When Nvidia announced the GeForce RTX 3060, a lot of budget gamers got very excited. A new entrant into the $300 price point was sorely needed. But as with 2020, 2021 has some bad news. There are some new leaks that suggest we’re in for more nightmarish shopping experiences and price gouging.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is almost here, according to new leaks from various sources. The new GPU has already been sent to retailers it seems, and things are looking weird. Pricing is all over the place, but at least we know what to expect. And based on some new leaks Wccftech reports that this card is officially launching this month on February 25th at 6AM Pacific Time. The date has not been confirmed at this time.
The original pricing for the SKU was expected to occupy the $350 USD range, to come in just under the 3060 Ti released a few months ago. It would seem that the massively reduced supply has already caused some retailers to engage in price gouging. So let’s talk about why that’s heppening.
What kind of specs are we getting?
The new GPU variant, which followed the RTX 3060 Ti, will be based on the 8 nm “GA106” chip, with lower clock speeds and slower throughput on that memory allotment. The new GPU will sport 12GB of GDDR6, giving it more raw capacity than some other basic 30-series GPUs. The GA106-300 GPU will have more VRAM, but at slower speeds, compared to the likes of the 3080. We’re looking at 192-bit memory with 360.00 GB/s bandwidth, on this GPU.
Other technical specs point to the card having 28 RT cores, and 112 Tensor cores on a TDP of 170w. Those RT cores, powering next-gen ray-tracing effects, will be combined with a package of 3584 CUDA cores, and 112 TMUs.
A base memory speed of 15 GHz will allow for the RTX 3060 to run at base clocks of 1320 MHz, and with boost clocks up to 1777 MHz. That’s just for the base Nvidia model. Most AIBs have not listed full specs for their cards. We can expect beefier cooling solutions from these partners to allow for more speed to be squeezed out of the cards.
Nvidia has no plans to release a reference “Founders Edition” design of the RTX 3060, as they already handled the 3060 Ti. It’s likely that these new AIB cards will be refreshes of the 3060 Ti design we’re seeing in terms of cooling. That will allow them to take better advantage of the larger VRM pool with more robust cooling solutions.
According to the leaks spotted online, some retailers have already begun seeding pre-orders for the GPU.
These leaks have made it clear that the stocking problem has not abated in the slightest. Folks are expecting to pay way over MSRP for these cards for months, and that really stinks. GPU prices have been inflated for some time, and a big part of that is the ongoing semiconductor shortage. Thanks to the boom in cryptocurrency mining, supplies were already strained. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has made restocks such a rarity that you’re all but guaranteed never to get a new GPU without paying way over MSRP. Even older GPUs like the RX 580 have been pushed into the $400+ range by scalpers. It’s just crazy.
Consider that the newer RTX 3060 Ti price was already pushed into the $600 range in some cases, from a $400 MSRP, there’s already a lot of people expecting another maddening paper launch this month.
As Wccftech reports, “Additionally, retailers have started listing down custom NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards with preliminary pre-order prices. The most affordable variant, the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Twin Edge, is listed for a price of 428 Euros while the top variant is listed for 600 Euros. The prices are severely inflated.”
Pictures of one variant, or the box at least, have already leaked. One user on Reddit posted pictures of their RTX 3060 Eagle OC 12GB onto a subreddit.