NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 12GB availability to improve by the end of December

Published: Dec 9th 2021, 11:22 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA RTX 2060 12GB hardly available at launch

No one really believed NVIDIA would be launching a new card based on Turing architecture two years since it was first introduced, yet it actually happened. 

NVIDIA RTX 2060 12GB is pretty much RTX 2060 SUPER with reduced memory bandwidth. It also costs a bit less, the card is to be seen with a 600-700 EUR price tag in Europe, which is just about 10 to 20% more expensive than RTX 2060 6GB. Unfortunately, we really don’t know what the official MSRP of this SKU is, because NVIDIA never communicated any, a really convenient way of launching a GPU one must say.

The 12GB version of Turing TU106 GPU was expected to be a cure for GPU shortages, a cheap alternative to overpriced Ampere RTX 3060 models. Such claims couldn’t be further from the truth. As soon as we learned that there is no Founders Edition of this card, the dream of finding these cards at lower prices have evaporated. The RTX 2060 12GB launches exclusively through NVIDIA partners, which means overcharging by AIBs, distributors, and finally retailers, not to mention artificially inflated prices due to scalpers.

The situation around RTX 2060 12GB might get *a bit* better though. According to PC Gamer the availability of GeForce RTX 2060 12GB is to improve in by the end of December:

Partner card availability to ramp starting the end of December through January.

— PC Gamer quoting NVIDIA Spokesperson 

What this likely means is that the stock of TU106-300 GPUs might have shipped just recently and it will take another 2 to 3 weeks before AIBs are ready to sell the actual cards. Will this really help with the GPU shortages? Likely not, at least not on a grand scale.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX x60 Series
VideoCardz.comRTX 2060 SUPERRTX 2060 12GBRTX 2060 6GBRTX 3060 TiRTX 3060
ArchitectureNVIDIA TuringNVIDIA TuringNVIDIA TuringNVIDIA AmpereNVIDIA Ampere
GPU12nm TU106-41012nm TU106-30012nm TU106-2008nm GA104-2008nm GA106-300
Boost Clock
1650 MHz
1650 MHz
1680 MHz
1665 MHz
1777 MHz
CUDA : RT : Tensor
2176 : 64 : 136
2176 : 64 : 136
1920 : 48 : 120
4864 : 38 : 152
3584 : 28 : 112
Memory Clock
14 Gbps
14 Gbps
14 Gbps
14 Gbps
15 Gbps
Memory Bus
448 GB/s
336 GB/s
336 GB/s
448 GB/s
360 GB/s
399 USD
349 -> 299 USD
399 USD
329 USD
Release DateJuly 9th, 2019December 7th, 2021January 14, 2019December 2nd, 2020February 25th, 2021

Source: PC Gamer

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