Nvidia’s new RTX 2060 12GB graphics card is coming to quell shortages

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Available from 7th December

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In February 2021, Nvidia committed to re-releasing some of its older GPUs – namely the RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti – to give gamers some low-cost options that scalpers or crypto miners (hopefully) while Won’t see much use. The company is following up on at least part of that promise by releasing a new version of the RTX 2060 that has 12GB of video RAM, double the memory of the standard configuration originally released in 2019.

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Nvidia says the various models should be available starting Tuesday, December 7. Revised Founders Edition GPU specs available here. Note a slightly higher base clock speed and slightly increased CUDA cores (2,176 versus 1,920 in the standard RTX 2060). Its specs look similar to the RTX 2060 Super in some ways.

Nvidia didn’t share the starting cost for the 12GB RTX 2060 Founders Edition, though it did tell ledge That “this is a premium version of the RTX 2060 6GB and we expect the price to reflect that.” In 2019, the RTX 2060 6GB was launched for $349. It also shared that OEMs will make their own custom versions of the 12GB RTX 2060. We’ll update this post once we hear about the pricing information for the various models.

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This card is great for people who’ve felt the burning of GPU restores isn’t going their way and who don’t want to pay ridiculously high prices in the secondary market for cards that cost so much in the first place. Shouldn’t be. Place. The RTX 2060 won’t be great for running games with ray-traced graphics (even if it’s capable of the feature), but with its power, most games should run well at 1080p resolution at medium graphical settings.

The PC market is one of many sectors that have felt the brunt of the global pandemic-induced chip shortages. Although not new to the market, things like graphics cards and consoles are still in high demand. And with many of the RTX 30-series GPUs already costing a premium at retail, it’s become harder to buy what you want and do so at a moderate price. Many retailers are completely out of stock, and bots and eagle-eyed shoppers (most of whom expect to flip products for a profit) will likely beat you.

I suspect Nvidia releasing an entry-level (at this point) GPU could help reverse the tide of a price-raising secondary market. But I’m definitely glad it’s trying.

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