Rumor mill: According to recent rumors, a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti appears to be in the works, with a launch that could even prevent the Vanilla RTX 3060. In this case, the most logical explanation would be that Nvidia flexed its muscles to steal as much thunder as possible from AMD’s Big Navi release.
The alleged RTX 3060 Ti is set to launch in October, the same month in which the upcoming RTX 3070 from Nvidia is expected to arrive. When we could expect a standard RTX 3060 is currently unclear. However, early 2021 seems like a sure thing.
According to hardware leaker @ kopite7kimi on Twitter, the RTX 3060 Ti will be based on the silicon GA104-200. For reference, both the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 use GA1
SKU0 GA104-400 PG141 / 142 GDDR6X / 6 8 GB 3072 = 3070Ti
SKU10 GA104-300 GDDR6 2944 = 3070 https://t.co/p3mfchajfR
– kopite7kimi (@ kopite7kimi) July 7, 2020
The RTX 3060 Ti can use up to 4,864 CUDA cores, 152 tensor cores, 38 RT cores and 8 GB GDDR6, which are clocked at 14 Gbit / s over a 256-bit bus. There isn’t a lot of information about clock rates, ROPs, etc.
Allegedly, the RTX 3060 Ti would arrive with a TDP of 180 W, which means a reduction of 40 W compared to the RTX 3070.
If the rumored specs apply, it looks like the RTX 3060 Ti is aiming for RTX 2080-like performance, possibly at a price point of $ 399. Prices could be closer to $ 450 depending on how Nvidia plans to position them in the product stack. Meanwhile, the standard RTX 3060 may offer similar performance to the RTX 2070, and likely at a price closer to $ 350. However, at this point it is just an educated guess.
What is certain is that Nvidia will be watching AMD closely to see what its RX 6000 series cards will look like in October and adapt accordingly.