Today I’m reviewing Nvidias (Nasdaq: NVDA) (GeForce RTX 3060 – Nvidia’s cheapest RTX 3000 series amp graphics card to date, of course, given the inventory, crypto mining and MSRP of $ 329 general pandemic issues all leading to chaos in terms of prices, perhaps optimistic as every other card in the Ampere range from Nvidia sold at significantly higher prices due to these issues was not available at all

Since that’s the case for everything out there right now, we can only make comparisons with what we have today This means we need to see how the new card compares to the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 2060, its predecessor and a card that Nvidia is reintroducing in the wake of poor stocks and prices

There’s a glimmer of hope, however: Nvidia has purposely curtailed the RTX 3060’s mining performance to make it less attractive to potential miners, in fact, the company implements a tamper-proof lock on the driver, RTX 3060 core, and BIOS to keep mining – Cut performance in half For those interested, I ran a quick test and saw a return of around 27MHz / s mining Ethereum, which is less than half what miners have reported from the RTX 3060 Ti, which means that other cards like the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT are likely just as much, if not more profitable and cheaper, and it won’t stop people from using it for mining, but it’s certainly less attractive than it might have been, especially when compared to its predecessors

This is a significantly less powerful card than the RTX 3060 Ti with far fewer CUDA cores, tensor cores and RT cores as well as a narrower 192-bit memory interface compared to 256-bit for the RTX 3060 Ti. At first glance it appears Overzealous ingesting 12GB of memory as the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080 all have less, but this is due to the 192-bit memory interface.Each 32-bit block is tied to 1GB or 2GB of GDDR6 memory on the RTX 3060 Ti it was logical to have 8 GB, with 32 split eight times in the 256-bit bus.With a 192-bit memory interface, Nvidia had two options – with 6 GB or 12 GB and with AMD, which supposedly cards of the lower Radeon 6000 series provides a considerable amount of RAM, a 6 GB RTX 3060 would have been a bit missing that is my theory anyway

My water-cooled test system contains an Intel Core i9-10900K, 16 GB RAM and an MSI MEG Z490 Ace [] motherboard and Barrow Rhopilema test bench

Nvidia doesn’t make a Founders Edition model of the RTX 3060, so I used a Zotac RTX 3060 Twin Edge graphics card

I used Nvidia’s 46164 release drivers for the RTX 3060 test along with a fully updated version of Windows 10 The benchmarks focus on 1080p and 1440p as these are the resolutions potential customers of the RTX 3060 are focusing on However, I ran additional tests at 4K in certain titles to compare them when using DLSS.The test system used an MSI MEG Z490 Ace, an Intel Core i9-10900K, a 16GB 3466MHz Corsair memory, and an Intel 760p SSD as well as a custom water cooling system

At 1080p, the RTX 3060 was evenly between the RTX 2060 and the RTX 3060 Ti, with the latter offering significantly more performance – around 23 percent more, while the new card at the minimum frame rate of 99 Percentile was 21 percent faster than the aging RTX 2060, with a surge to 1440p it was similar – the RTX 3060 Ti offered 32 percent more power, while the RTX 3060 was 27 percent faster than the RTX 3060

With the ray tracing function deactivated and DLSS, the minimum frame rate of the 99 Percentile at 1080p 25 percent higher than the RTX 2060, but the RTX 3060 was much closer to the RTX 3060 Ti with a deficit of only 15 percent.By activating DLSS and ray tracing, the performance advantage over the older card was reduced to nine percent However, it was similar with the RTX 3060 Ti, which was only eight percent faster

With RTX features enabled at 1440p, the gap increased over the RTX 2060 at the minimum frame rate of 99 Percentiles by 21 percent, but the RTX 3060 Ti offered 29 percent more grunts Percentile than found on the RTX 2060, with the RTX 3060 Ti offering a 17 percent lead

At 1080p, it was another RTX 3060 sandwich that was evenly placed between the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 2060.The new card is a compelling upgrade over the 2060, but the RTX 3060 Ti gives you a lot more grunt for your buck was for 1440p, with the RTX 3060 being the card with the lowest original retail price of over 50 fps (53 fps) with a minimum of 99 The percentile was while the RTX 2060 could only manage 44 fps

With the RTX features disabled, it was another evenly placed position for the RTX 3060 at 1080p, which was exactly between the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 2060, although the RTX 3060 Ti had less of a head start at the average frame rate at 1440p the RTX 3060 with over 50% more power is many times faster than the RTX 2060, and the RTX 3060 also came close to the mighty RTX 2080

The really impressive result, however, was the activation of ray tracing and DLSS, where the RTX 3060 was a playable 99 at 4K It managed a percentile of 28 fps and an average of 37 fps, with the RTX 2060 being completely disabled and even the Radeon RX 6800 equivalent

With the ray tracing function activated, the RTX 3060 in Metro Exodus offered a massive lead over the RTX 2060 at 1080p with a minimum frame rate of 99 Percentile of 34 fps versus 26 fps – a 31 percent difference evenly between it and the RTX 3060 Ti at 1440p it was less impressive as it was less than 10 percent between the cards and both of them were a bit behind the RTX 3060 Ti A similar story plays out if we disable the RTX functions at 1440p

as well

The RTX 3060 recorded 40 W less power consumption than the RTX 3060 Ti and consumed barely 20 W more than the RTX 2060 to achieve a much higher gaming performance.It should be noted that the Zotax RTX 3060 Twin I used Edge card was barely audible even during the tests

It is difficult to draw any conclusions from the introduction of a graphics card at this time as prices and inventory levels are ubiquitous. Lowering mining performance for the RTX 3060 was a good move as the RTX 3060 may no longer be just mediocre, but mediocre as well is However, given the crypto prices, it is currently unclear whether this will be enough to completely deter miners

Actual performance is about where I expected it to be, and offers convincing performance With one or two exceptions, the RTX 3060 Ti borders on an excellent upgrade from an RTX 2060 in most tests, but offers significantly more grunt, especially for 1440p games The RTX 3060’s ability to offer playable frame rates at 4K with DLSS enabled in some titles is also a handy feather in the cap However, if you’re into 4K / DLSS, the RTX 3060 Ti is likely worth paying extra for

Normally at this point we would say goodbye to previous generations of cards and introduce the RTX 3060 as the new king of the lower mid-range, at least until we saw AMD’s equivalent in early March, but with the re-launch of the RTX 2060 to reassure gamers these strange times, after all, it could actually be a very good card and an especially good upgrade for GTX 1060 and RTX 2060 owners, we can only hope the prices are close to normal and that you can actually buy one if you choose to , the RTX 3060 Twin Edge from Zotac is fantastic It’s compact, cool and extremely quiet

I am a technology writer with a 25 year interest in computer hardware, devices, and technology covering the latest news and rumors about companies like Intel

I am a technology journalist with a 25 year interest in computer hardware, devices, and technology covering the latest news and rumors about companies like Intel, AMD, and Nvidia, and important hardware launches, including my own benchmarks in the latest software for creating games and content

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