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.