NVIDIA will therefore be updating three SKUs representing each tier in its lineup. It is unclear what will happen to exist SKUs, or why would RTX 3070 Ti suddenly have more memory than RTX 3080, but then, there is RTX 3060 with 12GB memory already, so nothing sounds surprising anymore.
NVIDIA is launching RTX 3090 SUPER, an updated flagship model with full GA102 GPU, and RTX 2060 12GB a refreshed Turing mid-range GPU with twice the memory. Furthermore, the report claims that NVIDIA will be updating RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB memory, something that we have not heard about yet.
The report is missing information on other SUPER SKUs, which might suggest NVIDIA is either planning other SKUs for a later date or not planning it at all after introducing 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti variants just a few months ago.
It should be noted that the 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM for the new RTX 2060 will be of lower power than the GDDR6X VRAM (note the X) on the 30-series cards, with their higher bandwidth. More GB of anything will still up the power though, perhaps enabling it to compete with the RTX 3050 Ti in some scenarios.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Nvidia would be done with the 20-series GPUs in early 2022, but it seems not! Perhaps the continuing global graphics card shortage, recently estimated by Lisa Su to be continuing into the middle of 2022, has meant that Nvidia are looking to upgrade their existing silicon stocks and flog them to desperate punters. An RTX 2060 12GB could help fill the fairly vacant niche of lower-end, cheaper GPUs that the Nvidia 30-series and the latest AMD Radeon GPUs both neglected in favor of competing at the higher price points.