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Zotac RTX 2060 AMP Review

Zotac RTX 2060 AMP Review

Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review RTX 2060 review 3 asdasdasThe Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP is the latest version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 to hit the market, and there’s a lot to like about this board partner card – at least on paper. It’s got a decent overclock, for starters, and it has some tempting cooling and RGB LED features. It’ll cost you £350 in the UK and $422 in the US, though, so there are certainly cheaper ways to get your hands on this GPU. Can the Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP become our favourite RTX 2060? Read our Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review to find out!

The RTX 2060 Core

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 is the most affordable Turing card. That bodes well for your wallet. However, it also means that the specification will be cut back in order to meet that price.

For starters, the RTX 2060 has 1,920 stream processors. That’s 384 short of the RTX 2070, and 1,024 fewer than the beefy RTX 2080. It’s an easy enough change for Nvidia to make – the RTX 2060 uses an underlying Turing core called TU106, which is the same core as the RTX 2070.

Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review RTX 2060 review 3 asdasdasThe RTX 2060 still sits above the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti. Those cards only have 1,408 and 1,536 stream processors respectively.

The older GTX 1060 only had 1,280 stream processors, and the GTX 1070 also had 1,920 stream processors.

The RTX 2060 still has a reasonable number of stream processors, then, and the rest of specification is solid. You get 6GB of GDDR6 memory clocked to 14,000MHz. That’s the same speed as the rest of the Turing cards.

The core arrives with a reference speed of 1,365MHz and a boost pace of 1,680MHz. That latter clock speed is actually better than the RTX 2070’s stock boost clock. It’s also better than the majority of cards from the older Pascal range – the GTX

The Turing architecture doesn’t just improve the manufacturing process and tweak the internals – it’s also got dedicated hardware for Ray-tracing and AI-powered super-sampling.

Ray-tracing is a new technology that renders light in a more realistic way. It’s great on paper, but it’s had a difficult birth. Only three games currently support the technology: Battlefield V, Shadow the Tomb Raider and Metro: Exodus. More games are coming – and Nvidia will be bringing basic ray-tracing to older, Pascal-based cards and the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti – but it’s hardly a good start for this new technology.

Ray-tracing also puts extra load on a graphics card, so it’s not always going to work well on the RTX 2060 – as this is the weakest Turing-based Nvidia card to support the technology. The RTX 2060 has 30 dedicated ray-tracing cores – six fewer than the RTX 2070 and 16 fewer than the RTX 2080.

AI-powered super-sampling, or DLSS, is a technique that improves anti-aliasing performance by using artificial intelligence while also allegedly improving GPU performance. It’s a bold development, but we’re still waiting for Nvidia and for game developers to patch it into more titles. It currently works in the three games that also support Ray-Tracing, alongside Anthem – but it’s hardly a wealth of options.

So, in short, the RTX 2060 is the most affordable Nvidia Turing graphics card. It’s still got a formidable specification, but it’s still subject to the vagaries of Turing’s launch – including the question marks over its big-name features.

Don’t be too concerned about this chip’s description as a cut-back or mid-range GPU, though. Compare its attributes with the cards that the RTX 2060 is replacing, and Nvidia’s latest chip doesn’t look bad at all.

In terms of its naming strategy, it’s replacing the GTX 1060. That was a far weaker chip: it only had 1,280 stream processors, a 1,708MHz peak speed and both older memory and no Ray Tracing or super-sampling hardware. It was also available in a weak 3GB memory version.

When its power levels and price are considered, the RTX 2060 is a replacement for the GTX 1070 Ti. Its core specifications compare well with that part, too. The GTX 1070 Ti had 2,432 stream processors – so more of them – but no Ray-tracing cores and a weaker peak speed 1,683MHz. It had 8GB of memory, but using older GDDR5 hardware and with slower speeds.

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Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review RTX 2060 review 05The Zotac RTX 2060 AMP Card

The Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP has one of the most generous overclocks that you’ll find anywhere in the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 range. The standard boost clock of 1,680MHz has been improved to 1,800MHz, which is a hefty leap.

The rest of the specification remains untouched. And, as ever, you can use the intuitive Zotac Firestorm utility to further tweak the clock speeds if you like.

The GPU is overclocked, but the RTX 2060’s mid-range status means that the card still isn’t particularly huge. It’s 210mm long, which makes it 90mm shorter than some of the designs used for RTX 2060 cards – and plenty of RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 cards.

The Zotac only has a dual-slot cooler, too, which helps. Too many cards push beyond the limits of a two-slot configuration, which can intrude on other slots in your PC.

Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review RTX 2060 review 02 asasaThe Zotac card’s decent dimensions make it easier to fit this GPU into smaller machines that rely on the mini-ITX and micro-ATX form factor. And, despite that, it’s got some decent cooling hardware: three copper heatpipes, a wide aluminium heatsink and two 90mm fans. You get an aluminium plate on the back of the card, too. It helps with heat dissipation and improves the look of the card.

The Zotac Gaming logo on the side of the card is illuminated, but it’s only in white – you get no RGB LEDs. That’s a little disappointing, with several other RTX 2060 cards available with RGB LED lighting.

Zotac’s GPU serves up three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and a single HDMI 2.0 output, but no USB Type-C. As usual, this RTX 2060 is powered with a single eight-pin connector.

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Pricing

The overclocked Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP is one of the most expensive RTX 2060 models on the market. It costs £350 in the UK and $422 in the US.

You can certainly save some cash if you’re not fussed about having an overclock. Basic versions of the RTX 2060 without any speed tweaks can be purchased for £300 in the UK and $349 in the US. And, if you’re confident, you can always overclock the GPU yourself.

Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review RTX 2060 review 04If you want a middle-ground, then it’s possible to get cards with more modest overclocks that cost around £330 or $390. GPUs in this part of the market tend to have cores that run at around 1,750MHz.

And, as ever, you can also spend even more on Nvidia’s mid-range GPU. Models from Asus and MSI cost between £380 and £430 in the UK and between $480 and $530 in the US. They run at speeds of 1,830MHz and 1,860MHz and have more extravagant cooling and RGB LEDs.

However, one of the biggest headaches in our Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review could be the RTX 2070. Zotac’s GPU costs £350 or $422, which makes it one of the pricier RTX 2060 options. Entry-level RTX 2070 cards start at £420 or $500. That’s not necessarily a huge leap.

The RTX 2060 is always more expensive than the Turing-based GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti. Those cards start at £200 and £260 in the UK, and $220 and $280 in the US. The RTX 2060 is also more expensive than the outgoing GTX 1060, which costs around £200 and $190.

The GTX 1070 is a little cheaper and the GTX 1070 Ti is more expensive, but those cards are becoming increasingly rare as they reach the end of their life.

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Zotac RTX 2060 AMP: Performance

Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review 1080p averagesZotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review theoretical benchThe card in our Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review has enough power to handle any current game at 1080p. It also compares well to the standard RTX 2060.

In minimum framerate benchmarks at 1080p the Zotac card delivered results that were beyond 60fps in seven games, and it was between three and twelve frames ahead of the stock-speed GPU.

The overclocked, Zotac-made RTX 2060 impressed in 1080p average tests, too. It played four different games at beyond 100fps, although some of those were older titles. Elsewhere, it handled almost every game with an average of beyond 60fps. That means butter-smooth gaming. And, handily, the Zotac card was a handful of frames faster than the stock-speed GPU in the vast majority of games.

Those scores don’t just mean smooth 1080p gaming on conventional screens. Zotac’s 1080p pace also means that this GPU will handle a lot of games at a triple-figure framerate – which is high enough to ensure extra smooth gameplay on screens with high refresh rates. You’ll also get triple-figure framerates in every current esports game without any issues.

The Zotac card couldn’t compete with the RTX 2070 in any of these tests, but that’s hardly a surprise – that GPU is more expensive and has 384 more stream processors.

The Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP ran most games at 1440p, too, although its average framerates were understandably lower. Most of its results in top-tier titles hovered around the 40fps and 50fps range, and most still had a healthy advantage over the standard RTX 2060 card.

The RTX 2060 won’t always cope with games at 1440p, though. In Shadow of War its minimum framerate dipped to 23fps, so you won’t get smooth gameplay all the time in the trickiest games. If you want to do that, the RTX 2070 is a better option.

1440p gaming minimums 1440p gaming averages 1080p gaming minimums 4K gaming averagesThe Zotac-made card won’t run games at 4K, either, although we certainly wouldn’t expect that level of performance from an RTX 2060. In these tests, the overclocked Zotac GPU slumped to a sub-30fps average framerate in four different tests, and it never got beyond 60fps.

As ever, activating ray-tracing had a significant impact on the Zotac, although this particular RTX 2060 did always maintain its lead over the stock-speed card.

In Battlefield V’s normal test at 1080p the RTX 2060 averaged 87fps, but this dropped to 55fps with ray-tracing. That’s a drop, but the game is still playable. We can’t say the same at 1440p: the Zotac card’s initial average of 67fps dropped to 33fps, which means slowdown in trickier scenes.

Theoretical tests show that the Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP has a consistent lead over the stock-speed card. It was quicker in every standard 3D Mark test. It also opened a small lead in the ray-tracing Port Royal benchmark. The Zotac card fell behind in one of the VR Mark tests, but the RTX 2060 isn’t particularly good for VR anyway.

Benchmarks prove that the card in our Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review is impressive. It’s always got an advantage over the standard RTX 2060, and sometimes opens up a comfortable lead. It’ll play any game at 1080p and almost all titles at 1440p, and it’ll run any esports title easily. It’s also got the power to handle some games with the speed required for high refresh-rate monitors.

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Conclusion

Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AMP review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 review Nvidia RTX 2060 review RTX 2060 review 03Our Zotac RTX 2060 AMP review shows that this is an excellent version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.

This overclocked card is consistently and comfortably quicker than the stock-speed GPU. It has a modest, dual-slot design with a couple of effective fans, and it has good software. It’s a shame that there’s no RGB LED lighting, but that’s a minor complaint.

While you do get a reasonably big performance leap with this overclocked card, though, it’s not enough to catch the RTX 2070, and it’s not enough to change how the RTX 2060 can be used. It’s got ample pace for 1080p and 1440p gaming, but that remains this GPU’s wheelhouse.

That could be an issue when the wider market – and the price of this card – are both considered. The existing GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 will both handle 1080p and 1440p gaming, so it’s worth holding on to those rather than upgrading right now.

If you do want an RTX 2060 but aren’t fussed about having an overclock, then entry-level cards cost £300 in the UK and $349 in the US – a lot less than this Zotac GPU, which arrives at £350 or $422. Conversely, if you want a bigger performance boost, the RTX 2070 starts at £420 or $500.

It’s a shame that the Zotac GPU is a little expensive, because it’s a very good card. If you do want an RTX 2060 with a significant overclock, then the Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP is one of the best options around. We’d just consider the price very seriously before taking the plunge.

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The Good

  • Excellent 1080p and 1440p speed
  • A solid leap over the stock RTX 2060
  • Smart, solid physical design

The Bad

  • Relatively expensive
  • Can’t match the RTX 2070
  • No RGB LEDs

The Specs 

Stream processors: 1,920
Base clock: 1,365MHz
Boost clock: 1,800MHz
Memory: 6GB, 192-bit 7,000MHz GDDR6
Connectivity: PCI Express 3.0
Display Outputs: DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b
Max Resolution: 7,680 x 4,320
TDP: 170W
Power connections: 1 x 8-pin
Supported APIs: DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 2.2, Vulkan 1.1, CUDA 7.5

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