The unit, at an official price of $ 330, is aimed at gamers hoping to upgrade from older GeForce GTX series products and get ray tracing effects.
While the company just introduced the RTX 3060 Ti for $ 400 last month, the latest addition to the RTX 3060 is designed to replace the old GTX 1060 Pascal cards that many PC gamers still use today.
The xx60 series is selling well, with Nvidia noting that the GeForce GTX 1060 remains the single most popular model in Steam’s gear survey.
The company expects to sell millions of GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs, which are relatively affordable compared to the current GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090.
Nvidia’s partner brands including Asus, Zotac, Gigabyte, MSI, Innovision 3D, Colorful, Palit, PNY, EVGA and Gainward sell GeForce RTX 3060 cards with custom designs and coolers.
Display restrictions may also drive up prices, as GeForce RTX 30 series cards are difficult to find and have continued to sell at high prices since their launch.
Compared to the popular GeForce GTX 1060, Nvidia says: The new GeForce RTX 3060 can provide twice the raster performance and 10 times the ray tracing performance.
Players can expect to play new games, such as Cyberpunk 2077, with 60fps ray tracing enabled.
The new GPU uses the same Ampere architecture as the rest of Nvidia’s RTX 3000 cards, with next-generation RT and Tensor cores for ray tracing and AI acceleration, including DLSS resolution upgrade.
NVIDIA’s DLSS technology uses neural networks to analyze games and fine-tune images at low resolution. DLSS allows for lower-resolution gameplay and uses NVIDIA’s image reconstruction technologies to upgrade the image and make it look as good as the original 4K resolution.
The GeForce RTX 3060 features 12GB of GDDR6 memory via the 192-bit bus, a number higher than the 10GB GeForce RTX 3080, although it has a generally lower memory bandwidth.
Shared software features in the GeForce RTX 30 series include Nvidia Reflex and Nvidia Broadcast for Professional Gamers and Streamers.