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New leaked images allegedly show the RTX 3060 Ti's GPU

The alleged GA106 next to the GA104. (Source: Videocardz)
The alleged GA106 next to the GA104. (Source: Videocardz)
The RTX 3060 is said to launch soon based on an Ampere chip variant called the GA106-300. A GPU leaks site claims to confirm its existence with a new live image showing this silicon, alongside the latest news on its supposed specs. They are said to include 12GB of RAM and fewer CUDA cores than it conceivably could.

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NVIDIA has indicated that it will release the RTX 3060 at the end of February 2021. It might incorporate a new member of the overall Ampere-based line, rather than the GA10x variants known to be incorporated into existing cards such as the 3080, 3070 and their mobile counterparts.

It is reportedly called the GA106, although its "full" version (GA106-400) is, confusingly, not destined for the RTX 3060. Videocardz claims to have evidence of its existence, having obtained photographs of it. It has also reportedly been measured at 276 millimeters squared (mm²), as opposed to 392mm² in the RTX 3060 Ti's GA104.

The vanilla 3060 reportedly has the GA106-300 variant instead, which, according to Videocardz, has the same footprint. it is apparently made up of 2GB K4ZAF3258M-HC16 chips set at a speed of 16 gigabits per second (Gb/s). There are 6 of these in each 3060, for a grand total of 12GB GDDR6 RAM per card.

By contrast, the 3060 Ti is 8GB, made up of 1GB chips clocked at 14Gb/s. However, this memory is 256-bit, as opposed to 192-bit in the GA106. The RTX 3060 Ti has 6144 CUDA cores, whereas NVIDIA has reportedly seen fit to grace the 3060 with 3584, even though its chip theoretically accommodates 3840.

This leak also indicates that the GA106 supports up to 30 RT cores and 120 tensor cores, compared to 48 and 192 respectively in the GA104. Therefore, it seems this really is how NVIDIA has chosen to distribute selling points across the RTX 3060 series.

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An alleged GA106-400 engineering sample. (Source: Videocardz)
An alleged GA106-400 engineering sample. (Source: Videocardz)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02- 2 (Update: 2021-02- 2)