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RTX 3060 8GB: Way slower, no cheaper


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The typical performance deficit versus the original 12GB model is around 15–20%, with some games tanking by as much as 26% at 1080p. Put another way, that means the 12GB card is as much as 35% faster at 1080p.


Adding insult to your frame rate injuries, if we take Newegg as a reasonably representative retail price sample, current pricing for the 8GB and 12GB models is identical. The cheapest 8GB RTX 3060 from Newegg is $359, and it's the same for both cards

It's worth understanding that the performance deficit with the 8GB card goes beyond merely running out of graphics memory. Both cards use the same GPU silicon in GA104 with the same 3,584 shader count and indeed run the same official 1,777MHz boost clock. However, there are other key differences. For starters, the 8GB runs a 128-bit bus, whereas the 12GB's bus is 192-bit. Consequently, total bandwidth is down to 224GB/s versus 360GB/s. The 12GB also gets 50% more L2 cache.


Old 12GB board is up to 35% faster. Yikes.


Just when you think Nvidia was already doing more than enough to piss off consumers. 

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11 hours ago, Avacado said:

*Pulls out popcorn waiting for @Sir Beregond's reply. 

Hmm, interesting.




Fast forward less than 2 months later:




Hey Nvidia...



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