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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards have been spotted using the GA104 GPU by Matthew Smith (TechPowerUp’s GPU Database Editor). The entries are very recent which means that AIBs are using defective Ampere dies to power the mainstream gaming graphics card.

NVIDIA’s GA104 GPU Powered GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards Spotted

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card is based on the Ampere GA106 GPU which is a whole different SKU compared to the GA104 which powers the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti & GeForce RTX 3070.

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Based on the new entry, it looks like NVIDIA may have a surplus stock of defective GPU dies that didn’t make it into the higher-end graphics card but are still good enough for the RTX 3060 cards. This means that while the graphics card will retain its core specifications such as 3584 CUDA cores and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory running across a 192-bit bus interface, the chip itself will be a much higher-end SKU than the RTX 3060’s original GA106 GPU core.

NVIDIA Ampere GA104 and GA106 GPU dies pictured together. (Image Credits: TechPowerUp)

This won’t be the first time that NVIDIA has used defective 104 dies to replace 106 SKUs. The RTX 2060 that was originally based on the TU106 GPU received several configurations including one of which featured a TU104 GPU. Other cards such as the Turing TU117 powered GeForce GTX 1650 also received updated configurations in TU116 and TU106 flavors. The latter offered better NVENC support and slightly faster content creation capabilities though we are unlikely to see those in the TU104 based RTX 3060 cards since Turing had a lot of architectural differences in the higher-end & the mainstream GPU SKUs.

What we could see is the GA104 powered GeForce RTX 3060 to allow stable boost clocks along with better control over power than its constrained GA106 variant. So overall, most of you would never know what’s lying under the hood of your NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics card, whether it be a GA104 or a GA106 GPU-based variant. It was recently reported that the supply of GA106 GPUs might become constrained so that might also explain why these defective GA104 dies are being repurposed for the RTX 3060.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series ‘Ampere’ Graphics Card Specifications:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
GPU Name Ampere GA107 Ampere GA107 Ampere GA106-300 Ampere GA104-200 Ampere GA104-300 Ampere GA104-400 Ampere GA102-200 Ampere GA102-225 Ampere GA102-300
Process Node Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm
Die Size TBA TBA TBA 395.2mm2 395.2mm2 395.2mm2 628.4mm2 628.4mm2 628.4mm2
Transistors TBA TBA TBA 17.4 Billion 17.4 Billion 17.4 Billion 28 Billion 28 Billion 28 Billion
CUDA Cores 2048? 2560? 3584 4864 5888 6144 8704 10240 10496
TMUs / ROPs 64 / 40 80 / 48 112 / 64 152 / 80 184 / 96 192/ 96 272 / 96 320 / 112 328 / 112
Tensor / RT Cores 64 / 16 80 / 20 112 / 28 152 / 38 184 / 46 192/ 48 272 / 68 320 / 80 328 / 82
Base Clock TBA TBA 1320 MHz 1410 MHz 1500 MHz 1575 MHz 1440 MHz 1365 MHz 1400 MHz
Boost Clock TBA TBA 1780 MHz 1665 MHz 1730 MHz 1770 MHz 1710 MHz 1665 MHz 1700 MHz
FP32 Compute TBA TBA 12.7 TFLOPs 16.2 TFLOPs 20 TFLOPs 22 TFLOPs 30 TFLOPs 34 TFLOPs 36 TFLOPs
RT TFLOPs TBA TBA 25.4 TFLOPs 32.4 TFLOPs 40 TFLOPs 42 TFLOPs 58 TFLOPs 67 TFLOPs 69 TFLOPs
Tensor-TOPs TBA TBA 101 TOPs 129.6 TOPs 163 TOPs 174 TOPs 238 TOPs 273 TOPs 285 TOPs
Memory Capacity 4 GB GDDR6? 4 GB GDDR6? 12 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6X 10 GB GDDR6X 12 GB GDDR6X 24 GB GDDR6X
Memory Bus 128-bit 128-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit 384-bit
Memory Speed TBA TBA 15 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 19 Gbps 19 Gbps 19 Gbps 19.5 Gbps
Bandwidth TBA TBA 360 Gbps 448 Gbps 448 Gbps 608 Gbps 760 Gbps 912 Gbps 936 Gbps
TGP ~75W ~100W 170W 200W 220W 290W 320W 350W 350W
Price (MSRP / FE) $149? $199? $329 $399 US $499 US $599 US $699 US $1199 $1499 US
Launch (Availability) 2021? 2021? February 2021 December 2020 29th October 2020 10th June 2021 17th September 2020 3rd June 2021 24th September 2020



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