At CES 2021, Nvidia announced a new, cheaper graphics cards in its RTX 3000 series.
The RTX 3060 is positioned as the ideal upgrade for the GTX 1060, which could play AAA titles (at the time) at 60fps.
That’s what the RTX 3060 is designed to do in 2021, except of course it’s said to do it with RTX turned on.
RTX 3060 at a glance:
- Can run the latest titles with RTX on at 60fps
- £299 / $329 MSRP, but no Founders Edition this time
- Launches end of February 2021, likely 25 February
When will the RTX 3060 be released?
Unlike the 3060 Ti, which went on sale the very next day (2 December) after launch, that’s not the case here. The RTX 3060 will be available from the end of February 2021.
While Nvidia is yet to confirm a date, a Wccftech source claims that we should expect the entry-level graphics card to go on sale on 25 February 2021 at 6am PT, or 2pm BST for those of us in the UK.
That’s certainly on the money with most previous Nvidia graphics card releases, which tend to launch on Thursdays at 2pm GMT, and it gives manufacturers enough time to (hopefully) ramp up production and get units to stockists for release.
How much does the new Nvidia RTX 3060 cost?
The RTX 30 range now starts with the RTX 3060 which will cost £299 / $329. The 3060 Ti – the previous cheapest model – starts at £369. However, with stock shortages and Nvidia not producing a 3060 Founders Edition at the suggested RRP, it’s likely that the RTX 3060 will cost much more.
Wccftech discovered a store in Pakistan prematurely selling the Palit variant of the RTX 3060 ahead of its expected launch later this month with a whopping $750 USD price tag – almost double Nvidia’s MSRP – which doesn’t bode well for the ‘entry-level’ nature of the upcoming GPU.
Although Nvidia didn’t go into much detail about the 3060’s specs during the launch, it did say that it has twice the raster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance of the GTX 1060.
Fortunately, the full details can be found on Nvidia’s website which confirm rumours that it has 3584 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR6 RAM (oddly, more than the 3060 Ti). It has a 192-bit bus to facilitate this.
Plus, the 3060 will be the first to support Resizeable BAR that allows all GPU memory to be accessed at once by the CPU.
Previous rumours suggested that Nvidia would also launch an RTX 3050 Ti with 3,584 CUDA cores and 6GB of RAM, and an entry-level RTX 3050 with 2,304 CUDA cores and 4GB GDDR6 memory. But that didn’t happen: the event was geared more towards the new RTX 30-series gaming laptops which will cost from $999 (likely around £999).
Where can I buy an Nvidia RTX 3060?
Of course, the biggest question isn’t the specs of the new card. It’s the availability, since it’s almost impossible to buy the existing cards because they’re always out of stock.
Nvidia acknowledged the current situation during the launch and said it would do its best to ensure there’s enough supply to go around.
The cards will likely be available from the following retailers in the UK. Currently it’s not possible to pre-order the card, and if previous releases are anything to go by, you won’t be able to – it’ll likely be first come, first served, at release.
We’ll update this section with specific links, along with more retailers as listings go live.