Nvidia and partners are purportedly concocting at least three more GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards, according to Twitter leakster Zed Wang, aka MEGAsizedGPU (opens in new tab). In the pipeline, according to this latest green team rumor, are an RTX 3060 8GB, an RTX 3060 Ti with GDDR6X, and an RTX 3070 Ti based on the GA102 GPU. However, we think adding these cards shortly would signal that there are still several months to wait for mid-range GeForce RTX 40-series (Ada Lovelace) cards to hit the market.
If true, introducing a new GeForce RTX 3060 with 8GB of RAM might make the biggest splash, as the X060 is often the most popular SKU of any generation. Of course, this new model will have less VRAM than the original (12GB cut to 8GB), but there is no light shone on any other spec changes. In the worst-case scenario, Nvidia might cut the bus from 192-bit to 128-bit for 8GB, reducing both memory quota and bandwidth. Without rebalancing in some other way (CUDA cores, clocks, memory speeds), it will simply be inferior to the currently marketed RTX 3060 and be a change that would draw heavy fire from enthusiasts.
A more positive change might be coming to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti refresh if Zed Wang’s info is correct. This model is said to be getting a significant memory speed upgrade. It will move from 8GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 to the same quota, using 19 Gbps GDDR6X. Given this info, we should expect about a 35% boost to memory bandwidth.