 5 N/A
Memory Speed 14Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 8 Gbps
Memory Bus 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448 Gb/s 448 Gb/s 336 Gb/s 192 Gb/s
Power 215W 175W 160W 120W
DX12 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ray Tracing Yes Yes Yes No

 

 

For those who don’t know who MSI is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …

As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We’ve dedicated countless hours and committed numerous resources to the eSports community to support the world’s most aspiring and best gamers and use their knowledge and expertise in our products in return. MSI integrated all gamers’ aspirational functions in its gaming rigs, eliminating the tedious trial and error by themselves and pushing the performance beyond limits. The determination to surpass past achievements has made MSI a ‘True Gaming’ brand with gaming spirit throughout the industry!

Dedicated to gamer-driven innovation, MSI leverages its remarkable R&D strengths to craft top-notch, well-acclaimed notebook PCs, graphics cards, motherboards, and desktop PCs. Now, MSI GAMING Series receives gamers’ unanimous acclaim and the Pro Series has an excellent reputation for quality and durability. All these distinctive products have made MSI a forerunner in the high-end market. Also adding to the lineup are cloud servers, tailor-made IPCs, intelligent robotic appliances and human-centric vehicle electronics that further demonstrate MSI’s strengths and endeavors in artificial intelligence, commercial and IOT(Internet of Things) markets. 

Last month, we reviewed the Zotac Geforce RTX 2070 OC Mini, which we thought was extremely good, with performance easily beating that of the GTX 1080 in most cases. As of now, Nvidia’s RTX 20 series seem to be really offering better performance, over the older GTX 10 series. There’s already reports that the RTX 2060 can easily outperform the GTX 1070. So is this really true? Well let’s find out. 

I’m expecting the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS OC to produce some very good scores in all of our benchmark tests. It should of course easily beat the GTX 1060, but I wonder how it will compare against the GTX 1070, and its bigger sibling the RTX 2070.

You can buy the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G OC Graphics Card from various online retailers for around USD $350-360 from Aamzon – https://amzn.to/2Cm4s5x

 

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