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NVIDIA Announces RTX 2060, RTX Supporting Laptops, and VESA Variable Refresh Rate Support


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Continuing with CES 2019 news, NVIDIA made a number of announcements, including the GeForce RTX 2060, a new Turing-based graphics card that does feature the Tensor cores and RT cores necessary for DLSS and NVIDIA's RTX ray-tracing acceleration. The GPU is paired with 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, but you can check out ccokeman's review, linked earlier, to find out more. Its MSRP is $349 and offers performance around that of the GTX 1070 Ti, which is a fair bit ahead of the GTX 1060. It will be available from major OEMs, system builders, and graphics card partners on January 15 and those who purchase them will also get a copy of either Battlefield V or Anthem.

Next up we have the announcement of over 40 new laptops, with over 100 configurations between them, sporting the GeForce RTX 2080, RTX 2070, and RTX 2060 GPUs. Of these new laptops, 17 will use Max-Q design to get good performance without getting too hot. Availability for these laptops starts on January 29. Those who purchase a qualifying laptop with an RTX 2080 inside will get both Battlefield V or Anthem while those getting one with either the RTX 2070 or RTX 2060 inside will got one of the two games.

Also announced was some good news for those who want to enjoy a variable refresh rate monitor, but do not necessarily have the budget for some G-Sync displays. NVIDIA announced that starting with its first 2019 Game Ready Driver, releasing January 15, its drivers will enable the VESA DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocol. This is the same open standard AMD's FreeSync technology is based on, which means at least some of the hundreds of available monitors supporting FreeSync may be able to offer the variable refresh rate (VRR) experience with GeForce RTX 20-series and GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards. NVIDIA is testing these monitors first, and have already gone through 400 with just 12 passing. All the testing means is that the drivers will automatically enable VRR when it detects these validated monitors, but it can still be manually enabled on untested monitor or those that do not pass NVIDIA's validation.

Also announced for monitors is the G-Sync Ultimate HDR certification that requires a refresh rate range from 1 Hz to the panel's maximum rate, variable overdrive, refresh rate overclocking, ultra-low motion blur modes, and for HDR support 1000 nits, full matrix backlight, and DCI-P3 color gamut.

Source: NVIDIA [1] (RTX 2060), [2] (RTX in Laptops), and [3] (Support for VESA VRR)

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