What you need to know
- NVIDIA's website now lists the specs of the upcoming RTX 3060 GPU.
- The GPU has 3,584 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1.32GHz, and a boost clock of 1.78GHz.
- The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 comes out on February 25, 2021 with a starting price of $329.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is the most budget-friendly of the RTX 3-series GPUs. It launches on February 25, 2021 with a starting price of $329. NVIDIA recently updated its website to include the specs of the graphics card (via TechRadar).
The RTX 3060 has 3,584 CUDA cores, a base clock speed of 1.32GHz, and a boost clock speed of 1.78GHz. We already knew some of the specs of the GPU, but to round things out, the RTX 3060 has 12GB of GDDR6 memory, a 192-bit interface, and supports DLSS. The graphics card has a power usage of 170W and requires a 550W power supply.
The spec list for the GPU states that it has 2nd Gen ray tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor cores, though it doesn't specify how many the card has of either. TechRadar speculates that the card has 28 ray tracing cores and 112 Tensor cores based on the fact that it has 28 compute units, but that's not confirmed.
The RTX 3060 is being positioned as an ideal upgrade for people on the GTX 1060 or older cards. It gets double the performance in terms of rasterization and 10 times the performance in ray-tracing scenarios compared to the GTX 1060.
While the RTX 3060 launches on February 25, it will likely be hard to find. NVIDIA's latest launches have sold out in minutes or less. It's still difficult to purchase a 30-series GPU. If you're on the hunt for the new GPU, watch out for price gouging. Some outlets are already marking up preorders for the RTX 3060 by up to 75 percent, as reported by VideoCardz.
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