Months of rumors and an entire graphics card generation since this first surfaced is a new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 on the block, and this time with 12GB of GDDR6 memory.
Wccftech has seen three tweets by manufacturers pointing to new variants of the RTX 2060 with expanded VRAM capability.
They’re still based on the 192-bit bus, which would require a VRAM budget of 6GB or 12GB anyway, but it looks like Nvidia allowed third-party manufacturers to release graphics cards with slightly more memory Is.
We’ve reached out to Nvidia for clarification and will update this story when we hear back.
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How long this new version of the graphics card will last is probably going to be a little sore. We can’t find any retail listings for the new graphics cards, but according to a report from PCGamesN, retailers such as UK’s Scan may not list GPUs due to insufficient stock.
We’re sure that once listings go up, the RTX 2060 12GB will be pretty expensive, but that’s probably due to the awkward state of the graphics card market, where every GPU costs more than its value, due to ongoing chip shortages.
Looking at the Zotac’s 12GB RTX 2060, the rest of the specs are exactly the same, so you can expect the same solid 1080p gaming performance from this graphics card. And if that all sounds good and you just want to get your hands on a GPU, it looks like GPUs are available now — at least as many as graphics cards get in 2021.
Why does it exist?
While we wait to see if there will actually be an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 on the market, we’re in dire need of a budget GPU.
However, as PCGamesN reports, Nvidia hasn’t built a hash rate limiter into the 20-series cards like it has with some of its Ampere offerings, which means crypto miners are going to buy it, defeating its purpose. An affordable product to beat.
But beyond that, the RTX 2060 isn’t really a graphics card built for high-resolution gaming, really showing its strength at 1080p, and nothing really beyond that.
At that resolution, 6GB of VRAM is still more than enough for most games, so doubling the VRAM probably won’t make a big difference to most people’s performance.
There are specific games out there that will use up the extra memory, though. Titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Battlefield 2042 are extremely heavy on video memory, and a 12GB buffer will be mandatory for those titles.
But, again, this will largely depend on how much the card is going to retail. Nvidia hasn’t released an MSRP for the card, mostly because it’s not releasing a Founders Edition — which really shouldn’t be surprising.
We haven’t heard anything from Nvidia about this card, so it’s largely a way for the company to sell through its back stock of Turing GPUs.
And for that, 12GB of VRAM will probably help some units move, which is a huge number, but it probably won’t move the needle much, especially since it looks like the new RTX 2060 model has the same TGP, meaning The performance will be almost the same.
Basically if you already have RTX 2060. It’s probably pretty much the same as what you already have.