The previously rumored new spin of the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti is actually happening, with Asus revealing its updated version of the popular Ampere GPU.
As VideoCardz (opens in new tab) Asus has revealed a pair of new TUF GDDR6X models of its RTX 3060 Ti graphics card, one of which is the baseboard and the other is the OC Edition.
The only difference from existing TUF RTX 3060 Ti cards is that the 8GB of VRAM is faster. Instead of 14Gbps GDDR6 video RAM, the upgraded cards use 19Gbps GDDR6X memory, increasing the overall memory bandwidth substantially from 448GB/s to 608GB/s.
That’s the only change here and otherwise the CUDA Core count, clocks and all other specs remain the same.
VideoCardz points out that increasing memory bandwidth in this way results in about a 7% to 10% increase in performance based on 3DMark scores.
Analysis: Will this VRAM make that much of a difference in reality?
Sure, synthetic benchmarks are a useful indicator, but what we really want to see is how much difference faster VRAM makes to real-world games (on the usual range of titles to get an overall perspective on the real impact on rising frame rates).
Clearly, there will be some performance increase, but it could be a relatively small increase. Still, depending on the price and exactly how much difference the new GDDR6X RAM makes – on which the jury is still out, of course – this new round in the RTX 3060 Ti could be an attractive buy. And we must bear in mind that in recent times, the vanilla 3060 Ti has (finally) begun to witness some drops in its price.
That said, with Nvidia chasing a tiered release strategy – releasing high-end RTX 4000 graphics cards at a slow pace (and, in fact, reversing course with one of them, ‘disabling’) – it remains to be seen when mid-range Lovelace will make an appearance, with rumors suggesting it might not be for some time yet. (Remember, Nvidia reportedly has a large amount of RTX 3000 inventory to clean up.)
And that being the case, we might be stuck with the RTX 3060 and Ti variant (including this new version of the latter, of course) for some time yet, so prices might become a little less likely to drop and perhaps even out as a result. , at least for a while.