Nvidia has revealed the inevitable- a lower-end graphics card based on the new Ampere architecture used in the new RTX 30 Series.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 has hardware ray-tracing, support for Nvidia DLSS and other features with a starting price at $329 USD (around RM1,334).
Nvidia is comparing the RTX 3060 with its popular GTX 1060 GPU. The new chip is twice the raster performance and 10 times the ray-tracing performance. Which sounds good, until you realise these metrics may be a bit meaningless. The GTX 1060 isn’t made for ray-tracing, after all. More testing and reviews will be needed to see how this card really fares in real-world use.
Key specs of the RTX 3060 include:
- 13 shader-TFLOPs
- 25 RT-TFLOPs for ray tracing
- 101 tensor-TFLOPs to power NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling)
- 192-bit memory interface
- 12GB of GDDR6 memory
The GeForce RTX 3060 goes on sale in late February this year, and for the more budget-conscious PC gamers looking for a graphics card upgrade, this still is worth a look. Assuming stocks are not as limited as the previously released RTX 30 Series cards, that is.