Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB refresh is reportedly SUPER

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2021/11/30 00:22:50 (permalink)
Specifications for Nvidia's RTX 2060 12 GB have leaked, and they are not what we expected. If Videocardz's leaked specs are correct Nvidia's RTX 2060 12 GB is a strange RTX 2060/2060 SUPER hybrid with an expanded frame buffer, making it an incredibly strange GPU release. All major GPU manufacturers currently have supply problems They simply cannot manufacture enough GPUs to meet the industry's demand for more hardware. In an effort to combat these shortages, Nvidia's reviving and revamping its RTX 2060 design, manufacturing a new mid-range graphics card for consumers without using any of their 8 nm silicon allocation from Samsung.

With 2,176 CUDA cores, Nvidia's 12 GB RTX 2060 uses the same core as their RTX 2060 SUPER. That said, thanks to its 192-bit memory bus and 14Gbps GDDR6 memory, it has the same memory bandwidth as a standard RTX 2060. The GPU also has a reported TDP of 184 watts, which is higher than a standard RTX 2060/2060 SUPER graphics card. There are two ways of looking at Nvidia's 12 GB RTX 2060, it's either an upgraded RTX 2060 or an RTX 2060 SUPER with nerfed memory bandwidth and a 50% memory capacity upgrade.

Regardless of which way you look at it, this graphics card is set to be Nvidia's new sub-RTX 3060 graphics cards. With this factor in mind, the RTX 2060 12 GB's specifications suddenly make a lot of sense. If you are wondering why Nvidia may have designed its RTX 2060 12 GB with these leaked specifications, you should consider the specifications of Nvidia's RTX 3060.

Nvidia's RTX 3060 has a 12 GB frame buffer, 15Gbps GDDR6 memory, and a 192-bit memory bus. This is less memory bandwidth than an RTX 2060 SUPER, which uses 8 GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory bus. Creating a 12 GB RTX 2060 with 14Gbps of memory with a 192-bit memory bus ensures that Nvidia's revamped RTX 2060 is slower than their RTX 3060. So why has Nvidia chosen this memory configuration? Because their RTX 2060 12 GB must lose to their RTX 3060 in all benchmarks. With 8 GB of memory over a 256-bit memory bus, a re-released RTX 2060 SUPER could outperform Nvidia's RTX 3060 in some use cases. Specifically, when memory bandwidth is a limiting factor.

Nvidia's 12 GB RTX 2060 will not just lose to the RTX 3060 when it comes to memory bandwidth, it also lacks PCIe 4.0 support and support for Resizeable BAR. On top of this, Nvidia's RTX 2060 uses Nvidia's Turing GPU architecture and older generation RT cores and Tensor cores. In short, Nvidia has made sure that its RTX 2060 refresh does not compete with their RTX 30 series GPUs.
This is a simple question to answer. Nvidia's rumoured RTX 2060 12 GB is designed to give Nvidia more mid-range GPU sales and generate more revenue for the company. That's the simple business plan. This plan is also designed to minimise the opportunities that AMD and Intel will have to gain market share by targeting the sub-RTX 3060 GPU market.

Nvidia wants to deny its competitors a chance to gain market share in the low-end market by launching a sub-RTX 3060 GPU that is DLSS-compatible. Failing to do so would allow AMD and Intel to potentially gain market share, and create more demand for non-DLSS reconstruction technologies in games (such as Intel's XeSS technology).
Once again my question is, will there be enough quantity?

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    Re: Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB refresh is reportedly SUPER 2021/11/30 03:33:52 (permalink)
    I have mixed feelings about this card and I believe I am not the only one.
    It's obviously that it's going to be scalped from the start, and coming from a 970 user myself, I'd rather pay a little extra to have something new gen than a previous generation refresh.
    Some are already looking forward for the next series.
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    Re: Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB refresh is reportedly SUPER 2021/11/30 03:41:31 (permalink)
    Once again my question is, will there be enough quantity?

    They might for the initial release.  However, these are going to snatched up and flipped literally within seconds.  There are too many consumers who will look at this card as a stopgap.  They either have nothing now or they feel their present GPU is too old.
    So, I think that this release will be much the same unfortunately.

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    Re: Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB refresh is reportedly SUPER 2021/11/30 07:42:32 (permalink)
    Speaks volumes about supply that NVidia are even releasing this card... the 20 series launched over 3 years ago. No doubt they realized they will be able to flip all this old stock that normally would have been written off by now, so why not?
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    Re: Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB refresh is reportedly SUPER 2021/11/30 08:02:45 (permalink)
    leveraging the older Mfg of larger than 8 nm silicon ... brilliant
    seems to indicate that available GPU silicon is a major bottleneck for current generation cards

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    Re: Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB refresh is reportedly SUPER 2021/11/30 08:50:01 (permalink)
    No matter how I look at it, it doesnt make much sense. The 3060 had an MSRP of around 340$ so how much is this going to cost? If it's more than 280$ MSRP then I think people wont bother or they will just buy them to flip them. The RTX 2060 Super had an MSRP of around 400$ so... Plus the Intel ARC cards are said to be pretty good and the prices seem pretty good as well so far, although no proper benchmarks exist yet. I am not going to bother getting last generation unless it's on a good price, I've been holding on to my money until I can get a good GPU for a decent price and not those over inflated ones. I don't think companies care enough to bother and put up a system so that Gamers can get the GPUs... they will just look for sales and miners seem to have the bigger budgets. Still its an interesting move from nVidia.
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    Re: Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB refresh is reportedly SUPER 2021/11/30 09:44:12 (permalink)
    mixed feeling about this one... nice Vram...but on a 2060? 
    how much they gonna ask for a mid range 2060 super??

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