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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Founders Edition Review Rundown

Nvidia | Published on 26 Apr 2021 | Last Edited on 12 Jul 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of NVIDIA RTX 3060
  • Better performance than RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 Ti
  • Decent graphics performance for the price
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition offers RTX 2080 Super performance for US$399.99. The GA104 die that powers the Turing-based card packs just over 60 percent more transistors into even less space than the TU106 die found in the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and 2060 Super. The new design is able to hit the sweetest thermal spot among Nvidia's 30 Series cards.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Arstechnica have found the following[***]:
The Nvidia RTX 3060 is going on sale today, February 25. It's a good 1080p card with 1440p room to flex, but it's not the next-gen jump in its Nvidia price category. Unlike other modern Nvidia cards, this one lacks one particular backup reason to invest as heavily.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent 1080p performance for the price
  • Lots of 1440p options, including ray tracing and DLSS
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

gizmodo[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The RTX 3060 is not a bad card. It gets superb 1080p and 1440p performance in the majority of games. It covers a lot of ground for having similar specs to its more mature Ti sibling. If you prefer the aesthetics of Nvidia's Founders cards, you are also out of luck.
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Pros[**]
  • Better 1080p and 1440p performance than the RTX 3060
  • More bandwidth than the 3060 Ti
  • Decent performance for the money
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcworld[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The $329 GeForce RTX 3060 finally brings Nvidia's next-gen Ampere GPU architecture to the mainstream masses. The most interesting part of the graphics card's design is its memory. The big 12GB memory buffer is overkill for the 1080p gaming Nvidia claims this card was built for.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 1440p gaming performance
  • Lots of GDDR6 VRAM and 8GB of VRAM
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the RTX 3080 Ti
  • Lacks Smart Access Memory

theverge[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Black Gaming costs $329. The twin-fan, dual-heat-pipe card is small and easy to slot into a Mini-ITX case. It's only a little less expensive than the 3060 Ti, but you sacrifice more than a little bit of performance to get there.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 1440p performance
  • Small and easy to fit into a Mini-ITX case
  • Easy-to-use dual-fan XC Gaming cooler
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for a 4K graphics card

tomshardware[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The RTX 3060 launches today with prices starting at just $329. You're as likely to find one at that price as you are to find an RT 3060 Ti at $399. Nvidia's Ampere architecture now powers many of the best graphics cards. It also doubles VRAM capacity and boasts improvements in the RT and Tensor cores.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Faster than the RTX 2060 and RTX 2080
  • More GPU cores than the 3060 Ti
  • Decent performance for the price
Cons[**]
  • Only 64-bits of GDDR6 memory

references

  1. 1. ^ Nvidia RTX 3060 review: A fine $329 GPU, but ho-hum among the 3000 series. Arstechnica. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Is Fine, but Seriously, Just Splurge on the 3060 Ti. Gizmodo. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 review: It's fine. Pcworld. 2021-03-12. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  4. 4. ^ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 review: $329 with an asterisk sign. Theverge. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  5. 5. ^ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Review: Hope Springs Eternal. Tomshardware. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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