Nvidia’s revamped version of the RTX 2060 with 12GB of VRAM was officially launched – albeit quietly – earlier this month, though no maps have yet been released, or any pricing, though. we now have the latter, at least from a graphics card manufacturer.
Asus offers two RTX 2060 12GB models, the Dual RTX 2060 12G Evo and O12G Evo, which it revealed, as German tech site ComputerBase spotted, with European prices of € 494 and € 499 (which Asus calls an RRP or recommended the price).
As pointed out by Tom’s Hardware, who pointed it out, this translates to a US price of $ 470 (around £ 355, AU $ 660) after removing German VAT, although we cannot use a direct currency conversion. other than a very vague indication of prices in other regions.
What’s more informative is simply comparing that asking price of 499 € to existing German prices, and it’s just up from the 399 € that the Asus Dual models commanded when the RTX 2060 (6GB) cards. originals have been launched; 25% more expensive to be precise.
To be fair with the 2060 12GB, however, it not only doubles the VRAM, but also increases the CUDA core count to the 2060 Super’s level (2,176 cores) – although it doesn’t have memory as well. faster than the old Super (which had a 256 bit bus, not 192 bit as with the new 12 GB card). In Germany, the RTX 2060 Super was launched with an MSRP of € 419 from Nvidia.
So it’s still a lot more than that, and the real problem is that the recommended prices are so inflated by retailers these days, due to the supply and demand equation being so out of balance, that everything RRP is a serious understatement of the actual amount you will pay in the end.
As ComputerBase points out, in the German market the RTX 3060 costs at least € 690, and in fact the base 2060 (6GB), which still exists here and there, is still on sale starting at € 599. Which would make this 12GB version seem like a good deal – except that it obviously won’t be sold at the Asus MSRP given the overall picture of GPU prices in retail outlets. right now.
Analysis: Something of a disappointing start to the resurrected RTX 2060
In short, get ready for a very expensive 12GB RTX 2060 when it hits the shelves, which should be later in December (hopefully). But is it a surprise? Not really. Looking at how it all turns out, it’s no wonder that Nvidia itself was unwilling to set a recommended price on the new offering.
Of course, any additional options on the GPU table are welcome, because even though this card is a resurrection of the latest generation from Nvidia, it will still be nice and solid for 1080p gaming. The problem is, the initial amounts of GPUs seem to be, well, nonexistent at startup, which is disappointing, and it makes us wonder how many units we’ll see when shutdown.
And with all the stock rampaging across the world being ripe targets for scalpers, and also miners (these cards don’t have hash rate limitations, of course, which the RTX 3060 does), then the Pessimism about how much help the new 2060 12GB could be for gamers took hold.
Yet we cannot say that it is better to have this alternative than not. Hopefully we’ll see some real boards on sale soon; just prepare your wallet for these asking prices.