NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 12GB memory
VIK-on, a Russian YouTuber and Modder is back with another modification of GeForce RTX graphics cards.
Our readers should recognize VIK-on from his previous endeavors in upgrading GeForce graphics cards’ memory. He successfully upgraded GeForce RTX 3070 to 16GB and was even able to increase RTX 2080 Ti memory from 11GB to 22GB. This time around he decided to mod GeForce RTX 2060 based on Turing TU106 GPU to 12GB memory capacity. Interestingly though, this mod happens just two weeks prior to NVIDIA announcing exactly such a card.
Two months ago we reported that NVIDIA is preparing an updated RTX 2060 for launch around January next year. As it turns out, NVIDIA actually wants to launch this card even before Christmas, on December 7th to be exact. We have not actually heard anything that would suggest that this date is incorrect, in fact, just today, Overclocking.com reported that this date has seemingly been confirmed with their sources.
At this moment it is unclear what changes apart from the memory upgrade will NVIDIA be introducing for this new card. The RTX 2060 debuted with a cut-down TU106 GPU with 1920 CUDA cores and 6GB 192-bit memory clocked at 14Gbps. Exactly such memory was sourced by VIK-on for his upgrade, except they have twice the capacity per module. The modder used the 14 Gbps modules from a mobile GPU, which typically offer such a bandwidth.
The card is correctly recognized by software such as GPU-Z where it reports on 12288 MB capacity. The card appears to work just fine, except for the ‘tiny’ problem with occasional black screens. This is, in fact, the same bug that VIK-on encountered with previous mods. However, the fix is relatively simple, the GPU simply needs to be put into performance mode through NVIDIA Control Panel 3D settings.
VIK-on only tested the GPU in crypto mining and Unigine Superposition tests where it demonstrated just about the same performance as a 6GB model. The modified card has already been sent to the Russian media outlet Pro Hi-Tech who will be testing the card in detail.