Looking to grab a new GPU but don’t have a spare £1000 lying in the bank? Then you’re probably wondering where Nvidia’s latest series of RTX 3060 cards are.
Here to helped we’ve created this guide to help answer the question:
Will there be an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060?
Nvidia hasn’t released an RTX 3060, though it is rumoured to be working on one. It has however released a more powerful RTX 3060 Ti, though this is a mid-range, not entry level, GPU.
The RTX 3060 Ti retails for £369, making it a modest 20% cheaper than the RTX 3070, which remains Trusted Reviews recommended GPU for most gamers.
Nvidia is rumoured to be working on a basic, more affordable 3060, which is expected to release early next year alongside the firm’s hotly rumoured 30-series laptop graphics cards.
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Nvidia hasn’t formally confirmed either rumour, though a spokesperson told Trusted Reviews “we [Nvidia] don’t comment on future products or rumours” but added we should “wait and see” and promised “there’s plenty more exciting things to come” when directly asked about the new cards.
The RTX 30-series of GPUs are the second generation of cards from Nvidia to support Ray Tracing and DLSS. The primary is a nifty technology that lets cards render more realistic lighting effects. The latter is a clever AI solution designed to improve frame rates while gaming.
Ray Tracing is being marketed as a key selling point for the current generation of cards and the new PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games consoles. The consoles use AMD cards based on the new RDNA 2 architecture. The architecture doesn’t currently support DLSS, which is why, based on our AMD RX 6800 review, the cards generally offer slightly slower Ray Tracing performance, despite being otherwise excellent.
AMD also doesn’t currently have a new-generation affordable graphics card on the market. As a result, if you are on a strict budget and need a new card now, your best bet will be to check out one of Nvidia or AMD’s older cards, like the RTX 2060 Super.