The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti might not be the only Ampere graphics card to get a GDDR6X memory upgrade. Slovakian retailer DT digital (via momomo_us (opens in a new tab)), specializing in Lenovo products, has listed an unreleased GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with GDDR6X memory.
Similar to the situation with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X, the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X would be the third iteration of the GeForce RTX 3060. The original model debuted last year with the GA106 die. A second variant hit the market a few months later with identical specs but a bigger GA104 die. Since Nvidia has not announced the GDDR6X model, it remains a mystery whether it uses the GA106 or GA104 die.
Starting with subtle changes, the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X seems to be rocking a 1780 MHz boost clock, 3 MHz faster than the vanilla GeForce RTX 3060. This is not something to brag about since it represents an increase of less than 1%. However, a higher boost clock speed slightly bumps the performance of the FP32 from 12.7 TFLOPs to 12.8 TFLOPS. It’s not something the average gamer will notice in real-life scenarios.
GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X Specifications*
|Graphic card||GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X||GeForce RTX 3060 GA104||GeForce RTX 3060|
|process technology||Samsung 8N||Samsung 8N||Samsung 8N|
|Die size (mm²)||392||392||276|
|Base clock (MHz)||1,320||1,320||1,320|
|Boost Clock (MHz)||1,780||1,777||1,777|
|VRAM Speed (Gbps)||19||15||15|
|VRAM||12 GB of GDDR6X memory||12 GB of GDDR6 memory||12 GB of GDDR6 memory|
|VRAM bus width||192||192||192|
|TFLOP FP32 (Boost)||12.8||12.7||12.7|
*Specifications are not confirmed.
The GeForce RTX 3060 has 12 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 15 Gbps. With access to a 192-bit memory interface, the GeForce RTX 3060 pumps out 360 GB/s of memory bandwidth. DT Digital Product List (opens in a new tab) confirms that the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X sports “ultra-fast G6X memory for an exceptional user experience”. Unfortunately, the retailer did not provide memory speed. We can only speculate since GDDR6X frequencies range from 19 Gbps to 21 Gbps.
We think the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X is in all likelihood switching to 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory chips. If so, the graphics card could deliver 456GB/s of memory throughput, a significant 27% improvement over the standard GeForce RTX 3060. Of course, the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X upgrade is not as considerable as the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X (36%), but the latter has a larger memory interface.
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It would appear that the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X retains the same 170W TDP as the other two variants. The graphics card can get all the juice from the expansion slot and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. However, expect heavily overclocked models to come with 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors.
While the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X might have a similar MSRP to the original, the price of the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X is still up in the air. DT digital has not revealed the price of the Lenovo GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X (4X61E72194). However, the same graphics card has appeared at two US retailers, but prices are all over the place.
The Lenovo GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X is on Newegg for $589 (opens in a new tab) and $675 (opens in a new tab) through third party vendors. Meanwhile, Provantage is selling it for $546 (opens in a new tab). These are likely prices before the Ethereum mining bubble burst. With a standard GeForce RTX 3060 starting at $369, the GDDR6X model should be priced similarly, if not lower.