Back in September, we saw first mention of Gigabyte's RTX 3060 Ti Eagle, though at that time few details had surfaced yet other than the card's specs. Then, a couple of days ago the RTX 3060 Ti specifications were seemingly confirmed through a GPU-Z submission, and now, VideoCardz managed to get a hold of images of the aforementioned graphics card: the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Eagle.
Of course, we have to drop in the obligatory 'take this with a pinch of salt' statement as at this time, neither Nvidia has announced the RTX 3060 Ti, nor has Gigabyte made a formal announcement of this model. There have been a number of leaks including an RTX 3060 in Galax virtual online shop but only time will tell as to the veracity of these leaks.
The Gigabyte RTX 3060 TI Eagle comes with a short PCB and a dual-fan cooler that blows through the rear part of the card, much like many custom RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 variants, as well as the Founder's Edition cards.
Power delivery is handled by one 8-pin PCI-Express power connector, indicating that this is a board with a reference design, which isn't neccesarily equal to the Founder's Edition card. As Nvidia hasn't announced the RTX 3060 Ti yet, it's also not clear whether the company will have a Founder's Edition board with this GPU.
The rumored specifications for the RTX 3060 Ti point to 4864 CUDA cores, 152 Tensor cores, and 38 RT cores -- roughly a 17 percent reduction from the 3070's spec. However, the memory setup is rumored to be identical at 8 GB of GDDR6 memory running over a 256-bit interface at an effective speed of 14 Gb/s.
The launch is expected to take place on December 2nd at a $450 price point, but at this time, that information has not been confirmed by Nvidia.
Then again, the 2060 non-super is around $300 minimum, isn't it? And the 2060 Super (at least today) seems to start at $400. This isn't all that surprising except that the 20 series started a bit overpriced, and the 30 series was supposed to remedy that.
If, say, the 3060 non-Ti is going to be around $400, I'm kind of alarmed at what the price of a 3050 or 3050 Ti would be. Or, like Turing, will Ampere only have non-Ray-Traced 50 series cards? And offer non-Ray-Traced 60 series?
Between AMD is jacking up prices on CPUs (disproportionately so on the 5600X) and Nvidia jacking up prices on lower-end GPUs, 2021 may turn into a really crappy year for budget gamers.
3050 with 4Gb of memory would be hard sell at $300, but 3060 with 6Gb of vram could be very possible $300 candidate in these days...
The only 7nm GPUs Nvidia is making now are the GA100 compute monsters, everything else is on Samsung 8nm at least for now. While AMD and Nvidia may be constrained by their wafer supply, their wafer cost are set when the supply contract is signed and does not change with volume, so "cost from demand" is not a thing. If AMD's agreement says 9k$ per wafer, TSMC has to provide wafers for 9k$ up to AMD's maximum agreed volume. The main reason AMD and Nvidia prices are going up at the lower end is because they increased their profit margins to cash in on the fact that people are desperate for parts and entry-level are the least profitable parts.
Me? I'll wait. A 3060 won't be a significant enough upgrade for me to justify the cost. AMD will also likely push prices lower once their mid and lower end 6000 cards release. No rush.