As NVIDIA still grapples with the demand of its Ampere-based RTX 30 series GPUs, rumors suggest Team Green may have another trick up its sleeve to keep the demands of its GPUs at bay – re-releasing one its most successful and popular RTX 2060 GPU series.
Initially posted by Overclocking.com, the French site claimed that NVIDIA was set to prepare its OEMs for both RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super and will be priced at around $363 (estimated PHP18,150) and $485 (estimated PHP24,150) respectively.
Only one week has passed since NVIDIA ravaged CES 2021 with announcements of both Mobile RTX 3000 series lineup and RTX 3060 which aims to further establish their presence in gaming laptops and budget gaming rigs while maintaining a competitive price point and superb performance. (READ: Nvidia announces RTX 30 laptop GPUs, claimed to be more powerful than PS5)
According to a report published by Techspot, the prices alleged in the rumor aren’t really that competitive given the CES 2021 announced prices for the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti will be priced at an MSRP of $329 (PHP16,450) and $399 (PHP19,950). Comparatively, both RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti cost less than the rumored re-launch prices of their predecessor.
With 3060’s release sometime within the next month and assuming the re-launch rumor is true, there’s not much to incentivize the gaming community to purchase unless NVIDIA would further slash the prices of both RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super, making them less expensive than their successors.
At the same time, it will make for an interesting offer for consumers who are looking for a quick GPU upgrade, while NVIDIA is struggling to make ends meet in fulfilling the demands for its RTX 3000 series GPU.
Performance-wise, however, both RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super have no business costing as near as their successors in the event that the rumored prices are true. While both RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super are somewhat competitive GPUs in themselves, the difference between the Ampere-powered GPUs and Turing-power GPUs are apparent as NVIDIA pointed out in their CES 2021 presentation.
Although nothing has been confirmed from NVIDIA’s end yet, questions surrounding the rumored re-release for both Turing-based have been a topic of speculation in different tech websites. It might seem obvious that the move is primarily catered to provide NVIDIA some leeway while RTX 3000 series supplies remain scarce for the time being.
Others have speculated that the move can also mark NVIDIA’s efforts in giving attention to crypto miners, as Tom’s Hardware has pointed out. According to their report, an EEC registration report dated last year shed details of a mining variant under the MSI brand, which included an RTX 2060 Miner and RTX 2060 Super Miner.
As the official release date of the RTX 3060 nears, rumors of NVIDIA’s move and possible solution to their supply problems may be met with reintroducing the PC market with the RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super, which is the third most used GPU according to Steam Hardware and Software Survey right behind the 1060 and 1050 Ti.
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