NVIDIA today officially announced the line of GeForce RTX 4060 video cards. Older models of the series – GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB will go on sale in a few days, while versions with 16 GB of memory will be available only in July. The launch of the base model of the line – GeForce RTX 4060 8 GB – has also been postponed to mid-summer. Nevertheless, the developers have already shared the technical details, determined the recommended price, and focused on the productivity of the starting “sixty”.
Initially, NVIDIA reminded of the general availability of GeForce GTX/RTX xx60 series models. According to Steam statistics, four of the five most popular video cards among users of the game service belong to these lines.
These are very mainstream solutions that can usually offer a good level of performance in Full HD mode. Here the Californians emphasize that 77% of players use screens with 1920×1080 or even lower resolution. Therefore, special attention to the needs of this category of users is not surprising. It is for them that NVIDIA offers the new GeForce RTX 4060.
The video card will be based on the AD107 graphics processor with a theoretical computing power of 15 TFLOPS (FP32). RT cores and tensor cores are significantly accelerated compared to those of previous generations of models. Like all models of the RTX 40xx line, the RTX 4060 video card supports Frame Generation technology, and accordingly, the new version of DLSS 3 intelligent scaling.
GeForce RTX 4060 will be presented in one version with 8 GB of memory on board. Like the older Ti version, the base model will get a 128-bit bus, with the GDDR6 chips running at an effective 17,000 MHz, providing a bandwidth of 272 GB/s.
According to the developers, the presence of a large L2 cache buffer significantly reduces bus traffic. Based on its research, NVIDIA uses the term “effective” bandwidth. Taking into account 24 MB of L2, it is 453 GB/s. Of course, this value looks better against the background of 360 GB/s in the RTX 3060 and 336 GB/s in the RTX 2060.
NVIDIA assures that the increased cache buffer of the second level manifests itself even better when applying ray tracing and using DLSS 3.
The base model GeForce RTX 4060 will be very economical. The total graphics power (TGP) of the video card is only 115 W. Even compared to the moderate in terms of energy appetite RTX 3060/2060, the novelty looks very interesting. In this case, one 6-pin connector will be quite enough for the additional power supply of the adapters.
As for performance, according to the internal tests of the Californians, the GeForce RTX 4060 is 70% ahead of the GeForce RTX 3060 and has a 2.3 times advantage over the GeForce RTX 2060 when it comes to games with support for DLSS 3. If there is no such game, the novelties are still able to improve the results of their predecessors by 20% and 60%, respectively.
The proposed charts with the results of testing in games reflect the advantage of the novelty, however, for cases without support for the magical DLSS 3, the difference is somewhat more modest. Based on these examples, the GeForce RTX 4060 is 18% ahead of the GeForce RTX 3060 and about 45% faster than the GeForce RTX 2060. The situation may change, depending on the test set of projects.
If the results of independent tests confirm such a balance of forces, then the GeForce RTX 4060 will only slightly fail to reach the performance of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB with a TGP of 200 W and a recommended price of $399. Of course, in games with DLSS 3, the advantage will be on the side of the novelties with Ada Lovelace architecture.
In addition to improving overall performance, NVIDIA also promises to brush up the situation with drawdowns, providing more comfortable gameplay.
All these points will be interesting to consider in practice, but such an opportunity will have to wait. NVIDIA has already announced that the starting models of GeForce RTX 4060 will be presented in July, but the developers have already determined the basic recommended price for video cards of the series – $299.
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB performance, DLSS 3 support, 115 W power consumption. At first glance, it looks pretty good as a solution for a platform with a Full HD screen. Your opinion?