Nvidia could also be pulling the RTX 2060 out of retirement to fight PC gaming’s worth drawback

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Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition graphics card on a black background

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Nvidia is rumoured to be resurrecting the GeForce RTX 2060 with 12GB of reminiscence, in what seems might be a response to as we speak’s ongoing graphics card shortages.

In response to nameless sources talking with Videocardz, Nvidia is planning to roll out a graphics card constructed across the similar TU106-300 GPU discovered throughout the unique RTX 2060, which was first launched in January 2019. 

This follows on from rumours in January of this 12 months that alluded to a comparable rerun of Turing graphics playing cards, wiht each the RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Tremendous.

This ‘new’ RTX 2060 would include a brand new ‘KX’ suffix and be paired with 12GB of GDDR6 reminiscence, which is double that of the 2019 mannequin. In any other case, the ‘new’ RTX 2060 is alleged to be a match for the older card, which just about definitely will imply it is constructed utilizing TSMC’s 12nm course of.

The 12nm course of is just a few generations behind the cutting-edge nodes from TSMC or Nvidia’s new manufacturing buddy, Samsung. Nevertheless, it’s probably greater yield, cheaper, and fewer in-demand than others, which might assist Nvidia produce chips at a higher quantity and, ideally, at a lower cost.

Equally, the TU106 GPU throughout the RTX 2060 wasn’t the complete chip. That was discovered within the RTX 2070, which implies Nvidia needn’t use excellent GPUs for the RTX 2060.

That mentioned, there nonetheless are potential provide constraints for different elements required to construct a contemporary GPU, equivalent to these for energy supply or reminiscence chips. The RTX 2060 could have a comparatively sparse PCB in comparison with an RTX 3080 Ti, however nonetheless it would require loads of in-demand components.

Nvidia is alleged to have advised board companions to anticipate the cardboard to be able to roll by the top of the 12 months, maybe January, Videocardz additionally mentions.

There is no phrase on worth for the rumoured card. The RTX 2060 launched at $349, though was later dropped to $299, and also you’d anticipate a keep from that form of pricing for a card that is a bit lengthy within the tooth these days. Equally, with the RTX 3060 12GB beginning at $329 (if you happen to may discover one at MSRP), an RTX 2060 must a way more inexpensive proposition to entice avid gamers.

And the explanation for this rumoured re-release can be in response to ongoing graphics card shortages. Nearly a 12 months on from the launch of the RTX 30-series graphics playing cards and we’re but to see a gradual provide of those playing cards on the cabinets. 

Zotac RTX 3060 12GB Twin Edge graphics card

The RTX 3060 is the most affordable desktop graphics card in Nvidia’s Ampere era, beginning at $329. (Picture credit score: Future)

The Ampere era has been promoting extraordinarily nicely, Nvidia has confirmed, however demand is outstripping provide.

To resurrect the RTX 2060 can be very telling for a way Nvidia sees the approaching 12 months by way of GPU availability. And it isn’t excellent news. Kicking the RTX 2060 out of retirement would counsel the inexperienced workforce just isn’t anticipating a drop in demand anytime quickly, nor a sudden inflow of provide.

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That is in step with most in-the-know CEOs, together with Intel’s Pat Gelsinger, who’ve repeatedly acknowledged that provide won’t return to normality till 2022/23, if not later. Nvidia’s personal forecast for provide has additionally develop into more and more worrying because the 12 months progresses.

Nvidia can be cautious to lean in to excessive demand, although. It was bitten in 2018 by catering to a sudden inflow of crypto-mining demand that dissipated nearly in a single day, leaving the corporate’s share worth to crumble.

Nonetheless, I discover myself cautiously optimistic in regards to the prospect of a graphics card to handle the entry-level market. I would actually a lot quite an inexpensive and cheerful RTX 3050 Ti or RX 6000-series GPU to reach on desktop—however with the appropriate worth, sufficient quantity to make the MSRP stick, and liberal use of upscaling applied sciences and cryptocurrency mining limiters, maybe a rerun of the RTX 2060 may hold the wolves from the door a short time longer.

Jacob Ridley

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his personal tech weblog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking issues at PCGamesN, the place he would later win command of the equipment cabinet as {hardware} editor. These days, as senior {hardware} editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the newest developments within the expertise and gaming trade. When he is not writing about GPUs and CPUs, you may discover him making an attempt to get as distant from the fashionable world as doable by wild tenting.