NVIDIA's RTX 2060 (12 GB) launch is a disaster for everyone but crypto miners
Today is the launch day of the RTX 2060 (12 GB), NVIDIA's return to its 12 nm Turing architecture. NVIDIA announced the RTX 2060 (12 GB) last week, albeit without confirming how much the card would cost. NVIDIA remains silent on the matter and has failed to include any custom cards on its US website. Taking a look at NVIDIA's social media makes it seem like the RTX 2060 (12 GB) has not launched at all.
Currently, the RTX 2060 (12 GB) is unavailable in the UK; NVIDIA does not list it on its UK website, either. ZOTAC claims that it will offer a Twin Fan model at some stage, although its website reports that no retailers are selling it.
Arguably, it is a worse story elsewhere, with 12 GB cards selling for at least €600 in the Eurozone and as high as €700. Stranger still, NVIDIA has not encouraged its board partners to send review samples to the press. Consequently, there are hardly any launch day reviews, save for PCMarket HK.
Incidentally, it seems that NVIDIA and its partners have released non-Lite Hash Rate models, going against its position with RTX 30 series cards. In its review, PCMarket HK discovered that the RTX 2060 (12 GB) offers better crypto mining performance than the RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 3060 and the RX 6600 XT. Not only can the card mine faster than those three, but it can also mine more efficiently to boot.