Rumours of NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 Surface- Could Offer RTX 2080-level Performance Gains, RTX 3080 20GB In The Pipeline Too

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The arrival of the successor to the entry-level NVIDIA RTX card is an inevitability, but we have not heard any official info yet from the manufacturers themselves. But leaks abound, and many of them hint at some massive claims we may get to hear from Jensen Huang himself when the RTX 3060 is officially unveiled.

The rumoured RTX 3060 was leaked even before the launch of the RTX 3080, as well as other GPUs in the lineup, like Super and/or Ti models for the RTX 3070. But very recently we got more information on the RTX 3060 in particular, as well as about the existence of an RTX 3080 with double the video memory, at a massive 20GB.

The leak comes from a presentation by GPU board partner Galax, where it is clear there is an entry-level RTX 3000 series card named the RTX 3060, as expected. The presentation also has more information, and one interesting hint is the parallel drawn between the old RTX 2080 and the upcoming 3060, implying that they will be at a similar level of performance. That would be a greatly compelling card, as the -60 card in NVIDIA’s lineup typically is a $300-400 (~40,000 INR) card. Getting the performance of the $700 (~70000 INR) at launch RTX 2080 is a great deal and will be another compelling option for people looking to put it in a ~$1000 PC build.

Leak from Galax Presentation on RTX cards on Weibo
The leaked slide from the presentation from Galax, as uploaded on Weibo
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The RTX 3060 seems poised to perform very well in 1440p gaming use cases, and also be a great entry into 4K gaming, with real-time ray tracing as well. It also is potential competition for the upcoming AMD RX 6000 series, which is going to be revealed in October. But that was not all the slide can tell us. Besides reaffirming the existence of the 20GB RTX 3080, we also see a middle-of-the-road product, which has no name as yet, just a GPU codename so far, but based on NVIDIA’s prior nomenclature, it can be assumed its an RTX 3070 Super or a 3070 Ti, with higher performance than the 3070, but still slotting in below the RTX 3080.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series

Last week, Gigabyte had also accidentally leaked similar info on the 20GB RTX 3080 as well as the 3070 Super/Ti, and also revealed that the RTX 3060 will have 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Additionally, there was also another leak from the same source, showing what probably is a 16GB RTX 3070, so like the RTX 3080 20GB, a doubled video memory version of the already-released/revealed GPU.

NVIDIA seems to be having a lot more products in the pipeline, and the releases to them will probably be seen in the coming months, mostly to counter AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series products.

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Yatharth Sood
Intern Writer at TechQuila. Amateur photographer on Instagram. EE undergrad student at MIT, Manipal.

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