I believe the official term for this is a GPU switcheroo.
Some Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards can be built from larger GPUs, the newer IDs suggest, chips formerly intended for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070.
As it is, you’ll find a GA106 GPU under the cover of any non-TI RTX 3060 graphics card, as well as RTX A2000 and RTX 3050 Ti mobiles.
Above this GPU is the GA104, which is primarily used for the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, and RTX mobile 3080, among other workstation cards But according to GPU database editor TechPowerUp, we may soon see the GA104 GPU find its way.
It’s not unusual for Nvidia to reuse a chip in this way as well, in fact, the RTX 2060 can be found with the TU106 and TU104 GPUs. To our knowledge, this was only inside a manufacturer’s card, the EVGA RTX 2060 KB. The push of the GPU is therefore in the realm of the possible.
That said, such a change shouldn’t mean much in terms of specs for the RTX 3060, despite the higher core count and potential ROPs of the larger GPU.
The GPU should match as much as the GA106 version, although there is the possibility of some marginal disparities between the two depending on how the larger chip is cut out.
Instead, this move would likely give Nvidia a bit more freedom and flexibility in the offering.
Ideally, for many of us, this would translate into more availability of the cheaper card, but it really depends on how many GA104 GPUs end up filtering into the RTX 3060 production line if any – Nvidia doesn’t would just throw more expensive GPUs into one cheaper graphics card for fun.
No, these chips probably live up to the standard required by any of today’s GA104 graphics cards, even the relatively small core count of the RTX 3060 Ti, so why could they find a home elsewhere.
However, we don’t have any news on availability yet, and it’s probably in the large-scale graphics card offering that most GA104 RTX 3060 cards will go unnoticed by their owners if they are manufactured, of course. . It’s worth mentioning that Nvidia might have a more substantial change to the cards next year.