Earlier this year, reports of Nvidia revamping its one gen older RTX 2000 series emerged after the worldwide chip shortage made it almost impossible to find RTX 3000 series cards on the shelf. The report stated that Nvidia had plans to revamp two of its most popular cards from the RTX 2000 series — RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super.
Thanks to a new round of rumors confirming the revival of the RTX 2060 card the earlier reports might become a reality very soon.
According to insider information that Videocardz got from its sources, NVIDIA is now planning to launch an updated RTX 2060 GPU based on Turing architecture with model number PG161. The new card would feature 12GB GDDR6 memory and the same TU106-300 GPU. Contrary to the previous RTX 2060 6GB card which launched in January 2019, the new RTX 2060 will only double the memory and won’t include any new features from RTX 3000 series cards.
The source also claims that NVIDIA has allegedly told its board partners to anticipate this card by the end of this year or possibly in early January next year. Since these cards will be manufactured on the same TSMC 12nm FinFET node the availability of the wafer will be better than the extremely limited wafer quantity on the Samsung 8nm node that is used in the RTX 3000 series.
This new card will act as a stop-gap measure until the chip shortage eases a little. While it’s good news for gamers, at the same time it confirms that the chip shortage will be in effect for the most part of 2022. So your dreams of getting the new latest and greatest RTX 3000 series might suffer a little.