We’re deeply saddened – saddened, even – to report that Nvidia appears to be going down RTX 2060it has long been considered one of the best budget graphics cards ever made.
Recent reports appearing on Chinese tech website MyDrivers (opens in new tab) seems to indicate that Nvidia has stopped supplying its suppliers in Asia with RTX 2060 chips (as well as the upgraded RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2060 12GB), as well as asking manufacturing and sales partners to limit supply of the cards until the end of November.
It may be more than three years now, but we look rather sadly at the departure of the family of 2060. These graphics cards they were incredible: reasonably priced with sound performance, introducing many budget games to the magic of Nvidia’s DLSS technology as well as radiant graphics.
We weren’t the only ones who appreciated this budget GPU. Even today, the RTX 2060 is the second most popular GPU among Steam users, according to the latest Steam Hardware Research (opens in new tab). First place goes to the GTX 1060, another stellar cheap graphics card.
Why is Nvidia putting the RTX 2060 to sleep now?
It’s hard to speculate on the reasoning behind Nvidia’s decision to end the life of the RTX 2060, but it’s likely a move to eliminate the RTX 3000 series stock we know the GPU giant is still knocking.
The xx60 and xx50 versions of Nvidia GeForce GPUs are usually much more popular than Team Green’s insanely expensive flagship cards – like the recently released RTX 4090. Looking at the survey results, the top ten most used cards are all xx60 or xx50 budget variants, with the exception of the premium mid-range RTX 3070 in seventh place.
This really shouldn’t 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, widening the gap between rich and poor, and the simple fact is that right now most gamers can’t afford to drop $1,000+ on a GPU.
The RTX 4080 proves to be a particularly timely example of this. In the UK, where skyrocketing energy bills and food prices are wreaking havoc on people’s finances across the country, we’ve seen clearly greater stock availability than in the US. The average PC gamer doesn’t have hundreds of pounds to spend, so we all stick with the trusty RTX 2060.
A new dawn for budget GPUs – we hope
Nvidia’s planned shutdown of the RTX 2060 will pave the way for (hopefully) less expensive Lovelace GPUs like the RTX 4060 and the newly-rumored RTX 4050. Let’s face it: these are the cards people really want, provided they aren’t as absurdly priced as the RTX 4000 cards available.
It’s slightly disappointing to see Nvidia and AMD engaged in an apparent race to the top when it comes to GPU pricing. AMD has long provided solid budget alternatives to Nvidia cards, but its recent unveiling new Radeon GPUs it left us wanting more – or, more accurately, wanting fewer digits on price tags. The RTX 2060 first launched at a very decent price of $329 (£300/AU$599). today, you can pick one up for around $250.
If you’re still rocking an old GPU that’s in desperate need of an upgrade, fear not: the RTX 2060 will likely remain on the shelves for the next few months while Nvidia rolls out the rest of its stock up its 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’d highly recommend keeping an eye out for the best deals on graphics cards our handy guide.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to dig out our old RTX 2060 desktop and put it to good use while listening to REM’s “Everybody Hurts.”