Last week, we reported about a finding that Nvidia was using its cut-down GA104 graphics processing units (GPUs) for GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards that are supposed to be based on the GA106 GPU. The ‘new’ boards have the same performance characteristics and power consumption, as the ‘old’ ones. This week two suppliers of graphics cards — Gainward and Galax — listed appropriate products, which is an indicator that such GA104-powered GeForce RTX 3060 boards are coming to retail.
For now, Gainward and Galax only list GA104-150-based GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards in China, so this version of the product may end up as a yet another exclusive offering for the country. Meanwhile, previously Nvidia switched GPUs on the GeForce RTX 1650 and on at least one GeForce RTX 2060 model, so it would not be a surprise if Nvidia decides to use the GA104-150 for GeForce RTX 3060 boards sold in other parts of the world.