The GeForce RTX 4060, the cheapest gaming graphics card in the GeForce RTX 4000 series, goes on sale tomorrow. As with the more powerful GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, a day earlier NVIDIA allowed the press to publish reviews on the GeForce RTX 4060 models, which will retail at a suggested retail price of $299. In this article, we analyze the main theses identified in the portal reviews TechPowerUp, Tom’s hardwareas well as a popular video blogger Jayz Two Cents.
Let’s briefly recall that the GeForce RTX 4060 uses the AD107-400 GPU based on the Ada Lovelace architecture, which has 3072 CUDA cores, 96 4th generation Tensor cores, 24 3rd generation RT cores, 96 texture units and 48 contains ROP units. The GPU also has 24MB of L2 cache. The RTX 4060 GPU reference clock is said to be 2.46GHz, but this article will focus on the 2505MHz overclocked GPU version of the ASUS GeForce RTX 4060 Dual OC tested by all of these reviewers. We add that the RTX 4060 received 8 GB of GDDR6 memory with an effective frequency of 17 GHz, a 128-bit bus and a bandwidth of 272 GB/s. The map will not be published in the Reference Founders Edition. The implementation is entrusted exclusively to partners who release their versions of the novelty with and without factory overclocking, as well as with their own proprietary cooling systems.
TechPoweUp tested the GeForce RTX 4060 in over 25 games. When gaming at 1080p, which is the card’s goal, the GeForce RTX 4060 is just 4% faster than the AMD Radeon RX 7600 in net performance. It couldn’t compete with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which is up to 10%. faster on average.
At the same time, the GeForce RTX 4060 is up to 20 percent (and according to Tom’s Hardware up to 22%) faster than the previous generation GeForce RTX 3060. Compared to the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti, the younger model is up to 20% slower. The Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card with 12 GB of memory is up to 13% faster than the RTX 4060 and the Radeon RX 6600 XT model is up to 10% slower than the NVIDIA solution. It is also noted that the Turing-gen GeForce RTX 2080 performs roughly at the same level as the Ada Lovelace-gen GeForce RTX 4060.
The performance difference between the four-year-old Radeon RX 5700 XT and the new GeForce RTX 4060 is 20% in favor of the latter. The Intel Arc A770 is on average 5% faster than NVIDIA’s new product, while the Arc A750 model is 12% slower. However, in some tests, the Intel solution turned out to be significantly faster, which can be seen in particular in some charts from the JayzTwoCents browser below. At the same time, the A750 can be purchased for $199 – $100 cheaper than the RTX 4060.
Reviewers praised the GeForce RTX 4060’s power efficiency. The same RTX 3060 consumes approximately 35W more than the ASUS GeForce RTX 4060 Dual OC, but delivers up to 22% lower net performance. The power consumption (TGP) specified by NVIDIA for the new product is 115 watts. In the ASUS version, however, the manufacturer has increased this to around 130 watts. On average, the card consumes around 125 watts when playing games at 1080p resolution and maximum quality settings. Changing the resolution to a higher resolution, turning on DLSS and ray tracing doesn’t change the overall picture – power consumption stays within 126-127W, notes Tom’s Hardware.
The graphics card’s operating temperatures were also on a low level, which is not surprising. And TechPowerUp called the ASUS GeForce RTX 4060 Dual OC model the best version of the RTX 4060 considering all its features, including the efficiency of the cooling system.
In general, reviewers’ opinions on the GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card were divided. Some argue that the novelty for games with Full HD resolution at a frame rate above 60 and maximum graphics settings can be considered for purchase in almost all. Others point out that AMD’s same Radeon RX 7600, with a suggested price of $264, is a more attractive choice. Yes, the “red” solution is 4% slower, but it’s definitely not worth overpaying for NVIDIA ray tracing support in this segment. The presence of RTX 4060 support for Frame Generation technology, which is part of DLSS 3 scaling technology and should significantly increase performance in games (up to 70% compared to RTX 3060) due to frame generation by AI since not considered the ultimate solution. Its use also increases latency in games, leading to its own problems. According to Tom’s Hardware, the technology enabled a performance increase of up to 15% in practice. In addition, not all game projects support frame generation and in some cases it even affects performance. But here, most likely, the question already lies in the optimization of the latter. The Radeon RX 7600 model also supports its own FSR scaling and ray tracing technology. However, the latter performs worse than NVIDIA.
Youtube channel Hardware unpacked was more critical of the GeForce RTX 4060, calling it “a slap in the face for gamers.” As the main disadvantage of the GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card, reviewers call the size of the video memory and the memory bus width reduced to 128, which limits its bandwidth. And this is clearly noticeable in some gaming projects, where even the increased L2 cache memory of the AD107 GPU does not save. The same problem exists with the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti model. In addition, not everyone liked the cost of new items. Some felt that a card of this tier should cost no more than $250.