Introduction:

Past Q2 of 2019, we don’t think the brand mentioned in the title of this article requires any introduction. Gigabyte is a well-known manufacturer of Motherboard and Graphics Cards amongst other PC components in the tech community. And their product range has been available in Pakistan for over quite a few years now. Well putting it in bold words, there’s only about 3 to 4 motherboard and 5 to 6 Graphics Card brands available in Pakistan officially, and Gigabyte is one of them. Well, enough about that, the main headline of this article the TU106 chip based Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G which they were kind enough to send us for review.

RTX 2060 is an entry level Graphics Card by NVidia which features their latest innovation of how you see the games rendered on your screen, Ray Tracing. What makes the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G different from the reference card (other than the shroud/cooling solution) is the boost core clock speed of the GPU. Whereas the reference RTX 2060 GPU has a boost clock of 1680MHz, the GPU we have in hand from Gigabyte has a boost frequency of 1830Mhz. It comes factory overclocked, hence the OC in the title. Other than that, we have the base core clock speed of 1365Mhz, 1920 CUDA cores, 120 TMUs, 48 ROPs, 37 RTX-OPS and 5 Giga Rays/s. The GPU also sports 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM rated at 7000MHz speed running over 192bit memory interface. This sums up to about 336GB/s memory bandwidth.

A bit insight into the new Turing architecture, it comes equipped with NVidia’s latest image or rather frames rendering technique, Real-time Ray Tracing, and DLSS. Ray tracing in short “generate high-resolution, full-scene, real-time reflections that reflect details in front of, behind, above and below the player or camera; details the player couldn’t see with previous techniques.”. And on the other hand, DLSS which stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling “is an NVIDIA RTX technology that uses the power of AI to boost your frame rates in games with graphically-intensive workloads.” You can find more details on Ray tracing and DLSS by clicking the hyper Links.

Back to the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G, the GPU features WINDFORCE 3x cooling system. This system makes use of 3x 80mm fans equipped with 11 blades, and the fan in the middle spins in the alternate direction than the ones on sides. This design helps smooth the airflow and reduces turbulence and also improves the heat dissipation. Gigabyte has patented this feature as “Alternate Spinning”. The WINDFORCE 3x also features 3D Active Fan which stops the fan from spinning when it’s not under heavy load. Other than the fan, we have 4 pure copper heat pipes going through the heatsink, making direct contact with the GPU. And we also have a metal backplate installed at the back.

Now let’s head go towards the unboxing session, and see how is the GPU delivered.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G Unboxing

I’ve created a short unboxing video for those interested in the video experience, other than that, we’ll cover the unboxing in pictorial form as well.

So the GPU comes in a rectangular box. On the front, we have the Gigabyte signature eye printed in the middle. At the bottom right, we have the model GPU model mentioned, and at the bottom left, we have the product name mentioned along with RGB Fusion 2.0, WINDFORCE and OC Edition mentioned. And at the mid-bottom, we have some more features about the GPU Mentioned.

At the back of the box, we have some more features about the GPU mentioned with images like the WINDFORCE 3X, RGB Fusion 2.0 and Metal Back Plate. We also have a layout of the IO port of the GPU which includes 3 DP Ports and 1 HDMI Port. And we also have a minimum requirement for the system mentioned.

There’s not much to be mentioned about the sides of the GPU as it only has the GPU Model and 2x features mentioned at the sides.

Opening the box reveals another box inside which has Gigabyte written in the middle.

And flipping over this box reveals another smaller box in the same design.

The smaller box only has the quick starter guide and a driver & utility DVD inside. I wonder why they took so much space just two involves a few mm of material.

And removing the accessories box reveals the actual deal beneath it, wrapped in an anti-static bag.

And for the grand reveal, here’s the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G. The top features a symmetrical design with strips here and there and a matte finish shroud. We have the 3x 80mm fan visible with 11 blades for each. The GPU as mentioned above is using an “Alternate Spinning” function which makes the middle fan spin in inverse direction to help with the air turbulence. While behind the fans, you can see the heatsink covering almost all of the GPU from left to right.

At the back, we do have a simple metal backplate installed on the GPU with Gigabyte logo in the center. And information sticker at the bottom right.

Then here’s the visible side of the GPU once it’s installed in your PC unless you are planning to install it vertically. So from here, you can see that there’s a gigabyte logo in the center. This logo features RGB backlit. The two screws beside it are probably for the dismantling the RGB strip behind it. Also, we can see is the GeForce RTX engraving on the body on the right side. And just above that, you’ll find the single 8pin port.

Not much going on at this end of the shroud. We have two cuts with screws visible on the heatsink. But this picture also gives you a look at the gap at which the backplate is installed over the GPU.

Not much going over this side as well. But from here you can see that the heatsink is distributed in three parts, connected with heat pipes.

As for I/O, we have 3 display ports and 1 HDMI port on this GPU. All ports have their own rubber cover to protect them from rusting or dust.

Not visible in the picture before, you can actually see the fan cables connecting to the PCB over here.

And here’s a closer look at the WINDFORCE 3x fan.

And the Gold pin connector also comes with a rubber cover.

So that pretty much covers the whole GPU, other than what’s inside the shroud. Didn’t want to meddle with the shroud as it might have affected the thermals. So let’s get into the technical specification of the GPU and dive further into the review.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G Specification:

Graphics processingGeForce RTX 2060
Core Clock1830 MHz (Reference card: 1680 MHz)
RTX-OPS39
CUDA Cores1920
Memory Clock14000MHz
Memory Size6GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus192 Bit
Card BusPCI-E 3.0 x 16
Digital max resolution7680×4320@60Hz
Mutli-view4
Card sizeL=280.35 W=116.45 H=40.24 mm
PCB FormATX
DirectX12
OpenGL4.5
Recommended PSU500W
Power Connectors8 Pin*1
OutputDisplayPort 1.4 *3
HDMI 2.0b *1
SLI SupportNo
Accesories1. Quick guide
2. Driver CD

Testing Methodology:

The charts involved in our benchmark sections involved both synthetic benchmarks and gaming benchmarks. Each benchmark was run 3 times and the average of the results are mentioned in the chart. For the games that did not have their own benchmarking suite, we used MSI’s Afterburner benchmarking tool to get the numbers.

Other than those benchmarks, since the GPU is an RTX model and we had games that supported RTX along with DLSS, we also have benchmarks included for that.

As for temperature performance, we used MSI afterburner for monitoring purpose and Aida64 Extreme Stability test to put load on the GPU.

Our benchmarking suit does not involve TDP measurements or acoustic measurement as we didn’t have the appropriate tools or environment available for those at the time of review.

Performance 1080P Resolution:

Let’s roll down with the synthetic benchmarks first. So starting with Superposition, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6GB is sitting at 10403.33 points. Compared to the RX 580, that’s about a 50% lead. Well then again, the RTX 2060 is the fastest GPU available in our benchmarking suite. So it’s rather a look at how this specific GPU performs at various settings rather than how this GPU performance against other AIB models.

Next up, we have Firestrike. And here the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6GB was able to score 16682 points. In Graphics, we’re sitting at 19267, in physics (CPU based mostly) we’re sitting at 13959 while we have a combined score of 9738 which is 62% more than RX 580.

When it comes to Timespy, the RTX 2060 scores 7323.33 points overall. In graphics, we have 7609 and in CPU we have 6042.667 points.

Now it’s time to look at how the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G performs when it comes to gaming. Starting with an old, yet very well-known game for its artsy environment and unique gameplay, we have Bioshock Infinite. And at 1080P with everything maxed out, we are easily able to push the game over 160FPS average and 52.73FPS minimum. No doubt Bioshock Infinite isn’t as taxing as the current AAA titles, but this just shows that the GPU is very well capable of pushing some old titles over 160 FPS on average.

Next up is the title released same year that has sold over 110 million copies worldwide since its release till now, Grand Theft Auto V. And compared to Bioshock Infinite, this one is a very demanding game when it comes to system requirements. However, the RTX 2060 was easily able to pull 105FPS on average while we did see some lows at around 24.11FPS. So GTA V at very high settings at 1080P, you’re all set with this card for that.

Now coming down to some of the latest games, we have Far Cry New Dawn in our list. And this GPU was easily able to push 95.33FPS on average and 74.66FPS minimum on ultra-settings at 1080P. Which means it’s able to deliver that 60+FPS gameplay that everyone wants out of their system.


Then we have Shadow of the Tomb Raider. And here we have a similar situation with the GPU being able to deliver 88.66FPS on average and 68.33FPS minimum. Once again, able to maintain that smooth 60FPS gameplay.

Then we have another game from 2019, Devil May Cry 5, a hack n slash feast. And here, things are looking even better with the GPU being able to maintain 159.73FPS on average and 133.96FPS minimum. Looks like we’re looking at very playable FPS on 1440P resolution.

Then comes another title from 2019, Metro Exodus. One of the early titles to support Real-time ray tracing in game. And with the RTX turned off at high settings, we’re looking at 112.8FPS on average and 53.73FPS minimum. We’ll have a look at the RTX performance in a while as well and see how it affects the framerate.

And it wouldn’t really be a complete suite without the well-known AAA title from EA, Battlefield V. Another title to support real-time ray tracing early on. And here we are looking at 113.7FPS on average while 36.16FPs minimum.

So the results put a clear picture ahead of us, and it’s that the GPU is able to deliver 60+FPS on average across all the games mentioned above. Now let’s find out what this GPU can deliver when we 1 up to the resolution to 1440P.

Performance 1440P Resolution:

Starting with Bioshock Infinite, we can clearly see that the GPU have no trouble running the game at 1440P. It’s easily able to deliver 111.52FPS on average and 51.67FPS minimum.

when it comes to GTA V, the RTX 2060 is once again able to maintain a good 60+FPS on average with a min of 24.54 FPS.

A similar story can be found in Far Cry New Dawn. The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G is easily able to deliver 60+FPS minimum.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the first game where we see the average FPS goes under 60. But it’s still not that far off at 58.33FPS on average and 47.33FPS minimum.

Then again, in Devil May Cry V, we can see that the GPU is easily able to deliver 60+ FPS minimum in this game even on 1440P maxed out.

In Metro exodus, we were able to achieve 88.76 FPS on average and 35.56 minimum. Still looking pretty good.

And finally, in BF V, we still have the GPU performing well over 60FPS on average. So in short, be it 1440P or 1080P, you’re good to go with the RTX 2060. You might need to tone down the settings a bit when it comes to 1440P, but you’ll be able to achieve 60+ FPS gameplay out of most of the AAA title released up to date at high to ultra settings.

But all the benchmarks above doesn’t involve RTX or DLSS. So let’s find out what difference does both of these features make in the performance. For the RTX feature, we we charts for two games available.

Overclocking:

And yea, having a factory overclocked GPU doesn’t mean we won’t push it a bit further. So we went on the GPU overclocking journey with MSI Afterburner. And you can see our journey in the chart below.

Core ClockMemory ClockPower LimitNote
0+800+100%Superposition passed
0+ 1000+100% Superposition passed
0+1200+100% Superposition crashed
0+ 1100+100% Superposition crashed
50+1000+100%Superposition passed
80+1000+ 100% Superposition passed
100+1000+ 100% Superposition passed
120+1000+ 100% Superposition crashed
110+1000+ 100% Superposition crashed
115+1000+ 100% Superposition passed. Score was low
110+1000+ 100% Superposition passed, Timespy crashed.
100+1000+100%Superposition passed, Timespy passed, Firestrike crashed.
90+1000+100%Superposition passed, Timespy passed, Firestrike crashed.
80+1000+100%Superposition passed, Timespy passed, Firestrike passed, Metro Exodus crashed.
70+1000+100%Superposition passed, Timespy passed, Firestrike passed, Metro Exodus crashed.
65+1000+100%Superposition passed, Timespy passed, Firestrike passed, Metro Exodus crashed.
65+950+100%Superposition passed, Timespy passed, Firestrike passed, Metro Exodus passed.
70+950+100%Superposition passed, Timespy passed, Firestrike passed, Metro Exodus crashed.

So we were able to push our GPU 65MHz+ on Core and 950 MHz on Memory. That’s a pretty good increase in the core and memory clock speed. But how much of a performance difference did it make? Well, let’s find out.

In Superposition, our performance went up by 7.66%.

Similar situation in the case of Firestrike, we saw a performance increase of 7.37% here.

In 3DMark Timespy, the performance showed an increase of 5.85%, but it’s still there. I know, what you’re waiting for, so let’s get into the gaming benchmark now, shall we?

In Bioshock Infinite, we saw a performance increase of about 9.7% when it comes to the average FPS at 1080P resolution. But at 1440P resolution, the overclock had more of an impact on the average FPS, increasing it by 11.7%.

In Grand Theft Auto 5, we’re looking at 9.31% increase at 1080p and 11.76% at 1440p. Well over that 60FPS average for smooth gameplay experience.

In FC: New Dawn, the average FPS went up by 4.75% and 7.59% at 1080p and 1440p resolution respectively.

Shadow of tomb raider saw 6.19% increase in average FPS at 1080P resolution while 7.1% at 1440P resolution.

Devil May Cry along with another game down our chart, made the most out of the overclock. We saw a huge 22.07% increase in the average FPS at 1080p resolution, while a 19.04% increase at 1440P resolution.

And the other game that made the most out of the overclocked setting is Metro Exodus. We’re looking at 21.70% increase at 1080p and 11.06% increase at 1440p resolution.

And last but not least, we have BF V. In Battlefield V, the average FPS went up by 13.26% at 1080p while we only saw a minor 1% increase at 1440p resolution.

What these benchmarks show is that we were able to achieve a minimum of 4.75% and at max 22.07% FPS increase the average. And the percentage increase is also variable for a different resolution. For instance, the games early in the list saw a better increase at higher resolution, but in the last two games on our list, we saw a better increase in FPS in lower resolution compared to higher.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G Thermal Performance

As for thermal performance goes, our GPU never crossed 80C. Neither on stock or overclocked settings. And all the time, we had the fans running on the default fan curve. So the WINDFORCE 3x cooling system is very much up to the task. Even at 49C, the fans doesn’t start spinning.

Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G RGB Effects:

There’s only one RGB LED zone on the GPU and it’s at the front visible side of the GPU from your chassis. Above you can have a look at some pictures of the GPU with LEDs enabled in different colors. The GPU supports RGB Fusion 2.0 so you can use it across the Gigabyte eco-system perfectly and with multiple effects.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G looks like a great option for buttery smooth gameplay at 1080p. But it also packs some horsepower to push games above 60 FPS on a 1440p resolution as well. All of the games in our benchmark were able to stay above 60FPS on average at 1080P. And only did in 2 games we saw our average FPS go below 60 at 1440p resolution. We didn’t really get some promising results running the games with Ray Tracing/DXR enabled that would give us a buttery smooth gameplay experience as it did without the feature enabled. But there’s still the option of tuning down the settings a bit to maximize the results achieved with those features enabled.

Then again, we didn’t have a lot of Ray tracing applications involved in our benchmark. And with time, we might see applications that even the entry level RTX GPUs can excel at for giving a seamless gameplay experience. Then again, video games aren’t the only things that utilize Ray Tracing, so if there’s any application that you want us to test with an RTX GPU (yes you, I’m talking to you), do let us know in the comments and we might include it in our benchmarking suite.

The Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC is able to achieve a very notable performance at 1080p and 1440p resolution. And the card being factory overclocked, you’d expect nothing less. But we were able to push the GPU a bit more and were able to achieve a minimum of 4.75% and at maximum 22% increase in performance. So there’s still some juice left in this TU106 GPU.

Then if we talk about the thermal performance, the WINDFORCE 3X system does well by keeping the GPU under 80C at load. As for acoustic, we didn’t really have the appropriate setup for this test. But in my environment, being summer and having the room fan full blown with headphones on, I don’t think I’ve noticed any noise from my system whatsoever.

As for the build quality, yes the GPU looks sleek and attractive. But being in the RGB era as I like to call it, I think some might find it lacking in that sector. But that doesn’t mean that Gigabyte doesn’t have something fancy up their sleeve if you just increase your budget. I’m talking about their Aorus RTX 2060 Xtreme 6G which I believe is not available in Pakistan market currently.

So, coming back to the conclusion, we’ve established that the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G is more than enough for gaming at 1080P if you’re looking to play games at high to ultra setting. But it’s also able to push games beyond 60FPS at 1440P. Now just stepping one tier down in our GPU list for the comparison, the Sapphire RX 580 is available in the market for around PKR 42000. This specific unit we have with us for review is currently not available in Pakistan. But the closest model to this, the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Windforce edition is available at Easetec for 68900 PKR. The GPU internationally retails for about 350$. And the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G retails for about $380. And according to my calculation, the GPU mentioned in our title should cost about 75000 PKR in the local market once it’s available. So that’s about 50% more when it comes to the price than the RX 580. So did we get the value for our money? Well, that’s not as easy to answer as it looks. We did get 50%+ performance in some games over the RX 580, then we got only about 25%+ performance increase in other. But what the RX 580 doesn’t have is the DXR and DLSS. So is it the GPU you’re looking for your system? Well, that’s hard to tell as putting it a bit clearer, NVidia has thrown GTX 1660Ti in the loop as well which have similar performance, better price ratio, but it just lacks those RTX cores.

So concluding all of that, if you’re looking for your first RTX GPU to enjoy those DXR and DLSS features at 1080 to 1440p resolution, or you just need a GPU to run your Ray Tracing applications, then this right here is your potential option. As when it comes to ray tracing, the GPU is even faster than a GTX 1080Ti (reference here). But if you’re in the market for a GPU just to push those frames and don’t mind skipping on the RTX features for a while, then you should look at the GTX 1660 Ti by Nvidia.

In the end, I would like to give the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6G our Innovative Award.

PGR-innovative


A massive thanks to Gigabyte and Easetec for arranging the sample for us to review. Don’t forget to check out Gigabyte products over at Easetec.