We’re deeply sad – heartbroken, even – to report that it looks like Nvidia is sunsetting the R.T.X. 2060, long considered one of the best budget graphics cards ever made.
Recent reports on the Chinese tech website MyDrivers (opens in new tab) indicate that Nvidia has stopped supplying. Its vendors in Asia with R.T.X. 2060 chips (as well as the upgraded R.T.X. 2060 Super and R.T.X. 2060 12 G.B.) and requesting that its production and sales partners limit the supply of the cards by the end of November.
It might be more than three years old now, but we’re looking rather wistfully at the departure of the 2060 family. These graphics cards were incredible: sensibly priced with sound performance, introducing many budget games to Nvidia’s DLSS tech and ray-traced graphics magic.
A new dawn for budget GPUs – we hope.
Nvidia’s planned wind-down of the R.T.X. 2060 will clear the path for (hopefully) less expensive Lovelace GPUs like the RTX 4060 and the newly-rumoured RTX 4050. Let’s face it: these are the cards people want, provided they’re reasonably priced as the currently-available RTX 4000 cards.
It’s mildly depressing to see Nvidia and AMD engaged in an apparent race to the top regarding GPU pricing. AMD has long provided solid budget alternatives to Nvidia’s cards. Still, it’s recent unveiling of its new Radeon GPUs left us wanting more – or, more accurately, fewer digits on the price tags. The R.T.X. 2060 first launched at a respectable $329 (£300/AU$599); today, you can pick one up for around $250.
If you’re still rocking an old GPU that desperately needs upgrading, have no fear: the R.T.X. 2060 will likely remain on shelves for months to come while Nvidia shakes its remaining stock out of its shirtsleeves.
This news means there’s a perfect chance that we’ll see severe discounts on older R.T.X. GPUs this Black Friday, so we’d recommend you keep an eye out for the best graphics card deals with our handy guide.
Now, we’re going to dig out our old office R.T.X. 2060 and gently cradle it while listening to R.E.M.’s ‘Everybody Hurts’.