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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Founders Edition Graphics Card

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Product Overview

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Founders Edition is a reference card powered by RTX 3060 GPU. As one of the lower-powered models in the RTX 30-series, it was introduced months after the RTX 3060 Ti reached the market in late 2020.
Being a reference card, this Nvidia GPU offers the performance of the new Ampere architecture without extra bells and whistles. It is identically designed as the RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 Founders Edition cards and smaller than higher-powered siblings.
The Ampere architecture features 2nd-gen Ray Tracing Cores and 3rd-gen Tensor Cores and supports GDDR6 graphics memory. The RTX 3060 delivers significant increase in performance over the previous generation GPU while coming at the same retail price.
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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Better performance than RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 Ti
  • Decent graphics performance for the price
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 65% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic 1080p performance
  • Good value for money
  • Excellent cooling performance
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Long battery life
  • Supports 12 GB GDDR6 VRAM
Cons
  • No HDMI 2.1 port
  • Only 12GB VRAM
  • Only one HDMI port (1.4a)
  • Not as powerful as the RTX 3060
  • No dedicated FP32 or INT32 cores
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
[Bus] PCI Express 4.0 x16 | [I/O] 1x HDMI2.1 + 3x DisplayPort 1.4a | [Power] 1x 8-pin

Construction

Form Factor
2-slot graphics card

Dimensions

Size | Height
4.4" (112 mm)
Size | Length
9.5" (242 mm)

Function

Processor
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 3584 CUDA cores
Resolution
Max Resolution (8K UHD) 7680 x 4320

Performance

Frequency
1780MHz boost clock, 1320MHz base clock
Memory | Capacity
12 GB
Memory | Type
GDDR6, 192-bit memory interface, 15 Gbps
Power Consumption
170 W
Power Input
550 W PSU recommended

Production

Debut
2021 Q1

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from arstechnica have found the following***:
The Nvidia RTX 3060 comes with a rare performance downgrade for a particular use case: the mining of cryptocurrencies. "RTX 3060 software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and limit the hash rate, or cryptocurrency mining efficiency, by around 50 percent," the company said.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • More powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti
  • Strong performance for the price
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the RTX 3060
  • Not the most powerful GPU on the market

gizmodo[2]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The RTX 3060 averaged a 5-15 fps lead over the RTX 2060, depending on the resolution. The 3060 Ti averaged a 15-30 fps lead, and in some cases, 40 fps, over the 3060. Anyone looking for a simple GPU that can handle every game at 1080p is probably going to go for the 2060.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic 1080p performance
  • Small memory bus
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • Only 8GB of VRAM
  • No Founders Edition

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
With the current RTX 3000 graphics cards, Nvidia has been able to increase the performance even more compared to the RTX 2000 series. For this review, we used an INNO3D GeForce RTX 3060 Twin X2 with the newer LHR chip. This addition indicates that it is a graphics card that was specifically slowed down for mining with the ethash algorithm. Externally, up to four monitors can be operated simultaneously.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Low power consumption (170 watts)
  • Supports 12 GB GDDR6 VRAM
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Only one HDMI port (1.4a)

pcworld[4]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Black Gaming is Nvidia's first desktop graphics card to support the PCIe Resizable BAR feature. ReBAR lets your CPU see your graphics card's memory, rather than accessing it in 256MB chunks. Support varies from vendor to vendor and even motherboard to motherboard, so look for a compatible BIOS update for your specific motherboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Excellent cooling performance
Cons
  • No backplate or backplate
  • No HDMI 2.1 port

tomshardware[5]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
This is the first desktop card to use Nvidia's GA106 processor. The full GA106 chip has 12 billion transistors, down from 17 billion in Turing. That shrinks the die size from 393mm square to just 276 squaremm. Theoretically, the RTX 3060 has up to 95% more FP32 performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Higher performance than the RTX 3060 Ti
  • 16GB GDDR6 memory
Cons
  • Only 12GB VRAM
  • No dedicated FP32 or INT32 cores

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nvidia RTX 3060 review: A fine $329 GPU, but ho-hum among the 3000 series. [arstechnica]. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/nvidia-rtx-3060-review-at-329-gpu-beggars-cant-be-choosers-nor-can-miners/. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
2. ^ Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Is Fine, but Seriously, Just Splurge on the 3060 Ti. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/nvidia-s-geforce-rtx-3060-is-fine-but-seriously-just-1846349813. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
3. ^ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB in review: Affordable entry into the RTX 3000 series?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Nvidia-GeForce-RTX-3060-12GB-in-review-Affordable-entry-into-the-RTX-3000-series.575748.0.html. 2021-10-30. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
4. ^ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 review: It's fine. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3611368/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-review.html. 2021-03-12. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
5. ^ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Review: Hope Springs Eternal. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-review. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2021-07-12.

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