Is NVIDIA Planning An 8GB Overhaul Of The GeForce RTX 2060?
There’s an exciting movement afoot in the world of NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs.
What appears to be an unintentional slip up on Asus’ part suggests a revamped version of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 EVO is on the way with a hefty 8 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14 GB per second. The as-yet-unannounced GPU surfaced courtesy of an EEC listing by Asus.
The listing showcases three distinct versions of this new rumored 8 GB ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 EVO. The first is a bog-standard version with no bells or whistles. The next is the so-called Advanced Edition, which ups the power with a little overclocking. The final version is seemingly the most powerful with the full overclocking treatment, dubbed EVO 8GB OC Edition.
We can’t discount an administrative blunder on Asus’ part – someone may have forgotten to add in the ‘Super’ marker, hinting simply at the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU. But why register these cards again when they are already on the market?
Conversely, Asus’ slip up may be the first sign that NVIDIA is planning to refresh the RTX 2060 by bringing the memory up from 6 GB to 8 GB. Asus may simply be the first manufacturer to let the cat out of the bag.
The value of doing this is immediately put into question by the existence of the RTX 2060 Super, which, in effect, already acts as an overhauled version of 2060 with the added VRAM and a better GPU at its core.
Another option may be NVIDIA hoping to reach specification parity with the RX 5700 to take the fight to AMD and drive sales. Adding those extra 2 GBs would up the value proposition of the RTX 2060 when sized up to the RX 5700.
The bottom line is that it’s unclear exactly what these mysterious 8GB ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 EVO GPUs are or what card they might replace.