ASUS launches two RTX 2060 12GB Dual EVO series GPUs - Here's why they exist
This new GPU model is designed for 'bang-for-the-buck' gaming systems
Published: 7th December 2021 | Source: ASUS |
Nvidia's RTX 2060 12 GB is Real - Here's why it exists
ASUS is the first company that have started talking about ASUS' new RTX 2060 12 GB graphics card, revealing to us today their RTX 2060 12 GB Dual EVO GPU model. ASUS claims that this new graphics card is designed for 1080p gaming rigs to deliver PC gamers the "bang-for-the-buck" that they call crave. With ample performance and DLSS support, these graphics cards are great for modern games, and while they do not feature Nvidia's Ampere architecture, Turing remains a great option for today's gamers.
ASUS' RTX 2060 12 GB model is a 2.7-slot thick graphics card that uses a twin-fan cooling solution that features ASUS' Axial-tech fan design. It uses larger than standard blades to push more air, and its IP5X certification should assure users that this fan is dust resistant and is designed to last.
While this graphics card is designed to be an affordable product, it retains support for useful features like a 0db fan mode for workloads that keep the graphics card under 50 degrees. On top of that, this GPU's 12 GB frame buffer makes it large enough for all modern games and useful for many memory-intensive productivity applications. Unlike its older 6 GB counterpart, users of the RTX 2060 12 GB should not worry about running out of VRAM in today's games and apps.
With graphics cards being in short supply today, this influx of new RTX 2060 graphics cards should come as welcome news to consumers. While we would prefer to see more RTX 30 series GPUs on store shelves, seeing enhanced RTX 2060 cards hit store shelves is a welcome sight.
So, why does the RTX 2060 12 GB exist? There are multiple answers to this question. While Nvidia will likely never reveal the exact reason behind this surprising GPU launch, there are several factors that make Nvidia's RTX 2060 12 GB a useful product launch.
For starters, getting access to leading-edge semiconductor nodes is a challenging process. Manufacturing capacity is limited and Nvidia's building as many RTX 30 series GPUs using Samsung's 8 nm lithography node as they can. Nvidia's RTX 2060 12 GB uses TSMC's 12 nm node, allowing Nvidia to build new RTX series graphics cards without requiring more Samsung 8 nm wafers.
With Nvidia lacking a sub RTX 3060 Ampere product for the desktop market, Nvidia can launch their RTX 2060 12 GB without harming the positioning of their RTX 30 series products. This allows Nvidia to cater to this section of the GPU market while dedicating their Samsung 8 nm silicon to other products. While an 8 nm RTX 3050 Ti may be on the horizon, its production could take away wafers from more profitable RTX 30 series products.
While some will argue that the world's GPU supply issues are down to more than simple GPU core manufacturing, it is hard to argue that Nvidia's 12 GB RTX 2060 takes away VRAM from Nvidia's other product lines. Only Nvidia's RTX 3060 uses the same 2 GB GDDR6 memory chips as Nvidia's RTX 2060 12 GB. Nvidia's other RTX 30 series products use 1 GB GDDR6 or GDDR6X memory chips.
If anything, Nvidia will likely be competing with AMD and Intel for 2 GB GDDR6 memory chips, with AMD being a major customer thanks to their RX 6000 series and their small memory bus sizes. These GPUs require 2 GB GDDR6 memory chips to achieve their large memory capacities.
Nvidia's RTX 2060 12 GB allows Nvidia to use two resources that don't majorly impact the production of RTX 30 series GPUs. These resources are 12 nm silicon wafers and 2 GB GDDR6 memory chips. While Nvidia may start creating RTX 30 series products that use more 2 GB GDDR6 chips in the future, as it stands, they aren't using many.
This GPU design allows Nvidia to get more GPUs on store shelves and allows them to do it cheaply. It's that simple. This GPU is a win-win for Nvidia, as it allows them to build more GPUs without impacting the production of other RTX 30 series products in a major way.
What follows is ASUS' Press Release for their RTX 2060 12 GB Dual EVO and Dual EVO OC graphics cards.
PR - ASUS Announces Dual GeForce RTX 2060 with 12 GB of VRAM
Reinvigorating 1080p gaming with DLSS, ray tracing, and double the memory capacity
- ASUS Dual GeForce RTX™ 2060 is back, boosted with 12 GB of VRAM to power bang-for-the-buck gaming rigs
- The new models — Dual GeForce RTX™ 2060 EVO and EVO OC Edition — uses a 2.7-slot heatsink for plenty of surface area to dissipate heat
- The two fans use the ASUS Axial-tech design, with IP5X dust resistance and larger blades that move more air
ASUS today announced refreshed versions of its Dual GeForce RTX™ 2060 graphics cards with 12 GB of VRAM.
With all the recent advancements in the gaming world, NVIDIA® and ASUS want PC building to be as accessible as possible, so the two new models — ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 EVO and EVO OC Edition — are designed to power bang-for-the-buck gaming builds.
Like the previous iteration, the new cards use a 2.7-slot heatsink that provides plenty of surface area to dissipate heat. The two fans use the ASUS Axial-tech design, with IP5X dust resistance and larger blades that move more air. Barrier rings around the blades optimize its flow through the large heatsink, allowing the fans to put airflow where it is needed most without running full bore — so users get a quieter, cooler gaming experience.
In fact, under light loads, the fans will not spin at all: ASUS 0db tech spins up the fans only when the GPU reaches 55° C, and they will stop spinning once the GPU cools back to 50° C for a truly silent session. Premium capacitors and alloy-core chokes enable robust power delivery for high performance and longevity.
Finally, this reinvigorated GeForce RTX 2060 comes with a vast 12 GB of video memory, allowing plenty of VRAM headroom for the latest titles. Plus, gamers will get all the ray-tracing power of the 2060’s RT cores, and the fantastic DLSS upscaling provided by dedicated Tensor cores, enabling supported games to be played at high resolution without increasing the load on the GPU.