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RTX 2060 and RTX 1050 Ti come out of the closet to face the shortage
For lack of blackbirds, we eat thrushes... Sad observation that the one made by NVIDIA in recent days.
Since the release of the GeForce RTX 3000 series, NVIDIA is facing an unprecedented shortage. It's not unusual for the number of cards to be insufficient to meet the demand when a new GPU is launched: this is the case for every new generation of CPUs/GPUs. However, the fact that the situation affects all versions and continues for six months with no hope of improvement in the near future is unheard of.
NVIDIA - but AMD is not in a better position - is facing the combined effects of three elements. First, a new product like the RTX 3000 series does not logically benefit from as many assembly lines as an older product. To make matters worse, 2020-2021 are being disrupted by the reorganization of many companies that have been forced to apply the health measures we know about, handicapping their production. Finally, while supply is at its lowest, demand is exploding. Whether they are gamers eager for performance with a very convincing generation of GPUs, cryptomineers anxious to take advantage of the very high prices or "simple" users who, forced to telework, need to equip themselves, all are buying PCs.
In order to deal with this unprecedented situation, NVIDIA has therefore decided on a barely believable measure. Confirming various rumors, the company has informed PCWorld of the re-launch of production of two cards removed from its catalog: the RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti. Two cards that are among NVIDIA's bestsellers and are still among the most widely used today. At PCWorld, NVIDIA did not say anything about the price of these "new" cards. Given their age, they should not be very expensive to produce, but the generalized shortage of components seems to affect - for example - memory chips. So we'll have to keep an eye on this..