Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 with 12GB GDDR6 will be released at the end of February for $329

Nvidia introduces its GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card for desktops. This is equipped with a GPU with 3584 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR6 memory. The RTX 3060 will be available ‘late February’ and will have a suggested retail price of $329.

The GeForce RTX 3060 uses the same Ampere architecture introduced in September and is used for all RTX 30 graphics cards. The RTX 3060 has a GPU with 3584 CUDA cores with a clock speed of 1.32GHz. The boost speed is 1.78GHz.

The number of GPU cores is about 26 percent lower than the RTX 3060 Ti, which has a GA104 chip with 4864 CUDA cores. According to Nvidia, the upcoming RTX 3060 video card will have a total graphics power of 170W, compared to the 200W TGP of the Ti model.

The new video card has 12GB of GDDR6 memory with a 192-bit memory bus. That’s more memory than the current GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, all of which are positioned in a higher market segment and have 8GB and 10GB of video memory, respectively. The RTX 3080 variant does have faster Gddr6x memory. The GeForce RTX 3060 will also receive support for RTX functions such as DLSS, RTX Voice and Nvidia Reflex. The manufacturer does not mention the amount of RTX cores or Tensor cores for the RTX 3060.

Furthermore, Nvidia is introducing support for Resizable BAR for its RTX 30 graphics cards, including the RTX 3060. Current RTX 30 graphics cards would receive such support after a bios update. Resizable BAR is also known as Smart Access Memory, AMD’s marketing term for this. With this technique, the processor can access the entire amount of video memory of a gpu in one go. Normally this is only possible with a maximum of 256MB at a time. Nvidia is working with Intel, AMD and motherboard manufacturers to introduce support for Resizable BAR with various CPUs and motherboards.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 will be available at the end of February and will have a suggested retail price of $329. Nvidia has not yet announced official euro prices. It appears that Nvidia is not releasing a Founders Edition of the RTX 3060. It remains to be seen how the GeForce RTX 3060’s availability will be upon release. The availability of other RTX 30 video cards was problematic around release and many GPUs are still poorly available.

Video card RTX 3080 RTX 3070 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 3060 12GB RTX 2060

Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere Turing
Process 8nm 8nm 8nm 8nm 12nm
Die size 628.4mm² 392.5mm² 392.5mm² nnb 445mm²
Transistors 28 billion 17.4 billion 17.4 billion nnb 10.8 billion
CUDA cores 8704 5888 4864 3584 1920
base clock 1440MHz 1500MHz 1410MHz 1320MHz 1365MHz
boost clock 1710MHz 1730MHz 1665MHz 1780MHz 1680MHz
Memory Speed 19Gbit/s 14Gbit/s 14Gbit/s nnb 14Gbit/s
Memory bus 320bit 256bit 256bit 192bit 192bit
Bandwidth 760GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s nnb 336GB/s
Tgp 320W 220W 200W 170W 160W
(at introduction)
719 euros 519 euros 419 euros $329 369 euros
Released September 17, 2020 October 27, 2020 Dec 2, 2020 end of February 2021 January 7, 2019