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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 release date, price, performance and more

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 has arrived
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 has arrived (Image credit: Nvidia)

Nvidia has taken the covers off its GeForce RTX 3060, a new $329 graphics card aimed squarely at mainstream gamers and people looking to upgrade from the GeForce GTX 1060. 

The new card follows in the footsteps of the mighty $1,499 GeForce RTX 3090 flagship, the $699 4K-centric GeForce RTX 3080, the $499 GeForce RTX 3070, and the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, a $399 GPU that very tough to buy. 

Coming very soon, here's everything we know about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 so far.   

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 release date 

The GeForce RTX 3060 is coming in late February. Nvidia hasn't been much more specific than that. 

But a new leak has the GeForce RTX 3060 set ot be released on February 25. And in some places, the card has been gone on sale prematurely. We asked Nvidia about this and it simply said it has no official word on the release date yet. However, we'd be fairly confident it will be released in the next couple of weeks and February 25 seems like a sound date for its release. 

We just hope the graphics card will be easier to buy than the rest of the GPUs in the GeForce RTX 30-series, which are extremely difficult to find in stock. 

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 price  

With a starting price of $329, the GeForce RTX 3060 is actually cheaper than the RTX 2060 did at launch, which started at $349. 

With the performance the GeForce RTX 3060 is promising, this cheaper price makes it rather tantalizing. And AMD has yet to present a graphics card that offers the same performance for the same price or less. Nvidia could be onto a winner here. 

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 specs and performance

Sporting 3,584 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR6 video memory, a boost clock speed of 1.78GHz, and 192-bit memory interface the GeForce RTX 3060, sits a little below the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. 

Compared to the GeForce GTX 1060, a card a lot of Nvidia fans are expected to upgrade from, it has twice the raster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance.

With that in mind, we predict the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 will target high-fidelity and high frame rate gaming at 1080p to 1440p resolutions. We’d expect games to run at frame rates that top 60 frames per second with all graphical settings maxed out. And at 120 fps and above with a few settings turned down or the resolution dropped to 1080p in very demanding games. 

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 outlook  

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 is arguably the graphics card PC gamers on a decent but sensible budget have been waiting for. At $329, it has no real rival from AMD and still offers a lot of potential bang for the buck. 

AMD will almost certainly have to retort with an affordable Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card, but that could be a few months away yet. 

So Nvidia could have a killer mainstream graphics card on its hands. But we'll have to wait and see if there'll be enough units of the GeForce RTX 3060 to go around. 

Roland Moore-Colyer

Roland Moore-Colyer is U.K. Editor at Tom’s Guide with a focus on news, features and opinion articles. He often writes about gaming, phones, laptops and other bits of hardware; he’s also got an interest in cars. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face.