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New editions of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 emerge with 8 GB of VRAM

Could 8 GB versions of the RX 6800 and RTX 3060 be on the way? (Image source: NVIDIA)
Could 8 GB versions of the RX 6800 and RTX 3060 be on the way? (Image source: NVIDIA)
AMD and NVIDIA may have new 8 GB cards on the way, albeit versions of ones that they have already released. For one reason or another, an NVIDIA board partner has registered an RTX 3060 with 8 GB of VRAM with the RRA in South Korea, while a retailer claims that people can pre-order desktop PCs with an 8 GB version of the RX 6800.

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It seems that both AMD and NVIDIA could be planning to release 8 GB versions of what are currently their entry-level graphics cards. We would take this with plenty of salt for now, but it is curious to see references to 8 GB cards from companies appear almost simultaneously.

On the one hand, XIDAX has listed an 8 GB edition of the Radeon RX 6800 for its R+R Silver and R+R Gold machines. The company does not provide any specifications for the supposed SKU, so this could be a mistake. However, it would be an odd one for XIDAX to make, in our opinion.

On the other hand, Palit has submitted an 8 GB version of the RTX 3060 to the South Korean National Radio Research Agency. Based on the card's codename, GW-RTX 3060, it would seem that this is a Gainward card, rather than a Palit one. The fact that it is a GHOST OC model underlines this. Videocardz asserts that 8 GB of VRAM would require a 128-bit or 256-bit bus though, which would be at odds with the RTX 3060's 192-bit bus. Palit may have submitted an RTX 3060 Ti card as an RTX 3060 one, of course.

In short, these could both mistakes, although we would not rule anything out until XIDAX and Palit confirm that this is the case. Releasing an RX 6800 SKU with 8 GB of VRAM would seem like a strange thing to do though, considering that the RX 6700 series should debut next month. An RTX 3060 with 8 GB of VRAM could work if NVIDIA were to use the GA104 again, but this would further complicate its product stack.   

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Alex Alderson, 2021-02-18 (Update: 2021-02-18)