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Last week, Nvidia released the Geforce RTX 2060 in the form of its in-house Founders Edition, offering consumers ray tracing capabilities and visual effects at a relatively low price point. The board partners, however, had to be patient with test reports on the custom designs until yesterday afternoon. The official sale has started. The new GPU is strategically important for Nvidia, as it brings RTX capabilities to a wider audience.

Geforce RTX 2060 graphics cards price

Normally, Nvidia priced its Founders Editions above the cheapest custom designs, which receive a separate, lower suggested retail price. In the case of the 2060, this does not apply, the EIAs are identical. Here, the information for the board partners is only to be understood as an "ex" price.

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Accordingly, MSI's Ventus 6G OC from 370 and PNY's XLR8 Gaming OC Twin fan are listed for around £335. MSI's premium version Gaming Z 6G, on the other hand, can be pre-ordered for £425 - making it poaching in the territory of the 2070.

Geforce RTX 2080

So far, the cheapest custom designs of the Geforce RTX 2080 at Nvidia's suggested retail price (£545 or £559) have been pegged down. As with the Geforce RTX 2070, the board partners underpinned the EIA a few weeks after its release, but not too much. Mindfactory and its partner retailers are now offering the first Geforce RTX 2080 and generally the first Turing graphics card, which is well below the EIA.

Within two bouts, the Gainward Geforce RTX 2080 first fell from around £620 to £590 and at the weekend finally to around £530.

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It is basically the same custom design as the Phoenix and Phoenix GS, but comes with no factory overclocking, thus, in all likelihood, uses non-A GPUs (thanks to the PCGHX member Epic2k for the fix), which in their maximum adjustable power limits are cut - ex works, the limit is 215 watts. The dual-slot graphics card is 292 mm long and uses two 90 mm and one 75 mm axial fans. The next cheapest GeForce RTX 2080 is Inno3Ds X2 OC for around £600.

On February 7, AMD will release the Radeon VII, which is priced around £545 at the same level as the 2080. According to AMD's in-house benchmarks, the Radeon VII might perform poorly on the competing product, but this may not always be in reach. On the other hand, the 16 GiByte RAM is a big advantage.

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Early price reductions of the 2080 could take AMD out of the sales. It remains to be seen whether other board partners and dealers will follow suit.