Asus Launches GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X GPUs

TUF Gaming RTX 3060 Ti 8G GDDR6X
TUF Gaming RTX 3060 Ti 8G GDDR6X (Image credit: Asus)

Although Nvidia has launched its GeForce RTX 40-series (Ada) graphics cards, the chipmaker isn't ready to bid farewell to Ampere yet. Likewise, Nvidia hasn't officially announced the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X, but Asus has just confirmed the new Ampere SKU's existence.

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X is part of the rumored refresh, including models like the GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6X, GeForce RTX 3060 8GB, and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GA102. The refresh suggests that Nvidia may have accumulated too many Ampere dies and is finding ways to get rid of them. Therefore, the next contenders for the best graphics cards could hail from Nvidia's Ampere family rather than Ada.

As first spotted by VideoCardz (opens in new tab), Asus has listed the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8G GDDR6X and TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X graphics cards, with the latter model arriving with a factory overclock. The standard version boosts to 1,665 MHz, the same boost clock as the regular GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition. However, Asus' graphics card has an OC mode that further ups the clock speed to 1,695 MHz. Meanwhile, the OC edition has a 1,775 MHz default boost clock and a 1,785 OC boost clock.

Asus GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X Specifications

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Header Cell - Column 0 CUDA CoresDefault Mode Boost ClockOC Mode Boost ClockMemoryMemory SpeedMemory InterfaceBandwidthPower ConnectorsPart Number
TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X4,8641,755 MHz1,785 MHz8GB GDDR6X19 Gbps256-bit608 GBps2 x 8-pinTUF-RTX3060TI-O8GD6X-GAMING
TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8GB GDDR64,8641,755 MHz1,785 MHz8GB GDDR614 Gbps256-bit448 GBps1 x 8-pinTUF-RTX3060TI-O8G-GAMING
TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8G GDDR6X4,8641,665 MHz1,695 MHz8GB GDDR6X19 Gbps256-bit608 GBps2 x 8-pinTUF-RTX3060TI-8GD6X-GAMING
TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR64,8641,665 MHz1,695 MHz8GB GDDR614 Gbps256-bit448 GBps1 x 8-pinTUF-RTX3060TI-8G-GAMING
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition4,8641,665 MHzN/A8GB GDDR614 Gbps256-bit448 GBps1 x 12-pinN/A

The improved boost clock speeds will help the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X offer higher performance over the vanilla version. However, the show's real star is the switch from 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory to 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory. Even though the amount of memory and 256-bit interface remains the same, the GDDR6X memory will boost the Ampere graphics card's memory throughput.

While the standard GeForce RTX 3060 Ti offers a memory bandwidth of up to 448 GBps, the GDDR6X variant delivers up to 608 GBps. The new SKU represents a 36% improvement. In a previous leak (opens in new tab), the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X outperformed the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti by up to 10% in synthetic benchmarks, which don't always tell the whole story. It remains to be seen whether the higher memory bandwidth offers a perceptible uplift in real-world gaming.

Unfortunately, Asus didn't list the TDP for the custom GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X graphics cards. It's still a mystery how much impact the GDDR6X memory has on the graphics card's TDP. It would seem that the new variant does draw more power, according to Asus' design.

The TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 only uses a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. In contrast, Asus has outfitted the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X with two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Both graphics cards feature the same boost clock, so the clock speeds aren't the reason for the higher power requirement. Instead, it comes down to the type of memory.

It's a radical change considering that each 8-pin PCIe power connector is suitable for 150W. However, the extra power connector doesn't necessarily mean that the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X pulls the total 150W. Asus still suggests a 750W power supply for the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8G GDDR6X despite its twin 8-pin PCIe power connectors. It's the same minimum recommendation as the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition 8GB GDDR6. We can conclude from the power connector arrangement that the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X likely has a higher TDP but is not significant enough to warrant a bigger power supply, at least in Asus' case.

It's unknown when Nvidia will unveil the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X; it shouldn't be long, though, since Asus has already listed the brand's custom models.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • InvalidError
    So we now officially have a 3060Ti with more memory bandwidth than what Nvidia wanted to peddle as a 4080.
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  • nitrium
    Is it actually faster though - for real world workloads and gaming benchmarks?
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  • ArmourSSD
    How will this compare to a 1080ti?
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  • George³
    ArmourSSD said:
    How will this compare to a 1080ti?
    Around 12%* better raw performance of models of 3060 ti with GDDR6+ compared to 1080 ti depending of how is GPU OC numbers but performance per watt is more better. Plus ray tracing for 3060 ti.

    +For 1080 ti - 3GB more VRAM.

    *Percentage in real world applications and games may vary.
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  • DavidLejdar
    Seems a nice idea, in particular as the previous RTX 3060 Ti models seem to be performance-wise pretty much at the lower end of what to consider for 1440p gaming (with high graphic settings in new games).

    If it is just 10% more performance and that a higher price than what RTX 3060 Ti goes for currently, then I am not likely to get one though, as there is e.g. RX 6800 XT 16GB for just a bit higher cost, but quite some more performance.
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  • George³
    If needs CUDA for work answer is not Radeon. If only for gameplay must sum total cost price of purchase, power consumption because 6800 XT maybe require better power supply than older one. Yes 6800 XT is enough faster than 3060 ti and if power consumption and cost doesn't matter this is better choice. But if cost doesn't matter and has enough tine to wait what will be presented in November 3rd...Maybe will have better view to advise.
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