Ever since Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 came out in 2016, it's not only been the de facto, bestest best graphics card for flawless 1080p gaming, but also the go-to GPU for cash-strapped 1440p-ers, offering smooth, if slightly less shiny, frame rates for a much lower price than Nvidia's more capable GTX 1070 or GTX 1070Ti. It was a fantastic card when it launched for $249, and it continues to be one now for even less, with some of today's cheapest 6GB cards going for $240 / £220.
Its RTX 2060 successor, however, kicks things up a notch. It's another £100 / $100 more expensive than the GTX 1060, with Nvidia's Founders Edition on test here going for £329 / $349 while third party cards currently start at £350 / $350, but when it comes to speed, it's in another league altogether. Whereas the GTX 1060 struggled to hit 60fps on higher quality settings at 1440p, the RTX 2060 sails past that number and then some. It can even push into the realms of 4K without throwing a hissy-fit. In truth, this is what today's GTX 1070 owners should be looking to for their next upgrade, because this, dear readers, is one seriously powerful graphics card that goes way beyond what we'd normally call 'mid-range'.