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

Nvidia’s subsequent graphics card is the GeForce RTX 3060, the corporate introduced Tuesday throughout its Recreation On occasion at CES 2021.

Scheduled to reach in late February, the RTX 3060 will launch 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 one yr 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, that are powered by the corporate’s Ampere microarchitecture. It should sit under the RTX 3060 Ti, which debuted in December for $399. The RTX 3060 Ti is a really succesful performer at 1440p decision, making it an important possibility for individuals who need to save $100 over the RTX 3070. It stands to cause that the RTX 3060 can be extra oriented towards people taking part in at 1080p, and certainly, that’s the decision for which Nvidia supplied a comparability versus the Pascal-powered GTX 1060, which launched all the best way again in mid-2016.

Watch Canine: Legion on a GTX 1060 is a tough expertise, with a median body fee under 25 frames per second, in line with a chart Nvidia confirmed throughout its presentation. However the firm mentioned {that a} PC outfitted with an RTX 3060 can handle to maintain the body fee simply above 60 fps in Watch Canine: Legion and Cyberpunk 2077 — even with some ray tracing results turned on — so long as Nvidia’s AI-powered Deep Studying Tremendous Sampling expertise can be enabled. The RTX 3060 delivers 10 instances the ray tracing efficiency of the GTX 1060 (though it’s value noting that video games are mainly unplayable with ray tracing enabled on that previous GPU) and twice 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

Picture: Nvidia

One curious aspect of the RTX 3060 is that it boasts 50% extra video reminiscence than its subsequent two extra highly effective siblings — 12 GB of GDDR6 RAM, versus the eight GB within the RTX 3060 Ti and 3070. Nvidia doubtless needed to enhance the RAM in an effort to be sure that the cardboard may nonetheless ship the specified efficiency with fewer cores on the silicon (and keep a sure stage of reminiscence bandwidth with this GPU’s smaller 192-bit bus width). However it’ll be fascinating to see how the RTX 3060 compares with its higher-priced brethren in the long run.

It’s additionally a bit unusual that Nvidia’s reveal video for the RTX 3060 didn’t really showcase what the GPU seems to be like. Presumably, it’ll use the identical compact pennant-shaped motherboard as the opposite 30-series playing cards, however we’ll discover out subsequent month.

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