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Some Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics cards may feature a new GA104-based GPU

Since its release, Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics cards have always featured a GA106 GPU, but that might be changing soon. Some board partners have recently begun updating listings for RTX 3060 graphics cards, pointing to a switch over to a cut down GA104 GPU instead. 

Nvidia RTX 3060 cards usually come with either a GA106-300 GPU or the GA106-302 GPU. The GA106-300 GPU was the first to release, featuring the original anti-mining tech that Nvidia broke by releasing a graphics driver that disabled the technology. Soon after, Nvidia launched the GA106-302 GPU with new anti-mining features.

According to Galax and Gainward (via VideoCardz), Chinese customers may soon find some RTX 3060 cards using a GA104 GPU. This GPU was the same one used to power the RTX 3060Ti, 3070, and 3070Ti desktop cards, but it will come with fewer enabled CUDA cores than any of the three. Other specifications and overall performance should remain similar as well.

Regardless of which GPU it has equipped, all RTX 3060 cards have 3584 CUDA cores enabled and 12GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 15Gbps across a 192-bit memory bus.

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KitGuru says: Given the supply chain situation, this could be an attempt by Nvidia to get yield rates up. Of course, it is also possible that both listings from Galax and Gainward are mistaken. 

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