According to a new regulatory filing, Nvidia and Gigabyte are preparing to re-release the RTX 2060 graphics card — along with a major VRAM upgrade.
The document, submitted to the Eurasian Economic Commission and published on November 15, refers to the four new Gigabyte graphics card SKUs. All four are for newer versions of the Nvidia RTX 2060 and all indicate a 12GB version, double the VRAM from the original 6GB when the card was released back in 2019.
The cards will come in both GB Gaming and GB Windforce branding, with SKUs also indicated, with a standard and overclocked model for each.
It’s unclear whether the new card will include any additional improvements beyond the increased VRAM on the 2019 cards. According to wccftech, the move comes in the form of the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti GPUs, which are not expected to be based on the Navi 24 GPU against AMD’s upcoming budget Big Navi cards.
The move may be Nvidia’s attempt to do something, anything, to address the stock shortage of its latest Nvidia Ampere cards, including the RTX 3060, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080.
For every gamer who upgrades from an older GPU to a GTX 1660 Ti to an RTX 2060 card, this means fewer people struggle for impossible-to-ampere cards, making it easier for others to buy them.
How much of a difference will re-releasing a three year old graphics card make in the short term? It’s anyone’s guess, but the card is expected to release in early December, so we’ll know soon.
Analysis: Will it help? No, but it could cost Nvidia some extra money
Will the release of an upgraded RTX 2060 really help the rest of us get the graphics card we really want (namely the RTX 30-series cards)? Almost certainly not.
You can pretty easily get an RTX 2060 already, and the extra VRAM isn’t likely to move anyone sitting on the fence at this point. Adding more RTX 2060 cards to the mix isn’t likely to move the needle on demand for more powerful Ampere cards.
How about competing with AMD’s anticipated Navi 24 graphics card? For builders, the GTX 1660 Ti is still the budget graphics card, and it’s more than capable of taking on the Navi 24. Sure, the Navi 24 will have ray tracing cores, whereas the GTX 1660 Ti doesn’t, but to be honest, the Navi 24’s ray tracing capability won’t be very functional.
The same is true of the RTX 2060, which can actually produce ray-traced graphics, but at frame rates most gamers are not willing to accept. Most people will take 60 fps non-ray-traced scenes over 30 fps with ray tracing any day of the week, so the extra features on these budget cards are a moot point anyway.
Still, any graphics card on the market, even one that’s three years old, will probably sell out anyway, so from a financial standpoint, Nvidia is likely to come out with the move. And at the end of the day, it’s probably driving this decision.
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