- MSI Gaming X Trio
- Inno3D iChill X3 Red
- Gigabyte Aorus Elite
- Gigabyte Gaming OC
- Gigabyte Vision OC technology
to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 It has been on the market for less than a month, but its history is already turbulent. For this roundup, we pitted five Gigabyte, Inno3D and MSI models against each other.
Video card reviews during shortage
You will notice that there is a massive shortage of video cards at the moment. The models we discuss in this roundup are also hardly available. If you can buy them at all, it is often for much more money than the official suggested retail prices. We recently discussed why this is Main article (Plus).
We understand better than anyone how frustrating it can be when you are now in the market for a new video card. However, we decided to continue reviewing our video cards. For now, it’s better to pay a lot for a good video card than for a bad one. We of course hope that the situation will quickly return to normal and that this tour will be a useful reference book for those who wish to purchase the RTX 3060. Moreover, we assume that many people who play sports enjoy reading about video cards solely out of technical interest, even if you cannot. Buy it on the spot.
Abstract: de RTX 3060
With the GeForce RTX 3060, Nvidia brought the GA106 GPU to the desktop for the first time, which is a smaller chip and thus cheaper than the GA104 GPU in the RTX 3060 Ti. The GA106 was not entirely new, as it had been used for a while for portable video cards. An interesting feature of this GPU is the 192-bit memory bus, which means Nvidia had to choose between 6GB and 12GB GDDR6 memory. 6GB vram is a bit on the narrow side of a new gaming card, so Nvidia went for the second option. Thus, the RTX 3060 has more video memory at its disposal than the RTX 3080.
On the RTX 3060, 3584 of the 4,096 CUDA kernels that the GA106 chip actually counts are enabled, or nearly 88 percent. At 276mm², it compares much better to the GPU in the GTX 1660 cards compared to those on the RTX 2060 series. The 170W tdp is on the high side, but that’s a feature of almost the entire RTX 30 lineup.
|Video card||RTX 3060T||RTX 3060|
|Die size||392.5 mm²||276mm²|
|Transistors||17.4 billion||13.25 billion|
|Fram||8 GB GDDR6||12 GB GDDR6|
|Memory speed||14 Gb / s||15 Gb / s|
|Memory bus||256 bits||192 bits|
|Bandwidth||448 GB / s||360 GB / s|
|Tgp||200 watts||170 watts|
|MSRP||€ 419 (FE)||€ 349 (custom)|
Nvidia fails to mine Siege
The RTX 3060 was set to become Nvidia’s first video card with mining banned. Driver and firmware can recognize the algorithm used to extract Ethereum, and once that happens, performance drops by nearly half. Inserting a new card is the only practical option for this procedure, because with a model already on the market, you can of course easily install an older driver. As a new card, the RTX 3060 does not yet work with drivers that have no built-in block.
With this change, Nvidia tried to make the RTX 3060 less attractive to miners. It was believed that an old-fashioned or dedicated CMP mining card would be more valuable for this activity, making the RTX 3060 available to gamers in greater numbers.
For the first weeks, the blockade appeared to hold up well. There were some rumors of possible solutions, but they remained unconfirmed. The situation changed when Nvidia distributed itself a beta-based driver Special saying Accidental – as the mining blockade has been undone in “some configs”. Siege will continue to take effect if multiple cards are detected, but the fence is likely to be gone by now and Nvidia has smashed its mining siege windows.