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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted

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2021/09/18 03:58:39 (permalink)
wccftech - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted
 
“NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards have been spotted using the GA104 GPU by Matthew Smith (TechPowerUp's GPU Database Editor). The entries are very recent which means that AIBs are using defective Ampere dies to power the mainstream gaming graphics card.
 
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card is based on the Ampere GA106 GPU which is a whole different SKU compared to the GA104 which powers the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti & GeForce RTX 3070.
 
Based on the new entry, it looks like NVIDIA may have a surplus stock of defective GPU dies that didn't make it into the higher-end graphics card but are still good enough for the RTX 3060 cards. This means that while the graphics card will retain its core specifications such as 3584 CUDA cores and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory running across a 192-bit bus interface, the chip itself will be a much higher-end SKU than the RTX 3060's original GA106 GPU core.
 
This won't be the first time that NVIDIA has used defective 104 dies to replace 106 SKUs. The RTX 2060 that was originally based on the TU106 GPU received several configurations including one of which featured a TU104 GPU. Other cards such as the Turing TU117 powered GeForce GTX 1650 also received updated configurations in TU116 and TU106 flavors.
 
What we could see is the GA104 powered GeForce RTX 3060 to allow stable boost clocks along with better control over power than its constrained GA106 variant. So overall, most of you would never know what's lying under the hood of your NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics card, whether it be a GA104 or a GA106 GPU-based variant. It was recently reported that the supply of GA106 GPUs might become constrained so that might also explain why these defective GA104 dies are being repurposed for the RTX 3060.”
 
This is not a surprise and we will probably see further iterations of this.  The interesting part of this story is why the supply the shortage of GA 106 GPUs?


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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted 2021/09/18 14:17:45 (permalink)
    normal in my book, chips that do not pass quality testing, get used in lower demand sku

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted 2021/09/18 15:35:09 (permalink)
    Yes, binning is normal, I'm just wondering what happened to the GA 106 GPUs?  I know NVIDIA warned of a shortfall in September:
     
    "According to a report from Asian outlet ITHouse, the supply of NVIDIA’s budget RTX 30 series graphics cards is expected to drop by as much as 50% in the coming weeks, with no improvement expected till late September. The GeForce RTX 3060 and 3060 Ti will be affected the most, with a reduction in shipments for the next 2-4 works. It’s not clear why the supply has been tapered, but it may have to do with the sudden increase in cryptocurrency prices.
    The source claims that the RTX 3060 chips are facing difficulties in being delivered to the board partners for unspecified reasons, and as a result, the overall product output, for the time being, will be affected. Earlier this month, there was news that NVIDIA was stockpiling the GA106 dies (that power the RTX 3060) to ensure sufficient availability after the Radeon RX 6600 XT launch. However, that seems to have been a hoax.
    Overall, the reason for the shortages and delays is unclear, and it would seem that it’s merely an effort to control the prices. It’s hard to say anything for sure, but supply does seem weaker as of late. We’ll keep this space updated if something changes along the way."  (Source: hardwaretimes)
    post edited by Flint 1760 - 2021/09/18 17:20:36


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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted 2021/09/20 11:02:12 (permalink)
    I'm glad that "defective chips" are still "recyclable" into lower cost cards. I'm pretty sure this was the basis of the SUPER cards.
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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted 2021/09/20 11:08:44 (permalink)
    Hope this will help with the supply.
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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards With Ampere GA104 GPUs Spotted 2021/09/27 08:02:17 (permalink)
    Hoping those binned chips at least overclock a little better than normal 3060 chips
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