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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review

Should You Buy One? Can You?

GeForce RTX3060 is the latest desktop GPU at $ 330 on Nvidia that you won’t find at the recommended retail price. At the same time, there is a lot of work in progress: the ongoing global pandemic, the trade war, and the pace of cryptocurrency mining, we discover ourselves right now. The first batch of RTX 3060 reviews was broadcast live about ten days ago, and when we had to delay it allowed us to more judiciously monitor pricing and availability after launch. Of course, we have the usual format of criteria to go to and we’ll jump to that in a moment.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review

The RTX 3060 is based on the new GA106 dye that measures 300mm2 and contains 3584 cores, 112 TMU, and 48 ROP. It has 26% less kernel and TMU than version 3060, but 40% less due to the 192-bit downgrade from the 256-bit wide memory bus. More than 15hours of GPS GDDR6 memory delivers up to 360GB / s bandwidth to help reduce downscaling, thus only a 20% reduction from 3060.

This change in the memory subsystem means Nvidia cannot add 8GB VRAM to the RTX3060. The options were originally 6GB or 12GB, the first would be awkward at this major point and AMD was ready to release its mid-range parts with 12GB capacity, and Nvidia didn’t like much.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review

This helps them commercialize the RTX 3060 and justify the price of the 330, which is only 18% cheaper than the 3060, despite a major downgrade on the original configuration. On paper, the RTX 3060 doesn’t appear to be a quality product even if it picks up all the models sold at the MSRP, but we’ll definitely evaluate the full performance and then determine where it comes in in terms of the cost per frame.

For testing, we are still using the Ryzen 9 3950X test system as we go through with every test update under the R9 5950X. We anticipate all this data at once during this latest round of product releases. The test system is configured with 32GB dual-channel DDR4-3200CL14 memory.

We’ll look at 1080p and 1440p data for half a dozen of the 14 games we’ve tested before jumping into our usual performance split-up graphs.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review

Benchmarks Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

The following values are derived from our criteria for monitoring laptops. Performance depends on the graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating system used. So the results do not have to be representative of all laptops including this GPU. For detailed information about measurement results, click the fps number.

 

 

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