Nvidia unveils RTX 3060: $ 329
Nvidia has unveiled the RTX 3060, the most affordable graphics card in the Ampere lineup. The cost of the novelty is $ 329, or a little more than 24 thousand rubles at the exchange rate at the time of publication. The official recommended price for Russia is higher - 31,800 rubles. The RTX 3060 will go on sale in February.
The RTX 3060 is built around a GA106-300 GPU with 3584 CUDA cores, 28 RT cores, and 112 Tensor cores. The performance of the video card is 13 teraflops shaders, 25 teraflops in ray tracing, and up to 101 teraflops in deep learning operations. The graphics card is equipped with 12GB of GDDR6 memory, which is more than the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080 at 14 GHz and 192-bit bus width. Nvidia points out that the RTX 3060's ray-tracing performance is 10x faster than the GTX 1060, making it powerful enough to handle the most demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077.
The video card supports DLSS, Broadcast, and Reflex technologies, which increase performance and improve image quality. Nvidia DLSS uses artificial intelligence to sharpen low-resolution images. With this technology, a game running at 720p will look like 1080p. DLSS is supported in over 25 games. Nvidia Reflex technology reduces system latency for a more responsive game. Nvidia Broadcast is a collection of AI-powered enhancements for audio and video, including improved noise reduction.
GeForce RTX 30 series starting with RTX 3060 will support Resizable BAR technology. When combined with a compatible motherboard, this technology allows the CPU to have full access to the graphics card's memory, providing performance boosts for many games, Nvidia notes.
Nvidia also introduced new RTX 30-series graphics cards for laptops that were previously only available for PCs. Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of Nvidia GeForce business unit, noted that laptops are the fastest growing gaming platform.
“There are 50 million gaming laptops today, with over 14 billion gaming hours last year,” he said.
The first member of the family is the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. Nvidia says the GeForce RTX 3060 will deliver 90 frames per second in the latest games at the highest settings at 1080p. Nvidia also points out that the RTX 3060 for laptops is faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, which typically comes in devices priced over $ 2,500. By comparison, RTX 3060 laptops should start at $ 999.
The mobile GeForce RTX 3070, according to Nvidia, should provide the same 90 frames per second and maximum detail, but with a resolution of 1440p. Laptops with GeForce RTX 3070 will deliver 50% better performance than laptops based on the previous generation GeForce RTX 2070. Prices for laptops with GeForce RTX 3070 will start at $ 1299.
The GeForce RTX 3080 will have up to 16GB of GDDR6 memory and will be able to deliver 100+ frames per second at 1440p at maximum settings. The GeForce RTX 3080 will ship in laptops starting at $ 1999.
Nvidia also talked about technologies that will help optimize CPU and GPU power consumption. The company has trained artificial intelligence to distribute power between these components using its Dynamic Boost 2.0 algorithm. Another technology, WhisperMode 2.0, also uses artificial intelligence to control the speed of the CPU and GPU to improve acoustics and improve performance.
Nvidia says GeForce RTX 30 laptops are coming to many manufacturers soon. Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, and Razer models are due to hit the market on January 26th. Laptops with GeForce RTX 3060 will be available starting February 2.