Nvidia has confirmed the re-release of the RTX 2060 but now with 12GB of VRAM, a GPU that was launched in 2019, as part of an initiative to alleviate exorbitant GPU prices during the global chip shortage. The original Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card was released in 2019 and came with 6GB of memory. The company has announced that the refreshed Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU with double the memory of the original model will be available soon, although pricing has yet to be announced.
The company announced the revised Nvidia RTX 2060 in the company’s Game Ready Driver 497.00 release notes which launched on December 2. Nvidia has also listed the specs on its website, revealing that the new GeForce RTX 2060 will feature a higher base clock. speed and offers 2,176 CUDA cores, up from the 1,920 cores found on the 2019 model.
Power consumption is also higher at 185W, compared to 160W on the older model, according to Nvidia. As mentioned earlier, the GPU will also have 12GB of memory, which is double that of the RTX 2060 from two years ago. The specs of the revamped RTX 2060 GPU suggest it could position itself as an entry-level graphics card for gamers, in a market with high GPU demand. The company didn’t provide a launch date, but The Verge reports that the GPU will be available from December 7.
Earlier this year, Nvidia announced that it would be relaunching the GTX 1050 Ti and RTX 2060, in an effort to alleviate the problems caused by the global semiconductor shortage that has plagued the computing industry. Over the past year, scalpers (who buy GPUs in bulk and sell them at a premium) and cryptocurrency mining have caused prices for GPUs like the Nvidia RTX 3060 to be high, while stocks are limited. The company reissues older, less powerful GPUs to ensure that graphics cards are available for those who need to purchase GPUs without waiting for restocks.