A listing found in the website’s database PCI Devices suggests that Nvidia may soon release a new version of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, an advanced mid-range model that used to be the brand’s best value for money, now equipped with a GA103 chip. There is still not much information about the board, but it is believed that the novelty is an attempt to increase inventories without affecting the production of other solutions in the family.
Nvidia may launch new RTX 3060 Ti with GA103 chip
The record found in PCI Devices is recent, dated from last Tuesday (11), and explicitly mentions the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, as well as the name of the chip, the GA103 — more specifically, the variant adopted is the GA103-200, as suggested by leaker kopite7kimi in response to the VideoCardz website. There are no details on GPU specs, but considering this is the same model equipped on the recently announced RTX 3080 Ti for notebooks, it is possible to speculate on some configurations.
If it is just a hardware revision, keeping the specifications of the original model, the novelty would have 4,864 CUDA cores, using only 60% of the GA103, whose full implementation reaches 7,680 CUDA cores, it seems.
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Still, improvements in the CUDA core count and even in memory capacity cannot be completely ruled out, given that the recent 12GB RTX 3080 is modestly bulkier than the traditional 10GB version, despite the proposal focusing on in the increase of VRAM.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) January 14, 2022
It is worth remembering that records in PCI Devices they had already indicated the existence of the RTX 3070 Ti mobile about 3 months before the launch, so there is a good chance that the new RTX 3060 Ti is close to being announced.
New version aims to increase stocks
According to information from VideoCardz, the RTX 3060 Ti is the lowest-stocked RTX 3000 family GPU — the portal indicates that some of the custom card makers haven’t had access to mid-range solution shipments for months. The reason, besides the scarcity, would be the priority that Nvidia would be giving to the RTX 3070, which shares the same GA104 chip, but in a more robust configuration.
The expectation is that, with the debut of the variant based on the GA103, used only by the RTX 3080 Ti mobile at the moment, the giant would have enough production capacity to change this scenario. There is still no precise information on a release date, but considering that the company will still hold one more event in January to reveal the details of the RTX 3090 Ti, new details should emerge by then.