NVIDIA unveiled the RTX 2060 at CES 2019 this month, their mid-range GPU with Ray Tracing capabilities. Leaks are now that they’ll be releasing a Turing based GPU without Ray Tracing cores, supposedly known as the GTX 1660 Ti.
Pricing for the upcoming GTX 1660 Ti GPU can be expected to be lesser than the RTX 2060’s $349 price-tag
The leak comes from VideoCardz. Their multiple sources claim that NVIDIA is prepping up the GTX 1660 Ti, based on the Turing architecture but without ray-tracing. The name isn’t confirmed yet, but since the leaks point towards no ray-tracing functionality I don’t expect it to release under NVIDIA’s RTX 20 Series GPU Lineup.
VideoCardz’s speculated specifications say that the GTX 1660 Ti could feature the 12nm FinFET Manufacturing Process, 1536 CUDA Cores, 6GB GDDR6 Memory and a 192-bit Memory Bus. Since the card isn’t expected to have ray-tracing, it probably won’t feature RT Cores that enable this feature.
Why no ray-tracing could be harmful for NVIDIA
If NVIDIA is planning for no ray-tracing functionality for these cards, it could negatively impact the growth of ray-tracing and NVIDIA’s clear intentions of making the technology mainstream. NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang talked with PCWorld, where he reportedly called AMD’s new high-end Radeon VII GPU ‘underwhelming’ because it doesn’t feature the AI & Ray-Tracing tech the RTX 20 Series GPUs have. But, if they intend to make ray-tracing a premium feature for more expensive GPUs, this decision would make sense.
In the case that this upcoming GPU does not support ray-tracing, it could be more succesful compared to the RTX 2060 since ray-tracing still hasn’t become mainstream yet (only very few games support it right now). And because of that, most people wouldn’t consider spending more money on a yet-to-be-matured technology.
These leaks could also be for NVIDIA’s new entry level budget gaming GPU, that would succeed the GTX 1050 or the GTX 1050 Ti.
VideoCardz has been a reputed leaker in the past (their RTX 2060 Rumors turned out to be true) and the 1050 & 1050 Ti GPUs have been due for a new successor anyways, so ]the leaks for this upcoming GPU from NVIDIA are quite believable. Stay tuned for more updates!