We’re heartbroken – heartbroken, even – to report that it looks like Nvidia has seen the demise of the RTX 2060long regarded as one of the best budget graphics cards ever made.
Recent reports seen on the Chinese technical website My drivers (opens in new tab) seem to indicate that Nvidia has stopped supplying RTX 2060 chips to its vendors in Asia (as well as the upgraded RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2060 12GB), as well as requesting its manufacturing and sales partners to limit supply of the cards by the end of November.
It may be over three years old now, but we look rather wistfully at the departure of the 2060 family. This one graphics cards were incredible: reasonably priced with sound performance, introducing many budget games to the magic of Nvidia’s DLSS technology and ray-traced 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 most recent Steam hardware research (opens in new tab). The number one spot is taken by the GTX 1060, another star cheap graphics card.
Why is Nvidia now putting the RTX 2060 to sleep?
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 move to drive stock from the RTX 3000 series that we know the GPU giant is still building. is correct.
The xx60 and xx50 versions of Nvidia GeForce GPUs tend to be much more popular than Team Green’s insanely expensive flagship cards – like the recently launched RTX 4090. Looking at the survey results, the top ten most used cards are all budget variants of xx60 or xx50, with the exception of the excellent mid-range RTX 3070 in seventh place.
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to someone who hasn’t lived in a deep-sea cave for the past few years. The cost of living crisis is weighing on our pockets, deepening the gap between rich and poor, and the simple fact is that most gamers can’t afford to drop $1,000+ on a GPU right now.
The RTX 4080 turns out to be a particularly striking example of this. In the UK, where skyrocketing energy bills and food prices wreak havoc on people’s finances across the country, we’ve seen clearly more stock available than in the US. The average PC gamer doesn’t have hundreds of euros to spend, so we’re all stuck with our trusty RTX 2060s.
A new dawn for budget GPUs – we hope
Nvidia’s planned phase-out of the RTX 2060 will pave the way for (hopefully) cheaper Lovelace GPUs like the RTX 4060 and the new rumours RTX 4050. Let’s face it: these are the cards that people actually want, provided they’re not as absurdly priced as the currently available RTX 4000 cards.
It’s somewhat depressing to see Nvidia and AMD in an apparent race to the top when it comes to GPU prices. AMD has long offered decent budget alternatives to Nvidia’s cards, but its recent reveal new Radeon GPUs left us yearning for more — or, more accurately, fewer numbers on the price tags. The RTX 2060 first launched for a very respectable $329 (£300 / AU$599); today you can buy one for around $250.
If you’re still rocking an old GPU in desperate need of an upgrade, don’t fret: the RTX 2060 will likely sit on shelves for months to come as Nvidia shakes off the remaining stock from its shirtsleeves.
In fact, this news means there’s a very good chance we’ll see serious discounts on older RTX GPUs this year Black Fridayso we highly recommend keeping an eye out for the best graphics card deals our handy guide.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to dig out our old office RTX 2060 and gently rock it while listening to REM’s “Everybody Hurts.”