We are deeply saddened, even heartbroken, to report that it appears Nvidia is discontinuing the RTX 2060, long considered one of the best budget graphics cards ever made.
Recent reports seen on Chinese tech website MyDrivers (opens in a new tab) seem to indicate that Nvidia has stopped supplying its vendors in Asia with RTX 2060 chips (as well as the updated RTX 2060 Super and the 2060-inch RTX 12). GB). as well as request that its production and sales partners limit the supply of the cards by the end of November.
It may be over three years old now, but we're looking rather nostalgically at the output of the 2060 family. Nvidia's DLSS technology, as well as ray-traced graphics.
We weren't the only ones enjoying this budget GPU. Even today, the RTX 2060 is the second most popular GPU among Steam users, according to the latest Steam Hardware Survey (opens in a new tab). The top spot is taken by the GTX 1060, another stellar budget 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 most likely a decision to release the RTX 3000 series as standard, we know the giant gaming GPU it's still coming.
The xx60 and xx50 versions of Nvidia GeForce GPUs are generally much more popular than expensive Team Green flagship cards like the recently released RTX 4090. Looking at the survey results, the top ten most used cards are all budget xx60 or xx50 variants. , except for the excellent mid-range RTX 3070 in seventh position.
This really shouldn't surprise anyone who hasn't lived in an underwater cavern for the past few years. The cost of living crisis is compressing our wallets, widening the gap between rich and poor, and the simple fact is that most gamers can't afford to lose more than €1000 on a GPU right now.
The RTX 4080 turns out to be a particularly relevant example. In the UK, where energy bills and food prices are wreaking havoc on people's finances across the country, we've seen significantly higher stock availability than in the US. The average PC gamer You don't have hundreds of pounds to spend, so we're all sitting down with our trusty RTX 2060s.
A new dawn for budget GPUs: we hope so
Nvidia's planned RTX 2060 phase-out will pave the way for (hopefully) cheaper Lovelace GPUs like the recently announced RTX 4060 and RTX 4050. Let's face it: these are the cards people really want, as long as they're not. at a price point as absurd as the RTX 4000 cards currently available.
It's a bit depressing to see Nvidia and AMD in an apparent race to the top when it comes to GPU pricing. AMD has long offered solid budget alternatives to Nvidia's cards, but the recent introduction of its new Radeon GPUs left us wanting more, or more accurately, fewer numbers on the price tags. The RTX 2060 first launched at a very respectable price of €329 (£300 / AU$599); today you can buy one for around €250.
If you still have an old GPU in desperate need of an upgrade, fear not: the RTX 2060 will likely be on shelves for the next few months as Nvidia rips the remaining stock out of its shirt.
In fact, this news means we're very likely to see some serious discounts on older RTX GPUs this Black Friday, so we highly recommend keeping an eye out for the best graphics card deals with our handy guide.
Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to pull out our old desktop RTX 2060 and give it a gentle shake while listening to REM's “Everybody Hurts”.