NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 rumored with up to 12GB memory to launch in January

Published: Nov 12th 2020, 11:44 GMT   Comments

We have been able to confirm that RTX 3060 non-Ti will be offered with up to 12GB memory.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 gets 12GB memory, RTX 3060 Ti comes with 8GB?

It would appear that NVIDIA is planning to answer next-gen Radeon graphics cards increasing memory capacities. The manufacturer has recently provided a new roadmap with upcoming products to its board partners, going as far as January.

Four GeForce SKUs in January

We have already confirmed that NVIDIA is planning to launch its GeForce RTX 3080 Ti in January, however, this high-end SKU is not the only model being planned for this month. In January NVIDIA is also planning to launch GeForce RTX 3060, RTX 3050 Ti, and RTX 3050. The 3050 Ti was originally planned for February, but it appears that the plans have been changed recently.

GeForce RTX 3060

At least four variants of PG190 board design have discussed internally. It would appear that this board will be pin-compatible with both GA104 and GA106 GPUs. We already knew that the upcoming RTX 3060 Ti is using this board. NVIDIA also confirmed to AIBs that PG190 will be adopted by both RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Ti. Those graphics cards will feature GA106 GPU.

When it comes to RTX 3060 specifically, NVIDIA has recently updated the PG190 SKU 30 board (RTX 3060 6GB 14Gbps) to PG190 SKU 40 (6GB 16Gbps), only to update it last week to PG190 SKU 50, now featuring 12GB 16Gbps configuration. All these SKUs have different memory configurations. The changes to the CUDA core count (3840) are not listed and thus not expected.

GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti

The cut-down GA106 GPU (GA106-300) will be used by GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. This card will also have a 192-bit memory bus, but the memory capacity is expected at 6GB. The graphics card is rumored to offer 3584 CUDA cores.

Lastly, the RTX 3050 is rumored to use a cut-down GA107 GPU. This is an entry-level SKU expected to ship with 2304 CUDA cores. Right now, NVIDIA is planning 4GB GDDR6 memory for this SKU (the GPU has a 128-bit bus). A leaker Koptite7kimi recently posted that this card will have a TGP of 90W.

January, a hot month for mid-range GPUs

The specifications of the GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 may still change. NVIDIA is updating AIBs frequently. We still do not know much about Radeon RX 6700/6600/6500 series at this time. We did hear though that AMD has decided to launch the Navi 22 graphics sooner than previously expected. The RX 6700 series is now planned for January as well. Clearly, this month will be a very hot time for the vast majority of gamers, who wish to spend less than 500 USD on a graphics card.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 & RTX 3050 Series
VideoCardzGeForce RTX 3060 TiGeForce RTX 3060GeForce RTX 3050 TiGeForce RTX 3050
ArchitectureNVIDIA AmpereNVIDIA AmpereNVIDIA AmpereNVIDIA Ampere
BoardPG190 SKU 10PG190 SKU 30(1) 40(2) 50(3)PG190 SKU 60PG173 SKU 10
CUDA Cores4864~3840~3584~2304
RT Cores38~30~28~18
Memory8GB GDDR66GB(1)(2) / 12GB(3) GDDR66GB GDDR64GB GDDR6
Memory Clock14 Gbps14(1) / 16(2)(3) GbpsTBCTBC
Memory Bus256-bit192-bit192-bit128-bit
Release DateDecember 2nd, 2020January 2021January 2021January 2021

The 2020-2021 GPU landscape should look like this:

NVIDIA RTX 30 vs AMD RX 6000
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30Estimated MSRPAMD Radeon RX 6000
RTX 3090
10496C, 24GB G6X
$1,500 - $1,001
RTX 3080 Ti
10496C, 20GB G6X
$1,000 - $701
RX 6900XT
5120C, 16GB G6
RTX 3080
8704C, 10GB G6X
$700 - $601
RX 6800XT
4608C, 16GB G6
RTX 3070
5888C, 8GB G6
$600 - $451
RX 6800
3840C, 16GB G6
RTX 3060 Ti
4864C, 8GB G6
$450 - $201
RX 6700 XT
2560C, 12GB G6
RTX 3060
3840C, 12GB G6
RX 6700
~2304C, 10? GB G6
RTX 3050 Ti
3584C, 6GB G6
< $200
RX 6x00 XT
~2048C, 8GB G6
RTX 3050
2304C, 4GB G6
RX 6x00
?C, 4GB G6

Source: MyDrivers, Kopite7kimi, VideoCardz

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