Monday, February 1st 2021

NVIDIA "GA106" Ampere GPU Pictured

The "GA106" will be NVIDIA's third GeForce "Ampere" silicon, following the "GA102" and "GA104." It will power several mid-range GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards, including the recently announced GeForce RTX 3060. VideoCardz scored the first picture of the "GA106" ASIC. The chip is estimated to have a die-are of 272 mm², while its package (fiberglass substrate) is of the same size as the "GA104," possibly even with some degree of pin-compatibility.

Built on the 8 nm silicon fabrication process, the "GA106" physically features 3,840 "Ampere" CUDA cores, 120 3rd Gen Tensor cores, and 30 2nd Gen RT cores. Its memory bus width is unknown, but on the RTX 3060, it features a 192-bit wide interface, holding 12 GB of memory, using 16 Gbit GDDR6 memory chips. Besides the RTX 3060, NVIDIA is expected to carve out other SKUs, such as the RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050, out of this silicon. The "GA106" could also be prominently featured in upcoming RTX 30-series Mobile SKUs.
Source: VideoCardz
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12 Comments on NVIDIA "GA106" Ampere GPU Pictured

#1
docnorth
3050 is supposed to be based on GA107, probably a smaller version of GA106.
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#2
AsRock
TPU addict
Again as with AMD i don't care, still trying to get the one of the higher ones.
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#3
ViperXTR
Oh boy, can't wait to see this on the shelves at twice the SRP!
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#4
DeathtoGnomes
You see that chip numbers going up but going in "cheap" cards. I dun getit.
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#5
Vayra86
DeathtoGnomes
You see that chip numbers going up but going in "cheap" cards. I dun getit.
4 minus two makes 6 in reverse, so its obviously the smaller GPU.

Its the same logic as 'The more you buy the more you save' or 'It just works'. Strange how those quotes are all from the two most recent generations, too... I smell a conspiracy.
ViperXTR
Oh boy, can't see this on the shelves
FTFY
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#6
yotano211
I'm happy with the mobile 2080 for a few years.
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#7
ExcuseMeWtf
Hopefully smaller GPU will mean slightly better availability.

I'm not delusional enough to hope for reasonable avaiability though. :roll:
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#8
Chrispy_
It almost doesn't matter how good or bad this card is, as long as they're being made in high volume.

$300? $400? Nobody is going to care too much when all the alternatives are either out of stock or sitting on ebay at $1200 with 125% scalper markup.

We need the supply to match demand again, otherwise the GPU shortage, inflated pricing, and scalping will continue.
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#9
MrGRiMv25
Considering all the recent news regarding chips shortages I severely doubt that we're going to see the market return to "normal" levels for at least another 6 months... which sucks quite a bit. :ohwell:

I can hold off for now as there's nothing I really want to play so buying a new card to replace my knackered 570 at current prices would be ridiculous, but I do want to upgrade sometime this year.
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Haile Selassie
DeathtoGnomes
You see that chip numbers going up but going in "cheap" cards. I dun getit.
It's because these are project numbers more or less. All smaller designs are based from biggest die configuration, hence they have higher sequential project number.
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#11
P4-630
You can have one next year....
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#12
Slizzo
P4-630
You can have one next year....
Anything that gets me closer to Hopper or whatever is next is thumbs up all around in my case. I need this crap availability and tarriffs and price gouging/scalping to keep me from trying to get a 3090.
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