EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Review 70

EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Review

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Introduction

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We have with us the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC, the company's premium custom-design offering based on the new GeForce RTX 3060 "Ampere" graphics card. The RTX 3060 will go down as arguably the most important SKU for NVIDIA from this generation, as the xx60 SKU tends to sit at the top of the volume bell-curve with the high-end to its right and entry-level to the left. NVIDIA has had great success in targeting this so-called "sweetspot" market-segment dating all the way back to the 9600 GT. The new RTX 3060 is designed to be the perfect upgrade option for those still gaming on the GTX 1060 6 GB "Pascal," with a starting price of $329, which will hopefully hold as NVIDIA claims to have designed the chip to be slow at crypto-mining. We'll have to see how that works out.



The new GeForce "Ampere" architecture powering the RTX 3060 marks the 2nd generation of RTX technology, which combines new Ampere CUDA cores with concurrent FP32+INT32 math performance, 2nd generation RT cores which double the intersection performance over the previous generation, hardware for raytraced motion-blur effects, and 3rd generation Tensor cores that leverage the sparsity phenomenon in neural nets to increase AI inference performance significantly.

The RTX 3060 is based on the new 8 nm "GA106" silicon making its debut on the desktop platform, the smallest "Ampere" chip launched so far. The RTX 3060 comes with 3,584 Ampere CUDA cores, 112 3rd generation Tensor cores, 28 Ampere RT cores, 112 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. NVIDIA sweetens the deal by doubling the memory amount over the RTX 2060, up to 12 GB. The memory bus width and memory type are unchanged—192-bit GDDR6. The memory clock has been increased slightly to 15 Gbps.

The EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC is designed as a compact card that offers all the features of the RTX 3060 and Ampere architecture without going overboard in terms of cooling or bling. It will fit into most desktop towers and only needs one power connector. EVGA has still managed to pull off its unique flow-through PCB, which lets airflow from one of the two fans flow right through. There's also a factory overclock to be had, which runs the card at 1882 MHz (vs. 1777 MHz reference). EVGA is pricing the card at $390. In this review, we take it for a spin.

GeForce RTX 3060 Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
GTX 1060 3 GB$1601152481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060$2101280481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1660$200 1408481530 MHz1785 MHz2000 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1660 Ti$2701536481500 MHz1770 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2060$3001920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700$3302304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
GTX 1080$3302560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RTX 2060 Super$3802176641470 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$6503584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060MSRP: $330
Estimate: $420
3584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
EVGA RTX 3060
XC
Estimate: $4503584481320 MHz1852 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641802 MHzN/A1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$7004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$7505888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$8503840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$120046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$10008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
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