Reputable hardware leaker @KittyYYuko has published pictures of an alleged Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4060 Founders Edition graphics card. The Ada Lovelace-based add-in-board uses a cooling system akin to that used by other Founders Edition products, so while it may be rather quiet, it is not small enough to fit into a compact desktop.
The alleged GeForce RTX 4060 Founders Edition graphics card depicted by @KittyYYuko indeed carries the 'RTX 4060' marking on its double-wide cooling, unlike Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 Founders Edition and RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition graphics boards that come with plain coolers without any markings. Curiously, the blogger asserts that the board is 'maybe, RTX 4060 Ti.'
While Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti have similar model numbers, they are likely to be very different internally. The GeForce RTX 4060 is reportedly based on the AD107 GPU with 3,072 CUDA cores and a 128-bit GDDR6 memory subsystem, whereas the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti carries the AD106 GPU with 4,352 CUDA cores (41% more) and a 128-bit GDDR6 memory subsystem. If priced right and they test well, both boards could end up in our list of the best graphics cards.
|Row 0 - Cell 0||GPU||FP32 CUDA Cores||Memory Configuration||TBP||MSRP|
|GeForce RTX 4090 Ti||AD102||18176 (?)||24GB 384-bit 24 GT/s GDDR6X (?)||600W (?)||?|
|GeForce RTX 4090||AD102||16384||24GB 384-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X||450W||$1,599|
|GeForce RTX 4080||AD103||9728||16GB 256-bit 22.4 GT/s GDDR6X||320W||$1,199|
|GeForce RTX 4070 Ti||AD104||7680||12GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X||285W||$799|
|GeForce RTX 4070 *||AD104||5888 (?)||12GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X||250W (?)||?|
|GeForce RTX 4060 Ti *||AD106||4352 (?)||8GB 128-bit 18 GT/s GDDR6||160W (?)||<$500?|
|GeForce RTX 3070||GA104||5888||8GB 256-bit 14 GT/s GDDR6||220W||$499|
* : Rumored specs, not confirmed by Nvidia
The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti version is naturally projected to offer considerably higher performance than the vanilla GeForce RTX 4060. It will also be surprising if Nvidia releases a GeForce RTX 4060 Founders Edition but not a GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Founders Edition.
Yet Nvidia's strategy concerning Ada Lovelace-based Founders Edition boards looks different than the company's approach to Ampere-powered Founders Edition graphics cards. @KittyYYuko also published images of an Nvidia's RTX 4070 Ti Founders Edition, which hasn't been released by Team Green.
When Nvidia rolled out its GeForce RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 graphics cards in October, the company said that it would not release a Founders Edition of its RTX 4080 12GB board, which was eventually rebranded as the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. The lack of a 4070 Ti FE always felt a bit odd, considering we've had FE models of the GTX 1060 6GB and above, RTX 2060 and above, and RTX 3060 Ti and above.
The Founders Edition boards are aimed not only at end users, but also at PC makers, so not making an RTX 4070 Ti Founders Edition for $799 is a little bit odd since this product would be a bigger seller for PC makers than the considerably more expensive GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition that costs $1,199. Developing a product and not releasing it is nothing new in this industry, but canceling (or at least delaying) the RTX 4070 Ti Founders Edition is still strange, if it's true.
Considering the fact that these images of Nvidia's alleged RTX 4060 Founders Edition and RTX 4070 Ti Founders Edition AIBs come from an unofficial source, sprinkle liberally with salt. But you know what they say about smoke and fire, and it's possible that the pictures show products that are indeed incoming.
Before you get on me for calling this a cancelled prototype, Here's the thing.: This "4060" has 10.5GHz (21 GT/s ) memory, and there appears to be 12GB of it, although the heat pads are covering 2 of the chips.
This is very possibly the missing FE board for the "4070 Ti / 4080 12GB", or at the very least this became the RTX 4070.
Looking at it a different way, what do we think the TDP of this board is? I'm not as expert on this, especially when I can't see the part numbers. I know the 3060 Ti had 8 similar-looking phases for it's 200W TDP (25W/phase), and the 3070 Ti had 9 phases for 290W (32.2W/phase). The RTX 4080 FE had 13 phases for 320W (24.6W/phase)
I'm seeing 9 phases on this 'RTX 4060'. It seems more reasonable that the power delivery was designed for a 225W - 290W TDP, opposed to the <170W TDPs we've seen out of RTX xx60 series cards, so far.
Just pointing it out, that if the pictured shroud is indeed the cooler to be used for the 4060 FE, that I can't see it NOT fitting into a compact desktop such as an ITX or modern HTPC chassis designed with a dedicated GPU in mind. If you look closely it's only 2 slots, not 2.25 or 2.5, simply 2 slots
Also, the length of the GPU (again, assuming it will be the shroud on release) appears to be very short just by judging the fan placement relative to the PCI interface.
Nearly every modern ITX and HTPC easily accommodates up to 2 slots now if not 3 slots for most of the popular mass produced and even boutique cases as a result of constant increase of size in GPU shroud each generation since Ampere AIB's, and yes they are compact despite that increase. We're talking something like an A4H20, T1, S1 MK3 just to list a few examples. Just saying, I does seem like a small GPU if this info's true!
Kind of an oxymoron...