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GeForce RTX 3060 8GB: first review slams it for price and performance

02.12.2022 74

Hardware Unboxed has published the first review of the new 8GB GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, giving it an extremely negative review, especially relating it to the older model with 12GB of VRAM.

According to the analysis, the 8GB GeForce RTX 3060 would be up to 35 percent slower than the other model while costing the same amount. So we have lower performance and no savings. Perhaps we begin to understand why Nvidia launched this GPU quietly, that is, without the fanfare of marketing.

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Testing shows that the 8GB model pays a lot of money compared to the 12GB model at 1080p, losing with all games. Take for example Dying Light 2, which at 1080p with high detail runs at an average of 51fps on the 8GB model and 69fps on the 12GB model. Just to say, at the same settings Intel Arc A770 comes in at 85fps. Halo Infinite, on the other hand, at 1080p with ultra details has 21% lower performance on the new version of the 3060. Nevertheless, the savings are zero. For example, the GPU solution proposed by Newegg costs $359, exactly the same as the 12GB model.

It is worth noting that the performance gap is not only due to the 4GB less VRAM, but also to other manufacturing choices. Both used the GA104 with 3,584 shaders and officially clocked at 1,777MHz, but the memory in the new model runs with a 128-bit bus, there whereas the 12GB model used a 192-bit bus. As a result, the total bandwidth in the new model drops to 224GB/s versus 360GB/s in the old one. Finally, the 12GB model has 50% more L2 cache.

Also noteworthy is how Nvidia continues its confusing approach, launching a new card inferior to the old one with a similar name and the same price.


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