Nvidia reveals their RTX 3060 graphics card – A true GTX 1060 successor?

Nvidia reveals their RTX 3060 graphics card - A true GTX 1060 successor?

Nvidia reveals their RTX 3060 graphics card – A true GTX 1060 successor?

Nvidia’s XX60-series graphics cards are always popular choices, often acting as the company’s budget performer and as one of the most popular entries of any Geforce product line. Even today, Nvidia’s GTX 1060 remains a popular graphics card amongst gamers, acting as one of Nvidia’s most popular graphics cards of the past decade. 

PC gaming has entered a crossroads. Next-generation consoles are here, changing the demands of new AAA games and heralds the adoption of a new hardware feature set. Ray tracing is now embedded within today’s consoles, which means that it is only a matter of time before games will require graphics cards that support hardware-accelerated ray tracing. 

With their RTX 3060, Nvidia has created a graphics card that they believe is ready for the future. For $329 they are offering gamers 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM, support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing, support for Nvidia’s DLSS technology and more performance than their RTX 2060 graphics card in both rasterised and ray-traced workloads. 

  RTX 3090  RTX 3080 RTX 3070 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 3060
Node 8nm 8nm 8nm 8nm 8nm
CUDA Cores 10496 8704 5888 4864  3584
Base Clock 1.4 GHz 1.44 GHz 1.5 GHz 1.41 GHz 1.32GHz
Boost Clock 1.7 GHz 1.71 GHz 1.73 GHz 1.665 GHz  1.78GHz
Single-Precision
Performance
35.7 TFLOPS 29.8 TFLOPS 20.4 TFLOPS 16.2 TFLOPS 13 TFLOPS
Memory 24GB GDDR6X 10GB GDDR6X 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6  12GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 19.5 Gbps 19 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps ??
Memory Bus 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
TGP 350W 320W 220W 200W 170W
Pricing (US) $1,499 $699 $499 $399 $329

  

Nvidia reveals their RTX 3060 graphics card - A true GTX 1060 successor?  
With full support for the DirectX 12 Ultimate feature set and its generous allotment of GDDR6 memory, Nvidia’s RTX 3060 graphics card could become one of the best baseline graphics cards for next-generation PC gaming. This will be especially true if Nvidia continues to be aggressive with developers when promoting DLSS adoption. 

If their RTX 3060 performs as Nvidia claims, it will be a great graphics card for its sub-$350 price point, especially when compared to graphics cards like Nvidia’s RTX 2060. It could be argued that 6GB of VRAM isn’t enough for next-generation gaming, a factor which has made Nvidia’s use of a large 12GB frame buffer music to the ears of many gamers. 

Nvidia plans to launch their RTX 3060 graphics cards in late February. Hopefully, Nvidia has been able to manufacture enough GPUs to meet demand, as all of Nvidia’s other RTX 30 series graphics cards remain difficult to access due to the seemingly unsatisfiable demand of today’s consumers. 

Nvidia reveals their RTX 3060 graphics card - A true GTX 1060 successor?  

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