The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with 12 GB GDDR6 VRAM will be available from the last week of February ↺
NVIDIA's board partners may be preparing to release the GeForce RTX 3060 at way above MSRP, but Videocardz and Wccftech have indicated from when we should expect these GA106 GPU cards to land. According to the two websites, NVIDIA has multiple embargoes in place, the first of which expired on December 30, 2020. The next embargo is reputedly February 19 and is the date when NVIDIA's board-partners can 'seed samples to the press and influencers'.
Initially, rumours suggested that NVIDIA would launch the GeForce RTX 3060 on February 22. However, Videocardz points out that this would only be three days after board-partners begin sending cards out. Instead, the website believes that NVIDIA will give the press and influencers at least a week to prepare their reviews before launching the GeForce RTX 3060. Hence, February 26 would seem a likely launch date, being the month's final working day.
Correspondingly, we should apparently not expect to see benchmark results land for the GeForce RTX 3060 until February's final days. Additionally, Videocardz states that NVIDIA requires board-partners to 'include products at MSRP' only during the 'initial product assortment'. In other words, board-partners are, according to Videocardz, free to set prices of their custom GeForce RTX 3060 cards after the launch period ends.
The GeForce RTX 3060 is the first example of NVIDIA's GA106 GPU, with which the company has paired 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. The card also has a memory bandwidth of 360 GB/s, 3,584 CUDA cores, a 1,777 MHz boost clock and a 170 W TGP. By contrast, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has less VRAM and a lower boost clock speed, but a higher TGP, a wider memory bus and more CUDA cores, among other improvements.