NVIDIA will today release the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card as their entry-level next generation Ampere, plus they have a new Linux driver release to go with it.
On the driver side the 460.56 release is already live with support added in for the GeForce RTX 3060. Not only that though this release also has the following fixes:
- Fixed a bug with indexed ray payloads in Vulkan.
- Fixed a bug where calls to vkCreateDevice could fail on Ampere GPUs when ray tracing extensions were enabled and the application was running within the Steam Linux Runtime.
- Fixed a regression that could cause display corruption when using a scaled resolution after resuming from power management suspend.
For the release of the hardware, it's probably going to be another "paper launch" as we fully expect stock of the GeForce RTX 3060 from NVIDIA to sell out pretty darn quickly just like all the other releases have done so. Thanks in part to high demand and scalpers continuing to buy up as much as they can to sell on for a profit - amongst other things. However, NVIDIA are trying to cut down on crypto miners using standard GPUs by limiting the hash rate of the cards through a mix of a "secure handshake between the driver, the RTX 3060 silicon, and the BIOS (firmware) that prevents removal of the hash rate limiter" (source) plus dedicated cards for miners. So hopefully in future we will see more cards available for standard consumers and gamers.
Here's a reminder of the specifications stacked up against the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti:
|GeForce RTX 3060 Ti||GeForce RTX 3060|
|GPU Engine Specs:||NVIDIA CUDA® Cores||4864||3584|
|Boost Clock (GHz)||1.67||1.78|
|Base Clock (GHz)||1.41||1.32|
|Memory Specs:||Standard Memory Config||8 GB GDDR6||12 GB GDDR6|
|Memory Interface Width||256-bit||192-bit|
|Technology Support:||Ray Tracing Cores||2nd Generation||2nd Generation|
|Tensor Cores||3rd Generation||3rd Generation|
|Vulkan RT API, OpenGL 4.6||Yes||Yes|
|NVIDIA Encoder||7th Generation||7th Generation|
|NVIDIA Decoder||5th Generation||5th Generation|
|Thermal and Power Specs:||Maximum GPU Temperature (in C)||93||93|
|Graphics Card Power (W)||200||170|
|Required System Power (W) (2)||600||550|
Yes that's correct, the standard model of the 3060 has more VRAM.
The GeForce RTX 3060 goes live for sale at around 5PM UTC / 9AM PST. Exact pricing is yet to be confirmed with NVIDIA previously stating they should start around $329
Will you be looking to get one? Let us know in the comments what you think to this latest card from NVIDIA.