Mystery GeForce RTX 3060 variant with upgraded memory and GPU spotted online
Ada Lovelace has long replaced Ampere as Nvidia's current-gen gaming GPU architecture. However, Nvidia seems to have no qualms launching Ampere-based products at a time when gamers are eagerly waiting for mid-range Ada Lovelace GPUs, as exhibited by the GDDR6X refresh of the RTX 3070 Ti. Now, yet another variant of the highly-sought after GeForce RTX 3060 has been spotted online.
TechPowerUp's GPU database editor T4C Fantasy spotted what is now the fourth GeForce RTX 3060 variant online. It is pertinent to note the model in question could be an engineering sample that could never see the light of day. Alternatively, all future RTX 3060 models could now use the new configuration.
Nevertheless, the graphics card runs GDDR6X memory and packs a remarkably better GA104 GPU, as opposed to the GA106 found on the others. Both should account for a hefty increase in performance over the vanilla RTX 3060 variants. Unfortunately, there is no mention of how much VRAM the new GeForce RTX 3060 variant packs.
That figure is almost certainly 12 GB, as it would make little sense for Nvidia to upgrade the memory and GPU only to cut down on total VRAM. Then again, it's hard to tell, given Nvidia's puzzling decision to relaunch a one-generation old GPU for no conceivable reason.