Nvidia gave us fairly the deal with this CES, not solely taking to the digital stage to announce its cell RTX 30 sequence graphics playing cards, but in addition broaden its desktop line-up with the long-awaited and much-rumoured RTX 3060 beginning at $329.

According to Nvidia’s inside testing, it doesn’t fairly obtain the identical efficiency jumps as its greater brothers when pitted in opposition to the earlier era, angling itself as a GTX 1060 substitute as an alternative. The inexperienced group’s thought course of is that the GTX 1060 remains to be the hottest graphics card in accordance to Steam’s December 2020 hardware survey, and it needs to give a great cause to improve with twice the raster efficiency and ten occasions the ray tracing efficiency – though we doubt many individuals are utilizing their GTX playing cards for ray tracing.

As anticipated, you’ll discover 12GB of GDDR6 reminiscence below the hood, which could elevate an eyebrow being 4 gigabytes greater than the RTX 3060 Ti. It additionally has a barely greater boost clock with 1.78GHz below its belt. Unlike the Ti variant, nevertheless, it has a smaller reminiscence interface width at 192-bit, considerably much less CUDA cores, dropping from 4,864 to 3,584. The jury’s nonetheless out on how they stack up in opposition to each other, nevertheless, as specs sheets are world’s other than hands-on testing, however there’s each probability the newcomer might place on our record of best graphics cards.

The arrival of the RTX 3060 brings with it Resizable BAR support, permitting the CPU and GPU to talk extra successfully by granting direct entry to the complete body buffer and enacting requests concurrently relatively than queuing them up. This goals to boost fps and give a smoother gaming efficiency.

We first noticed this characteristic teased from the purple group, which acknowledged it’s essential to have a Ryzen 5000 sequence CPU and Radeon RX 6000 graphics card to make use of it. Now, Nvidia goals to roll support out throughout all RTX 30 sequence graphics playing cards beginning in March, however it’s essential to have a suitable motherboard and driver for it to work.

There doesn’t appear to be a direct limitation on what CPUs can get in on the motion, however since motherboard compatibility is a dicey topic, it’s probably solely choose Intel and AMD processors at present on the market. We’ve requested Nvidia for clarification.

The Game Ready Driver supporting the Resizable BAR characteristic arrives alongside the RTX 3060 in late February.