Leaks point to an Nvidia RTX 3060 Ultra in the making

Asus TUF Gaming 3060 Ti
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Looks like there may be a pumped-up version of the RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab) squeezing its way into Nvidia's Ampere graphics card line-up—the RTX 3060 Ultra.

The leaked custom ASUS TUF Gaming GPU, (via wccfech (opens in new tab)) looks to be packing a beefier memory capacity than even the RTX 3080 (opens in new tab), with 12GB of GDDR6 memory to call its own. It does have a smaller 192-bit memory bus (down from 256-bit), so accessing that memory may take a little longer. Don't worry about this affecting your games, though; at the speeds were likely to see, the difference is probably negligible.

This mid-low range card will pack the same 8nm process nodes as the rest of the 30-Series line-up, but contain fewer CUDA cores than its Ti counterpart—that's 3840 cores, as opposed to the RTX 3060 Ti's 4864 cores. It features a 2.7 slot, triple-fan design with 0dB cooling tech, and a robust aluminium casing, too.

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As an Ultra tier variant, the card is set to outperform the RTX 3060 Ti, even with that lower core count behind it. It may even give the RTX 3070 (opens in new tab) a run for its money, and it lines up nicely as a contender to AMD's Radeon RX 6700 (opens in new tab), though we're not exactly sure of the rest of the numbers just yet.

Expect to see the GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra announced at virtual CES (opens in new tab), during Nvidia's Jan 12th keynote airtime. Said to be coming in at a reasonable $449, these new cards may be the missing piece some of us have been waiting for.

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.