Although Nvidia has launched the GeForce RTX 40-series graphics card (Ada), the chipmaker is not ready to say goodbye to Ampere. Likewise, Nvidia has yet to officially announce the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X, but Asus has just confirmed the existence of a new Ampere SKU.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X is part of the rumored refresh, which includes models like the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X, the GeForce RTX 3060 8GB and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GA102. The refresh shows that Nvidia may have accumulated too many Ampere dies and is looking for a way to get rid of them. Therefore, the next contender for the best graphics card may come from Nvidia’s Ampere family instead of Ada.
As first spotted by VideoCardz (opens in new tab), Asus has listed the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8G GDDR6X and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X graphics cards, with the latter model arriving factory overclocked. The standard version goes up to 1,665 MHz, the same boost clock as the regular GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition. However, the Asus graphics card has an OC mode that further increases the clock speed to 1,695 MHz. Meanwhile, the OC edition has a default boost clock of 1,775 MHz and a boost clock of 1,785 OC.
Asus GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X specifications
|CUDA core||Default Mode Alarm Clock||OC Mode Boost Clock||Memory||Memory Speed||Memory Interface||Bandwidth||Power Connector||Part Number|
|TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X||4,864||1,755 MHz||1,785 MHz||8GB GDDR6X||19 Gbps||256-bit||608 GBps||2 x 8-pin||TUF-RTX3060TI-O8GD6X-GAME|
|TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8GB GDDR6||4,864||1,755 MHz||1,785 MHz||8GB GDDR6||14 Gbps||256-bit||448 GBps||1 x 8-pin||TUF-RTX3060TI-O8G-GAMING|
|TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8G GDDR6X||4,864||1,665 MHz||1,695 MHz||8GB GDDR6X||19 Gbps||256-bit||608 GBps||2 x 8-pin||TUF-RTX3060TI-8GD6X-GAME|
|TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6||4,864||1,665 MHz||1,695 MHz||8GB GDDR6||14 Gbps||256-bit||448 GBps||1 x 8-pin||TUF-RTX3060TI-8G-GAMING|
|GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founder’s Edition||4,864||1,665 MHz||N/A||8GB GDDR6||14 Gbps||256-bit||448 GBps||1 x 12-pin||N/A|
The increased boost clock speed will help the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X offer higher performance than the vanilla version. However, the real star of the show is the switch from 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory to 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory. Although the amount of memory and the 256-bit interface remain the same, the GDDR6X memory will increase the processing power of the Ampere graphics card memory.
While the standard GeForce RTX 3060 Ti offers up to 448 GBps of memory bandwidth, the GDDR6X variant delivers up to 608 GBps. The new SKU represents a 36% increase. In previous leaks (opens in new tab), the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X outperforms the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti by up to 10% in synthetic benchmarks, which doesn’t always tell the whole story. It remains to be seen whether the higher memory bandwidth offers a significant improvement in real-world gaming.
Image 1 from 2
Unfortunately, Asus doesn’t list the TDP for the custom GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X graphics card. It’s still a mystery to what extent GDDR6X memory affects the graphics card’s TDP. It seems that the new variant draws more power, according to Asus’ design.
The TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 uses only a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. On the other hand, Asus has equipped the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X with two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Both graphics cards feature the same boost clock, so the clock speed is not the reason for the higher power requirements. Rather, it depends on the type of memory.
It is a radical change considering that each 8-pin PCIe power connector is suitable for 150W. However, the extra power connector doesn’t necessarily mean the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X pulls a total of 150W. Asus still recommends a 750W power supply for the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X despite its twin 8-pin PCIe power connectors. It’s the same minimum recommendation as the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8GB GDDR6. We can conclude from the arrangement of the power connectors that the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X is likely to have a higher TDP but not significantly enough to warrant a larger power supply, at least in the case of Asus.
It is not known when Nvidia will introduce the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X; it shouldn’t be long, though, as Asus has listed the brand’s custom models.