Another day, another Nvidia 30-series leak. This time, we’ve seen reports of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics cards and their alleged specifications. According to Twitter user Kopite7kimi, these new GPUs will feature the Ampere GA106 and will likely come in at under $299 when they hit the market.
These new GPUs will effectively replace the existing RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti/ Super series of graphics cards and will both feature the Ampere GA106 GPUs. For those not in the know, the GA106 GPU is a mid-range chip that features in mainstream graphics cards and we’re definitely expecting to see several different configurations for this chip for every discrete product it’s featured in.
So, what can we expect from these two new GPUs in the 30-series lineup? When it comes to desktops, the GeForce RTX 3060 will feature a 30 SM GA106 GPU that will equal 3840 CUDA cores while the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti will feature a 28 SM GA106 GPU, equalling 3584 cores. We expect that the 3060 will feature a 192-bit bus interface along with 6GB of GDDR6 memory capacity, whereas the 3050 Ti is likely to go with a cut-down bus interface of 160-bit for 5 GB of 128-bit for 4GB capacity. It will be very interesting to see how these specs finally play out across both cards, but especially the 3050 Ti. It will be the first *50 series card from Nvidia to bring ray-tracing to the gaming segment. We’re also expecting a non-Ti variant to turn up, but we haven’t seen confirmation of that just yet.
The second half of our story is even more interesting than the first, as we’ve spotted a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Eagle already for sale in Saudi Arabia. As far as we know, this is a pretty clear embargo breach, or maybe even a lack of embargo over this new card. The 3060 Ti is listed at 3,699 Saudi Riyal which is around $940 – far, far more than anyone should be paying for this card, as it’s expected to retail around $399 when it does come to market.
Don’t forget, we also know that the release of the 3060 Ti has been pushed back into December from its original November launch date.