Nvidia's RTX 4060 reportedly consumes more power than an RTX 3070

Even Nvidia's mid-range RTX 40 series GPUs will be more power hungry

Nvidia's RTX 4060 reportedly consumes more power than an RTX 3070

Nvidia's RTX 4060 reportedly consumes 50+ watts more power than an RTX 3060

If today's rumours are correct, even Nvidia's mid-range RTX 40 series GPUs will consume more power than their predecessors, with Nvidia's RTX 4070 reportedly consuming more power than an RTX 3070, a graphics card that has a TDP of 220W.

When compared to Nvidia's RTX 3060, a 170W graphics card, Nvidia's RTX 4060 will consume more than 50 watts of additional power, which represents a TDP increase of around 30% (or greater). Assuming that Nvidia's next-generation Lovelace series GPUs are more efficient than their Ampere counterparts, it is probable that Nvidia's new RTX 4060 could offer performance levels that are similar to Nvidia's RTX 3080.

What does this mean for RTX 4060 pricing? 

Higher TDP products are more expensive to produce. Higher wattage products require more expensive heatsinks, more power phases, and other expensive add-ons. This is a major reason why power efficiency is a major factor within the PC market, as higher wattage products require more costly components elsewhere.

Less power hungry components do not require as much cooling or power management, reducing the overall cost of a product. Higher wattage products increase component costs, and will increase the running cost of the product. 

Nvidia's RTX 4060 reportedly consumes more power than an RTX 3070

(Nvidia's RTX 3060 Founders Edition)

Recent rumours have suggested that Nvidia plans to reveal their RTX 4060 graphics card at CES 2023 in January, 2023. That said, various reports have emerged recently will conflicting release dates for Nvidia's RTX 40 series GPU lineup. As such, all rumours about the RTX 40 series should be taken with a pinch of salt. 

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06-06-2022, 10:41:41

AngryGoldfish
Small typo, Mark, in the opening paragraph. Shouldn't it be 4060?

"With Nvidia's RTX 4070 reportedly consuming more power than an RTX 3070, a graphics card that has a TDP of 220W."


I think Nvidia will be able to get away with this. They'll be able to charge more for the same raster performance because they'll have more hardware and software support than AMD.Quote
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