Galax Launches GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Plus with GDDR6X

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Galax has quietly introduced its first GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Plus graphics cards equipped with 8GB of GDDR6X memory. The boards feature higher memory bandwidth than regular GeForce RTX 3060 Ti boards and, therefore, offer somewhat higher performance than regular models in cases where memory bandwidth matters. In some situations, the Galax RTX 3060 Ti Plus could rival Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3070. 

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Plus is based on a GA103 or GA104 graphics processor with 4864 CUDA cores (just like the regular GeForce RTX 3060 Ti) that are mated with 8GB of 19 GT/s GDDR6X memory using a 256-bit interface (vs. 14 GT/s GDDR6 on regular models). As a result, the new graphics board can offer a peak memory bandwidth of 608 GB/s, which is 36% higher than standard GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 cards. 

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Row 0 - Cell 0 CUDA CoresFP32 TFLOPS (Boost)MemoryMemory BandwidthMSRP
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti486416,19714GT/s 8GB GDDR6 256-bit448 GB/s$399
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Plus486416,19719GT/s 8GB GDDR6X 256-bit608 GB/s?
GeForce RTX 3070588820,31414GT/s 8GB GDDR6 256-bit448 GB/s$499

Performance numbers demonstrated by Galax and republished by VideoCardz show that the RTX 3060 Ti Plus can indeed be faster than the model RTX 3070 in certain cases, though these numbers need independent verification. 

Meanwhile, since GDDR6X uses PAM4 encoding, this memory increases power consumption for both the GPU and memory. Furthermore, GDDR6X, which is exclusively available from Micron, tends to be more expensive than the regular GDDR6 that is sold by three major memory makers. 

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Speaking of Galax's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Plus graphics cards, the company has two models: the Galax GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Plus SG with a 1695 MHz boost clock and a triple-slot triple-fan cooler, as well as the Galax GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Plus with 1680 MHz boost clock and a dual-slot dual-fan cooler. In addition, both cards have one eight-pin auxiliary PCIe power connector and four display outputs (three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.1 connector). 

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Given the somewhat odd configuration of the Galax RTX 3060 Ti Plus, it remains to be seen how much the graphics cards will eventually cost. In theory, the model RTX 3060 Ti Plus should sit between the regular RTX 3060 Ti ($399) and RTX 3070 ($499), but since the product will rival the latter, at least in some cases, its pricing will probably fall closer to Nvidia's reference GeForce RTX 3070.

Anton Shilov
Freelance News Writer

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • -Fran-
    3060ti Plus? Really?

    Well, at least it is explicitly different. To be honest, I thought they were going to use "Super" for it.

  • logainofhades
    Nvidia once again flooding the market with multiple sku's to confuse the buyer.
  • InvalidError
    So now we have xxxx-no-suffix, xxxx-Ti, xxxx-Super, xxxx-Plus which opens up the prospect of a future Ti Super Plus!
  • daworstplaya
    Have these AIB GPU makers lost their minds? Why are xx60 and xx70 series card triple slot and triple fan designs? These are supposed to be low to mid range cards. FFS make them no more than 1.5 slot dual fan designs.
  • Eximo
    3060 Ti is actually a big chip being a 104 class. It has more CUDA cores than a 2080Ti. That the 3070 and 3070 Ti have even more is kind of crazy.

    One of the reasons the 4080 12GB was so out of place. It is the same class of chip as the 3060-3070Ti. Whereas in the 20 series, mid-range through the 2070 was only a 106 class chip.
  • PlaneInTheSky
    A giant $450 tripple fan GPU is not "mainstream".

    Look at what the average PC user is running on Steam. If you think this will become a "mainstream" card, you are out of touch.

    Facebook is not the last tech company that is going to get a rude awakening very soon.
  • shady28
    6700 XT is a far better deal IMO.

    Three of them under $400 on Amazon right now just doing a quick search (probably more than 3 if I looked hard). If willing to wait deals pop up periodically. I got mine for $330 this past week.
  • PC Hardware Nerd
    I'm waiting for the 3060ti super duper plus max oc quadruple slot water cooler Xtreme! edition. Everything else is just so pedestrian.