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New Gainward, MSI and Palit NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 mini-ITX cards should be ideal for SFF PCs

The Gainward RTX 3060 12 GB Pegasus is one of three single fan versions of the RTX 3060. (Image source: Videocardz)
The Gainward RTX 3060 12 GB Pegasus is one of three single fan versions of the RTX 3060. (Image source: Videocardz)
NVIDIA's board partners have begun announcing GeForce RTX 30 series graphics card for the Mini-ITX form factor. Currently, Gainward, MSI and Palit have announced single fan versions of the GeForce RTX 3060, which has 12 GB of VRAM. All cards offer memory clock speeds of 15 Gbps and NVIDIA's GA106-300 GPU.
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The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti release saw board-in partners announce dual-fan variants of the card like the ASUS DUAL GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MINI OC Edition and the EVGA RTX 3060 Ti XC. However, it will soon be possible to go even smaller thanks to mini-ITX versions of the GeForce RTX 3060. Currently, only Gainward, MSI and Palit have announced mini-ITX editions of NVIDIA's new 12 GB card, which is due to arrive towards the end of February. To date, board partners have revealed the following mini-ITX editions of the GeForce RTX 3060:

  • Gainward RTX 3060 12 GB Pegasus
  • MSI RTX 3060 12 GB AERO ITX OC
  • Palit RTX 3060 12 GB StormX

The three cards will naturally run on NVIDIA's GA106-300 GPU, which features 3,584 CUDA cores, 112 TMUs and 64 ROPs. MSI is yet to reveal its AERO ITX OC edition's clock speeds, but Gainward and Palit have confirmed that their versions will have a base clock of 1,320 MHz that can be increased to a peak of 1,777 MHz. Additionally, all cards will operate on a memory clock of 15 Gbps, with the 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM running on a 192-bit interface.

Gainward's version is a two-slot card though and appears to be the thickest of the three. MSI has revealed little about its AERO ITX OC, but the press renders confirm that the Gainward and Palit will feature one HDMI port and three DisplayPort connections. According to Videocardz, these connections should adhere to the HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 standards.

It is unclear when these mini-ITX cards will arrive, although they will probably be in short supply until NVIDIA gets its stock levels in order. Sadly, the company has essentially confirmed that this will not be until May at the earliest, so these mini-ITX versions of the GeForce RTX 3060 will probably be snapped up by resellers on launch day, like practically every other RTX 30 series card.

Palit RTX 3060 12 GB StormX (Image source: Videocardz)
MSI RTX 3060 12 GB AERO ITX OC (Image source: Videocardz)
Gainward RTX 3060 12 GB Pegasus (Image source: Videocardz)
Gainward RTX 3060 12 GB Pegasus (Image source: Videocardz)
Gainward RTX 3060 12 GB Pegasus (Image source: Videocardz)
Palit RTX 3060 12 GB StormX (Image source: Videocardz)
Palit RTX 3060 12 GB StormX (Image source: Videocardz)
Palit RTX 3060 12 GB StormX (Image source: Videocardz)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-19 (Update: 2021-01-19)