Power ConsumptionOur data acquisition system for graphics cards power consumption testing now runs at a higher sample rate, and automation capabilities have been expanded. With 40 samples per second, we're now collecting data much faster than before, four times as fast as NVIDIA's PCAT. Every single data point is recorded digitally—previously, we could only get averages and peaks.
Non-gaming power consumption of the GeForce RTX 3060 is a bit higher than comparable previous-generation cards from NVIDIA. Multi-monitor power draw is also much better than on AMD because AMD runs their memory clock at full speed in that state, while NVIDIA dials it down to conserve power.
With well below 200 W, power consumption is barely worth mentioning. It's slightly lower than with the RTX 2070/Super, but not by much, so PSU requirements are similar. Overall energy efficiency is slightly lower than on other Ampere cards, but still considerably better than what Turing offered.
Recommended PSU: 550 W