We are deeply saddened – heartbroken, even – to report that it appears that Nvidia is ending the RTX 2060long considered one of the best low-cost graphics cards ever made.
Recent reports seen on Chinese tech site MyDrivers (opens in new tab) seem to indicate that Nvidia has stopped supplying its suppliers in Asia with RTX 2060 chips (as well as the updated RTX 2060 super and RTX 2060 12GB), in addition to asking its production and sales partners to limit the supply of the cards until the end of November.
It may be over three years now, but we are looking wistfully at the departure of the 2060 family. graphics cards were amazing: reasonable prices with sound performance, introducing many budget games to the magic of Nvidia’s DLSS technology, as well as ray-traced graphics.
We weren’t the only ones who appreciated this low-cost GPU. Even today, the RTX 2060 is the second most popular GPU among Steam users as per the latest Steam Hardware Research (opens in new tab)🇧🇷 The first place is occupied by 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 RTX 2060’s lifespan, but it’s more likely a move to phase out the stock RTX 3000 series that we know the GPU giant is still looking for.
The xx60 and xx50 versions of Nvidia GeForce GPUs are typically much more popular than Team Green’s very expensive cards – such as 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 excellent midrange RTX 3070 in seventh place.
This really shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave under the sea for the last few years. The cost-of-living crisis is squeezing our wallets, deepening the gap between rich and poor, and the simple fact is that most gamers now can’t spend more than $1,000 on a GPU.
O RTX 4080 is proving to be a particularly pertinent example of this. In the UK, where skyrocketing energy bills and food prices are wreaking havoc on people’s finances across the country, we have seen distinctly more stock availability than in the USA. The average PC gamer doesn’t have hundreds of pounds to spend, so we’re all just sitting around with our trusty RTX 2060s.
A new dawn for low-cost 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 new rumors RTX 4050🇧🇷 Let’s face it: these are the cards people really want, as long as they aren’t priced as absurdly as the RTX 4000 cards currently available.
It’s a little depressing 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’s cards, but the recent reveal of its new Radeon GPUs left us wanting more – or, more accurately, wanting fewer digits on the price tags. The RTX 2060 first launched for a respectable $329 (£300 / AU$599); today, you can buy one for around $250.
If you’re still using an old GPU that’s in desperate need of an upgrade, never fear: the RTX 2060 will likely remain on shelves for months to come while Nvidia shakes the remaining stock out of its shirt sleeves.
In fact, this news means there’s a good chance we’ll see some serious discounts on older RTX GPUs this year. Black Fridaytherefore, we recommend that you keep an eye out for the best graphics card deals with our practical guide🇧🇷
Now, if you’ll excuse us, let’s dig up our old office RTX 2060 and rock it gently while we listen to REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’.