Should I replace my GTX 1050ti with an RTX 2060 now or wait?

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I was going to upgrade my i7 2600K home PC with a Ryzen build but decided to wait for the next generation CPU's to be released. After a long pause, I got back into gaming and have been playing Battlefield V and also got an coupon for the upcoming Division2 which I also look forward to.

My question is, should I buy the RTX 2060 for my current system now to enjoy games with better graphics at 1440p resolution, or do you think it will be smarter to see what's available when I get the next generation Ryzen processor with new motherboard etc.?

I've been borrowing an MSI RTX 2070 for couple of weeks now and I was really surprised to see that it runs perfectly fine with high settings even with my old i7 2600K machine! That's why I was considering to upgrade to RTX 2060 now.

I now have a Asus GTX 1050 Ti STRIX which could still return during the next two weeks to get the full $200 back so the upgrade to cheapest 2-fan Gigabyte RTX 2060 would only cost me $250 to upgrade.

What do you think?
 
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You might also consider the 1660ti, supposedly launching tomorrow.
 

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I now have a Asus GTX 1050 Ti STRIX which could still return during the next two weeks to get the full $200 back
First of all, that 1050 Ti should be returned ASAP if you can really get $200 back. For $200 you can buy a GTX 1060 right now, getting a huge performance boost for no extra cost.

Second, the imminent launch of the 1660ti will add another option for you to consider, so you'll have a number of cards from $200 to $350 that offer better performance and value than your current card.
 

pauldun170

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I run a i7-2700K along with RTX-2060.
Wrapping up Battlefield 5 single player soon.

I run at 1920x1200 - RTX 2060 is working out great and I feel it was $359 well spent for that resolution.


You borrowed a 2070? You said you use a 2600K at first but then said it runs fin on an i7-2700K?

I usually buy a new mid to high-ish end card every 3rd-4th generation and then I'll get the fastest card with best overall design for my budget. Budget being the key word.

In your case, you may want to think about that state of your PC. How old is the PSU? How are SSD's holding up? How may writes have occured? How old?
 
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You might also consider the 1660ti, supposedly launching tomorrow.
Cool I completely missed that there is a 1660ti coming out. Will definitely check how it's going to be priced and how it compares to the RTX 2060 performance and money-wise.

I run a i7-2700K along with RTX-2060.
You borrowed a 2070? You said you use a 2600K at first but then said it runs fin on an i7-2700K?

In your case, you may want to think about that state of your PC. How old is the PSU? How are SSD's holding up? How may writes have occured? How old?
Sorry had a typo there, my machine is a 2600K which is overclocked to 4.2GHz. Yes got an RTX 2070 from a friend but have to return that soon.

The PC is in good shape, brand new Corsair RM750x PSU and also brand new Samsung 860 EVO 1TB and runs fine and that's why I delayed the Ryzen upgrade for now.

I'll wait now and check the 1660ti, however I doubt that they will hit the shelves in the next two weeks so if I want to return my current 1050ti in the next 14 days, my options might be limited to either 1060 or rtx 2060.
 

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Cool I completely missed that there is a 1660ti coming out. Will definitely check how it's going to be priced and how it compares to the RTX 2060 performance and money-wise.



Sorry had a typo there, my machine is a 2600K which is overclocked to 4.2GHz. Yes got an RTX 2070 from a friend but have to return that soon.

The PC is in good shape, brand new Corsair RM750x PSU and also brand new Samsung 860 EVO 1TB and runs fine and that's why I delayed the Ryzen upgrade for now.

I'll wait now and check the 1660ti, however I doubt that they will hit the shelves in the next two weeks so if I want to return my current 1050ti in the next 14 days, my options might be limited to either 1060 or rtx 2060.

Gotcha.
I'd skip the 1060 at this point and wait for 1660ti to see how it performs vs the RTX 2060 and cards in the 1660ti's price range. I think the if you are shopping in the sub 300 segment then you'll want to see how it fares against AMD cards in that price segment.
 
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It looks like Vega 56 has had a nice price drop in response to the 1660ti?
 

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pauldun170

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I'd actually go for the newly repriced Vega 56, which can be had for as little as $270. If you want about 5-7% more performance for $70 more, then the RTX 2060 is a solid option.

Essentially the only decent Nvidia GPU this generation is the RTX 2060, because it does provide decent value, it's $350 for a GTX 1070ti performance, even equals the GTX 1080 in some games. RTX 2070, 2080 are overpriced turds and the RTX 2080ti is the fastest GPU available now, I'd give it that, but it has a GIGANTIC price premium for that accolade. Its essentially a luxury purchase, no value at all.

Right now though with the reduction of prices for the VEga 56 to as low as $270, it's become solid value for sure. Not all AIB models would be so cheap, the higher end models would still end up costing $320 or so, but expect to find some cheap lower end models.

Though it would be a bit of time before we see the price drop take effect globally. Not all markets are affected either, so we'll definitely need to wait and see how it end up.
 
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Thanks guys for the comments!

I will need to see does the market here in the europe / nordics react as much as it does in the states. Currently the lowest prices here are:

349€ ($395) Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti WINDFORCE OC
349€ ($395) ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 56 OC Gaming 8GB
383€ ($434) Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan
400€ ($453) MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G

I need to wait to see how the 1660ti will be priced at EU-amazon and if there will be changes to the Vega 56 pricing, but at the moment the RTX 2060 maybe still seems like the best option here.
 

jpiniero

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Looks like AMD made it official today.
They have to be losing money at $280, especially with the free games. Figure they will have to stop manufacturing Vega if they haven't already.
 

Mopetar

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I'm not sure what the deal is with it. Some articles are saying it's a temporary discount, others are saying it's a price cut, and different articles have different prices listed.

Whatever the shake is on this, I think the real message is that once again AMD flubbed the marketing.
 

pauldun170

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Thanks guys for the comments!

I will need to see does the market here in the europe / nordics react as much as it does in the states. Currently the lowest prices here are:

349€ ($395) Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti WINDFORCE OC
349€ ($395) ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 56 OC Gaming 8GB
383€ ($434) Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan
400€ ($453) MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G

I need to wait to see how the 1660ti will be priced at EU-amazon and if there will be changes to the Vega 56 pricing, but at the moment the RTX 2060 maybe still seems like the best option here.

Of that bunch, I'd go for the Zotac. Ventus has been reported for a harsh sound profile and coil wine. I don't see the value of paying more for comparable performance either.

If it's a toss up between the 1160 and Vega 56, it's hard to argue against the Vega unless you don't like the idea of paying that amount for a power hungry 2 year old card.
 

AnitaPeterson

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Damn! I am amazed at how well the Sandy Bridge CPUs have maintained their performance/value, 8 years after launch...

But yeah, a Vega 56 or GTX1660 would absolutely hit the sweet spot.
 
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Looks like choosing a good RTX 2060 is not that easy as I imagined. I spent some time trying to see which is a good option and found several issues:

- MSI Ventus - has some annoying sound issues, as mentioned here also
- Gigabyte RTX 2060 Windforce OC - a lot of people having fan rattling and throttling issues
- Zotac - the fans do not turn off when running idle / low temperature

It's surprising how few reviews mention if the fans are spinning always. For me it's deal breaker for both noise and durability. On both the Asus 1050ti and the MSI RTX 2070 which I'm still borrowing, the fans do not spin unless I'm gaming so they are off 90% of the time.

I'm still considering Vega56 and GTX1660 of course, but unless the prices here wont drop dramatically, I probably will end up going with RTX 2060 and would appreciate any experiences on different models!
 

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Looks like choosing a good RTX 2060 is not that easy as I imagined. I spent some time trying to see which is a good option and found several issues:

- MSI Ventus - has some annoying sound issues, as mentioned here also
- Gigabyte RTX 2060 Windforce OC - a lot of people having fan rattling and throttling issues
- Zotac - the fans do not turn off when running idle / low temperature

It's surprising how few reviews mention if the fans are spinning always. For me it's deal breaker for both noise and durability. On both the Asus 1050ti and the MSI RTX 2070 which I'm still borrowing, the fans do not spin unless I'm gaming so they are off 90% of the time.

I'm still considering Vega56 and GTX1660 of course, but unless the prices here wont drop dramatically, I probably will end up going with RTX 2060 and would appreciate any experiences on different models!
What about EVGA 2060 ? the $349 one ?
 

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With those absurd prices you should definitely wait. It was the same with the 1070 and 1060, prices were $30-60 higher, in Europe even more so. Heck in my country even after a whole year prices still stood for $300 for the 1060 6GB.

But in general with more availability and higher stockpiles the prices should drop within a few months.
 


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