NVIDIA launches GeForce RTX 3060 with 12GB memory and GA106 GPU

Published: 25th Feb 2021, 11:49 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA launches GeForce RTX 3060

NVIDIA officially launches its first GA106 desktop graphics card.

Nearly three months after the launch of GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, NVIDIA adds a new graphics card to the series. Board partners have been eagerly awaiting this release because GeForce cards at this price range are always very popular. This year, however, AIBs are met with unprecedented demand, which will drive prices a lot higher.

First GeForce RTX 30 with 12GB memory

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is the fourth installment in the Ampere series. This graphics card is equipped with GA106 GPU, which is already available under RTX 3060 Laptop GPU. The desktop model, however, has fewer cores. NVIDIA decided to introduce this SKU with 3584 CUDA cores, which means that 256 cores are disabled from the full GPU. Surprisingly, this model features 12GB GDDR6 memory. This is more than RTX 3060 Ti’s 8GB and even more than RTX 3080’s 10GB. NVIDIA’s intentions here are unclear, but rumor has it, NVIDIA is also planning a 6GB model, which should be more affordable.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Reference PCB, Source: VideoCardz

Crypto mining limiter

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is the first model to feature an anti-crypto algorithm, which is built into the firmware and software. NVIDIA says that this will not affect any other workload, such as gaming or rendering, and that it will impossible to hack. The crypto-limiter will automatically detect if the graphics card is used for cryptocurrency mining, which will then half the hash rate. This should technically make the graphics card less interesting to miners. Whether that is the case, we don’t know yet.

Resizable BAR

The new SKU also is the first to introduce ResizableBAR support. This technology allows the CPU to access the full VRAM. AMD has introduced this technology under its own name of Smart Access Memory. NVIDIA originally communicated to AIBs that it will try to implement this feature with a driver, but eventually announced that other RTX 30 models will require a BIOS update. The new firmware is now expected to be available next month. For the time being, RTX 3060 is currently the only NVIDIA graphics card to support it.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 reviews will be posted later today. The sales will begin shortly after. Do note that NVIDIA has not released a Founders Edition of the graphics card, which means that reviews will feature AIB cards only.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Series
VideoCardz.comGeForce RTX 3060 TiGeForce RTX 3060GeForce RTX 2060 SUPERGeForce RTX 2060
Picture
ArchitectureNVIDIA AmpereNVIDIA AmpereNVIDIA TuringNVIDIA Turing
GPU8nm GA104-2008nm GA106-30012nm TU104-41012nm TU106-300
Base Clock
 
1410 MHz
 
1320 MHz
 
1470 MHz
 
1365 MHz
Boost Clock
 
1665 MHz
 
1777 MHz
 
1650 MHz
 
1680 MHz
CUDA : TMU : ROPs
 
4864 : 152 : 80
 
3584 : 112 : 48
 
2176 : 136 : 64
 
1920 : 120 : 48
Tensors : RTs
 
152 : 38
 
112 : 28
 
272 : 32
 
240 : 30
Memory
 
8GB GDDR6
 
12GB GDDR6
 
8GB GDDR6
 
6GB GDDR6
Memory Clock
 
14 Gbps
 
15 Gbps
 
14 Gbps
 
14 Gbps
Memory Bus
 
256-bit
 
192-bit
 
256-bit
 
192-bit
Memory Bandwidth
 
448 GB/s
 
360 GB/s
 
448 GB/s
 
336 GB/s
TGP/TBP
 
200W
 
170W
 
175W
 
160W
MSRP
 
399 USD
 
329 USD
 
399 USD
 
349 USD
Release DateDecember 2nd, 2020February 25th, 2021July 9th, 2019January 14th, 2019

NVIDIA GA106 GPU

NVIDIA GA106 processor has three GPU Processing Clusters, each with five Texture Processing Clusters. The full die has 30 Streaming Multiprocessors, but the RTX 3060 only has 28 enabled. Each SM has one RayTracing Core, which means it will have 28. The number of Tensor cores has decreased from RTX 2060’s 240 to 112, however, those are of a newer, third generation.

NVIDIA GA106 GPU Diagram, Source: VideoCardz

NVIDIA is still expected to launch entry-level GA107 GPU later this year, however, for this moment, the lineup features four GPUs:

NVIDIA Ampere GPUs
VideoCardz.comGA100GA102GA104GA106
Picture (not to scale)
Fabrication Node7nm TSMC N78nm Samsung8nm Samsung8nm Samsung
Transistors
 
54.2B
 
28.3B
 
17.4B
Die Size
 
826 mm2
 
628 mm2
 
392 mm2
 
~276 mm2
GPCs
 
8
 
7
 
6
 
3
TPCs
 
64
 
42
 
24
 
15
SMs
 
128
 
84
 
48
 
30
CUDAs
 
8192
 
10752
 
6144
 
3840
Tensors
 
336
 
192
 
120
RTs
 
84
 
48
 
30
Memory Bus
 
3072-bit
 
384-bit
 
256-bit
 
192-bit
Memory TechnologyHBM2GDDR6XGDDR6GDDR6

GPC – GPU Processing Cluster, TPC – Texture Processing Cluster, SM – Streaming Multiprocessor




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