The RTX 2060 KO is the first response to AMD's RX 5600 XT

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In what seems like a preemptive salvo aimed at AMD and its newly announced RX 5600 XT, graphics card maker EVGA announced two new additions to its RTX line of cards. Dubbed the GeForce RTX 2060 KO and GeForce RTX 2060 KO Ultra, the cards seem destined to battle AMD's latest, despite them having its crosshairs set on the GTX 1660 Ti with the RX 5600 XT.

Besides pricing, there is nothing new about the RTX 2060 KO. It's the same TU106 silicon found in other RTX 2060 and 2070 models, although the RTX 2060 KO is running at a reference 1680 MHz. The card will come equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 with a 14,000 MHz effective memory clock. However being able to get one of these at $279 is tempting indeed -- the RTX 2060 KO launching at the same price point as the RX 5600 XT is no coincidence.

Alternatively, the RTX 2060 KO Ultra sports a mild overclock at 1755 MHz for its slightly more premium price of $299. The RTX 2060 KO also has the same 6GB of GDDR6 running at 14,000 MHz effective over a 192-bit memory bus.

It should be noted that both cards are technically being offered with an instant $20 rebate; the RTX 2060 KO has a list price of $299.99, while the RTX 2060 KO Ultra is listed at $319.99. However, given the competitive landscape, it wouldn't be surprising to see these cards settle into that price indefinitely.

Both models sport otherwise identical board specifications: connection options include HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 and Dual-Link DVI. Both boards also boast dual-fan coolers with what appear to be aluminum heatsinks. Each board will be fed via one 8-pin PCIe power connector. According to EVGA's website, the RTX 2060 KO Ultra is available now, while the RTX 2060 KO will be shipping January 13.

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veLa

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The last EVGA card I bought with a KO moniker was the 7900 GS KO. Anyway, this should be interesting despite the reference speeds.
 

Adi6293

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This will probably be a better buy than RX5600XT especially at $279 since GeForce cards do better after overclocking
 
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OneSpeed

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I've always bought the 80 series nvidia cards, and waiting to see if there will be some competitive pricing at the higher end. Fingers crossed.
 

texasrattler

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This will probably be a worse buy than RX5600XT especially at $279 since AMD cards do better after some driver updates.

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LOL … The only thing AMD has done better is with their CPUs, even those haven't been problem free. Sad to see AMD bandwagons, no one has seen them in nearly 2 decades.
 

noel24

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"I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
More like AMD "I'd gladly pay you today for a hamburger today and fries Tuesday" and nVidia like "pay Us for Cheeseburger, cheese is awsome and adds a whole new dimension to a hamburger, but You know, We don't have cheese right now, and actually, if You enable cheese, your cheeseburger will hardly hit 30fps@1080p, so If You wanna enjoy it You actually have to buy Our $1000 BigMac menu".


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This will probably be a worse buy than RX5600XT especially at $279 since AMD cards do better after some driver updates.

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This. On the one hand, it's frustrating at launch when AMD's drivers seem half-baked.

On the other, it's hilarious to see the RX 580 start trading blows with a GTX 1070 18 months later after a few driver updates.
 
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HofyPC

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Why are all these KO cards gimped in display connectors? 1 DP, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI, that is it. How about getting rid of the ancient DVI and going with 2 DP and 2 HDMI?
 

neeyik

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Why are all these KO cards gimped in display connectors? 1 DP, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI, that is it. How about getting rid of the ancient DVI and going with 2 DP and 2 HDMI?
EVGA probably thinks that fewer outputs fit the market sector price the model is aimed at. If you're after an RTX 2060 with 2 DP and 2 HDMI, then the likes of Asus' DUAL RTX 2060 would fit the bill, but it's quite a lot more expensive that the EVGA model.
 
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QuantumPhysics

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Watching a battle on the low end for the GPU market is like watching Family Dollar battle Dollar Tree.

If I needed to buy a rock bottom GPU, this would be it. I would go no lower than an RTX 2060.
 
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krizby

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Here in Asia we have Colorful and Inno3d which always sell Nvidia cards below MSRP anyways. 1660 Super are selling at 200usd and RTX 2060 are 300usd (before VAT). So yeah AMD price/perf advantage doesn't work in Asia and Steam Hardware Survey reflect that.
 
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Irata

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The only thing flopping is the whole AMD GPU division. A shame, really...
And that's why each AMD Navi release was followed by price cuts on the nVidia side ?

Note: Not saying they are the best, but apparently good enough to result in better offers from the competition and that (competition) is good for consumers.
 

KiwiDave

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LOL … The only thing AMD has done better is with their CPUs, even those haven't been problem free. Sad to see AMD bandwagons, no one has seen them in nearly 2 decades.
8 years sonce they were competitive in the high end GPU but don't let that ruin your exaggeration.
 

Nms Barry

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Nvidia just waits back until AMD has an announcement and blankets their products with even more this gen.

“Oh you want market share? lol, thats cute”
Nvidia should not innovate for 4+ years.
Amd will definitely Hit Them like Ryzen.
 

Gahl1k

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I hope this clears things up for those weird people who go like "tHiS hAs NotHiNg tO Do wiTh cOmpEtiTioN, nViDia hAd bEeN pLanNinG To rELeaSe ThiS siNcE tHe 90's" after every AMD-followed-by-Nvidia GPU announcement.