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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB rumoured to launch 25th Feb

by Mark Tyson on 9 February 2021, 12:11

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Last month HEXUS reported upon the approximate release date of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB. At the time we heard that the upcoming graphics card model would become available to reviewers and influencers from 19th Feb, before the public launch at the end of the month. Now tech site WCCF Tech asserts that its sources have pinpointed the official date for release of the new graphics card as being 6am PST on Thursday 25th February.

The source doesn't have any more information other than that precise time but adds, as you may already expect, that the MSRP pricing isn't likely to be maintained. Moreover, it reports it has spotted various AIB partner cards listed by retailers from €428 at the cheapest all the way up to €599 in Europe – quite a sum for this SKU.

It is worth a recap on the RTX 3060's tech specs and first-party touted performance. For this info, please check the charts / slides reproduced above. In brief, you will see that the RTX 3060 12GB possesses 3594 CUDA cores, and runs at base/boost 1.32/1.76GHz. That significant chunk of GDDR6 memory is on a 192-bit bus. The card is expected to pull about 170W when strutting its stuff, and standard models will come with a single 8-pin power connector. Expect performance similar to the GeForce RTX 2060 Super.

Going back to the WCCFTech report, they link to a Reddit thread by 'he_never-sleeps' about the acquisition of a Gigabyte Eagle GeForce RTX 3060 OC 12GB. The redditor explains that he ordered and paid for a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and when the shop owner accidentally sold it to someone else first he browsed the (physical?) shop and picked up this (one of two available at the store). The thread is concerned with crypto-mining, and it appears to be widely expected the RTX 3060 is capable of approx 50MH/s while the RTX 3060 Ti is capable of a little over 60MH/s.



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And………….. it's all sold out
Must admit that these “virtual” (well at least to your normal everyday gamer) GPU releases, are starting to get very very boring.Was looking to upgrade my GPU at some point, but now going to wait until much later in the year and see how the land lies. Was pretty shocked to see how much (for example) 3080's had jumped up in price compared to the original MRRP

Life…………..
mikeo
Must admit that these “virtual” (well at least to your normal everyday gamer) GPU releases, are starting to get very very boring.Was looking to upgrade my GPU at some point, but now going to wait until much later in the year and see how the land lies. Was pretty shocked to see how much (for example) 3080's had jumped up in price compared to the original MRRP

Life…………..

Not everywhere. cough https://forums.hexus.net/graphics-cards/423275-3000-founders-edition-cards-uk-7.html#post4283696 I managed to preorder a 3070 today at what I think (hope) is/was rrp. The founders editions are definitely still rrp when they come up.

That comment at the end re crypto mining potential is worrying. These will get snaffled up quicker than you can blink if that's true.

So the 3070 is approx a 2080ti in performance
the 3060ti approx a 2070 super-2080
and the 3060 only a 2060 super but with 1.5x the RAM buffer. That's not amazing really. It's a good budget card, but they should just have given the whole 30xx stack more memory, 12GB certainly up to 3070 where they're still using GDDR6 and without the heat issues of the GDDR6x in the 3080 upwards.
ik9000
Not everywhere. cough https://forums.hexus.net/graphics-cards/423275-3000-founders-edition-cards-uk-7.html#post4283696 I managed to preorder a 3070 today at what I think (hope) is/was rrp. The founders editions are definitely still rrp when they come up.

RTX3070 RRP is £469 for the FE model just for reference. It is £369 for the RTX3060TI FE,and £299 for the RTX3060.

Edit!!

Expect performance similar to the GeForce RTX 2060 Super.



Only 10% to 15% faster than an RTX2060 or RX5600XT which were under £300 quite often??
CAT-THE-FIFTH
RTX3070 RRP is £469 for the FE model just for reference. It is £369 for the RTX3060TI FE,and £299 for the RTX3060.

and that's why they're so popular. I paid more than that for my non-FE AIB (assuming it actually arrives) but it is one of the better ones according to this very in depth look at why certain 3070 cards are perhaps better picks than others across the range:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3lfXsa08CY&ab_channel=O%21Technology

Definitely if you're looking at one of the cheaper AIB models you're better off saving the money and getting the FE model.