Nvidia has reportedly ended production of four of its graphics cards: the RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2060, GTX 1660 Super, and GTX 1660, in an apparent shift in focus to having the RTX 30-series cards fill the entry-level GPU gap. to fill. This marks the end of some of Nvidia’s most popular GPUs.
This report from IT home (opens in new tab) (spotted by WCCFtech (opens in new tab)) says suppliers told the outlet that Nvidia had discontinued production of the four GPU SKUs and that all existing stock has been sold. So what’s left on store shelves will be the last we’ll see of those GPUs if the report is to be believed.
Nvidia recently said in a report that game sales had plummeted and were working on that ‘adjust channel prices’ (opens in new tab) at a time when there were so many of its GPUs on the market and demand had dropped significantly. The slump in demand is somewhat related to the shift from ethereum to a proof of commitment (opens in new tab) algorithm that no longer requires large-scale GPU mining. With the second-hand market flooded with these older GPUs, it makes sense that Nvidia would be ready to let these cards expire and clear out the remaining inventory.
According to Steam from last October hardware research (opens in new tab)is the RTX 2060 the second most used GPU for Steam users worldwide, up from 5.19% to 6.10% as of September 2022.
In 2021, the RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super returned to production at the height of the GPU shortage, and when it was nearly impossible to track down and sell RTX 30 series graphics cards waaaaay above suggested retail price (opens in new tab) on Ebay.
We’re hoping today’s news means Nvidia will start slashing prices on its budget RTX 30 series cards, such as the RTX 3060 (opens in new tab). That particular graphics card is good enough for us in games, but it’s just too expensive, especially compared to AMD’s competition right now.