Report: NVIDIA Won’t Be Making a GeForce RTX 3060 Founders Edition


NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card announcement was suspiciously light in terms of renders and promotional photos, and now we know why. According to French hardware site Cowcotland, green team doesn’t actually have plans for a reference model of the midrange Ampere GPU. The GeForce RTX 3060 will only be available from third-party manufacturers.

“We have just had some additional information on this new model,” Cowcotland wrote. “It will arrive at the end of February and will only be available via the AIBs and therefore the custom cards. NVIDIA will not be offering a Founders Edition version of the GeForce RTX 3060.”

The GeForce RTX 3060 features 3,584 CUDA Cores, 12 GB of GDDR6 memory (4 GB more than its Ti sibling), and a boost/base clock of 1.78/1.32 GHz. According to NVIDIA’s benchmarks, the GPU is a healthy improvement over the previous generation’s GeForce RTX 2060 and can play modern hits such as Cyberpunk 2077 at 60 FPS with ray tracing enabled in the 1080p setting (DLSS on).

“Enter the GeForce RTX 3060, a $329 upgrade launching late February that brings the power of Ampere, our 2nd Generation RTX architecture, to every gamer,” NVIDIA wrote in its announcement post. “With it, you get twice the raster performance and 10x the ray tracing performance of the GeForce GTX 1060 – a massive increase.”

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