According to rumors out of mainland China, NVIDIA is planning to launch a slew of new graphics cards this holiday season. The high capacity variants of the GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070 Ti, and RTX 2060 are slated to arrive in December while the RTX 3090 Ti with 24GB of GDDR6X memory is expected to be announced in Jan (during CES 2022).
The GeForce RTX 3080 is reportedly going to be expanded to 12GB of GDDR6X (from 10GB) of memory while the RTX 3070 Ti getting twice as much (8-16GB GDDR6X) to counter AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 series. Meanwhile, the RTX 2060 is said to be getting 12GB of GDDR6 memory (up from 6GB of GDDR6). An upgrade to a last-generation SKU is highly unusual and can be chalked down to high demand.
Currently, Gigabyte has registered four RTX 2060 12G models: GV-N2060OC-12GD, GV-N2060D6-12GD, GV-N2060WF2OC-12GD, and GV-N2060WF2-12GD. According to sources, NVIDIA will launch these products at the end of this month or at the beginning of next month (possibly on December 7).
These launches indicate that NVIDIA is still earning quite a bit of revenue from its RTX 30 series and 20 series lineups. Lean inventory means that the chipmaker can only capitalize on the high demand to an extend. The only solution to this is to just release more SKUs, especially those with increased profit margins.