It is only a rumor at first that Nvidia will be releasing its older graphic cards to keep up with the GPU shortage this year. Now, it was already confirmed that the RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti will now be entering the market in hopes of sustaining the soaring demand of the GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards.
Nvidia Brings Back the Old GPU models
At the moment, people are having a lot of trouble in obtaining high-end cards, as the looming supply of GPUs is now in danger. Nvidia did not expect the rush of the demand and there has not enough time to replenish the remaining stocks.
PC World senior editor Brad Chacos once a spokesperson from the computer systems design and services company about the truth behind the rumor of rewarming their older graphic cards. Nvidia responded that the company was just meeting the demand of the market which needs certain changes like "reviving" a past product.
Furthermore, it is a smart move to cushion the demand between the new-gen and old-gen graphic cards since not all users can afford the high-end GPUs. There are still players who will settle for a cheaper and much affordable GPU which will just suffice for their gaming experience.
If you are planning to buy RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti, be mindful that their prices during their release are not anymore at par with their prices now. GTX 1050 Ti only cost $139 in 2016 yet its current price now shoots at $189. If you happen to negotiate with a third-party seller, the price will be around $250 and $800.
The same thing goes with RTX 2060, which initially cost $349 in 2019. Expect that you will not get it cheaper without speaking to a third-party seller who will ask for a higher price. Newegg does not have 2060 stocks now, but if you are patient enough, visit their site regularly.
The shortage of semiconductor chips has even caught the attention of President Joe Biden to make a move to combat the problem. According to The Verge, there is no assurance that Biden will succeed in his pursuit, but once he considers revising Donald Trump's 25 percent tariff on graphic cards, it could make a difference.
To Buy Or Not?
For beginners, it's fine to start with these graphic cards since computer requirements are still average. Considering the modern games, RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti could lag behind their much-pricey counterpart since other games now have a real-time ray tracing support, Digital Trends noted.
Another thing that you should jot down is that older GPUs do not have yet quality GDDR6 memory. It is a component that is reportedly running short in supplies that results in the shortage of high-end graphic cards.
Moreover, when it comes to cryptocurrency mining, preferring the low-end models will not be suited for building mining rigs since the video RAM of the GTX 1050 Ti, for example, is substandard compared to RTX 3080 RAM of 10 GB.
If you are rushing and you are in need to replace your graphic cards, there's no problem in buying RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti. But, if your graphic cards are higher than those two, consider waiting for the restocks or continue using your current GPU at the moment until stocks come back to normal.
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Written by Joen Coronel