The release of the new GeForce RTX 4060 Ti graphics update is just a few weeks away, but some board partners are still introducing new 3060 Ti GPUs. It’s worth noting that Colorful has revived its Colorfire brand, which used to be exclusively for Radeon, and has created a limited batch of custom and visually appealing designs for NVIDIA Turing series. The new series is called ‘Vitality’ and ‘Cool Mint’ and features graphics cards in pure pink and mint colors. These cards are based on mid-range SKUs such as the RTX 2060, GTX 1650, GTX 1660, or later models like the RTX 3060 (Ti) and 3050.
Colorfire unveiled their NVIDIA Ampere architecture lineup in late 2021, which turned out to be their final update at the time. However, there seems to be a new update today that features the RTX 3060 Ti, but this time with GDDR6X memory.
After taking a quick look at its predecessor, it seems that the RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6 “Cool Mint” version has a higher TDP compared to the GDDR6 model (225W versus 200W) and requires more power connectors (2x 8pin instead of 1x 8-pin). However, both models are still using NVIDIA’s default clock speeds, so there are no changes in that regard.
The introduction of the new RTX 3060 Ti GDDR6X model has coincided with rumors about the potential discontinuation of the 3060 Ti series. Board Channels reported that these SKUs are expected to be phased out within the next few months, and production of the GPUs has already ceased. If this rumor proves to be true, board partners should have sufficient inventory to continue selling the cards throughout Q2 and Q3.
Since Colorfire has recently launched a new GDDR6X model, it’s possible that not all 3060 Ti SKUs will be impacted by the rumored discontinuation. It could be that only the original GDDR6 SKUs will be affected.