CES 2021: Nvidia unveils RTX 3060 and smashes ray tracing prices

Nvidia launches the RTX 3060: after unveiling its new range of RTX and 3060 Ti, 3070 and 3080 graphics cards at the end of last year, the founder is therefore back this time with a hyper affordable graphics card. In the RTX 30 range, it is even the cheapest model on the market.

Nvidia RTX 3060

Nvidia has just given a conference as part of the CES 2021, which takes place virtually this year. If the founder unveiled its new GPUs for laptops, Nvidia also took the opportunity to present the RTX 3060, a graphics card dedicated to office machines.

Wait, RTX 3060 you said? Wasn’t there already the RTX 3060 Ti, a card released a tiny month ago? Yes, but this time it is an even more affordable model that has (almost) nothing to envy of its big sister. Rather judge.

The Nvidia RTX 3060 quietly succeeds the GTX 1060

Nvidia did not fail to point out that its new RTX architecture has been a hit since its release. “The Nvidia Ampere architecture was our fastest selling to date, and the RTX 3060 brings the strengths of the RTX 30 series to millions of additional gamers around the world,” says the founder. And its new graphics card seems to have everything to convince those who cannot afford an RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 (and we are not even talking about the RTX 3090), while wanting to taste the joys of ray tracing.

The RTX 3060 datasheet is the following :

  • 13 shader-TFLOP
  • 25 RT-TFLOPs dedicated to ray tracing
  • 101 tensor-TFLOP dedicated to Nvidia DLSS technology
  • 192 bit memory interface
  • 12 GB of GDDR6 memory

Nvidia RTX 3060 benchmarks

According to Nvidia, this new generation of graphics cards makes it possible to double the rasterization performance and tenfold the ray tracing performance. Still according to the manufacturer, the RTX 3060 is capable of running the most recent games at 60 fps (with RTX mode activated, of course).

Behind these words, Nvidia has a small idea in mind: to make this new graphics card the replacement for the GTX 1060. “Given that 90% of the installed base is running on GTX, now is the right time for gamers to switch to RTX, ”says Nvidia.

It is true that the price of the card should allow the most modest purses to equip themselves with an RTX. The new RTX 3060 is indeed announced at a price of 329 dollars. The graphics card will be available at the end of February. We just have to hope that it does not quickly run out of stock like its big sisters.