So much for being affordable.
Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12GB ɪsn’t due ᴛᴏ launch ᴜɴᴛɪʟ ᴛᴏmᴏʀʀᴏᴡ, ʙᴜᴛ reᴛᴀɪʟers obvioᴜsly ᴋɴᴏᴡ whᴀᴛ’s ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴɪɴg ᴀɴd ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ prepᴀʀᴇ tʜᴇir ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛ lɪstɪɴgs accᴏʀdɪɴgly. Tʜᴇ ɪᴅᴇᴀ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ, ɪs ɴᴏt ᴛᴏ publɪsh a lɪstɪɴg ʙᴇꜰᴏʀe ɪᴛ’s ᴀʟʟoᴡᴇd, lest ʏᴏᴜ ɪɴcur tʜᴇ wrᴀᴛh ᴏꜰ Nvidia. French reᴛᴀɪʟer PC21 sᴇᴇms ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʜɪᴛ tʜᴇ publɪsh ʙᴜᴛtᴏɴ a lɪᴛtle ᴇᴀʀly. It premᴀᴛurely lɪsted a pᴀɪʀ ᴏꜰ MSI RTX 2060 Ventᴜs 12GB ᴄᴀʀds. Though tʜᴇ lɪstɪɴgs ʜᴀᴠᴇ sɪɴce ʙᴇen ᴛᴀᴋᴇn ᴅᴏwn, Videoᴄᴀʀdz grabʙᴇd a coᴜᴘle ᴏꜰ screensʜᴏᴛs sʜᴏᴡɪɴg ᴛᴡᴏ separᴀᴛe lɪstɪɴgs ꜰᴏʀ €528 ᴀɴd €645 ɪɴcludɪɴg VAT. Tʜɪs ɪs ᴍᴏʀᴇ thᴀɴ sᴇᴠᴇʀal RX 6600 XT's ᴏɴ tʜᴇ saᴍᴇ sɪᴛe ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ʙᴇgɪɴ ᴀᴛ €490. Curioᴜsly, tʜᴇ ᴛᴡᴏ lɪstɪɴgs ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀed ᴛᴏ sʜᴏᴡ tʜᴇ saᴍᴇ ᴄᴀʀd, sᴏ ᴘᴇʀʜᴀᴘs ᴏɴe ᴏʀ ʙᴏᴛʜ ᴀʀᴇ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇʜᴏʟᴅers.Tips and advice
How to buy a graphics card: tips on buying a graphics card in the barren silicon landscape that is 2021
As we’ve written about in the recent past, the RTX 2060 12GB is designed to plug a hole in Nvidia’s product line up. It’s Ampere RTX 30-series begins with the RTX 3060, which in the current market cannot in any way be considered an affordable GPU. The older 2060 should be able to be produced in large quantities and it should be relatively unattractive to miners too. The hope is that it can fill the large hole above the ageing GTX 16-series and below the RTX 3060.
We also wrote that Nvidia’s listing of the specifications of the RTX 2060 12GB on its own website was premature, with the company stating that it had no intentions of releasing a Founders Edition variant, with all 2060 12GB cards being sold by Nvidia’s partners.
It’s going to be interesting to see where the pricing of the card settles. We know that the RTX 2060 Super trades blows with AMD’s RX 6600. Given that neither are regarded as high performance GPUs, it’s going to be interesting to see how the market reacts. Is the 2060 12GB fast enough to entice upgraders or will it be priced too high to generate much interest? The fact that such a re-release exists at all is an sad indictment on the state of the GPU market.