ASUS’s GeForce RTX 3060 TUF Gaming graphics card that features 12 GB GDDR6 memory has been leaked. The graphics card is one of the several custom models for NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card which is aiming for a launch this quarter.
According to the leaks, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 was reportedly going to be offered in two flavors, a 6 GB and a 12 GB model, but based on new information, it looks like the 6 GB model may not get to see the light of day, at least that is what’s rumored right now.
The 12 GB variant on the other hand will be coming to market around February though we might see an announcement at CES 2021.
As per rumors, NVIDIA has indeed opted for a higher VRAM as the new RTX 3060 will come with 12GB GDDR6 memory.
While this is the TUF model, Wccftech asserts that Asus will make others including a more powerful ROG Strix version.
Sources believe that the ‘Ultra’ GPU will be above the Ti and Supermodels (or presumably could even replace the Super versions we saw with Turing GPUs).
If true, that’ll mean we will have an RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060 Ultra, with possibly a vanilla RTX 3060 eventually nestling beneath those two cards.
There is some confusion about the price of the RTX 3060 Ultra, for the time being. On the one hand, Wccftech claims that the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra (ASUS TUF-RTX3060U-O12G-Gaming) will retail for US$449, which would make it US$50 more expensive than the RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 TUF Specs:
Nvidia has a GeForce Special Broadcast event scheduled for CES 2021, on January 12, and this is where the RTX 3060 Ultra will purportedly be revealed with a claimed price tag of $449.
The brand-new Ampere graphics card will feature 12 GB of GDDR6 memory which is more than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, GeForce RTX 3070, and GeForce RTX 3080 cards.
ASUS will be offering the graphics card in several custom flavors including its ROG STRIX design but right now, we have the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 (ASUS TUF-RTX3060-O12G-Gaming) leaked out.
The card is said to be based on the GA106-300 GPU which should offer 3584 cores in 28 SM units. The RTX 3060 Ti has a 256-bit bus with a VRAM clock speed of 14 Gbps.
The card itself features a 2.7 slot design and a large aluminum shroud with three massive fans that come with 0dB technology.
The heatsink underneath the card is a massive aluminum fin array with several copper heat pipes running through it. The card makes use of a custom PCB design but the cooler and the backplate extend beyond it
In terms of performance, the ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 TUF Gaming graphics card should end up somewhere between the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and the GeForce RTX 2080 which is decent if it is priced right.
A price of around $349 US should be expected but it is likely it would end up at around $379 US due to the larger 12 GB VRAM pool on the card.
A US$100 saving on the RTX 3060 Ti indicates that NVIDIA may price the likes of the RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti, and RTX 3060 aggressively, if one can get their hands on stock, that is.