Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Review: The killer GPU

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 has finally here, bringing the popular and latest Ampere architecture down to a budget price. Nvidia has released this card as a successor to RTX 1060 and RTX 2060. But the generational improvement crushes the predecessors with great margin. Along with the RTX 3060 there come the big brother RTX 3060 Ti which a extra $70 ( Rs. 5000 approx) of price. So let’s find out what Nvidia has actually done here in the full review of RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti.

 Price and availability 

Source : The Verge

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 launched on February 25, 2021 with a starting of $329 ( Rs. 23,890). Unlike previous 3000 series card, Nvidia is not releasing a Founder’s Edition of the RTX 3060. Today we will be checking out the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Black XC. Other RTX 3060s might get a better cooler designs, boasting better overclocking capabilities and may even be overclocked out of the box. So it is to be noted that performance might vary but those variation will be only marginal. So the price may vary depending on the manufacturer but the difference wont be that large.

On the other hand, the big brother RTX 3060 Ti has been launched with a extra of $70 ( Rs. 5000 approx). That’s a pretty hefty price jump, but it give better performance. Checking out the difference below and comment down your thoughts, is RTX 3060 Ti worth the extra pay. Nvidia is trying its all possible ways to combat the crypto miners with software to cripple the hash rate. Hopefully this brings the price down.

Features and chipset 

Source: TechSpot

Like the other 3000 series card , RTX 3060 is build on Nvidia’s new Ampere architecture. The performance boost is large when going from last Turing architecture to Ampere architecture. With new architecture the CUDA core count jumps to 3,584 on the RTX 3060 over the last generation’s 1,920 on the RTX 2060. That’s a massive boost. And this is a major reason why the RTX 3060 sees such an increase in gaming workloads. If you go another step further down the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, the old Pascal-based favorite is packed with just 1,280 CUDA cores.

Coming to the memory, The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 also comes equipped with 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM. It’s weird to see a graphics card aimed for 1080p gaming having such a large amount of VRAM. Having a large amount of VRAM can you game at 1440p?. Well actually at 1440p the card doesn’t perform as smoothly as it was in 1080p. So gaming at 1440p is not the right choice. With that said, 1080p gaming at doesn’t require more than 8GB of VRAM.

Ray Tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) can’t be ignored when speaking about RTX cards. RTX 3060 supports both Ray Tracing and DLSS. But being a smaller card there is not enough room for Ray Tracing cores, but it doesn’t matter much for 1080p gaming. Since DLSS is there its not a much issue. With RT on and DLSS on we can expect solid 45-60 fps at all games.

All these put together we get double the performance from RTX 1060 and nearly 30% improvement from RTX 2060.

 Performance and benchmarks

Source: Forbes

With the new architecture, the RTX 3060 stands somewhere between 80-120% faster than the GTX 1060 and 30-40% faster than the RTX 2060 in all test conducted by Tech Radar. It handles next-generation games at 1080p with no problem, even with ray tracing enabled. Lets check some benchmark done by The Verge.

Test Bench setup: 1440P GAMING (WITH CORE I7-7700K, 32GB DDR4)

GameRTX 3060RTX 3060 Ti
AC: Odyssey5766
AC: Valhalla5063
Borderlands 3 (Badass)5065
CS: GO231236
Control (RT)2937
Control (RT+DLSS)5164
Cyberpunk 20773849
Cyberpunk 2077 (RT)1822
Cyberpunk 2077 (RT+DLSS)3945
DX: Mankind Divided5774
Metro Exodus (RT+DLSS)4661
Shadow of the Tomb Raider7899
Watch Dogs: Legion4661
WD: Legion (RT+DLSS)5062
Source: The Verge

The card was tested with 4 games with the 3060 and 3060 Ti at ultra spec, with and without ray tracing and Nvidia’s DLSS, and the 3060 Ti was almost always between 15 percent and 35 percent faster. Cyberpunk with RT was a nightmare but with DLSS turned on, the performance was much better. The old GTX 1060 couldn’t have able to run Tomb raider at max setting but RTX 3060 manages it perfectly.

In terms of performance, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 is just kind of in a different place. However, if you’re on the market to build a 1080p gaming PC, it’s still probably the best value you’re going to get right now, at least until either Nvidia or AMD launch more budget-oriented graphics cards that will fill the wide gap that exists right now. 

The conclusion

Buy if

  • You want excellent 1080p gaming performance.
  • You’re looking to build a small form-factor gaming PC
  • You need a best value for money card right now.
  • You want ray tracing and DLSS but don’t have a lot of cash
  • You don’t want to wait so long for other cards to be available
  • You want to stay cool and quite

Don’t buy if

  • You want to play games at 1440p
  • You want a GPU at the same price as the GTX 1060
  • You want to play latest games at max settings

So that’s it for today. Hope you have enjoyed our review of the RTX 3060. Comment down your thoughts on it and do share it with your friends and family. Do check out our other posts here.

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Kevin Joe Harris

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