Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G Review: More Power, More MHz

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The least-expensive GeForce RTX 2060 cards cost $350. Stepping up to GeForce RTX 2070 means spending $500. Gigabyte’s GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G certainly doesn’t bridge the gap between the entry-level cards from both model ranges. However, it does offer a bit of extra performance compared to Nvidia’s 2060 Founders Edition, along with lower temperatures.

Like any other GeForce RTX 2060, you can expect great frame rates at 1920 x 1080 on the Gaming OC Pro 6G with quality settings maxed out. The card is even competent at 2560 x 1440, though you may find it necessary to dial back certain details to maintain smooth performance. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a better value if you’re gaming at 1920 x 1080 and don’t really care about the Turing architecture’s signature features. But there’s something to be said for RTX 2060’s extra speed and unique capabilities, especially when its previous-generation equal, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, was a $450 graphics card. Matching the Gaming OC Pro 6G with a competing card would take AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64, and the lowest-priced model we could find sells for $420. In that context, Gigabyte’s board holds its own.

We only wonder how the non-Pro version of this card, sporting two heat pipes instead of four, would fare subjected to the same thermal loads. Its price tag is $10 lower, after all.

Configurable lighting behind the Gigabyte logo on top of both versions of this card is subtler than some of the Asus Aura-enabled boards we’ve seen. But if the Gaming OC Pro 6G is one of several synchronized components in your PC, we can see how it’d be a cool addition.

It used to be that we favored Nvidia’s Founders Edition models for their superior build quality. But the RTX 2060 Founders Edition is no longer available. Besides, its complement of display outputs, which included DVI on a crowded slot bracket, didn’t make as much sense as Gigabyte’s three DisplayPort connectors and one HDMI interface.

The GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G is missing VirtualLink support for next-gen head-mounted displays, unfortunately. But in the end, this card is best known for its fast, quiet operation at low temperatures. Consider spending a few dollars more on it if you want a sanctioned overclock without risking warranty protection.

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Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.