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GeForce RTX 3060: mid-range graphics card for 320 euros

In the context of the consumer electronics fair CES 2021, Nvidia has announced a new offshoot of the RTX 3000 family, alias Ampere. With a recommended retail price of 320 euros, the GeForce RTX 3060 is below the (theoretically) 400 euros expensive GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and should be available from the end of February 2021.

The new GeForce RTX 3060 relies on a graphics chip with 3584 shader cores, which should nominally accelerate to up to 1780 MHz boost. The bottom line is 12.7 TFlops of computing power – 21 percent less than the Ti model.

Meanwhile, Nvidia’s product page confirms the rumored 12 GB graphics memory with the GeForce RTX 3060, which means that you have more RAM available than the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080. Rumors of new editions of the more expensive graphics cards with doubled storage capacity have been circulating for months, but are often contradicting each other.

In order to get to 12 GB, Nvidia has reduced the GDDR6 interface from 256 to 192 bits. This reduces the transfer rate to the GPU, which has a potentially negative effect on the frame rate. With the same memory clock, it would have to be 336 instead of 448 GB / s.

model

GeForce RTX 3060

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

GPU

Ampere

Ampere (GA104)

Turing (TU106)

FP32 shader cores

3584

4864

2176

Basic stroke / Boost

1320 / 1780 MHz

1410 / 1665 MHz

1470 / 1650

theoretical computing power FP32

12,7 TFlops

16,1 TFlops

7,2 TFlops

Storage amount / type

12 GByte GDDR6

8 GByte GDDR6

8 GByte GDDR6

Interface / transfer rate

192 Bit / vmtl. 336 GByte/s

256 Bit / 448 GByte/s

256 Bit / 448 GByte/s

Rasterendstufen

unknown

80

64

Raytracing- / Tensor-Kerne

unknown

38 / 152

34 / 272

Total Board Power (TBP)

170 Watt

200 Watt

175 Watt

Power connections

unknown

1 × 12-pin (adapter to 1 × 8-pin)

1 × 8-pin

System interface

unknown

PCIe 4.0 x16

PCIe 3.0 x16

Recommended price

320 Euro

400 Euro

420 Euro

Nvidia puts the power consumption at 170 watts – 30 watts less than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. On a render image, Nvidia shows a Founders Edition with only one instead of two fans (see lead). However, it is unclear whether this version will go on sale. The first partner manufacturers are already showing their own versions of the GeForce RTX 3060, including, as usual, variants with large coolers such as MSIs GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio. More models are coming from Asus, EVGA, Inno3D and Zotac.

At the start of sales at the end of February, however, it remains to be seen how the availability will look. So far, all RTX-3000 graphics cards are only in stock in small numbers, which drives up prices. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti currently costs at least 600 euros – 200 euros above Nvidia’s price recommendation.

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