NVIDIA RTX 3060 Mobile Has More Cores than the Desktop Variant

It turns out that the desktop variant of the GeForce RTX 3060 is less powerful than its mobile variant, at least on paper. The RTX 3060 for notebooks is based on the higher-end variant of the GA106 die with 3,840 FP32 cores and a boost clock of up to 1,703MHz, whereas the desktop-grade 3060 is limited to 3,584 cores, but a higher boost clock of 1.78GHz or 1,780MHz.

Although both GPUs use the same GA106 die, the mobile version features the nearly fully enabled variant with 3,840 cores working out of the total 4,096. The desktop variant disables two SMs, bringing the total core count down to 3,584. At the same time, the latter does feature twice as much video memory (12GB), while the mobile GPU is limited to half as much.

The bus width is the same on both the dies at 192-bit, but as expected the mobile die is paired with slower memory chips (12Gbps), reducing the bandwidth to 288GB/s.

GPU Name NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
GPU SKU GA106 GA104-770 GA104-775
FP32 Cores 3,840 5120 6144
Base Clock ~900 MHz ~1100 MHz ~1100 MHz
Boost Clock ~1700 MHz ~1620 MHz ~1700 MHz
Memory Size 6 GB GDDR6 @ 12Gbps 8 GB GDDR6 @ 12Gbps 8/16 GB GDDR6 @ 12Gbps
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Bandwidth 288 GB/s 384 GB/s 384 GB/s
Standard Power/Max-Q Power 80-115W/60-70W 115-150W/80-90W 115-150W/80-90W
Mobile Ampere Lineup
Graphics Card Name GPU FP32 Cores Memory Memory Bus Bandwidth
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GA102-300 10,496 24GB GDDR6X 384-bit 936GB/s
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GA102-250 10,496 20GB GDDR6X 320-bit 760GB/s
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GA102-200 8,704 10GB GDDR6X 320-bit 760GB/s
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GA104-400 7,424 8GB GDDR6X 320-bit 760GB/s
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GA104-300 5,888 8GB GDDR6 256-bit 448GB/s
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GA104-200 4,864 8GB GDDR6 256-bit/192-bit 448GB/s
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GA106-300 3,840 12GB GDDR6 192-bit 360GB/s
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GA106 3,584 6GB GDDR6 160-bit?
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GA107-300 2,304 4GB/6GB GDDR6 128/160-bit
Desktop Ampere Lineup


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