GIGABYTE RTX 2060 Graphics Cards Unveiled

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Card - Gadget Boulevard

With graphics card manufacturers unveiling their RTX 2060 graphics, GIGABYTE launched a total of six graphics cards for their RTX 2060 lineup.

All six graphics cards will utilize the RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 memory and a 192-bit memory bandwidth.

What’s the difference you might ask?

The noticeable difference will be the cooling solutions and performance difference in terms of overclocked core clock.

And aside from those mentioned, aesthetics like RGB and other intricate details are what makes these six all too different.

So let’s take a quick look at each of the GIGABYTE RTX 2060 graphics cards.

GIGABYTE RTX 2060 lineup

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME

This is the top-of-the-line RTX 2060 graphics card that GIGABYTE will offer and features the AORUS branding as well.

It’s core clock has been factory overclocked to 1,845 Mhz as compared to 1,680Mhz on the NVIDIA reference card.

To cool this overclocked GPU an advance copper base plate is used both directly at the front (top-side) and at the back (bottom-side) of the GPU.

Allowing the GPU core to additionally dissipate heat at the back.

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME
GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME

The front (top) copper base plate will dissipate heat away from the GPU to the composite heat pipe which is in turn cooled by the three 100mm WINDFORCE stack fans.

The three WINDFORCE fans are configured in a way that the fans spin in alternate. The middle fan spins in opposite direction of the two other fans.

This makes the airflow between the fans more fluid thus creating more airflow to cool the GPU.

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME
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As for the back (bottom) copper base plate, it will dissipate the heat onto the metal back plate. Making it a large heatsink, though heat from back side should be minimal as compared on the top-side of the GPU.

An RGB AORUS logo also accentuates the metal back plate to make it consistent with the AORUS branding’s stylish design.

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME
GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME

Aside from the RGB on the back plate, there is RGB also on the front and on the top of the graphics card.

As this is a premium graphics card, it wouldn’t be premium without RGB lightning.

For customizing the RGB lighting it will use the new RGB Fusion 2.0 software.

RTX 2060 GAMING OC PRO / RTX 2060 Gaming OC

GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING OC PRO and GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING PRO OC
GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING OC PRO and GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING OC

The next two graphics card that sports the RTX 2060 GPU that GIGABYTE launched are the RTX 2060 GAMING PRO OC and GAMING OC.

Now the difference in the naming is just the word “PRO” and looking at the specs available at GIGABYTE’s website, both are nearly the same, except for one thing.

But before that, both of these graphics cards are overclocked to 1,830 Mhz as opposed to the 1,680Mhz of the reference card.

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Both GAMING OC graphics cards will use triple WINDFORCE fans with the middle fan spinning alternately.

Though it will use the WINDFORCE fans, the fans on the GAMING OC models are not stacked as compared to the AORUS model.

So this means that the length of this card is longer than the AORUS model.

And let’s go to that one thing that differentiates between this two GAMING OC cards.

The “PRO” version has 4 copper heatpipes directly touching the GPU as compared to just two for the non-PRO version.

GAMING OC PRO Graphics Card - Gadget Boulevard
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING PRO OC
copper heatpipes and metal base plate configuration.
GAMING OC PRO Graphics Card - Gadget Boulevard
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING OC
copper heatpipes and metal base plate configuration.

The “PRO” version will have 2 more heatpipes dissipating heat away from the GPU and would mean more overclocking headroom.

As for the back plate, it will just be a standard metal back plate with no back copper base plate on the GPU.

WINDFORCE OC Edition Graphics Card

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GIGABYTE GeForce RTX WINDFORCE 2060 OC
WINDFORCE OC Gaming Graphics Card - Gadget Boulevard
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 OC

In the middle of the pack, there are two models to choose from, the RTX 2060 WINDFORCE OC and the RTX 2060 OC model.

The biggest difference between the two is the use of the WINDFORCE cooling system as such it affects the overclock of the GPU and the overall length of the card.

The RTX 2060 WINDFORCE OC will have a core clock of 1,770 Mhz while the non-WINDFORCE model is only clocked to 1,755 Mhz.

On the specs sheet, both models will are nearly identical but the length of the cards have a huge difference.

The WINDFORCE model will have an overall length of 264.9mm, while the non-WINDFORCE model is only 225.65mm.

That’s roughly a 40mm difference in length, so if you’re constrained with space on your gaming rig, you might consider the non-WINDFORCE model.

For the difference in the cooling solution both cards will sport dual fans.

But the WINDFORCE OC model will use 100mm fans while the non-WINDFORCE model will use 90mm fans.

Both will use a two composite copper heat pipes that directly touch the GPU.

While for the VRAM, the heat pipes will also dissipate heat from them through a metal plate contact.

The WINDFORCE OC model will have a slightly larger metal contact area for the VRAM and a larger fin stack area.

Both models will have a back plate but both will have no RGB lighting.

MINI ITX OC Edition Graphics Card

MINI ITX Overclocked Gaming Graphics Card - Gadget Boulevard

The last of GIGABYTE’s RTX 2060 graphics card is the RTX 2060 MINI ITX OC edition.

As the naming suggest, this model is geared for ITX or small form factor (SFF) gaming builds. Its overall length is just 170mm, this will perfectly fit on to any SFF case.

A slight drawback though with its core clock. Although advertised as overclocked, being that “OC” is part of its naming.

The core clock is overclocked by 15 Mhz making it 1,695 Mhz as compared to the reference of 1,680Mhz.

Even with just a slight bump in core clock GIGABYTE still utilize a three composite copper heat pipe design to cool the graphics card.

The three heat pipes will have direct contact with the GPU while a metal contact plate will be used for the VRAM.

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The fan used for the cooling solution is one 90mm fan with a unique blade design.

There will be no RGB and back plate for this model.

Wrapping up

Now that wraps up GIGABYTE’s RTX 2060 lineup offering a wide array of versions for the NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU.

As for pricing, the GIGABYTE RTX 2060 series are well within the MSRP set by NVIDIA.

GIGABYTE AORUS
GeForce RTX 2060 XTREME
$399Newegg
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060
Gaming OC PRO
$389Newegg
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060
Gaming OC
$379AmazonNewegg
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060
WINDFORCE OC
$369AmazonNewegg
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX2060
MINI ITX OC
$349AmazonNewegg

All are now available since January 15, 2019 and you can purchase these GIGABYTE RTX 2060 graphics cards now.

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