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NVIDIA has acknowledged that it is resupplying its AIB partners with older GeForce models to help satiate the current market’s rising demand for graphics cards. The confirmation came in the form of a statement received by PCWorld, which sent an inquiry as to whether those rumors about the GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce GTX 1050 being revived were true or not. Evidently, the answer is “yes.”

“There have been a lot of rumors recently about Nvidia releasing more GPUs to AIBs from older generations—the [GeForce] RTX 2060 and GTX 1050 Ti were specifically mentioned,” PC World inquired. “Can you comment on whether there’s any truth to that?”

“The products referenced […] were never EOLed [end-of-lifed—ed],” an NVIDIA spokesperson responded. “So ‘reviving’ seems like the wrong terminology to use here. More of an ebb and flow really. We’re just meeting market demand which remains extremely high as you noted.”

The resupply of GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards seems like good news for budget gamers who are considering an older, entry-level SKU to tide them over until the Ampere situation improves, but as PC World points out, pricing could still be a major problem. Most GeForce GTX 1050 Ti models are reportedly selling for $400 or more (a 187 percent increase over its original $140 MSRP), while the GeForce RTX 2060 is being listed for prices as high as $800. NVIDIA’s resupply doesn’t necessarily mean that the cards will be any easier to find, either.

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3 Comments

  1. Desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess. I wonder if these are new and overstock that had been sitting in a warehouse…. surely they cannot be pressing new 1050ti cores at this point…

  2. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 29438, member: 297″]
    Desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess. I wonder if these are new and overstock that had been sitting in a warehouse…. surely they cannot be pressing new 1050ti cores at this point…
    [/QUOTE]

    Nvidia undoubtedly had extra dies. Biggest question I’d have would be the quality of the dies; if they’d been binned then stored, and these are the low-quality ones, or if they’d just been produced and stored, so there are still cards being sold that are about as good as the ones sold during their original retail runs.

    Also, as much as I despise this class of GPUs as an enthusiast, both actually have good usescases.

    The GTX1050Ti is the lowest-end …Pascal…? that has the full NVENC of its generation, and the lowest-end unit that also came equipped with 4GB of VRAM. I bought one originally because it was also available in a slot-only powered version, originally for HTPC transcoding use (which has been frustrated by other events), and now it’s in the wife’s desktop because AMD can’t make entry-level GPUs (RX460 4GB in this case) that are stable for content creation. We tried, and the hardware swap was the path of least resistance. The 1050Ti has been drama-free in the roles it has served.

    The RTX2060 is useful because it is the cheapest / lowest-end part that has RTX, which means that it has the full Turing NVENC (a step above the Pascal one), and it has the ability to do stuff like DLSS, as well as RTX voice (and the full Studio) without the constant load. You’re probably not going to use the ray-tracing capability as much, but it’s a headline feature that is available, and it’s nice to have.

    Personally, I’d take an RTX2060 if it were available for below the original MSRP as it normally would be, if ‘normal’ ever returns. I might even take two.

    I’d use AMD, and for the usecases I have in mind I’d normally look at AMD first, but having been bitten twice in the last year I’m resisting that urge, so I find Nvidia’s move to put more stock on the shelves welcome.

  3. Dear Nvidia.

    I purchased a video card from you, but I am going to pay in rocks instead of money.

    Substitutions are great aren’t they?

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