Having seemingly already conquered the top-end of the enthusiast card segment NVIDIA may already be ramping up for the other end of the market. To be fair, we still don’t really know what AMD has in store with Big Navi but it already looks like the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 are setting the bar pretty high. Meanwhile, a part of the market that’s far more likely to have a greater amount of sales could witness a similar shakeup with the Ampere generation of GPUs. Videocardz, along with well-known leaker Kopite7kimi, has just reported on the possibility of a GeForce RTX 3060 variant.
PG142-SKU20 GA104-200 8G GDDR6 4864FP32=RTX 3060Ti or Super, Thanks to VCZ.— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) September 8, 2020
It is believed that this variant would have a GA104-200 GPU featuring 4864 CUDA cores. At this point, it is still unknown if NVIDIA will continue to use Ti branding. There have rumors alleging they plan to switch over the Super moniker to avoid confusion among consumers. Interestingly enough though, Videocardz shows that both may, in fact, be used.
GDDR6 or GDDR6X?
Another rumor is that this card will feature 8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory. This seems plausible due to its inclusion with the current GeForce RTX 3070, due to be released in October. However, depending on when, or if, these cards are launched it is a possibility they could have faster GDDR6X memory instead. There has been speculation that NVIDIA could be planning refreshes in 2021 using Micron’s next yield of GDDR6X. It would also follow suit with similar strategies seen with both Pascal and Turing refreshes. In each of those generations, we saw some of NVIDIA’s lowest tier cards get memory upgrades over time. Even though there are many rumors here it does appear that NVIDIA, and AMD, will be battling it out over the low-to-mid-tier segments again.