We’re very sad — sad, even — to report that it looks like Nvidia is leaving RTX 2060which has long been considered one of the best budget graphics cards out there.
Recent reports were seen on a Chinese tech site MyDrivers (Opens in a new tab) It seems to indicate that Nvidia has stopped supplying its Asian vendors with RTX 2060 chips (as well as an upgrade to RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2060 12GB), as well as asking its production and sales partners to limit the supply of cards by the end of November.
He may be over three years old now, but we sadly look forward to the passing of the 2060 family. Estos graphics cards It was great: reasonably priced with audio performance, and delivering many budget games to the magic of Nvidia’s DLSS technology plus ray-tracing graphics.
We weren’t the only ones who appreciated this budget GPU. Even today, the RTX 2060 is the second most popular graphics processor among Steam users, according to the latest Scan Steam Devices (Opens in a new tab). Top spot is occupied by the GTX 1060, which is another star cheap graphics card.
Why is Nvidia RTX 2060 put to sleep now?
It’s hard to speculate on the reasons behind Nvidia’s decision to end the life of the RTX 2060, but it’s more likely a move to push RTX 3000 series stock that we know the GPU giant is still hammering.
The xx60 and xx50 versions of Nvidia GeForce GPUs are usually more popular than Team Green’s expensive flagship cards – such as the recently launched RTX 4090. Looking at the survey results, the 10 most used cards are all xx60 or xx50 budget variants, with the exception of the premium mid-range. RTX 3070 In seventh place.
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone who hasn’t been living in a deep sea cave for the past few years. The cost of living crisis is squeezing our wallets, deepening the gulf between the rich and the poor, and the simple fact is that most gamers right now can’t afford to lose more than $1,000 on a GPU.
The RTX 4080 proves to be a particularly pertinent example of this. In the UK, where skyrocketing energy bills and food prices are wreaking havoc on people’s finances across the country, as we have seen Clearly more stock availability than in the United States. The average PC gamer doesn’t have hundreds of pounds to spend, so we were all left sitting with our trusty RTX 2060s.
A new dawn for budget GPUs – we hope so
Nvidia’s planned divestiture of the RTX 2060 will (hopefully) pave the way for less expensive Lovelace GPUs like RTX 4060 And new rumors RTX 4050. Let’s face it: these are the cards people actually want, provided they aren’t priced as ridiculous as the RTX 4000 cards currently available.
It’s a little disappointing to see Nvidia and AMD engage in a clear race to the top when it comes to GPU pricing. AMD has long offered solid budget alternatives to Nvidia’s cards, but these were recently revealed New Radeon GPUs We were left wanting more—or more accurately, wanting lower numbers on the price tags. The RTX 2060 debuted at a very respectable $329 (£300 / AU$599); Today, you can pick one up for around $250.
If you’re still rocking an old GPU that badly needs an upgrade, fear not: the RTX 2060 will likely be on shelves for months to come while Nvidia shakes its remaining inventory out of its shirt sleeves.
In fact, this news means there’s a very good chance we’ll see some serious discounts on older RTX GPUs. Black FridaySo we highly recommend you to keep an eye on the best graphics card deals with it Our helpful guide.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ll go explore our old desk RTX 2060 and gently lay it down while listening to REM’s Everybody Hurts.