Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.
NVIDIA might be working on a new RTX 3060.
Apparently, there is yet another RTX 3060 variant coming.
The XX60 class GPUs are among the most popular in the NVIDIA lineup. As graphics cards become more expensive to buy, customers may need to consider buying cheaper variants. A great example of such a cheaper model is the RTX 3060 8GB which was launched year. Gamers can now buy this card at around $50 less than the original 12GB card.
The only question is what is the actual original RTX 3060 GPU, since NVIDIA had several models to date. That includes: GA106-300 based SKU, an LHR version (Lite Hash Rate with limited cryptomining performance) and finally the 8GB SKU.
Surprisingly, it appears that NVIDIA could be working on yet another model with this name, except this time with a new GPU (GA104). Such models with mixed processors are actually quite common in NVIDIA lineup, but they are not always available in all regions. The most common market for such models is China.
This means that NVIDIA will now have four RTX 3060 models:
- GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6 – GA106-300
- GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6 LHR – GA106-302
- GeForce RTX 3060 8GB GDDR6 – GA106-302
- GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6X – GA104 🆕
Obviously, the bigger news here would be the use of GDDR6X memory. For RTX 3060 Ti, which is now also available with either GDDR6 or GDDR6X memory, this upgrade resulted in 36% faster memory bandwidth.
The news about a new RTX 3060 has been shared by T4C Fantasy, the maintainer of the TechPowerUP GPU database. Since he also has access to GPU-Z validations, one might assume that is where it was first discovered.
RTX 3060 GA104 GDDR6X…
Another 3060 lol
— T4C Fantasy (@T4CFantasy) March 6, 2023
Naturally, this is just a rumor. In the past, many validations of engineering samples have not materialized in a real product.
Source: T4C Fantasy