Today we’ll be checking out one unique-looking graphics card – the Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition OC. That’s quite a long name you have there! Amongst Colorful’s RTX 30 series cards, this is (currently) the only graphics card designed in partnership with Bilibili Gaming. BLG, short for Bilibili Gaming, is a professional esports franchise based in China, and it’s one of the ventures of the parent company, Bilibili. You can see bilibili’s mascot on the retail box and graphics card itself. But I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t include 22 and 33 on the product. Anyway, let’s find out how this graphics card performs in our review below.
- Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition OC Review
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Reference Specifications
- Packaging and Closer Look
- The Test Setup
- Noise and Temperature
- iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition Benchmarks
- iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition OC Review Conclusion
Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition OC Review
The GeForce RTX 3060 is said to be “the ultimate upgrade for GTX 1060 gamers”, according to NVIDIA. While, it’s true that the RTX 3060 is substantially better and faster than the older GTX 1060, it’s a little bit difficult to get one today at near MSRP. Hopefully, it will get better soon, once supply has caught up with the demand.
1080p gaming is the target of the RTX 3060 GPU, especially modern-day (AAA) titles that can be quite graphics intensive. It has a total of 3584 CUDA cores and features second-generation RTX architecture, with 12.7 shader TFLOPs, 24.9 RT TFLOPs, and 102 Tensor TFLOPs.
While the RTX 3060 has a similar amount of VRAM with the RTX 3080 Ti, which is 12GB; it’s using GDDR6 memory only. Its memory also runs slower compared to the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070’s GDDR6 clock speed. The RTX 3060 has a memory clock of 15Gbps effective or around 1875MHz, 360 Gb/s memory bandwidth, and runs on a 192-bit memory interface.
The GeForce RTX 3060 has an HDMI 2.1 out that enables support for 4K@120Hz. It features AV1 decode as well, which provides better compression and quality compared to existing codecs like H.264, HEVC, and VP9. AV1 is said to provide ~50% bitrate savings over H.264.
iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition Unique Features
If you are familiar with NVIDIA’s flow-through design used in their Founders Edition cards, more or less the design of this graphics card has caught your attention. While the iGame RTX 3060 bilibili E-sports edition looks like it’s covered in “bilibili decals”, the cooler is similar to NVIDIA’s flow-through design.
There is a single fan on the under front-side of the card, and another fan at the opposite top rear-end. While the fan placement is similar to NVIDIA’s, the heatsink stack is different. More on that later.
The iGame RTX 3060 bilibili edition also features a boost clock speed of 1777MHz, a few MHz higher than the reference design. And there’s a “One-key OC” button that boosts the GPU’s clock speed to 1822MHz.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Features
- Programmable Shader: Increased to 2 shader calculations per clock versus 1 on Turing – 12.7 Shader-TFLOPS compared to 6.5 TFLOPS.
- Second-gen RT Cores: Ray-triangle intersection throughput is now doubled so that the RT Core delivers 24.9 RT-TFLOPs, compared to Turing’s 19.5.
- Third-gen Tensor Cores: New Tensor Core automatically identifies and removes less important DNN weights and the new hardware processes the sparse network at twice the rate of Turing—102 Tensor-TFLOPS with sparsity compared to Turing’s 51.6 TFLOPS.
- NVIDIA Broadcast for AI-powered Video and Voice: Turn any room into a home studio with AI – taking your live streams and video chats to the next level with AI-powered audio and video effects like noise removal, virtual background, and webcam auto frame.
- NVIDIA Reflex: Low Latency Technology: Acquire targets faster, react quicker, and increase aim precision through a revolutionary suite of new GeForce and G-SYNC technologies to optimize and measure system latency in competitive games.
- Next-gen process technology: New 8N NVIDIA custom process from Samsung, which allows for higher transistor density and more efficiency.
- NVIDIA Studio: RTX-Accelerated Content Creation: RTX 30 Series brings faster rendering and AI performance, more graphics memory, and exclusive NVIDIA AI tools such as Omniverse Machinima to help you finish creative projects in record time.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Reference Specifications
|RTX 3060||RTX 3060 Ti||RTX 3070||RTX 3080||RTX 3090|
|Fab Process||8nm Samsung||8nm Samsung||8nm Samsung||8nm Samsung||8nm Samsung|
|Base Clock||1320 MHz||1410 MHz||1500 MHz||1440 MHz||1400 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1777 MHz||1665 MHz||1730 MHz||1710 MHz||1700 MHz|
|Memory Clock||15 Gbps||14 Gbps||16 Gbps||19 Gbps||19.5 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||360 GBps||448 GBps||512 GBps||760 GBps||936 GBps|
|Power Connectors||8-pin||8-pin||8-pin||2x 8-pin||2x 8-pin|
|Graphics Card Power||170W||200W||220W||320W||350W|
|Starting at (MSRP)||$329||$399||$499||$699||$1,499|
GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards available on Amazon.com here or eBay.com here
Packaging and Closer Look
The iGame RTX 3060 bilibili E-sports Edition OC graphics card came with a shiny and “colorful” box, pun intended. You can see bilibili’s mascot at the front, and there is a “12GB GDDR6” transparent sticker at the front; indicating the GPU’s memory size. There are no “freebies” included in the packaging, just some reading materials. If you want to see the unboxing experience, you can watch our video here.
Above you can see the front and rear view of the graphics card. Like I mentioned earlier, the fan placement and cooler are similar to NVIDIA’s flow-through design used in the Founders Edition cards. However, the fin-stack arrays are different. And it looks like Colorful is using the typical fin-stack design used in most of their RTX 30 series graphics cards.
As you can see from the photo above, NVIDIA’s heatsink design is unique and different compared to a typical GPU heatsink. I guess Colorful wasn’t allowed to “copy” NVIDIA’s design. However, I do wish they opted for a different shape for the cutout on the front-side portion of the cooler; rather than an uninspiring rectangular opening for the rear exhaust fan.
Ports and Dimensions
The iGame RTX 3060 bilibili edition has three DisplayPort 1.4a and a single HDMI 2.1 output connectors. There’s also a one-Key OC button that will boost the graphics card to 1822Mhz. Although, I didn’t find it useful, since the GPU will naturally boost higher as long as it has enough power and the GPU is cooled properly. During my test, the graphics card was able to reach a boost clock speed of 1905MHz+; just hovering below 2000MHz.
Its single 8-pin PCIe power connector is located at the middle portion of the card since it has a short PCB. I’m guessing that it’s using a reference design PCB. There’s also an elongated hole (both sides), just above the “GeForce RTX” logo for the hot air to exhaust.
There is no (RGB) lighting on this graphics card. It would have been nice if they could have added some lighting for the logo on the sides. In terms of dimensions, the iGame RTX 3060 bilibili edition measures 300mm x 134mm x 45mm and weighs around 1.2Kg. Now, let’s see how it performs.
The Test Setup
I’m using a Z590 motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-10700K. It is paired with a DDR4-4000 memory. Below are the rest of the specifications of the system:
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro 64bit|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10700K (running stock)|
|Motherboard||MSI MEG Z590 ACE|
|Memory||Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB DDR4-4000 16GB|
|Graphics Card||Colorful iGame RTX 3060 bilibili E-sports Edition OC|
|OS Drive||Crucial P5 NVMe SSD 2TB|
|Game Drive||SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD V2 and Extreme Portable SSD V2|
|Power Supply||SilverStone SX1000 Platinum SFX-L 1000W PSU|
|Chassis||Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini|
For this test, I used the NVIDIA driver version 471.11. The graphics card was tested in two resolutions – 1920×1080 FHD, and 2560×1440 WQHD.
For synthetic benchmarks, I used 3DMark’s benchmark suite. I also used the following games to test the graphics card: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Gears 5, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Horizon Zero Dawn, Monster Hunter World, Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Division 2, and The Witcher 3.
I also included some ray tracing with DLSS benchmarks using three game titles. The games are Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion. Below is the GPU-Z screenshot of the iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili.
Noise and Temperature
During idle to light load situation, the iGame RTX 3060 bilibili’s fan doesn’t spin at all. Like most modern-day graphics cards, this one features a fan stop solution as well. The GPU’s temperature just hovers around ~39° Celsius.
I ran FurMark for about 15 minutes, and despite only having two fans to cool the GPU, its temperature was just hovering around 61° Celsius. That’s quite impressive and on top of that, the graphics card was running silent as well. Its fan speed was just around 1700RPM or 67%. Since the GPU’s temperature was managed properly, the card was able to boost up to 1905MHz.
Now let’s see how Colorful’s iGame RTX 3060 bilibili edition performs.
iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition Benchmarks
Let’s check out some synthetic benchmarks first. Some of you might not be interested in synthetic benchmarks, but others would like to see them. It also gives us an idea of the “general performance” of this graphics card.
For the synthetic benchmark results, I used 3DMark’s graphics benchmark tests. On the left-hand side are graphics scores, while on the right-hand side are the average frames per second (FPS).
The iGame RTX 3060 bilibili performs similarly to the other RTX 3060 graphics cards. The difference is insignificant and negligible.
1080p Game Benchmark Results
The GeForce RTX 3060 is targeted towards 1080p gaming. Let’s see how it fares in modern-day AAA game titles in this resolution. Below are the results I got.
As expected, the iGame RTX 3060 bilibili edition is performing similarly to the other RTX 3060 cards. It’s a very capable 1080p-gaming graphics card. It’s also generally faster than the RTX 2060 Super and almost on par with the RTX 2070S in some games.
1440p Game Benchmark Results
Despite being marketed as a 1080p-gaming GPU, let’s see if the RTX 3060 can run games at 1440p resolution as well. A lot of gamers are shifting or are already using a 1440p monitor, and it will soon replace 1080p. Below are the results I got.
The numbers that I got are not jaw-dropping but the RTX 3060 is still capable of playing games at 1440p. You can adjust the graphics settings to get a higher frame rates. Or if the game supports DLSS, you can get higher frame rates without sacrificing graphics quality.
I did not test the RTX 3060 on 4K resolution since it’s not the target of this graphics card. For 4K gaming, I still recommend an RTX 3080 or an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card for that job. In the meantime, let’s check out how the iGame RTX 3060 performs when it comes to ray tracing and DLSS.
RTX 3060 Ray Tracing + DLSS Benchmark Results
For the ray tracing and DLSS benchmarks, I tested the iGame RTX 3060 with Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion. On the left-hand side, you can see results using traditional rasterization. While on the right-hand side, RT and DLSS are enabled and are set to ultra and quality settings respectively. Below are the results I got.
Cyberpunk 2077 is quite the infamous game and it’s quite graphics intensive as well. You’ll have to play with the settings to get a decent frame rate on this game using an RTX 3060.
Watch Dogs Legion doesn’t have as many ray tracing effects as Cyberpunk 2077. It’s using ray-traced reflections only if I am not mistaken. However, despite having fewer ray-tracing effects implemented, the results that I got are quite similar to Cyberpunk 2077.
This game is quite notorious and graphics-intensive that even an RTX 3090 was struggling to get 60fps at 4K resolution. Nevertheless, you can squeeze out more frame rates by lowering the graphics settings and using DLSS to boost the frame rate.
Okay, time to wrap up this review.
iGame GeForce RTX 3060 bilibili E-Sports Edition OC Review Conclusion
Colorful’s iGame RTX 3060 bilibili E-sports Edition OC graphics card is an excellent RTX 3060; both in performance and aesthetics. It performs similarly with other RTX 3060 that have a tri-fan cooling solution, like the MSI RTX 3060 Gaming X Trio. So more fans don’t necessarily mean better.
Speaking of the aesthetics, it is a unique-looking graphics card. It’s fun, playful, and quite a head-turner in its way. I just wish they added some lighting on the sides to illuminate the logo, that would be cool. And they could have chosen a better shape, not just a plain-looking rectangle, for the air intake on the front-side portion.
When it comes to cooling performance, it passes with flying colors. It runs cool and quiet and because of this, the GPU was able to boost higher even without the help of the “one-key OC” button.
How About the Price and Availability?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an MSRP for this graphics card. While stocks are slowly returning to normal, prices are still on the high side. NVIDIA set the price for their RTX 3060 GPU starting at $330. So, if you can spot one near that price, I think it’s a good deal.
GeForce RTX 3060 Graphics Cards check at Amazon.com here or eBay.com here
Colorful has an excellent graphics card here in the form of the iGame RTX 3060 bilibili E-sports Edition OC. If you like the design and how it looks, I have no qualm recommending this graphics card. Hopefully, 22 and 33 will be included in the next design.