NVIDIA continues to trickle down information about its next star graphics card, the RTX 3060.
When it formalized its RTX 3060 on January 12, NVIDIA was rather stingy in technical details. The company had simply unveiled the number of CUDA cores (3,584), the amount of memory (12 GB on a 192-bit bus), the GPU frequencies (base frequency at 1.32 GHz and Boost frequency of 1.78 GHz), a dollar price ($ 329)… and that’s about it. With 10 days to go, the company is providing a few more details for this GA106 GPU-based benchmark.
16 Gbit / s memory speed
We learned in particular that the RTX 3060 will have a memory speed of 16 Gbit / s. On a 192-bit bus, this gives a memory bandwidth of 384 GB / s.
As for the TGP, it is 170 W; NVIDIA recommends a power supply of at least 550 W for the entire system.
Like other Ampere maps, this RTX 3060 is based on cores Ray Tracing 2 e generation of Tensor and hearts of 3 th generation. Unfortunately, their number is still uncertain.
How many RT cores and Tensor cores?
Theoretically, the GA106 GPU accommodates up to 120 Tensor cores and 30 RT cores. However, the RTX 3060 is unlikely to inherit a full GPU: even the RTX 3090 does not exploit the capabilities of its GA102 GPU to 100%.
NVIDIA has still not communicated the number of Tensor and RT cores for its RTX 3060. A priori , it should have 112 Tensor cores and 28 RT cores.
An alternative to the RTX 3060 Ti… If there is stock
For comparison, the RTX 3060 Ti , based on a GA104 GPU, comes with 4,864 CUDA cores, 152 Tensor cores and 38 RT cores. It is satisfied with 8 GB of GDDR6 at 14 Gbit / s, but on a 256-bit bus, which translates into a memory bandwidth of 448 GB / s. Its GPU displays, as reference frequencies, 1.41 GHz (base) and 1.67 GHz (Boost).
As regards performance, the RTX 3060 will deliver 13 shader-TFLOPs, 25 RT-TFLOPs in Ray Tracing and 101 tensor-TFLOPs dedicated to NVIDIA DLSS ( Deep Learning Super Sampling ) according to the values given by NVIDIA last January.
Remember that this RTX 3060 is expected on February 25, from 335 euros including tax.