Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 review

You’re hoping to find out anything about your sleep Tracks can be looped, or the ending delayed so you can be sure of falling asleep before silence takes over. For anyone who has a subscription to the likes of Spotify or Audible, it does not really offer a great deal more. Because the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Black XC is one of the less expensive versions of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, it’s a pretty basic graphics card.

Nvidia tells us that it ended up going with 12GB of VRAM because with the 192-bit memory bus, the GPU could be loaded with 6GB or 12GB of memory, and the company wanted to provide users with the most memory that the GPU could offer. Both of these technologies are supported by the RTX 3060, though the smaller GPU means that there is less dedicated hardware for RT and DLSS workloads. Slumber doesn’t monitor sleep length, quality or anything else. Sofia is a tech journalist who’s been writing about software, hardware and the web for nearly 20 years – but still looks as youthful as ever!

After years writing for magazines, her life moved online and remains fuelled by technology, music and nature. Putting this much VRAM into a graphics card that’s meant for 1080p gaming simply doesn’t make much sense, and is probably the reason that the graphics card is sitting at such a weird price point – at $329, instead of the $299 price point that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 sold for once the RTX 2060 Super launched in July 2019. Woman using Slumber app on her phone It’s the kind of graphics card design you’ve seen hundreds of time, but thanks to its simple black colorway, it’s a graphics card that will fit in any PC build. Sadly, there’s no option to have Slumber gently wake you up when the time is right, but then that’s not the purpose of the app. Slumber is available for iOS and Android.

Having written for websites and magazine since 2000, producing a wide range of reviews, guides, tutorials, brochures, newsletters and more, she continues to write for diverse audiences, from computing newbies to advanced users and business clients. The app itself is well designed and easy to get around. After you’ve created your profile, just about the only thing you might want to consider doing is to take advantage of the Bedtime Reminder option so you don’t get carried away with a project and forget to wind down in time for going to sleep.

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, this is what Slumber offers, but also so much more. Sofia lives and breathes Windows, Android, iOS, macOS and just about anything with a power button, but her particular areas of interest include security, tweaking and privacy. Thank you for signing up to TechRadar.

You can drill down through content by type, narrator, length and more, so you’ll always be able to find exactly what it is you need to help you nod off. It can genuinely mean the difference between 45 and 60 fps, even with ray tracing enabled in many games. Think of Slumber as the Audible or Spotify of the sleep world and you’re a long way to understand what the app is about. It’s hard to nail down exactly who to recommend this graphics card to, especially since we assume Nvidia will be launching budget Ampere cards at some point – and everything will be sold out for a while still.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 delivers a huge improvement for 1080p gamers that just want solid performance without breaking the bank. There’s still no USB-C video output here, and we still think it’s a shame. This means that while the RTX 3060 actually has fewer SMs at 28 than the RTX 2060 with 30, CUDA core count jumps to 3,584 on the RTX 3060 over the last generation’s 1,920. It’s powered by a single 8-pin PCIe connector, which means you don’t need to worry about an unsightly 12-pin adapter. For busy, tired parents, having Slumber take over bedtime duties can be a lifesaver.

There are not only lots of different types of things to listen to, but also a great range of narrators with different accents, making it easy to find something you find soothing. And, well, it’s a bit odd that this graphics card has such a gargantuan amount of memory available to it. Although there’s no free version available, you can try out the app for seven days to see if it works for you.

That includes GTX 1060 users who’ve been waiting for the right time – and price – to upgrade to the current generation. Even before the GPU shortages that are ongoing at the time of writing, that’s a pretty massive price bump that some GTX 1060 users might not be able to justify. And, with how good the DLSS 2.0 algorithm has become, our advice is to turn it on whenever it’s available in the game you’re playing. I/O is also incredibly simple, with three DisplayPorts and one HDMI 2.1 port.

Because of this, the amount of CUDA cores per SM has doubled to 128, rather than the 64 found in something like the RTX 2060. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 launched for $249 (£238, AU$429) – significantly less than the $329 (about £240, AU$430) RTX 3060. Slumber’s key selling point is the quality, quantity and variety of content on offer. The biggest change in Ampere is in the Streaming Multiprocessor’s (SM) datapath.

It is still a dual-slot card – single slot graphics cards probably won’t be coming back – but it’s incredibly short. The graphics card has two fans, fitted with the EVGA logo, and are placed over a heatsink that extends just a tiny bit over the PCB. The pricing is a little bit complicated, though. It is, undeniably, a simple idea, but it is really well executed, and the content is so rich and varied that it will exceed your expectations. After that, you’ll need to pay $8 (about £6 / AU$10) per month, $40 (about £30 / AU$50) per year, or $250 (about £180 / AU$340) for lifetime access.

The EVGA RTX 3060 Black XC is also exceptionally small. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be an easy sell. There are some titles that will utilize more than 8GB, but you don’t really gain a noticeable boost in performance if you don’t have that.

What’s more important than ray tracing here, though, is the DLSS.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 review

Is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 the mid-range Ampere savior?


p>By Jackie Thomas 13 April 2021 Sign up to get breaking news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more, plus the hottest tech deals! Like the rest of the Nvidia RTX 3000 series graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 3060 is based on Nvidia’s new Ampere architecture. The app provides soft noises, calming voices, and gentle guidance to help you off to the land of nod. And if you go even further back in time to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, the users of which Nvidia is heavily targeting with the 3060, the old Pascal-based favorite is packed with just 1,280 CUDA cores.

Once this card starts seeing its price rise closer to the RTX 3060 Ti, its value rapidly diminishes. We’d even go so far as to say that until AMD’s competing tech gets released, DLSS is the single biggest reason to choose a graphics card from Team Green, rather than going with Radeon. Nvidia is specifically aiming the RTX 3060 to gamers that have stuck to the Pascal-based GTX 1060 since its 2016 launch. You won’t find any flashy RGB lighting or custom backplates, but that simplicity works in its favor. On these music and audiobook platforms, you’ll find a range of content suitable for sending you off to sleep, in addition to content to listen to at other times of day, But if you’re only interested in sleep-inducing content, Slumber has you covered.

You will receive a verification email shortly. The GTX 1060 is not only still capable of tackling plenty of the best PC games coming out, but it remains to be the cheaper proposition. And you really can’t talk about Nvidia Ampere without talking about ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). That’s a massive boost, and a major reason why the RTX 3060 sees such an increase in gaming workloads. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Who doesn’t like the idea of being helped to drift off to sleep with a calming bedtime story.

Then, on the other side of it, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is an extra $70 (about £50, AU$90) at $399 (about £299, AU$540). The content is beautifully laid out, the artwork used through is a joy to behold. The scaling here isn’t perfect, however, but thanks to this massive difference in the amount of shaders available to the RTX 3060, it is able to achieve double the performance of the GTX 1060 in many games. Think of Slumber as the Audible or Spotify of the sleep world and you’re a long way to understand what the app is about.

To put that into perspective, the only Ampere graphics card that has more RAM is the RTX 3090, a graphics card that is targeted both at creative professionals and gamers with more money than sense. With how important GPUs are becoming to creative professionals for everything from photo editing to 3D modeling, it’s a pity that the most recent Nvidia graphics cards have dropped support for USB-C video output. If there are any stories or meditations you find particularly useful, you can create a list of favorites for easy access. The graphics card doesn’t perform especially well at 1440p, and at 1080p many games aren’t going to push into requiring 12GB of VRAM for a long time to come. It is, undeniably, a simple idea, but it is really well executed, and the content is so rich and varied that it will exceed your expectations.

Your partner needs silence to sleep There will be some RTX 3060 cards with elaborate cooler designs, boasting better overclocking capabilities and may even be overclocked out of the box. The content of the stories and mediation is high quality, and you may find that you listen to the same thing time and time again as you will almost certainly fall asleep before you get to the end. You’ll also find guided meditations, soundscapes, content for children, ASMR sounds and customizable background noise to help create the perfect environment for not only getting to sleep, but staying asleep.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will help keep the price of the card low, but we hope it does. At just 7.94 inches (201.8mm) long, you should have no problem fitting this graphics card in any PC case. And, it has a fraction of the speed of the RTX 3060. Meanwhile, the RTX 3060 Ti offers the kind of added performance that makes the extra cost more than worth it. That’s a pretty hefty price jump, but if you’re already breaking the $300 / £300 / AU$400 mark, you might as well get something that will give you the best experience you can get.

However, the increase in price over the RTX 2060 and its proximity to the RTX 3060 Ti in pricing makes recommending the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 complicated. However, the increase in price over the RTX 2060 and its proximity to the RTX 3060 Ti in pricing makes recommending the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 complicated. Home is where you will find featured content, broken down into categories, but you can dig deeper by heading to the Library for more extensive browsing. For a graphics card in this segment, the ability to squeeze out a little more performance at 1080p is going to be a win no matter how you look at it. Again, another benefit for users that want to build in a smaller case.

As it’s essentially an audio player, there is very, very little in the way of configuration to worry about. Since the Nvidia GTX 1060 is still the most abundant card available on the market to this day, per the Steam Hardware Survey, Nvidia may have a good sector to sell the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – even if it does come with a higher price tag. Those cards will likely perform faster than the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Black XC, but only by a marginal amount – and may not be worth the added expense. With how big some of the RTX 3000 graphics cards have been getting, it’s incredibly refreshing to see a GPU that you could feasibly fit in a mini-ITX case without too much effort.

There are just three main sections to work through – Home, Library and Profile. This makes sense, given that upgrading your graphics card with every other generation seems to be common, but prices have changed drastically since 2016. But, the smaller amount of RT cores shouldn’t really be a problem, especially at 1080p. Slumber is a simple app, but delightfully so. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 launched on February 25, 2021, starting at $329 (about £240, AU$430).

Always willing to try something new, she loves sharing new discoveries with others. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 also comes equipped with 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM on a 192-bit bus. We applaud that decision, but we can’t help but wonder why that decision was made here and not with the Nvidia RTX 3080 or RTX 3070, where more VRAM could definitely help at 4K. It could be argued that Slumber is a little bit too simple.

Unlike previous entries in the Nvidia Ampere lineup, Team Green is not releasing a Founder’s Edition of the Fish Scale Remover RTX 3060 – much like what it did with the GTX 1660 Ti back with the Turing lineup. The GTX 1060 has been on the market for almost 5 years after all, having made its auspicious debut back in August 2016. With the move from Turing to Ampere Nvidia brings more than just a higher product number to the table. Where previous generations had separate pipelines for Integer and Floating Point 32 (FP32) workloads, Nvidia has effectively doubled the amount of cores that can handle standard FP32 work – which just happens to be incredibly important for gaming performance. Nvidia is trying to combat the appeal to cryptocurrency miners with the RTX 3060, though, with a combination of hardware and software to cripple its hash rate.

The arrival of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 makes Nvidia’s Ampere architecture finally available in the budget market. $70 (about £50, AU$90) cheaper that the highly-rated Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, this budget GPU is targeting consumers who can’t or are unwilling to shell out $400/£400 or more on a graphics card. So, while the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Black XC we reviewed here will sell for $329 (about £240, AU$430), there will be a whole range of Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics cards. Your children love to hear a bedtime story The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 delivers a huge improvement for 1080p gamers that just want solid performance without breaking the bank.

You benefit from soothing sounds You need to be able to hear Slumber, and this means they’ll be able to as a well.

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