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Nvidia recycles faulty RTX 3070 Ti into RTX 3060

Nvidia recycles faulty RTX 3070 Ti into RTX 3060

It seems that Nvidia is using faulty chips from the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti to get more volume on its flagship card, the GeForce RTX 3060. This information comes from Matthew Smith who manages the TechPowerUp database where you can find all the specifications of the graphics cards on the market.

RTX 3070Ti to RTX 3060

A recycled RTX 3060 and not a RTX 3060 Super

His activity of collecting data related to the cards on the market allowed him to notice that Nvidia was using GA104 graphics chips in a GeForce RTX 3060. So beware, a “defective” chip in an RTX 3070 Ti does not mean that the GPU is unfit for use and should be thrown away. By deactivating the problematic parts of the chip and making some adjustments, you can very well recover this gpu to give life to a less powerful card. This approach is nothing new at all and is similar to the chip binning done intern ally by the founders / manufacturers. It also confirms that Nvidia continues to have quite a few performance concerns with its partner Samsung (Yield) and by the times that run, recycle a GPU to put it on the market, it is not luxury.

RTX 3070Ti to RTX 3060

What has been noticed is that the original RTX 3060 uses the GA106 graphics chip, while this new variant would use the GA104, found on the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti. Our Spanish friends from elchapuzasinformatico note that in the not so distant past we saw something similar with the EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO This was using a TU104 gpu, which is the same as in the RTX 2080. Although neutered, this GPU had the same characteristics as other RTX 2060s in games but was able to offer up to 47% more performance in professional tasks such as rendering. The close relationship between EVGA and Nvidia had allowed the former to launch this version with a more aggressive positioning in the market. We’ll keep an eye on what happens with the 3060 to “catch” a copy and give you our feedback.

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