Nvidia RTX 3060

21 February 2021 12:00 Technologies

Nvidia introduced the new generation of their consumer graphics cards back in late 2020. The new cards were a huge leap from the last generation, having twice the performance at more than half the price. However, the new GPU line did not have the smoothest launch. Due to production difficulties brought up by the global pandemic, the stock was very limited and the new GPUs were out of stock within days after their releases. Apart from that, miners and scalpers have also stocked up a majority of the limited stocks produced by the manufacturers, and most regular consumers are left with either overpriced graphics cards or no cards at all.

Nvidia is now getting ready to release their 5th card in the 30-series lineup, the RTX 3060. Following up on Nvidia’s last release of their budget-oriented RTX 3060 Ti, the upcoming RTX 3060 card comes with almost similar performance but at a lower price. The $329 mid-tier GPU will be the cheapest card you can find on the market to feature ray-tracing support along with Nvidia’s other revolutionary features. The card will be released on February 25th at 12 PM ET. The specialty of this launch is that this card won’t be coming in a Founders Edition version. Nvidia has taken a different approach in launching this card in partnership with third-party manufacturers such as Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, etc.

The all new RTX 3060 card packs Nividia’s latest Ampere technology along with 12 GB GDDRR6 memory and a base clock speed of 1.32 GHz that can boost up to 1.78 GHz. Following is a brief overview of the GPU’s specifications.

  • 3584 NVIDIA CUDA® Cores
  • 32 GHz base clock (up to 1.78 GHz boost)
  • 12 GB GDDR6 192-bit memory
  • 2nd gen Ray Tracing technology
  • 3rd generation Tensor Cores
  • 170W GPU power
  • Nvidia DLSS, Nvidia Reflex, and Nvidia Ansel supported

The fate of this card is also predicted to be the same as the previous cards. While some users have already gotten their hands on the card in stores early in Europe and Asia, people predict that it will be extremely hard to get your hands on one. Nvidia has had production issues and GPU shortages for months now mainly due to an uprising of cryptocurrency mining and limited demand. The company has since then resumed selling their 2 gens old GTX 1050 Ti cards along with RTX 2060 cards to handle the situation. So it is better to have the upcoming RTX 3060 GPU pre-ordered and reserved because they will also run out of stock within days after release.

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