Unreleased GeForce RTX 3060 with 3840 CUDA cores emerges after 2 years

Published: Apr 18th 2023, 15:06 GMT   Comments

RTX 3060 with 3840 cores is not a new card and unlikely to be released

There once was a GeForce RTX 3060 with full GA106 GPU, but it never made it to the market. As it turns out, the SKU (or more precisely its BIOS) has just been discovered.  

The PG190 SKU 50 was one of the proposed specs for the RTX 3060 GPU. As we know, the RTX 3060 launched in January 2021, and at about the same time, numerous specs for the upcoming SKU were shared among board partners. The rumor mill did not settle on the final specs until the card was released, but there were, in fact, as many as four different specs being mentioned for the upcoming card.

This leak is a reminder that not all of those specs are just a rumor. Some of those leaks are indeed based on actual BIOS information as supplied by NVIDIA. One of such BIOSes has just been discovered and the trace points towards MSI.

Had this card been released, it would have featured full GA106 GPU with 3840 CUDA cores. It would also have 12GB GDDR6 memory clocked at 14.8 Gbps. That said, the memory specs would be slightly lower than what ended up in the final RTX 3060 GPU (15 Gbps). On the other hand, the base clock is much higher (1627 MHz vs. 1320 MHz), while the boost clock is reportedly set to 1875 MHz (final RTX 3060 is 1777 MHz).

In the end, one should remind our readers that this BIOS is dated 16th December 2020. This is not a new card, and it is not expected to be released now, just weeks before NVIDIA launched its RTX 4060 series. NVIDIA released another RTX 3060 last year with 8GB memory, which was most likely the last GPU in the series.

However, just for clarity, those specs were put together by @harukaze5719 in a new chart:

RTX 3060 specs, Source: @harukaze5719

Source: @inatural_log

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