GeForce RTX 3060 review: The ideal card for games in 1080p

Hardware-News GeForce RTX 3060 test: The ideal card for gaming in 1080p With the new entry in the GeForce RTX 3000 catalog, the RTX 3060 is also the cheapest model to use the ampere architecture. A card designed for 1080p gaming, but also works very well at 1440p. Let’s go into all of this in detail. As a preamble, we state that we are testing a GeForce RTX 3060 Twin Edge from Zotac. In fact, unlike other RTX 3000 cards, the 3060 does not have a Founder’s Edition and you will need to turn to third party manufacturers. We therefore find models at Zotac, but also at Gigabyte, Asus or MSI. The advertised price of the card of € 335 should, as usual, be put into perspective and the reality is much more complex. On the one hand – you can get your feet wet right away – the RTX 3060 is sold out everywhere and the prices are more in the range of 400-450 €. However, the Zotac model we tested is displayed at Top Achat for 339 € or at LDLC at 334.96 € (without stock). In short, the graphics card shortage is in full swing and we need to patiently address our issues.

The most compact card in the RTX 3000 series

Let’s take a closer look at this new GPU first. The GeForce RTX 3060 contains 3,584 CUDA processing units, 12 GB GDDR6 video memory on a 192-bit bus and displays frequencies between 1.32 GHz and 1.78 GHz. There are also 112 “Tensor Cores” of the 3rd generation (which manage DLSS in particular) and 28 “RT Cores” of the 2nd generation to support the ray tracing function. We are therefore dealing with a lightweight version of the RTX 3060 Ti that was released a few weeks ago. This can also be seen in the announced TGP, which has an output of only 170 watts. This Zotac model is very classic on the design side, with two fans on the side and a large cooler on the top. The card is slightly smaller than a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founder’s Edition (224 x 116 x 39 mm) and is inserted via a single 8-pin connector. Either way, it’s the most compact RTX 3000 GPU we’ve tested so far. On the connectivity side, we can count on the presence of 3 DisplayPort 1.4 and 1 HDMI 2.1 output (compatible with 4K at 120 Hz). Like all cards in the 3000 series, the RTX 3060 is also compatible with the latest technologies from Nvidia: Broadcast for Streaming, Reflex – which significantly minimizes latency – or even RTX IO, which uses a PCIe 4 motherboard to reduce the transmission speed between memory and GPU can accelerate. GeForce RTX 3060 in ten games in Full HD (1920 x 1080) and 1440p (2560 x 1440)). The setting was set to the maximum for all of our tests and compatible games were launched with ray tracing and DLSS. As a reminder, our test platform has stayed the same since we started testing GeForce RTX 3000 cards. In particular, it consists of a Ryzen 7 3800X processor and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM.

A very good price-performance ratio

Without further ado, let’s get to the results. As you can see from the graphics below, the RTX 3060 excels at 1080p performance and delivers 60 FPS almost everywhere with nice peaks of over 100 FPS in Call of Duty Modern Warfare / Warzone and Doom Eternal. In the greedy games of our comparison (Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Metro Exodus) the level of detail has to be lowered slightly to reach 60 FPS. The performance gap on the RTX 2060 is definitely impressive, especially for games that manage ray tracing and DLSS: The controls are 53% smoother (we’re going from 49 to 75 FPS) and Cyberpunk 2077 increases to 34% (from 35 to 45 FPS ). For Borderlands 3, which doesn’t support RT or DLSS, the difference is 12%. This is a performance upgrade that can even switch you to 1440p for many games. Still the champion in the field thanks to its ultra-optimized ID tech engine, Doom Eternal has the luxury of running at more than 130 FPS in 2560 x 1440 without DLSS, while control with DLSS in performance mode is close to 60 FPS. Good observation for CoD too: MW, which arrives at 80 FPS. The other games are doing very well too, but for some it will be necessary to agree to play at 40 FPS or lower the level of detail. In any case, the results for a card that sells for less than € 350 (in theory) are extremely positive. The other good news is that the GeForce RTX 3060 uses less than its high-end counterparts. Nvidia announces a TGP of 170 watts and for our part we determine an average of 167 watts on the Metro Exodus benchmark. This is therefore much less than the RTX 3060 Ti, which consumes an average of 215 watts in the same game. The temperature of the GPU is kept at 60 degrees, with peaks at 70 degrees. This, too, is a very encouraging result. After all, the card “out of play” remains completely silent as the fans remain switched off. Ventilation may be heard in a greedy track if your case isn’t insulating enough or too compact, but you really have to strain your ears to be ashamed of yourself. ‘Ease in 1440p Very reasonable power consumption The efficiency of Nvidia technologies – Negative points Almost nonexistent inventory Very variable prices If we put aside the shortage of inventory and prices that range from single to triple, the GeForce RTX 3060 is an excellent one Graphics card that offers an unbeatable price-performance ratio. Very comfortable in 1080p, it does very well in 1440p too. The Zotac model we’re testing here is also quieter and has the lowest power consumption in its class. In short, a GPU of choice that we’d love to see retailers a little more often. OffersLDLC € 334.96 Shipping € 8.95 By Jiikaa, Journalist MP