A GeForce RTX 3060 with GDDR6X memory in preparation?

A GeForce RTX 3060 with GDDR6X memory in preparation?

NVIDIA is reportedly bolstering its mid-range Ampere by granting GDDR6X memory to its two most popular SKUs.

After the appearance of a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti equipped with 8 GB of GDDR6X, the turn of a new GeForce RTX 3060 to make its entrance. Recent leaks suggested the release of a variant of this graphics card equipped with 8 GB of GDDR6, against 12 GB for the original model. That of the day augurs a very different reality: the Slovak retailer DT digital has instead referenced a GeForce RTX 3060 armed with 12 GB of GDDR6X. Anyway, to summarize simply, NVIDIA is preparing to launch RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060 with faster memory, probably in reaction to the release of Intel Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards.

Image 1: GeForce RTX 3060 with GDDR6X memory in the works?
© DT Digital
Image 2: A GeForce RTX 3060 with GDDR6X memory in the works?
© DT Digital

To be completely rigorous, the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X would be the third iteration of this benchmark. This model was first introduced with a GA106 GPU (in February 2021). Cards based on the GA104 GPU were later released, with no impact on the final specifications. At this time, we don’t know which GPU would be used for the RTX 3060 12GB GDRR6X. What is certain is that a memory speed of 19 Gbit/s would increase the memory bandwidth from 360 GB/s to 456 GB/s.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060M hybrid tested

No 8 GB GDDR6 version finally?

Of course, an error is not excluded. The accumulation of leaks concerning new RTX 3060 Ti / RTX 3060 nevertheless tends to confirm their existence. However, as mentioned at the start of the article, the first rumors for the GeForce RTX 3060 were counting on a reduction in the amount of GDDR6 VRAM and not on an increase accompanied by the switch to GDDR6X. We will certainly know more in a few days; we can’t see NVIDIA releasing new Ampere cards for much longer as the GeForce RTX 4090 kicks off the Ada Lovelace era tomorrow.

Graphic card GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X GeForce RTX 3060 GA104 GeForce RTX 3060
Architecture GA106? GA104 GA106
engraving process Samsung 8N Samsung 8N Samsung 8N
Transistors 12 billion? 17.4 billion 12 billion
Surface die 392mm²? 392mm² 276mm²
Stream Multiprocessors (SMs) 28 28 28
CUDA Cores 3584 3584 3584
Tensor Cores 112 112 112
RT Cores 28 28 28
Base frequency 1320MHz 1320MHz 1320MHz
Boost frequency 1780MHz 1777MHz 1777MHz
Memory speed 19 Gbps 15 Gbps 15 Gbps
Memory bus 192 bit 192 bit 192 bit
Memory bandwidth 456 GB/s 360 GB/s 360 GB/s
TGP 170W 170W 170W
TFLOPs FP32 (Boost) 12.8 12.7 12.7
Release date 2022 2021 2021
Starting price ? 335 euros 335 euros

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