In a rather surprise move, amidst the current GPU availability and pricing issues prevalent in the market, it appears that NVIDIA plans to fill the market gap by resurrecting some previous generation of gaming graphics cards.
Overclocking.com has just confirmed with their own sources/AIBs that Nvidia is reviving the Turing-based GeForce RTX 2060 GPU series for the DIY and OEM market. This comes just a month ahead of the official GeForce RTX 3060 Ampere GPU’s launch date. The company has already given the green light to its board partners.
The report says that NVIDIA has already distributed new GPU stock to its board partners and system integrators, which mean these Turing-based cards are going to hit the retail market pretty soon.
With the current shortage of GPUs in the market and with the demand skyrocketing within the DIY and OEM segments, it makes sense for the company to reintroduce some of the previous generation of Turing gaming GPUs.
There could be several reasons why this decision is being made, but my guess is that Nvidia might be sitting with a huge inventory of Turing GPUs, mainly the mainstream TU104 and TU106 chips.
So the company basically wants to fill the current gap in the market. The RTX 2060-series of cards were first introduced back in 2019, and they have been quite successful in both the mobile and desktop market segments as well. Last year, the GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB was even priced at $299 US after an official price cut given by NVIDIA, while the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER was costing around $399 US.
But the thing is that these GPUs will never sell again at the MSRP rate set by Nvidia given the current global demand/supply and the market trend. So yeah, you shouldn’t be expecting to grab one of these older Turing GPUs at the same price.
According to Overclocking.com website, these GPUs will re-enter the retail segment starting this February 2021. However, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER would be costing over 400 EUR, while the GeForce RTX 2060 will be priced at around 300 EUR.
So based on this pricing, the RTX 2060 6 GB will be close to the MSRP of the upcoming RTX 3060 12 GB Ampere GPU, while the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER could end up close to the RTX 3070’s MSRP, which is not good news for gamers.
The RTX 2060 SUPER would be costing even more the RTX 3060’s retail price which will debut for roughly around 339 EUR. It’s hard to believe the 300/400 Euro prices being mentioned here will be real or not, given the current state of the PC and hardware industry as a whole.
“While the launch of the RTX 3060 is still scheduled for the end of February and Nvidia is multiplying the positive signals to try to calm its partners, the return of this reference is yet another contribution to the consistency of the chameleon’s commercial strategy.
The RTX 2060 could be (re) marketed at a price slightly above 300 incl. Tax… from mid February. The RTX 2060S should be positioned just above 400 €.
Difficult to understand the situation at this moment but if these GPUs reappear on the market under the conditions mentioned above, logic leads us to conclude that:
- The RTX 3060 will not be available on time.
- The launch price of 335 € will not be held by Nvidia’s partners.” –via Overclocking.com.
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