MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z Video Card Review

Author:Brent Justice

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

We’ve got a fast factory overclocked MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z video card to review today. We’ll take it through its paces in many games, and find out how it performs, including overclocking performance with the competition. Does the RTX 2060 deliver better performance at a lower price compared to the last generation?

Evaluation Method

We evaluate what the card being evaluated can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.


We are using the latest NVIDIA driver which is GeForce 417.71.

Comparison Setup

Firstly, we are going to focus on 1440p gameplay in this evaluation. The reason being is the $349.99-$389.99 asking price for the reference RTX 2060 and the MSI RTX 2060 GAMING Z respectively. At this price range we feel the target resolution is 1440p. If this were in the sweet spot range of $250 like the GeForce GTX 1060 then 1080p would be important to test. At this increased price range, we are looking at today we are in the range of GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1070 Ti performance, so 1440p is the resolution we should hope to achieve for the best gameplay experience.

Second, we are going to be testing against a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti video card. Even though the GeForce RTX 2060 is targeting a price range that is closer to the GeForce GTX 1070, on the performance level of the video card it seems to be hitting above its weight class into the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti of performance. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is much more expensive, therefore we have to see if the RTX 2060 can equal or surpass GTX 1070 Ti performance. If it can, then the RTX 2060 will be a good value since it ultimately is being sold at a cheaper price than the GTX 1070 Ti. Anyway you look at it the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti needs to be the comparison video card, and we need to overclock it, which we will.