Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 boasts 12GB of VRAM and 3,584 CUDA cores for $329

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Extremely anticipated: The spotlight of any Nvidia CES keynote is all the time the brand new {hardware} it reveals off, and this yr’s occasion actually did not disappoint there. There was no large RTX 4000-series reveal (nor ought to there have been), however we did see the primary true finances 3000-series card: the RTX 3060, coming in at simply $329.

The cardboard is predicted to launch someday in February — no less than, for the auto-purchase bots and scalpers which have been ravaging the {hardware} market over the previous a number of months. Everybody else might need to attend longer for inventory to come back in.

At any charge, the 3060’s largest promoting level (other than its sub-$350 price ticket) is its 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM. That determine surpasses final gen’s RTX 2080 Ti, and even this gen’s RTX 3080, which have 11 and 8GB of VRAM, respectively.

The 3060 was constructed with a 192-bit reminiscence bus, and it is set to characteristic 3,584 CUDA cores and a base clock pace of 1.32 GHz (increase clocks go as much as 1.78 GHz). It is anticipated to attract round 170 W of energy on common over a PCIe 8-pin connector, which ought to match into most trendy builds fairly properly.

Nvidia guarantees as much as twice the raster efficiency of the GTX 1060, and 10x the RT efficiency. That is a fairly ineffective and frankly puzzling comparability, on condition that the 1060 is 2 generations previous and does not even assist RTX within the first place.

A significantly better comparability could be to stack up the 3060 in opposition to the 2060: each playing cards proclaim to assist RTX technology, and they’re solely a era aside. Thankfully, Nvidia tossed us a bone there, too, with the next chart:


In response to Nvidia’s calculations, the RTX 3060 is can push someplace within the neighborhood of 60-64 FPS in Watch Canine: Legion at 1080p with RT and DLSS enabled (it is unclear what RT and DLSS settings have been used, nevertheless). The 2060, nevertheless, sinks to the low 40s, which is not any shock given the generational variations right here. The 1060’s efficiency is listed as properly, however once more, it is an irrelevant comparability.

As common, we would advise you to take producer benchmarks with a grain of salt. It is not that Nvidia is deliberately deceptive anybody right here, however fairly that we merely do not know what methodology they use to reach at their conclusions, and thus can not confirm them. It is all the time higher to attend for impartial benchmarks, akin to our personal.

Nonetheless, in the event you want to throw warning to the wind, you may snag a 3060 of your personal subsequent month. We’ll replace you when we have now a extra concrete launch date to share.