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Nvidia had a special event for CES 2021, in which it shared various news with the community. The one that caught the most attention was the reveal of the RTX 3060, a graphics card that is an entry point to ray tracing and is cheaper than a next generation console.
The RTX 3060 is a card that will go on sale before the end of February and will be offered in exchange for $ 329 USD. This makes it the cheapest hardware in Nvidia’s RTX 30 line and one of the cheapest alternatives to enter the world of ray tracing. It’s also cheaper than a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, consoles that retail for $ 499.
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As you can imagine, the RTX 3060 has the power of the Ampere microarchitecture and its power is below that of the RTX 3060 Ti. This means that it is designed for people who want to enjoy 1080p games, but enjoy the benefits of the new architecture.
According to Nvidia, the RTX 2060 is capable of running titles like Watch Dogs: Legion and Cyberpunk 2077 at just over 60 frames per second with the support of Deep Learning Super Sampling. This level of performance can be achieved with some ray tracing effects turned on.
This means that the RTX 3060 outperforms the RTX 2060, the entry point of Nvidia’s past generation. It also packs considerably more power than the GTX 1060, especially for racing ray traced titles.
What are the features of the RTX 3060?
If you are interested in more technical details, you should know that the RTX 3060 will come equipped with 3584 CUDA cores; a clock speed of (GHz) and a bandwidth of 192-bit.
Something that stands out is that the RTX 3060 has 50% more video memory than some of its bigger brothers. To give you an idea, it has 12 GB of GGDR6 RAM, while the RTX 3060 Ti and the 3070 have 8 GB. This was likely to compensate for the fewer cores.
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Comparison between the RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3060
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