NVIDIA RTX 20 Super lineup confirmed for a July 2 launch but with caveats
NVIDIA has confirmed at that the new RTX Super series GPU would be launching on July 2 putting an end to a lot of speculation we've been seeing so far about the likely launch date. The GPUs that have been confirmed for the July 2 launch include the RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super, and the RTX 2080 Super. We've also heard rumors about Super versions of the Ti cards, but NVIDIA is likely to reserve them for a later launch.
There's a catch, though. While the news embargo for all the three Super cards will be lifted on July 2, only the RTX 2070 Super and the RTX 2060 Super reviews will be available on that day. The RTX 2080 Super's embargo is yet to be decided by NVIDIA, as per information coming via Videocardz. On-shelf availability of these cards is also not yet clear.
While we usually find AIB cards available alongside the Founders Edition on Day 1, that does not seem to be the case with the Super series. We hear that AIB's have only recently been informed about these cards giving them a relatively shorter period of time to finalize their board designs. To that effect, NVIDIA has pushed the review embargo for AIB Super GPUs to July 9. The decision to favor Founders Edition cards over AIB offerings might not go down too well with AIBs, the press, and consumers alike. We would suggest waiting for both the Founders Edition and AIB card reviews to come out before hopping on the Super bandwagon.
NVIDIA's launch decisions aside, the Super cards present a unique paradigm. Each Super card offers increased CUDA cores than the corresponding RTX card along with faster VRAM. NVIDIA is also expected to launch these cards at prices similar to what the original RTX cards launched last year, which means current RTX cards are likely to get price cuts.
This also shows how NIVIDIA is more focused on upper mid-range and enthusiast gamers with no new offerings for those in the budget and mid-range bracket. This a void that AMD would look to cash-in with the recently announced AMD 'Navi' Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT GPUs.