ASUS preps single-fan GeForce RTX 3060 Phoenix

Posted on Monday, Mar 29 2021 @ 16:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Time for a little NVIDIA news roundup! First up we have the new GeForce RTX 3060 Phoenix video card from ASUS. This model has product code PH-RTX3060-12G and stands out from the pack because it has a very compact design.

First RTX 3060 with single fan cooler

As far as I know, this is the only GeForce RTX 3060 video card with a single-fan cooling solution. The model takes up 2.5 PCI Express slots and features a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The card measures 200mm x 123mm x 38mmm, which makes it slightly wider and taller than the ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 DUAL.

By default, the card has a 1777MHz Boost but the ASUS software has an OC mode that takes the card to a slightly higher 1807MHz. The Phoenix has three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs plus a single HDMI 2.1 port. Pricing and availability are unknown.

 PH-RTX3060-12G

Resizable BAR updates arrive

WCCF Tech reports the first updates that enable Resizable BAR support have hit the web. Both GALAX and Gainward have BIOS updates that enable this performance-enhancing feature on the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 video cards. The RTX 3060 was already supported -- it was the first NVIDIA card with Resizable BAR support. Details on what Resizable BAR is and how you can enable it can be found in this article from some time ago.

At the moment, GALAX and Gainward only support specific Chinese video cards. Other BIOS updates, including from other NVIDIA add-in board partners, are expected very soon.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 cards discovered with GA102-250 GPU

One final NVIDIA tidbit, word is going around that NVIDIA is repurposing the GA102-250 GPUs for the GeForce RTX 3090 series. The GA102-250 was originally intended for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti -- but NVIDIA changed its mind and changed the RTX 3080 Ti's specifications to the GA102-225 GPU.

VideoCardz reports NVIDIA is remarking all GA102-250 GPUs to GA102-300 to be used in GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards. The GA102-250 has the same number of CUDA cores as the GA102-300. Originally, it had a smaller memory bus, but NVIDIA has enabled the full 384-bit memory bus on these remarked parts:
Earlier this week we received information that NVIDIA has begun remaking GA102-250 GPUs for RTX 3090. This GPU was rumored to offer just as many cores as RTX 3090, but it would be attached to fewer memory modules. The rumored RTX 3080 Ti specs from January only mentioned a memory size of 20GB. NVIDIA apparently decided to put a different label on this chip and enable the full 384-bit memory bus instead. The original, and apparently now scrapped ‘250’ would only support 320-bit. Our source had no further information and we were unable to confirm it with other sources.
RTX 3090 cards with remarked GA102-250 GPUs are already found in the wild.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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