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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Announced – Starting at $329

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NVIDIA recently announced the new GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card – the “little brother” of the RTX 3060 Ti. It is the direct successor of the RTX 2060, featuring 3584 CUDA cores. Interestingly, the RTX 3060 has more VRAM than the 3060 Ti, with 12GB of GDDR6 of memory. It also features ray tracing and DLSS technologies and is priced at $329. Check out more details below.

nvidia geforce rtx 3060 released

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Graphics Card

After watching NVIDIA’s recent CES 2021 presentation, it looks like they are selling the RTX 3060 to gamers currently using a GTX 1060 graphics card. According to NVIDIA, an estimated 90% of GeForce gamers currently play with a GTX-class GPU.

Undeniably, ray tracing, and DLSS technologies are here to stay. The number of game titles that feature ray tracing and DLSS is growing. Even NVIDIA’s competition, AMD, has adopted ray tracing as well.

NVIDIA added that the GeForce RTX 3060 has “twice the raster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance of the GTX 1060”. It features 13 shader-TFLOPS, 25 RT-TFLOPs for ray tracing, and 101 tensor-TFLOPs to power NVIDIA DLSS.

What puzzles me is why NVIDIA decided to give it 12GB of GDDR6 memory instead of 8GB. The RTX 3060 Ti only has 8GB GDDR6 but is running at a 256-bit memory interface. Meanwhile, the RTX 3060 has 12GB of GDDR6, running at a slower 192-bit memory interface.

I believe that the RTX 3060 won’t be faster than the RTX 3060 Ti. They should have given more VRAM to the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 in the first place. The only reason I could think of is due to marketing.

It also allows them to introduce that they have adopted the Resizable BAR feature as well. According to the company, “Resizable BAR will be supported on the GeForce RTX 30 Series starting with the RTX 3060. When combined with a compatible motherboard, this advanced PCI Express technology enables all of the GPU memory to be accessed by the CPU at once, providing a performance boost in many games”.

nvidia resizable bar feature for rtx 30

NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB vs RTX 3060 Ti Specifications

Below is a specs comparison between the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti.

 RTX 3060RTX 3060 Ti
Fab Process8nm Samsung8nm Samsung
ArchitectureAmpereAmpere
CUDA Cores35844864
Base Clock1320 MHz1410 MHz
Boost Clock1780 MHz1665 MHz
Memory Size12GB8GB
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6
Memory Clock???14 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth???448 GBps
Memory Interface192-bit256-bit
Graphics Card Power170W200W
Recommended PSU550W350W
MSRP (At launch)$329$399

RTX 3060 vs RTX 2060 vs GTX 1060 Comparison – Sort Of…

NVIDIA posted a performance chart showing the performance of the RTX 3060 in comparison with its predecessors.

geforce rtx 3060 vs rtx 2060 vs gtx 1060

Below is a specs comparison of the RTX 3060 vs RTX 2060 vs GTX 1060.

 RTX 3060RTX 2060GTX 1060
Fab Process8nm Samsung12nm FNN16nm TSMC
ArchitectureAmpereTuringPascal
CUDA Cores358419201280
Base Clock1320 MHz1365 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock1780 MHz1680 MHz1709 MHz
Memory Size12GB6GB6GB
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR6GDDR5
Memory Clock???14 Gbps8 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth???336 GBps192.2 GBps
Memory Interface192-bit192-bit192-bit
Graphics Card Power170W160W120W
Recommended PSU550W500W300W
MSRP (At launch)$329$349$299

What do you think of the new RTX 3060? If you are a GTX 1060 user, will you upgrade to the new RTX 3060 (Ti) graphics card?

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards latest pricing and availability:
Check RTX 3060 Ti on Amazon.com here
Check RTX 3060 Ti on Newegg.com here

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