The GeForce RTX 3060 (codename Ampere) will launch next month at $329. However, early retailer pricing suggests that third-party GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card will likely cost a lot more than Nvidia's MSRP - maybe even as much as the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti.
CCL Computers (via VideoCardz) has already listed a ton of GeForce RTX 3060 models from the different graphics cards manufacturers. The U.K. retailer didn't reveal the price tags for the graphics cards, but VideoCardz discovered a bug in the vendor's system that accidentally exposes the pricing. Since we can't be certain if CCL Computers' prices are accurate, we recommend you approach the pricing with a good bit of caution.
After analyzing all 15 custom GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards, we've determined that only the Asus models are properly priced. The SKUs from Gigabyte, Palit and Zotac all cost £499.99, which is highly unlikely. We suspect the pricing for those three vendors is a placeholder.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Pricing
|U.S. Pricing excl VAT
|U.K. Pricing inc VAT
|Asus Dual GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition
|Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition
|Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3060
|Asus Dual GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Mini OC Edition
|Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition
|Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060
Since it's such a small sample size, it's difficult to reach a general conclusion. If we focus primarily on the Asus models and CCL Computers' pricing, there's a small price difference between the GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti in some cases. For example, the Dual GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Mini OC Edition is only 5.9% more expensive than the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 OC Edition. If we look at it from another angle, the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3060 and OC Editions cost more than the Dual GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Mini OC Edition itself.
GeForce RTX 3060 reviews aren't out yet so we don't know how it compares to the best graphics cards and have no clue about the margin between it and the RTX 3060 Ti. Specification-wise, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is equipped with 35.7% more CUDA cores than the non-Ti, while also offering a 24.4% higher memory bandwidth. In the GeForce RTX 3060's defense, it does come with an extra 4GB of GDDR6. But again, it's difficult to estimate how much faster the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is in comparison to the non-Ti without a proper review.
The GeForce RTX 3060's pricing will determine the graphics card's success, and as we already know, every dollar counts in the mid-range market. Assuming that the price gap between a GeForce RTX 3060 and a RTX 3060 Ti is less than 10%, it would make sense to grab the latter, especially if it ends up offering considerably more performance. The problem is that with the ongoing graphics card shortage and the resurgence of cryptocurrency mining, the odds of finding a GeForce RTX 3060 at $329 are going to be very slim, if not impossible.
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Vendors shouldnt be allowed to scalp prices THAT much....Reply
It is as I thought. They seem to do a straight 1:1 dollar to pound conversion on the price then add 20% for VAT. That seems to be pretty standard for components in the UK.Reply
Only the FE models are following that MSRP, but good luck getting those...Reply
Doesn't matter what the price is, if they are released online the bots will still grab them all.Reply
Manufacturers will say, " blah blah blah, unprecedent demand, blah blah blah".
And, 99.9% of the stock will be on eBay for $1000.
Meanwhile, back on earth, both AMD and Nvidia have yet to actually 'release' RDNA2/Ampere cards...lol...ebay doesn't even come close in volume to even suggest an actual 'full' launch took place.Reply
Console contracts and mining cards are their priorities, unfortunately.
It is a free market, vendors will charge whatever the market will bear, especially when chips are in particularly tight supply and scalpers are flipping cards at even higher prices. Vendors get to boost their profit margin and reduce the scalpers' profitability, win-win for them.hotaru251 said:Vendors shouldnt be allowed to scalp prices THAT much....
Everything out of stock means prices are high. I saw they are asking £560 for a 5700 XT. I hope Intel's first offering in the gaming market goes well, more competition is needed for sure.Reply
Best Buy actually had drops yesterday, but I was too slow... well, the site being broken didn't help my odds either.Reply
Are there really people out there willing to spend $1000 on a 3060ti? That's completely absurd.InvalidError said:It is a free market, vendors will charge whatever the market will bear, especially when chips are in particularly tight supply and scalpers are flipping cards at even higher prices. Vendors get to boost their profit margin and reduce the scalpers' profitability, win-win for them.
Could be a placeholder listing.spongiemaster said:Are there really people out there willing to spend $1000 on a 3060ti? That's completely absurd.
Don't forget about the bundled cable!