Monday, February 8th 2021

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Release Date is February 25

NVIDIA is slated to launch its performance-segment GeForce RTX 3060 "Ampere" graphics card on February 25, 2021, according to a WCCFTech report. The company launches the card at an MSRP (starting price) of USD $329. 12 GB is the standard memory size for the RTX 3060. The card marks the debut of the new 8 nm "GA106" silicon, NVIDIA's 4th chip based on the GeForce "Ampere" graphics architecture.

While the "GA106" silicon features up to 3,840 CUDA cores across 30 streaming multiprocessors, the RTX 3060 is reportedly being carved out by enabling 28 SM, working out to 3,584 CUDA cores. It features 12 GB of 15 Gbps GDDR6 memory across a 192-bit wide memory interface, which means 360 GB/s memory bandwidth, slightly higher than the 336 GB/s of the RTX 2060. The card has a typical board power rating of 170 W, which means plenty of custom-design graphics card models should come with single 8-pin PCIe power connector configurations. NVIDIA's design goal for the RTX 3060 could be doubling performance over the GTX 1060 "Pascal," and a significant performance uplift over the RTX 2060.
Source: WCCFTech
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27 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Release Date is February 25

#1
trparky
Now this may be a card that I may upgrade to. I have an older 1060 and have been waiting for something cheaper to upgrade to. I'm not exactly made of money here. Now if only I can get my hands on one. :laugh:
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#2
Nuckles56
trparky
Now this may be a card that I may upgrade to. I have an older 1060 and have been waiting for something cheaper to upgrade to. I'm not exactly made of money here. Now if only I can get my hands on one. :laugh:
Good luck, I suspect every single one will end up in miners hands on launch day unless you have a bot that can do the transaction for you
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#3
trparky
Nuckles56
Good luck
I know. :(
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#4
EzioAs
trparky
Now this may be a card that I may upgrade to. I have an older 1060 and have been waiting for something cheaper to upgrade to. I'm not exactly made of money here. Now if only I can get my hands on one. :laugh:
I'm in the same boat. I really want to upgrade from my GTX 1060 but the MSRP is still too high and actual price may be even higher so I'll just postpone GPU upgrade till late this year or next year.
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#5
Tsukiyomi91
miners will always try to buy them up and leave nothing because f*** us right?
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#6
TumbleGeorge
3060 12GB=$329
3080 to 12GB=$999(probably)

Conclusion GDDR6 chips is much cheaper with HUGE discounts for graphic card trademarks than all we believe. Prices of this chips that we accessed and found from internet sites are fake.
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#7
Sithaer
EzioAs
I'm in the same boat. I really want to upgrade from my GTX 1060 but the MSRP is still too high and actual price may be even higher so I'll just postpone GPU upgrade till late this year or next year.
Same here with my RX 570.
Wanted to upgrade to a 5600 XT/5700 'non xt' or RTX card in the ~ same range in January or so, slowly saved up the money for it since 2020 September but then we know what happened meanwhile.
Everything is like double the price now on the second hand market if not more.

Looking at the way things are atm, I'm not even sure if I can upgrade this year.
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#8
Arkz
Curious to see the perf difference between the 3060Ti and this. I'd planned to upgrade my old RX580 to one since the RRP is £369.99 for the founders card. But the reality is when shops do get any partner cards in stock for 3 seconds, they're like £440-580. Screw that.
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#9
PooPipeBoy
Tsukiyomi91
miners will always try to buy them up and leave nothing because f*** us right?
Reminds me of the Pascal days when the miners craved GTX 1070s and RX 580s. Give it another 6 to 12 months and the bottom will fall out of crypto again just like it did back then. Only a matter of time before sellers are practically giving away graphics cards to get rid of them.
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#10
Tsukiyomi91
@PooPipeBoy too bad no one is buying up those used cards when the used market is gonna be flooded with former mining cards that are in questionable state. Only desperate people would buy such cards.
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norbert.x
Tsukiyomi91
@PooPipeBoy too bad no one is buying up those used cards when the used market is gonna be flooded with former mining cards that are in questionable state. Only desperate people would buy such cards.
This seems to be a common misconception in mining. Cards are usually undervolted/underclocked to get the best Hashrate(reward)/kWh(energy consumption) ratio.
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#12
authorized
Tsukiyomi91
@PooPipeBoy too bad no one is buying up those used cards when the used market is gonna be flooded with former mining cards that are in questionable state. Only desperate people would buy such cards.
Many sellers conceal that fact.
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#14
RandAlThor
If they would only open the queues for this card now, maybe us common folk would get them by July next year heh.
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#15
Tsukiyomi91
@norbert.x I see. Still, the fact that it being used for mining raised a few flags for me.

@authorized well, I usually go to a brick & mortar shops instead of waiting/worry about my purchase being damaged from shipment.
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#16
BSim500
norbert.x
This seems to be a common misconception in mining. Cards are usually undervolted/underclocked to get the best Hashrate(reward)/kWh(energy consumption) ratio.
Some people do that (and even then undervolting the cores doesn't lower the temp of the VRAM). The problem is it simply doesn't matter how well some miners treat their cards or are honest about their usage when there are also many "casuals" mining that don't do that or will outrightly lie and say it isn't a former mining card if they think it'll sell more. So from the the perspective of the EBay buyer who can't tell whether a card has been used for mining or not, let alone how hard it's been pushed, they basically have to treat all cards as "worst case" if they don't want to get ripped off. There was once a time where I'd happily buy a 2nd hand GPU, but I'm done with that BS and those miners who do undervolt their cards and openly advertise that when selling, need to stop being naive in thinking everyone else does the same / is honest on Ebay.
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#17
Vayra86
PooPipeBoy
Reminds me of the Pascal days when the miners craved GTX 1070s and RX 580s. Give it another 6 to 12 months and the bottom will fall out of crypto again just like it did back then. Only a matter of time before sellers are practically giving away graphics cards to get rid of them.
Exactly. I've got a nice half grand sitting here waiting to get spent. It should buy a 3070 or equivalent, and if it doesn't... no buy.

Last time I held myself to that principle I ended up with the GTX 1080 at 420 eur after taxes, best bang/buck and value I've ever had... I mean I could still sell one today for 2/3rd of the price! Can't deduct anymore, so 500 it is now, fair enough. This bar will not move up no matter how much polish gets added to leather jackets or ingame lighting.

History repeats, patience is a virtue.
authorized
Many sellers conceal that fact.
So don't Ebay your GPUs. God almighty, I thought that was super obvious since... Ebay. But maybe in some areas of the world there is a different stance on this. I still don't get it, why would you overcomplicate your support and RMA process by going with some unknown quantity sort of seller, for these kinds of products? To save $10? And if you're buying second hand GPUs over there the risk is even higher because no warranty whatsoever.
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#18
Sithaer
BSim500
Some people do that (and even then undervolting the cores doesn't lower the temp of the VRAM). The problem is it simply doesn't matter how well some miners treat their cards or are honest about their usage when there are also many "casuals" mining that don't do that or will outrightly lie and say it isn't a former mining card if they think it'll sell more. So from the the perspective of the EBay buyer who can't tell whether a card has been used for mining or not, let alone how hard it's been pushed, they basically have to treat all cards as "worst case" if they don't want to get ripped off. There was once a time where I'd happily buy a 2nd hand GPU, but I'm done with that BS and those miners who do undervolt their cards and openly advertise that when selling, need to stop being naive in thinking everyone else does the same / is honest on Ebay.
I guess it depends on where you live/where you buy your second hand cards/hardware.

My card is also an ex miner, previous owner used it for ~6 months of mining or so. 'he had the retailer purchase papers/warranty to prove that'
Its still running in my PC since 2018 September with pretty much no issues. 'I'm also undervolting it and taking care of it in general'

I'm only buying second hand hardware from a second hand market site/forum in my country.
There I can do my research about the seller/check their history and also reactions from previous buyers and whatnot. 'this dude had +110 positive and 0 negative feedback'

That and I also refuse to buy anything unless it has the very least 1 year retailer warranty thats in my country. '2-3 years is the norm here if brand new'

He was clear about the fact that it was a mining card but in good condition and also flashed back the original bios before selling.

Sure you can still run into the random scammer or shady person on that site but they don't last long or just buy from reputable sellers with good history.

I do prefer brand new hardware from a retailer but since I'm always on a low budget its actually a better way for me to buy upgrades and sell my old ones.
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#19
neatfeatguy
Well, the 3060 Ti are never available at Micro Center and they were supposed to be more readily available than the 3070/3080/3090. When GPUs come in they get a small quantity of 3070/3080 (maybe half dozen at a time) a couple 3090 and a few RX 6800 (never seen a 6800XT as of yet) and those cards that do come in, if you're not 60-90 minutes early before the store opens you won't get one.

I won't hold my breath about seeing any stock of the 3060.

I'd like to say I can wait things out, but over the past month or two my 980Ti has been having random fan spin ups to 100% more and more often. Even when the fans aren't spinning and the temps are in the mid 30s, I'll just be copying a blu-ray movie and doing nothing else and the fans spin up real quick.....maybe I'll swap my 980Ti from my computer to the server computer (used to have it as a backup gaming rig, but I don't game off it anymore) and put the 980Ti from that computer into my gaming tower.
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#21
Chrispy_
Paper launch in February, actual retail availability for your Average Joe in October.
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#22
GAR
Who cares, you wont be able to buy one, unless you want to pay double, F*** miners, F*** scalpers.
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#23
mechtech
February 25th, but what year????
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#24
Skylinestar
mechtech
February 25th, but what year????
2023 to be realistic
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#25
Parn
I guess the miners would have pre-ordered all cards from the first batch. This is going to be equivalent to a paper launch more or less.

I'm glad I grabbed a 2080 Super in the first half of 2020. It might no longer be in the top 10 performing cards anymore but it should still be powerful enough to last me until the end of this current round of crypto craze.
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