Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Desktop GPU Launched at CES 2021, Officially Priced at Rs. 29,500

Ray tracing comes to a slightly lower price point of Rs. 29,500 - depending on partner brands

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Desktop GPU Launched at CES 2021, Officially Priced at Rs. 29,500
Highlights
  • Nvidia is targeting gamers upgrading from the GeForce GTX 1060 or older
  • 12GB of RAM is more than you get on higher-cost models but isn't as fast
  • The launch price is slightly lower than that of the GeForce RTX 2060

Nvidia has launched its most affordable desktop GPU with ray tracing, the GeForce RTX 3060. The official GeForce RTX 3060 price in India is Rs. 29,500 ($329 in the US), and it will target gamers who are hoping to upgrade from older GeForce GTX-series products and get their first taste of ray tracing effects. The xx60 series has traditionally sold well for Nvidia, with the company pointing out that the GeForce GTX 1060 is still the single most popular model in the Steam Hardware Survey. The company expects to sell millions of GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs which will be relatively more affordable than the existing GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, 3080, and 3090.

The GeForce RTX 3060 price in India is Rs. 29,500, but this could be complicated because there isn't an official Nvidia Founders Edition graphics card that will sell at this price. Nvidia partner brands including Asus, Zotac, Gigabyte, MSI, Innovision 3D, Colorful, Palit, PNY, EVGA and Gainward will sell GeForce RTX 3060 cards with custom designs and coolers, and will determine their own pricing in India. Supply constraints might also push prices up – GeForce RTX 30-series cards are difficult to find and continue to be sold at high markups ever since their launch in India. Cards will go on sale in "late February".

Compared to the popular GeForce GTX 1060, Nvidia says the new GeForce RTX 3060 can deliver twice the raster performance and 10x the ray tracing performance. Gamers can expect to play brand new titles such as Cyberpunk 2077 with ray tracing enabled at 60fps. This new GPU uses the same Ampere architecture as its beefier siblings, with next-gen RT and Tensor cores for ray tracing and AI acceleration, including DLSS resolution upscaling.

The GeForce RTX 3060 features 12GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit bus, which is oddly a higher amount than even the GeForce RTX 3080's 10GB, though it will have lower memory bandwidth overall. A new feature is resizable BAR (Base Address Register) which will allow modern CPUs to access the entire GPU frame buffer, potentially helping performance in games. Software features common to the GeForce RTX 30-series include Nvidia Reflex and Nvidia Broadcast for pro gamers and streamers.  

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Jamshed Avari has been working in tech journalism as a writer, editor and reviewer for over 13 years. He has reviewed hundreds of products ranging from smartphones and tablets to PC components and accessories, and has also written guides, feature articles, news and analyses. Going beyond simple ratings and specifications, he digs deep into how emerging products and services affect actual users, and what marks they leave on our cultural landscape. He's happiest when something new comes ...More

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