As reported by the French media, Nvidia’s newly announced GeForce RTX 3060 12Gb, contrary to the previous RTX 3000, will only be released by AIB partners, so there will be no Founders Edition model from Nvidia this time.

The slides that were used during the announcement of the card have not featured any reference designs, which usually means that the manufacturer does not plan to launch a model with its own cooling system.

Official Render of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

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However, the official render that was posted by the company on the website shows a new, fresher design that was not used by any other Ampere-based graphics card until now. The render appears to show a blower design without any power connectors. The GeForce RTX 3060 actually uses less power (170W) in comparison with the RTX 3060 Ti (200W), but it is still more for PCIe slot to handle on its own. This means that the render was never intended to show a final design that will be available to customers, it was marketing material.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is based on an 8nm “GA106-300” GPU with 3584 CUDA cores. The graphics card is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit bus. Although the card has faster memory than the RTX 3060 Ti (15 Gbps vs. 14 Gbps), the memory bus reduces bandwidth to 360 GB / s, 88 GB / s less compared to the Ti variant.

NVIDIA announced that the new graphics card will be available in late February at a base price of $ 329.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti vs GeForce RTX 3060 Specifications

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GeForce RTX 3060
Architecture NVIDIA Ampere NVIDIA Ampere
GPU GA104-200 GA106-300
CUDA Cores 4864 3584
RT Cores 38 28
Tensors / TMUs 152 112
Memory 8GB GDDR6 12GB GDDR6
Memory Clock 14 Gbps 17 Gbps
Memory Bus 256-bit 192-bit
TGP / TBP ~ 180W ~ 165W
Suggested price 399 USD 329 USD
Release date December 2, 2020 End of February, 2021
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