What happened now? After Nvidia confirmed in the driver changelog last week that the 12GB version of the RTX 2060 has been released, a “new” card has now been released. in the US, and Nvidia did not mention a release.
It has been rumored for a long time that Nvidia is going to relaunch the Turing-era 12nm RTX 2060 with an upgraded video memory from 6GB GDDR6 to 12GB, and this was almost confirmed in the Game Ready Driver changelog last week. The projected December 7 launch date turned out to be accurate, but Nvidia made no fuss about the launch. He even encouraged his boardmates not to send sample responses to the press.
We don’t even have a suggested retail price for the RTX 2060 12GB. It is expected to cost roughly the same $ 349 mark as the original version. These days, of course, MSRP doesn’t mean anything, but the new card retails for around € 600-700, which is roughly the $ 670-800 price we can expect to pay for the RTX 2060 6GB right now.
Not that finding the RTX 2060 12GB is easy, if not impossible, for those in the US. Most of them appear on AIB’s Chinese partner websites and some on European retail sites – Nvidia does not release Founders Editions. I found one on UK site, but it is not in the list of available for purchase.
As previously suggested, the RTX 2060 12GB comes with a TU106-300 GPU with 2,176 CUDA cores. It uses 16GB (2GB) GDDR6 modules clocked at 14Gbps and has an acceleration clock of 1650MHz.
Perhaps the reason for the hidden release is that the RTX 2060 12GB seems to be targeting miners – an area that Nvidia has long tried to distance itself from its gaming cards from. These are not Lite Hash Rate models such as the updated RTX 3000 series, and PCMarket HK, who managed to get hold of the card, writes that its mining potential surpasses the RTX 3060 and Radeon RX 6600 XT.
Nvidia recently said that it believes prices and availability of graphics cards will improve in the second half of next year as supply and demand equalize. Nice thought, but don’t hold your breath.