Nvidia confirms that there won’t be an RTX 2060 12 GB Founders Edition GPU

Nvidia confirms that there won't be an RTX 2060 12 GB Founders Edition GPU

No, Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12 GB won’t have a Founders Edition variant  

Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12 GB graphics card has the potential to shake up the mid-range GPU market, adding more stock to store shelves and allowing more consumers to get their hands on a new graphics card.

While the RTX 2060 is a last-generation graphics card, it supports all the features that today’s PC gamers need. It features support for hardware accelerated ray tracing, mesh shader, DirectStorage, and all other DirectX 12 Ultimate features. Additionally, the RTX 2060 12 GB also supports Nvidia’s DLSS technology, which has been a major part of Nvidia’s “RTX” marketing push.

No RTX 2060 12 GB Founders Edition models are launching

When Nvidia revealed the specifications of their RTX 2060 12 GB graphics card, they listed the GPU on their website as a “Founders Edition” model. This was a mistake, and Nvidia has confirmed that there will be no Founders Edition RTX 2060 12 GB GPUs. This was confirmed by Nvidia in a statement to TechPowerUp.

Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12 GB will be an AIB-only GPU model, which means that we will be seeing no Nvidia built RTX 2060 12 GB GPUs at retailers. We can expect to see RTX 2060 12 GB graphics cards from Nvidia’s AIB partners, such as ASUS, EVGA, MSI, and Gigabyte. 

Nvidia RTX 2060 Reference Specifications
  RTX 2060 (6GB) RTX 2060 (12GB) RTX 2060 SUPER
Architecture Turing Turing Turing
CUDA Cores 1920 2176 2176
Base Clock Speed 1365 MHz 1470 MHz 1470 MHz
Boost Clock Speed 1680 MHz 1650 MHz 1650 MHz
Memory Capacity 6 GB 12 GB 8 GB
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory Bus 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 336 GB/s 336 GB/s 448 GB/s
TDP 160W 185W 175W


More powerful than a standard RTX 2060

If you think Nvidia’s new graphics card is simply a memory doubled RTX 2060, you are wrong. Not only does Nvidia’s new 12 GB model have more memory, it also features 256 more CUDA cores, an 13.3% increase. Beyond that, it also has a higher power limit and a higher base clock speed.

The only aspect of Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12 GB that isn’t upgraded is its memory bandwidth. This is likely for product segmentation reasons. Nvidia’s RTX 3060 has 12 GB of 15 Gbps GDDR6 memory over a 192-bit memory bus. Nvidia’s new RTX 2060 12 GB has the same memory setup with 14 Gbps of GDDR6 memory.

Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12 GB has been designed to offer less memory bandwidth than an RTX 3060. This ensures that Nvidia’s newer GPU will offer higher performance levels in bandwidth-limited applications. There’s a reason why Nvidia’s not remaking its 8 GB RTX 2060 SUPER. 

Nvidia confirms that there won't be an RTX 2060 12 GB Founders Edition GPU  
At this time, it is unknown how many of Nvidia’s AIB partners will be producing RTX 2060 12 GB graphics cards, or of these partners will be allowed to create factory overclocked models for these new GPUs. Nvidia has prevented their AIB partners from creating overclocked CPU models before, with a prime example of this being their GTX 1070 Ti graphics card. 

We hope to learn more about Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12 GB graphics card soon. Until then, you can discuss Nvidia’s lack of an RTX 2060 12 GB Founders Edition model on the OC3D Forums.