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.
|Transistors||28 billion||17.4 billion||17.4 billion||nnb||10.8 billion|
|Vram||10GB GDDR6x||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||12GB GDDR6||6GB GDDR6|
|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|