Gainward & Galax List GeForce RTX 3060 Card with GA104 GPU

Last week we reported on that discovery Nvidia used a cutdown GA104 graphics processing unit (GPU) on the GeForce RTX 3060 A graphics card that is supposed to be based on the GA106 GPU. The “new” board has the same performance characteristics and power consumption as the “old” board. This week, two graphics card suppliers, Gainward and Galax, have listed the right products. This indicates that the GeForce RTX 3060 board with GA104 will be retailed.

China only.At this point

For now, Gainward and Galaxy only list GA104-150-based GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards in China, so this version of the product could be yet another exclusive product for China. ..Meanwhile, previously Nvidia switched GPUs GeForce RTX 1650 When At least one GeForce RTX 2060 Being a model, it’s no surprise that Nvidia decides to use the GA104-150 for GeForce RTX 3060 boards sold elsewhere in the world.

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Using a cutdown GA104 GPU for the GeForce RTX 3060 instead of GA106 only makes sense if the silicon is too defective to power the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti / 3070/3070 Ti graphics card. The GA104 is a fairly large 392 mm² chip with 17.4 billion transistors and up to 6144 CUDA cores, which is quite expensive to manufacture. In contrast, the GA106 is fairly inexpensive, 276 mm², and integrates 13.25 billion transistors and up to 3584 CUDA cores.

Chip developers like AMD and Nvidia usually try to sell batches of defective chips through OEMs and / or in certain markets because they are not easy to support (although some are not working). It works perfectly even if the unit is deactivated). Huge number of SKUs around the world. Gainward & Galax List GeForce RTX 3060 Card with GA104 GPU

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