Nvidia Might Lose Again: DIY GPU Beats Nvidia RTX 2060

Nvidia is purportedly working on a revised RTX 2060 GPU with twice the VRAM, according to reports. A modder has already created such a graphics card by taking the DIY approach and cramming the same amount of additional video memory onto it.

Russian hardware modifier VIK-on has previously increased the VRAM on several GPUs, including sticking 22GB on Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti and doubling up the RTX 3070 to 16GB.

Again, as VideoCardz reports, the modder has installed 12GB of RAM on an Asus RTX 2060 this time around, with the GPU successfully identified by tools like GPU-Z and the memory configuration verified.

The DIY card apparently works ‘just fine,’ although there is a problem when it sends the host PC into the occasional black screen crash (a bug seen with previous similar VRAM mod efforts, and one that may be dealt with).

This is a fascinating project since, as previously stated, the rumor mill claims that Nvidia will soon release its own rereleased RTX 2060 with 12GB of VRAM rather than the 6GB configuration on the original Turing GPU. The idea being that this will keep the card relevant for customers seeking for a decent 1080p alternative (and frustrated by current stock problems surrounding contemporary GPUs).

If the RTX 2060 is resurrected on December 7, Nvidia should be able to sell it alongside Ampere products.

When it theoretically debuts on December 7, however, the RTX 2060 should be able to complement Ampere components; treat this news with caution, though VideoCardz claims that purported launch date is still on track. Overclocking.com recently confirmed it with their sources).

Is this a good indicator of what the RTX 2060 will deliver?

Given that the launch date is (just) a week away, we’ll soon learn whether Nvidia’s RTX 2060 with 12GB of VRAM is genuine. Aside from this RAM increase, the new version of the GPU isn’t expected to make any other modifications.

It was revealed that the RTX 2060 performs relatively similarly to the vanilla 6GB model in both gaming and crypto-mining, despite increasing VRAM by two times.

The beefed-up RTX 2060 wasn’t put through any gaming tests this time out, but it was tested with 12GB of crypto-mining and Unigine Superposition.

The increased VRAM to 12GB may not make any difference in some games, either, but those titles that push memory constraints harder should definitely benefit from greater headroom when graphics settings are cranked up higher.

Apparently, we may see more testing on this DIY 2060 model in the near future, so it’ll be worth keeping an eye out for that, as well as any gaming performance findings that might be published.