GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card from Nvidia is available later this week, February 25th , but we just got another look at supposed pricing - and that's not good news from an affordability perspective.
It looks like the RTX 3060 GPUs have made it to retailers, unsurprisingly at this point, with Coreteks providing images of a load of various boxed models at an unspecified US outlet (likely one of the big players), all ready to go on sale - and arguably to be instantly bought.
What's really interesting, however, is Coreteks also provides what it thinks are the retail prices of some of these graphics cards. Keeping in mind that the recommended price is $ 329 (approx £ 235, AU $ 420) in the US, the actual prices assumed at this retailer will be as follows:
- MSI Gaming X Trio: $ 514.99
- MSI Ventus X2: $ 484.99
- Zotac Gaming: $ 499.99
- Asus Strix: $ 499.99
- Asus TUF: $ 489.99
So, as you can see, the cheapest model costs $ 485, which is 47% more than the price recommended by Nvidia. Huge pinches of salt are needed, of course, and we certainly can't take this as more than a potential indication of possible price hikes. (Also note that the MSI Ventus X2 probably refers to the Ventus 2X).
That said, unfortunately, this matches the price-related leaks we've seen in Europe as well, with retailers like ProShop increases the price of the 3060 by 50% or even more.
Which, as you can see, leaves us in the situation where the RTX Le 3060 will actually be more expensive than the recommended price of the 3060 Ti. Or even the real price of some models Ti - you can get an EVGA 3060 Ti for $ 460 at Best Buy, for example, which is cheaper than one of the 3060 prices above (but naturally this 3060 Ti is out of stock - like all the models).
The RTX 3060 has 3,584 CUDA cores and a base clock of 1.32 GHz, with a clock boost of 1, 78 GHz. It will come with 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM ( due to 192-bit memory interface ).
Stock issues have plagued Nvidia's Ampere graphics card since its launch, and this situation is expected to continue with a rush to the RTX 3060 - especially since it is Most affordable RTX 3000 card to date (although, as we've seen, affordable is a relative term here).
Nvidia is fighting the price fires in terms of discouraging crypto miners when itThis is the attractiveness of the new card graph by deliberately halving the RTX 3060 hash rate - as well as launching dedicated mining GPUs.
This should mean that these cards are much more likely to end up on the PCs of avid gamers, rather than mining rigs, will hopefully alleviate some of the massive demand issues.
This is a welcome move, of course, but demand is very likely to be huge from gamers alone, so there will need to be a very rapid supply of RTX 3060 models - this which is unlikely given the target Nvidia and retailers have already talked about the product issues.we .
The danger is that Ampere is already hinted at and seen as some sort of 'lost GPU generation'; a great product that literally doesn't ship, or at least not in large quantities. Nvidia needs to make sure that this isn't how the RTX 3,000 goes in history, and as we recently discussed, Team Green should go beyond their anti-mine measures - with an opportunity to push the release of the most updated 'Super ' RTX 3000 cards as early as possible .