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NVIDIA reveal the GeForce RTX 3060, plus lots of GeForce RTX laptops

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Today CES continues on with Intel and AMD having their announcements, and now it's NVIDIA up with the GeForce RTX 3060, plus lots of GeForce RTX laptops.

Ampere becomes a whole lot more affordable, as the GeForce RTX 3060 will succeed the GTX 1060 which was a very popular GPU due to the performance and price, with NVIDIA putting the GeForce RTX 3060 up for $329. It wasn't just the 1060 that was popular, the 2060 was also really popular with gamers (according to the Steam Survey) so NVIDIA sure took their time getting this out.

RTX 3060's specifications:

  • 13 shader-TFLOPs
  • 25 RT-TFLOPs for ray tracing
  • 101 tensor-TFLOPs to power NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling)
  • 192-bit memory interface
  • 12GB of GDDR6 memory

“There’s unstoppable momentum behind ray tracing, which has quickly redefined the new standard of gaming,” said Matt Wuebbling, vice president of global GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “The NVIDIA Ampere architecture has been our fastest-selling ever, and the RTX 3060 brings the strengths of the RTX 30 Series to millions more gamers everywhere.”

NVIDIA will also be supporting "Resizable BAR" with the 30xx series, an advanced feature of PCI Express that can increase performance in games which is NVIDIA's answer to AMD's Smart Access Memory. It's not clear if this will work on Linux with NVIDIA drivers yet though.

When will the GeForce RTX 3060 be available? Soon! They say late February with stock speeds and factory overclocked units from top-tier vendors to be ready. However, expect stock issues as always.

On top of that lots of GeForce RTX 30 series laptops have been announced, with global availability expected later this month. Pricing will start at $999 (for the 3060 models) and they will have either the GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce RTX 3070 or the GeForce RTX 3080. NVIDIA also said they worked with partners to arrange many more laptops than ever before to come with at least 1440p displays so it's about to get a lot more common.

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oldrocker99 12 Jan
I have a 2060 Super, and I have no real need to upgrade currently. GPU availability is very sketchy right now, with scalpers trying to sell rigs at an obscene profit.

Maybe in a year, when the pandemic subsides, when tariffs drop...
x_wing 12 Jan
QuoteNVIDIA will also be supporting "Resizable BAR" with the 30xx series, an advanced feature of PCI Express that can increase performance in games. It's not clear if this will work on Linux though.

The feature is already working on Linux (upcoming Mesa 21 already has the patches to make use of it on AMD GPUs). AFAIK, It's 100% up to them to make use of the feature on their Linux driver.
Hopefully this means more AMD gpu's for those who want them. I could have bought a 5700XT for a fair price today, but a friend convinced me it might be worth waiting at this point. It's a tough choice but probably the right one.
Liam Dawe 12 Jan
Quoting: x_wing
QuoteNVIDIA will also be supporting "Resizable BAR" with the 30xx series, an advanced feature of PCI Express that can increase performance in games. It's not clear if this will work on Linux though.

The feature is already working on Linux (upcoming Mesa 21 already has the patches to make use of it on AMD GPUs). AFAIK, It's 100% up to them to make use of the feature on their Linux driver.
Working with Mesa doesn't mean working with NVIDIA proprietary drivers though :)
x_wing 12 Jan
Quoting: Liam DaweWorking with Mesa doesn't mean working with NVIDIA proprietary drivers though :)

I know, but you wrote "it's not clear if this will work on Linux though". The feature per se works on Linux but Nvidia has to use it in their drivers.
Liam Dawe 12 Jan
Sure but I meant specifically NVIDIA being an NVIDIA article, have clarified.
I am so confused. I have an RTX 3060ti by which I assumed the 3060 already existed. Guess I know nothing.
Beamboom 12 Jan
But... I don't understand this - the RTX 3060 has been for sale for quite a while now? Along with the rest of the 30xx series?


EDIT: Seems it was only the TI earlier. How odd! Oh well. :)


Last edited by Beamboom on 12 January 2021 at 8:38 pm UTC
Solar 12 Jan
Only 3584 cuda cores, definitely a gamer card. The TI has 4864, so great for my video editing/remastering that I do, and I do a lot.
I was going to buy the TI, but the 3060s other specs are considerabley better for my gaming needs.
What do I do now?
and its sold out
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