Hardware modder jury rigs a GeForce RTX 2060 with 12GB of RAM, shortly before NVIDIA's official RTX 2060 refresh launches
An ingenious Russian hardware modder recently shared a YouTube video in which he added an extra 6GB of VRAM to the vanilla GeForce RTX 2060, bringing it more or less in line with the purported specs for NVIDIA's RTX 2060 refresh, albeit sans an additional 128 CUDA cores.
In the video, VIK-on made use of a custom ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2060, outfitted with a basic blower fan. He swapped out the RTX 2060's default memory chips for a set of six 2GB VRAM chips from Samsung. VIK-on had earlier used the same chips to upgrade a stock GeForce RTX 3070 with an additional 8GB of VRAM.
The modder then goes on to benchmark the 12GB GeForce RTX 2060 and finds that, at least in tests like Superposition, there are no significant differences between the card in its stock memory configuration, and after adding in extra VRAM. This makes sense because the number of shader cores stayed the same, and VIK-on did nothing to tweak memory or score clocks.
NVIDIA is expected to introduce its official GeForce RTX 2060 refresh in early December. That card will feature 12GB of VRAM, but reports indicate that it'll also feature additional CUDA cores, meaning performance could be slightly better than the original.
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