Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:09pm 13/01/21 | 0 Comments
As part of the GeForce RTX 3060 announcement made overnight, NVIDIA was quick to make comparisons to both its predecessor the RTX 2060 and its Pascal counterpart the GeForce GTX 1060. And for good reason, as per Steam hardware charts the 1060 is the most popular mainstream GPU on the planet -- something the RTX 3060 is no doubt eyeing.
Compared to the 1060 the RTX 3060, based on NVIDIA's new Ampere architecture, reportedly offers twice the raster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance. Though on that note, the 1060 was never meant for ray-tracing - so this claim is a little weird.
But, it also makes sense in that ray-tracing and NVIDIA's own DLSS is starting to show up more and more in modern titles -- and that's stuff where Ampere excels thanks to next-gen versions of the RT and Tensor Cores. As seen in Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legion, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Control, and others -- DLSS is something of a magic trick in how it can improve performance.
With all of NVIDIA's latest GPU announcements its internal benchmarks and performance indicators have so far been on point, so the below chart should be an accurate predictor of how the RTX 3060 ends up performing. A noticeable improvement over the RTX 2060 and a massive jump over the 1060. With the RTX 3060 being the new 1080p 60fps card for modern games.
With the price starting at $329 USD there are some notable differences, spec-wise, when compared to the recent release of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti ($399 USD). The RTX 3060 Cuda Core count sits at 3,584 compared to the RTX 3060 Ti's 4,864. Though the RTX 3060 features a higher Boost Clock speed of 1.78 GHz and 12 GBs of GDDR6 memory versus the 8GB in the 3060 Ti. As per reviews for the impressive Ampere line-up, one of the criticisms has been a lack of VRAM capacity compared to the competition -- that is outside of the RTX 3090's whopping 24GB of GDDR6X.
In a conference call with media NVIDIA did note that the RTX 3060s 192-bit memory bus influenced this decision where the option was to go with either 6GB or 12GB -- with the team deciding on the latter. No doubt the better option for consumers. Though seeing 8GB in the 3060 Ti does confuse things.
With its late February 2021 release the GeForce RTX 3060 won't be getting a Founders Edition though cards will hit the market from the usual gang - MSI, Gigabyte, Zotac, ASUS, and others. No word on local pricing, but we'll have more info on the RTX 3060 (including performance) as we get closer to release.