NVIDIA is plotting to release the budget RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060 on GA106 GPUs with 6 GB of VRAM and up to 3,840 CUDA cores
@kopite7kimi has offered an insight into NVIDIA's possible plans for the GA106, its entry-level GPU. Earlier this year, the same leaker alleged that NVIDIA would be using GA106 in the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060, but this has reputedly been changed to the RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060. Videocardz believes that NVIDIA plans to release an RTX 3050 still, but its specifications remain unknown at this stage.
According to @kopite7kimi, the RTX 3050 Ti will have 3,584 CUDA cores, approximately 7% fewer than the 3,840 CUDA cores in the RTX 3060. Videocardz adds that NVIDIA is thought to be using a 192-bit memory controller on the GA106, unlike other RTX 30 series cards. The presence of a 192-bit controller supposedly implies that NVIDIA will pair the RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060 with 6 GB or 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
Videocardz also claims that the RTX 3050 Ti may launch in January or February 2021, with the RTX 3060 arriving at the turn of next year. The website speculates that NVIDIA will not release new GTX x050 cards if it brings the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti market, too. If those two cards and an RTX 3060 are indeed scheduled for release, then NVIDIA may have up to nine RTX 30 series cards by Q2 2021. Presumably, the RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060 will be NVIDIA's budget offerings, considering that the company has priced the RTX 3070 Founders Edition at US$499.