Nvidia RTX 3060 unveiled: Low-priced GPU will get February liberate

Nvidia’s subsequent graphics card is the GeForce RTX 3060, the corporate introduced Tuesday all over its Sport On tournament at CES 2021.

Scheduled to reach in overdue February, the RTX 3060 will release at $329, making it the most cost effective GPU with devoted ray tracing {hardware} since Nvidia dropped the MSRP of its entry-level RTX 2060 to $299 three hundred and sixty five days in the past.

The RTX 3060 slots in as the brand new base-level GPU in Nvidia’s 30-series line of graphics playing cards, which can be powered through the corporate’s Ampere microarchitecture. It’s going to take a seat underneath the RTX 3060 Ti, which debuted in December for $399. The RTX 3060 Ti is an overly succesful performer at 1440p answer, making it a super choice for individuals who need to save $100 over the RTX 3070. It stands to explanation why that the RTX 3060 might be extra orientated towards people enjoying at 1080p, and certainly, that’s the answer for which Nvidia supplied a comparability as opposed to the Pascal-powered GTX 1060, which introduced the entire long ago in mid-2016.

Watch Canines: Legion on a GTX 1060 is a coarse revel in, with a median body fee underneath 25 frames consistent with 2nd, in line with a chart Nvidia confirmed all over its presentation. However the corporate stated {that a} PC supplied with an RTX 3060 can arrange to stay the body fee simply above 60 fps in Watch Canines: Legion and Cyberpunk 2077 — even with some ray tracing results grew to become on — so long as Nvidia’s AI-powered Deep Finding out Tremendous Sampling generation may be enabled. The RTX 3060 delivers 10 occasions the ray tracing efficiency of the GTX 1060 (despite the fact that it’s value noting that video games are principally unplayable with ray tracing enabled on that previous GPU) and two times the rasterization efficiency, in line with Nvidia.

a graph showing performance comparisons (in frame rate) between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, RTX 2060, and RTX 3060 for Total War: Three Kingdoms, The Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs: Legion, Fortnite, and Cyberpunk 2077

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One curious component of the RTX 3060 is that it boasts 50% extra video reminiscence than its subsequent two extra tough siblings — 12 GB of GDDR6 RAM, as opposed to the eight GB within the RTX 3060 Ti and 3070. Nvidia most probably had to spice up the RAM to be able to make sure that the cardboard may just nonetheless ship the specified efficiency with fewer cores at the silicon (and take care of a definite point of reminiscence bandwidth with this GPU’s smaller 192-bit bus width). But it surely’ll be attention-grabbing to peer how the RTX 3060 compares with its higher-priced brethren in the longer term.

It’s additionally a little atypical that Nvidia’s divulge video for the RTX 3060 didn’t in fact sing their own praises what the GPU looks as if. Probably, it’ll use the similar compact pennant-shaped motherboard as the opposite 30-series playing cards, however we’ll in finding out subsequent month.

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