Nvidia has today launched the most anticipated graphics card that many gamers are looking forward to buying in 2021 – the Nvidia RTX 3060.
Nvidia RTX 3060 Price and Availability
The new Nvidia RTX 3060 will cost $329 in the US, or in India, the price will be around Rs. 29,000. This is the minimum price for the graphics card, considering the shortage of Nvidia GPU’s, we can expect the retail price to be higher.
As per Nvidia’s press release, the Graphics card will go on sale in late February in the US. We can expect it to be available in the Indian market in late Feb or early March 2021.
The Nvidia RTX 3060 comes with Nvidia DLSS and Ray tracing features, similar to the expensive cards in the portfolio.
“There’s unstoppable momentum behind ray tracing, which has quickly redefined the new standard of gaming,” said Matt Wuebbling, vice president of global GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “The NVIDIA Ampere architecture has been our fastest-selling ever, and the RTX 3060 brings the strengths of the RTX 30 Series to millions more gamers everywhere.”
Nvidia seems to be upbeat with the success of RTX 3080 and the RTX 3070 that offers a significant boost in performance and makes 4K gaming a delight.
Other than the RTX 3060 Ti, Nvidia has previously launched 3 Graphics cards in the series –
Notably, the Nvidia RTX 3060Ti is 35% to 50% faster than the RTX 2060 Super, we can expect the RTX 3060 to offer approx 15% lesser performance in comparison to the RTX 3060 Ti that was launched for a price tag of $400 in the US.
Nvidia has not shared any performance benchmarks but based on the specs, I believe RTX 3060 will be about 30% faster than the RTX 2060 Super.
Specifications for Nvidia RTX 3060
The RTX 3060 comes with 13 shader TFLOPS and with 25 RT TFLOPS for Ray Tracing. The graphics card offers 101 tensor TFLOPS to power Nvidia DLSS.
Furthermore, it has a 192 bit Memory bus-width interface and also has 12GB of GDDR6 Memory. This is a big upgrade considering the RTX 3060 Ti and even the RTX 3070 both come with only 8 Gigs of VRAM.
Another noticeable difference is that the RTX 3060 Ti comes with a 256-bit memory bus-width whereas the RTX 3060 has a 192-bit memory bus width.
Considering that Nvidia has actually reduced the memory bandwidth on the RTX 3060 there will be some impact on the performance.
The increase in VRAM will easily get offset due to the reduction in memory bandwidth.
Nvidia has not shared the core or boost clock frequencies of the new Graphics card at the moment.
Top Features – Nvidia RTX 3060
With the new RTX 3000 series of graphics cards, Nvidia is not only pushing the raw frame rates but also is looking to enhance the overall gaming experience.
Ray Tracing and DLSS enable higher shader details, shadows, and ambient lighting to make the game graphics more realistic.
Slowly lots of game developers are boarding the bus and enabling support for RTX and DLSS in modern titles to take full advantage of the hardware.
What’s more the Tensor Cores offer AI processing and enable features like – One-Click Overclocking to make it easy for gamers to squeeze the last bit of gaming performance from their rigs.
Nvidia DLSS uses AI to upscale the images (frames) to make them look clearer and sharper. Overall the company is not looking to just push higher frame rates but also to make the experience richer for gamers and streamers by offering additional features.
Aforementioned, the Nvidia RTX 3060 will cost $329 in the US and in India, the price will be close to Rs. 30,000 including the 18% GST.
Different Graphics Card manufacturers like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI will come up with the RTX 3060 versions that can cost close to Rs. 40,000 or even more at the launch.
It is unlikely that Nvidia will launch a Founder’s Edition version of the RTX 3060.
On Amazon, the RTX 3060 Ti currently retails for Rs. 58,000 whereas the MRP by Nvidia is close to Rs. 36,000.
The prices for Nvidia Graphics cards and the new AMD Ryzen 5000 series graphics cards are insanely high at the moment due to supply shortages and we hope things get better in the coming weeks.
Let’s hope things become better in 2021!
Source – Nvidia Press Release and The Verge – RTX3060