Nvidia's RTX 2060 12GB graphics cards will not receive Founders Editions

Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition graphics card on a black background
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Thanks to the current market desperation, we were talking about Nvidia’s 12GB upgrades (opens in new tab) of cards like the RTX 2060 (opens in new tab) since long before they were officially announced (opens in new tab). It feels like an odd choice for the company to still be releasing Turing architecture cards, but with everyone scrambling to get whatever they can in the shortage, these were looking like a ray of light. 

The Nvidia RTX 2060 (opens in new tab) 12GB upgrade was set to be a great budget gaming card that you might actually be able to find on shelves. The boost in VRAM from 6GB to 12GB would make the RTX 2060 in a position to actually compete against the AMD Radeon RX 6600 (opens in new tab) and 6700 cards, and hopefully avoid too much interest from miners, jacking up the price. It was going to be a great choice on a budget, but that’s looking less likely. 

Despite getting a good look at the specs for Nvidia’s RTX 2060 12GB Founders Edition (opens in new tab) card just a few days ago, it turns out it probably doesn’t exist. According to TechPowerUp (opens in new tab) (via Videocardz (opens in new tab)) Nvidia has since removed the listing from the specs page (opens in new tab). A statement said it was placed there in error, and only custom designs by partners are going to be available. 

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This means we aren’t going to see a nice budget Founders Edition of this card to help set the pace for pricing. Board partners will set their own prices, and given they already have higher margins, they're going to be more expensive. This will only be more so depending on the configurations and other choices included in the boards.

We haven’t seen any partner designs of the 2060 12GB boards yet, so hopefully one kind partner will still give us a sweet budget deal. Though without it coming straight from Nvidia, we aren’t expecting quite the tasty low price offerings we were hoping for. 

Hope Corrigan
Hardware Writer

Hope’s been writing about games for about a decade, starting out way back when on the Australian Nintendo fan site Vooks.net. Since then, she’s talked far too much about games and tech for publications such as Techlife, Byteside, IGN, and GameSpot. Of course there’s also here at PC Gamer, where she gets to indulge her inner hardware nerd with news and reviews. You can usually find Hope fawning over some art, tech, or likely a wonderful combination of them both and where relevant she’ll share them with you here. When she’s not writing about the amazing creations of others, she’s working on what she hopes will one day be her own. You can find her fictional chill out ambient far future sci-fi radio show/album/listening experience podcast (opens in new tab) right here.

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