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These graphics cards are the most popular. NVIDIA has refreshed its bestseller

Two new GeForce RTX 3060 cards officially unveiled. What has changed in the 3060 Ti and 3060?

Looking at the specifications of both models, it’s impossible not to get the impression that NVIDIA is following a strange strategy. Both graphics cards still use the same processing unit (GPU) with the same capabilities as their previous variants (this even applies to clock speed and TDP), and the changes are only limited to their memory subsystem. The company officially states that these two new variants of the RTX 3060, which will debut in November, are part of an effort to “offer more choice to gamers and creators.”

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The basic “3060” has just been joined by a model with only 8 GB of GDDR6 memory and limited to a 128-bit bus. This means that the bandwidth of the 15 Gb/s memory subsystem on this model will only be 240 GB/s, which can be a bottleneck for some applications. Recall that the original offers not only the more advanced 12 GB of VRAM, but also a full 360 GB / s of bandwidth, but both models use the exact same GPU.

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The GPUs in them offer 3584 CUDA cores, 112 Tesnor cores, 28 RT cores, 112 TMUs and 48 ROPs. Even their reference clock frequency remained at the same level ie. 1320 and 1777 MHz in base and boost mode, which also applies to the TDP of the card (170 watts). This type of mix may impress unwary customers on the proverbial face, because it has to wait for cuts on the GPU side and rather be called the RTX 3050 Ti, which would compete with the RX 6600 from AMD and even the Arc A750 from Intel. The price is currently unknown.

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Better is the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti upgrade, which still offers the same GPU (GA104-202) with 4864 CUDA cores and 12 GB of memory, but not GDDR6 14 GB/s and GDDR6X 19 Gb/s, which is due to everything the same 256-bit bus translates into a bandwidth increase from 448 GB/s to 608 GB/s. The prices of both models are unfortunately not known.

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