Most of the information surrounding NVIDIA’s next round of consumer cards has been focused on the GeForce RTX 2080, which the company is expected to announce on Monday, August 20, a day before Gamescom 2018 kicks off. There will be other Turing cards, though, and one of them has seemingly made an appearance on Futuremark’s 3DMark benchmarking database. Well, maybe.
The database entry points to a “GTX 2060 5gb,” which immediately triggers a red flag to us. Unless NVIDIA has been faking everyone out, it will use the “RTX” branding for its next generation Turing cards for consumers, just as it has done with its recently announced Quadro RTX cards. Real-time ray-tracing figures to be a point of emphasis, hence the switch from GTX to RTX.
GTX 2060 5gb 🤔https://t.co/MzBGSAZJf7
— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) August 17, 2018
It is possible that 3DMark is just misreading the card, or perhaps early samples of the new cards still carried the GTX branding. NVIDIA might also cut out the RT cores from its mid-range and lower end parts, with GTX and RTX coexisting within the same product stack. We can not say for sure.
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As for the scores, the supposed GeForce GTX 1060 5GB posted the following in 3DMark’s Fire Strike test:
The scores are in roughly in line with a GeForce GTX 1070, which would be a nice bump in performance for a next generation GPU at a lower model tier. Whether the entry is legitimate, though, is anyone’s guess. It is possible that the user modified a GeForce GTX 1070 to appear as a GeForce GTX 2060 in 3DMark’s database.
In other words, take all this with a healthy dose of skepticism. Fortunately, NVIDIA’s special GeForce Gaming Celebration event is just a few days away at this point, so will find out more about its next-gen graphics cards soon enough.