Nvidia is set to phase out the older, slower variant of its RTX 3060 Ti graphics card and will only sell the latest 3060 Ti with faster graphics memory, if the rumor is to be believed – with potential ramifications for the GPU Team Green’s mid-range strategy and the RTX 4060 (we’ll come back to that).
First, let’s look at the rumor itself, which comes from a regular source of speculation in China, MyDrivers (opens in new tab) (as signaled by VideoCardz (opens in new tab)🇧🇷 The source claims that third-party graphics card makers are now in the process of gradually – but surely – getting rid of the original, slower version of the 3060 Ti.
If you’ll recall, the faster variant that’s supposedly being retained is only different in terms of VRAM – the new 3060 Ti has 19Gbps GDDR6X memory, compared to the old card’s 14Gbps GDDR6. This yields a huge increase in memory bandwidth from 448GB/s to 608GB/s (loading 8GB of VRAM remains the same, by the way, as do all other specs for these respective graphics cards).
The good news is that buyers will get this top-performing RTX 3060 Ti with no change in price. At least that’s what MyDrivers claims will be the case for the Chinese market and, with any luck, should extend to the global market. We don’t see why not, but that being said, you never know what might happen on the price front.
MyDrivers also mentions Nvidia’s new 8GB RTX 3060 variant, which downgrades the existing RTX 3060’s VRAM to 12GB (and reduces the 192-bit memory bus to 128-bit) and is therefore a bit different in terms of performance. downgrade. However, whether the older model will be similarly disposed of in this case remains to be seen, though we hope not (and it’s likely sources would have heard about it too, if that were the case; or so we tentatively assume).
Analysis: Cutting through the confusion – but also sending a worrying signal?
Of course, we still have to treat this as a rumour, as that is exactly what it is. But it’s a theorizing that makes sense, and we hope that’s the direction Nvidia intends to go with the RTX 3060 Ti.
After all, it is always confusing for consumers when a situation arises where there are identically named graphics card models that have slightly different specifications, even if they are not polar opposites. Narrowing it down to just a variant of the 3060 Ti will help clear up any confusion and ensure less tech-savvy buyers don’t go for a slightly inferior model of the 3060 Ti without even realizing that’s the case.
Pricing being kept the same as the supposedly outgoing model is also a plus point, although as noted, we’d expect this to apply outside of China.
However, it’s not all good news in terms of the signals it sends from Nvidia – namely that the company is looking to keep the RTX 3060 Ti as its mid-range workhorse going forward for some time to come. Or, put another way, it’s likely that no RTX 4060 is on the horizon – even remotely – as the plan seems to be to keep pushing RTX 3000 stock in front of the wallet.
And this unfortunately coincides with the more recent rumors we’ve heard elsewhere about cheaper Lovelace GPUs, with the belief that the RTX 4060 is still a long way off and may not arrive until June 2023. Which is also supported by how little we I’ve also heard about the 4060 so far in the rumor mill.
That said, we might see something for lower-end Lovelace GPUs in the near future, but for laptops, with a recent look at the RTX 4050 mobile version (add plenty of spice, naturally). But all in all, the way everything seems to be shaping up so far, don’t hold your breath for more affordable RTX 4000 desktop GPUs – Nvidia appears to be counting on the RTX 3000 lineup to withstand the pressure in this market segment for some time to come. still.